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Dominion City’s Denton Mateychuk named WHL Player of the Week

by Western Hockey League  |  April 15, 2024 2:00 pm

Calgary, Alta. – Moose Jaw Warriors Captain Denton Mateychuk has been named Tempo WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 14, 2024, the Western Hockey League announced Monday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect led all skaters in points with seven (one goal, six assists) and a +4 rating in two games.

Mateychuk had a secondary assist on a netfront goal by Jagger Firkus in a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the Swift Current Broncos in Game 1.  This marked Moose Jaw’s first loss of the 2024 postseason.

The Warriors came roaring back in Game 2, thanks to a historic performance by their Captain. With the Broncos leading 1-0 in the first period, Mateychuk made a quick play to spring his teammates for a two-on-one shorthanded opportunity, which was promptly buried by Brayden Yager. He’d add another secondary assist with the Warriors on the man advantage in the second frame, cycling the puck to Jager for his second of the night. 40 seconds later, Mateychuk hopped off the Warriors’ bench and flew into the offensive zone to wire the puck past the Broncos netminder to make it 3-1 for the home team. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound blueliner added another trio of assists- including the primary helper on Yager’s hat trick goal- to cap off a monster one-goal, five-assist night.

Mateychuk was one point away from tying the WHL record for points in a single playoff game by a defenceman.

The Dominion City, Man. Product has three goals and 11 assists in six playoff games to lead all WHL skaters with 14 points and a +9 rating. He’s registered at least one point in every postseason match this spring, including three multipoint games.

The Warriors will now try to seize their first lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinal showdown as the series shifts east to Swift Current.

Game 3 is set for Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. ST.

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