The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has announced its three stars for the first week of its 2021-22 regular season. With opening night puck drop beginning across the league on Friday and Saturday, all 12 member teams saw two games of action prior to Monday.
The Steinbach Pistons erupted for 14 goals for in back-to-back victories over the Selkirk Steelers, while Wayway put up 10 tallies to Virden’s three total goals over a two-game set with the Oil Capitals. OCN also beat Swan Valley twice in a two-day span. The Winnipeg rivals picked up where they left off last season, with the Blues handing the Freeze a steady diet of goals en route to two-straight wins.
Winkler joined the Blues and Pistons with 14 goals in its two wins over Portage. The newly-minted Neepawa Titans split their season-opening series with the Dauphin Kings as the only two teams in the league with a 1-1-0 record at this stage.
Sitting atop the point scoring statistics are five 2001-born seniors. Leading the way with four goals and seven points is Eric Fawkes, followed closely by Justin Svenson, who has three goals and seven points. The two offensive stalwarts were joined by netminder Liam Tereposky who earned back-to-back wins for the Wolverines this past weekend.
Fawkes, 20, scored a hat trick and added one assist in his season-opener on Friday, before picking up another goal and two helpers the following day as his Blues teammates beat up on the Freeze on back-to-back occasions. He scored a power play marker on Friday, while his goal on Saturday was the game-winner.
Svenson, also 20, earned a goal and two assists in his season-opener for the Flyers on Saturday, before adding two more markers and another two assists the following day in Portage, including that of a power play strike. Svenson also collected a 10-minute misconduct in what was a chippy affair on Saturday.
Tereposky, 18, grabbed wins in back-to-back starts for Wayway this past weekend. He started the season by stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced from Virden on Friday, before giving up just one goal on 19 shots the following day. He currently owns a .947 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average through two games.