By Michael Christianson
With the SIJHL playoffs set to begin March 29 at home for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs more accolades have been given to the team on their incredible regular season.
The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that Dryden GM Ice Dogs forward Braeden Allkins has been named the SIJHL’s Mallon’s Corporate Impressions/Play It Again Sports Most Valuable Player for the 2016-17 season.
Allkins garnered the accolades over fellow MVP finalist Jared Virtanen of the Fort Frances Lakers. Nicholas Nigro of the Thunder Bay North Stars was also a nominee for the award in voting completed by each of the league-member clubs.
The 20-year-old from Golden, B.C., led the SIJHL in both goals and points during the campaign as he notched 53 tallies while chipping in with 44 assists for 97 points overall.
His totals set a new Dryden franchise mark for goals and points in a single season and he also led the way in SIJHL power play markers with 16 and game-winning goals with eight while tying for first in shorthanded efforts with four.
By scoring 53 times it marked the second-highest total in the entire 132-team Canadian Junior Hockey League in 2016-17.
Goaltender Patrick Zubick has been named the SIJHL’s top goaltender for the 2016-17 season.
In 29 appearances during the campaign, the 20-year-old Castlegar, B.C., product posted a solid 21-4-3-0 record and led all SIJHL netminders in both goals-against average and save percentage at 2.30 and .931 respectively.
“I was pretty happy, obviously it’s nice the recognition but it’s more or less an indication of how good we are as a team this year, making life easy on the goalie so it’s a nice team…
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