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Canalta Hotels Player of the Week & AB Ford Dealers Defensive Player of the Week

Photo Credit – Dave Watling

The Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week is Grande Prairie Storm forward Zachary Okabe.   With 8 points (4G, 4A) in three games last week, and a 4-game point streak, Okabe took the lead in team scoring with 51 points. 

Okabe, 18, put together two 3-point games last week.  The first game of the week saw the Storm surge ahead to a 10-3 win over Whitecourt on Tuesday night, with Okabe recording 2 assists and the game winning goal.  On Friday, Okabe picked up the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game Award in an 8-4 loss to the Sherwood Park Crusaders after scoring 2 goals and an assist in a comeback effort.  The week ended with a 4-3 overtime loss versus Fort McMurray, however, Zachary kept his point streak alive with a goal and an assist in the game.

Zachary Okabe (Okotoks, AB) is averaging one point per game with 27 goals and 24 assists in 50 regular season games.  He leads the AJHL in powerplay goals with 13.  The NHL Draft Prospect was ranked at #201 in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings in January.  Okabe is committed to St Cloud State of the NCAA.

The Grande Prairie Storm are currently 5th in the Viterra AJHL North Division and have clinched a spot in the 2019 Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoffs.

The Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week is Brandon Scanlin of the Brooks Bandits.  The second year Bandit extended his active point streak to five games with 5 points in three games last week.

Scanlin, 19, pushed the Bandits to a 10-6 win on Tuesday night with the winning goal in a 10-6 victory over Canmore.  Friday night’s 9-1 triumph over Olds resulted in another 3 assists for Scanlin.  He would close the week with another assist in a 4-2 win over Drumheller – the 22nd consecutive win of the season for Brooks.

Brandon Scanlin is committed to Nebraska Omaha (NCAA Div I).  He has recorded 28 points (12G, 16A) in 29 games played to average a point per game this season.

Boasting a franchise-record 22 consecutive victories, the Brooks Bandits maintain their firm grasp on the No. 1 slot in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 Rankings and have clinched first in the Viterra AJHL South Division.

Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week Recipients:
• Shane Ott, Drumheller Dragons: September 14-16, 2018
• Parker Saretsky, Spruce Grove Saints: September 17-23, 2018
• Charles-Olivier Ouimet, Whitecourt Wolverines: September 24-30, 2018
• Arjun Atwal, Sherwood Park Crusaders: October 1-7, 2018
• Zach Webb, Grande Prairie Storm: October 8-14, 2018
• Jeremy Gervais, Bonnyville Pontiacs: October 15-21, 2018
• Carter Savoie, Sherwood Park Crusaders: October 22-28, 2018
• Ray Christy, Brooks Bandits: October 29-November 4, 2018
• Carter Savoie, Sherwood Park Crusaders: November 5-11, 2018
• Kyler Kupka, Camrose Kodiaks: November 12-18, 2018
• Trey Thomas, Bonnyville Pontiacs: November 19-25, 2018
• Joseph Karpyshyn, Calgary Mustangs: November 26 – December 2, 2018
• Reed Morrison, Fort McMurray Oil Barons: December 3-9, 2018
• William Lemay, Brooks Bandits: December 10-16, 2018
• Noah Corson, Grande Prairie Storm: December 28-January 7, 2019
• Jackson Salt, Calgary Mustangs: January 7-13, 2019
• Noah Corson, Grande Prairie Storm: January 14-20, 2019
• William Lemay, Brooks Bandits: January 21-27, 2019
• Zachary Okabe, Grande Prairie Storm: January 28 – February 3, 2019

Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week:
• Taner Miller, Fort McMurray Oil Barons : September 14-16, 2018
• Mark Drohan, Canmore Eagles: September 17-23, 2018
• Ashton Abel, Calgary Mustangs: September 24-30, 2018
• TJ Lloyd, Spruce Grove Saints: October 1-7, 2018
• Pierce Charleson, Brooks Bandits: October 8-14, 2018
• Kaeden Freer-Lane, Grande Prairie Storm: October 15-21, 2018
• Ryan Conroy, Fort McMurray Oil Barons: October 22-28, 2018
• Zach Vinnell, Camrose Kodiaks: October 29-November 4, 2018
• Luke Lush, Drayton Valley Thunder: November 5-11, 2018
• Luke Lush, Drayton Valley Thunder November 12-18, 2018
• Jordan DiCicco, Brooks Bandits: November 19-25, 2018
• Daniel Allin, Drumheller Dragons: November 26 – December 2, 2018
• Tanner Marshall, Brooks Bandits: December 3-9, 2018
• Griffin Bowerman, Camrose Kodiaks: December 10-16, 2018
• Taner Miller, Fort McMurray Oil Barons : December 28-January 7, 2019
• Mark Drohan, Canmore Eagles: January 7-13, 2019
• Michael Benning, Sherwood Park Crusaders: January 14-20, 2019
• Colby Muise, Bonnyville Pontiacs: January 21-27, 2019
• Brandon Scanlin, Brooks Bandits: January 28 – February 3, 2019