Another regular season in the Big Six Hockey League has come-and-gone with more than its' fair share of memorable moments made over the past three months.
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS
The league's best team after the 24-game schedule is the Carnduff Red Devils. It's the first time since 2006/07 that Carnduff has been on top of the standings and they did so in historic fashion.
The only day of the regular season that Carnduff did not have a share of first overall was after opening night on November 3rd, as the Red Devils did not play that night. Carnduff won the next night to share a tie for first, then won the following Wednesday for sole possession of top spot. After November 18th, Carnduff remained alone in first place for the rest of the regular season eventually finishing with a 19-4-1 record and 39 points.
Carnduff also finished as the best defensive team in the league, allowing only 73 goals in 24 games (3.04 GA/game)
From a team perspective, the Bienfait Coalers were possibly the most dominant team in the Big Six. Bienfait's offensive was historically lethal, scoring a ridiculous 161 goals in 24 games (6.7 goals/game). However, the Coalers were also one of the stingiest teams in the league allowing only 82 goals against (3.41 GA/game). Bienfait's goal differential of +79 was easily the best in the Big Six, with Carnduff finishing second with a +66 differential.
We stay on highway 18 in the southeast for the individual awards, where for the second time in three seasons the Big Six featured a tie for the scoring title.Matt Audette and Taysen Holt finished the year tied with 56 points. Audette (26G, 30A) scored three points in his final regular-season game to pull even with Holt (25G, 31A). Holt and linemate Derek Cooney (55 points) were absolute terrors for goaltenders and coaches in the Big Six this season. The duo combined for 111 points, well ahead of the next top scoring teammates from Carnduff (Matt Audette - 56 points, Brandon Trask - 39 points, 95 combined points).
TOP GOAL SCORERS
There is also a tie for the goal-scoring title in the Big Six this season. Bienfait's Wyatt Garagan and Carnduff's Matt Audette each finished the season with 26 goals scored. Garagan, in his first year with Bienfait, took the lead in the Coalers' final game. Only to have Audette score on the last night of the season to tie it up once again.
For top goaltender, using the 12 games played mark as the cutoff, Bienfait's Jackson Walliser posted the best numbers of any netminder in the league.
Walliser finished with a 12-3-1 record in 16 starts, and had the best goals-against-average, finishing at 2.74 G.A.A. Carnduff's Cody Dumaine didn't finish far behind, posting a 14-3-0 record in 17 starts and sporting a 2.87 G.A.A. Wawota's Scott Knelsen posted 2.43 G.A.A., however only appeared in 9 games (7-1-1).
TOP SCORING DEFENCEMAN
The top scoring defenceman in the Big Six this season is Blake McMillen of the Carnduff Red Devils. McMillen finished with 28 points (12G, 16A) from the blueline to pace all defenders, Carlyle Cougars' captain Ben Johnstone (26 points) and Redvers Rockets' defenceman Brady Gaudet (25 points) shortly behind.
The Big Six Playoffs begin on Wednesday, February 14th.
1) Carnduff Red Devils vs 8) Carlyle Cougars
2) Redvers Rockets vs 7) Oxbow Huskies
3) Bienfait Coalers vs 6) Midale Mustangs
4) Yellow Grass Wheat Kings vs 5) Wawota Flyers