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AFTER a rock-solid November backstopping the Yellowhead Chiefs, Kristen Hunt was honoured as goalie of the month for the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League.

Hunt only allowed seven goals in the last six games she played while notching a shutout and a save percentage surging past .950 in that time to help lift the chiefs into the top half of the MFMHL standings.

Over the season, the 5-7 Winnipegger has compiled a 9-8-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 1.83 goals- against average.

The MFMHL also tipped its hat to Pembina Valley Hawks netminder Taylor Reimer, who was named the Selkirk Source for Sports-Reebok player of the week, the first goalie to earn the weekly honour in the nine-week-old season. Reimer stopped 25 of 26 shots from the Central Plains Capitals over the weekend to help carry her team to a 2-1 win.

In her first MFMHL season, Reimer has racked up two shutouts, a .937 save percentage and a 1.20 GAA to help lift the Hawks to first place in the league.

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Westgate Wings left side Cole Friesen was honoured as the Home Run Sports urban high school athlete of the week after the 5-11 hitter proved instrumental in helping the Wings capture the provincial AAA championship over the weekend. Friesen had 16 kills and five digs in the final and was named the championship MVP. A senior who also participates on the basketball, soccer and track and field teams, Friesen maintains a whopping 98 per cent average.

Outside the city limits, Killarney Raiders girls' volleyball setter and libero Ciara Zarn was named the Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week after she helped lift the Raiders varsity squad to a silver-medal finish at the AA provincial championships. The Grade 10 student was named player of the game in a match against Niverville.

Before that, Zarn also helped lead the Raiders junior varsity squad to the provincial championship and was named tournament MVP.

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The University of Manitoba saluted two hockey players on Wednesday, naming Meagan Vestby and Brock Sutherland as the Bisons players of the week.

Vestby, a 5-5 forward from Swan River, scored the game-winning goal in the Bisons' weekend win at home over the Alberta Pandas, for which she was named star of the game. She is now fourth overall in Canada West scoring with two goals and 13 assists through 16 regular-season conference games

Sutherland, a 6-2 defenceman, turned up big in the Bison men's weekend split against the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears, where the team was forced to dress only five defenders due to injury. Sutherland, a Brandon product who came to the Bisons from the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, picked up the game-winning goal in Saturday's 5-4 win.

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The Manitoba Junior Hockey League saw some big performances through November, as top-scoring forward Max Flanagan, defenceman Channing Bresciani, rookie forward Shawn Bowles and goalie Braeden Ostepchuk were all named players of the month for their efforts.

Flanagan, a 20-year-old Swan Valley Stampeders attacker, leads the MJHL's scoring race with 23 goals and 18 assists in 31 games. That showing has helped the Stampeders rise to second place in the MJHL's Sher-Wood Division.

On the blue-line, Winnipeg Blues defender Bresciani notched 10 points in 13 games to help clinch his Sher-Wood Hockey fefenceman of the month honour.

The MGEU goaltender of the month was an easy choice, as Selkirk Steelers' netminder Ostepchuk picked up seven wins in as many games over the month. During that time, Ostepchuk earned a brilliant 1.28 goals-against average and a robust save percentage of .957.

Finally, the MJHL handed its award for IBAM rookie of the month to Portage Terriers forward Bowles. The 18-year-old, who is from Elkhorn, put up 14 points in 13 games for the Terriers, who are currently sitting in second place in the Addison Division.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 5, 2013 D6

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