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Both Hesjedal and Whitten also won the categories for Best Individual Performance - Hesjedal for his fourth place finish on Stage 3 of the Tour de France, and Whitten for her Commonwealth Games win.

In addition to those rewards, Canadian Cyclist (www.canadiancyclist.com) pickd Squamish's Lauren Rosser for the annual Roger Summer Award for the Best Newcomer. The award is not given out every year, but only when Canadian Cyclist believes that there is a newcomer deserving of the recognition.

Rosser won the Junior World Downhill Championship title in Quebec this year racing for Team Canada, the first Canadian to win a world championship title in downhill mountain biking in almost 20 years.

 

Wolfpack splilt games

The Squamish Wolfpack avenged an earlier 8-2 loss to the Ridge Meadows Flames with a 5-3 win on Dec. 17. It was the Wolfpack's fifth win of the season, and for the second week in a row Whistler's Matt Bonin played a major role in his team's offence.

Bonin scored twice in the first period, both assisted by teammate Mico Dragutinovic. Konrad Sander also assited on the first goal. The two goals earned Bonin first star of the game honours, while propelling the Junior B rookie to fourth place on the team point list. Bonin now has 14 points, seven goals and seven assists.

Squamish went up 3-0 in the opening 10 second of the second period, with Gray Meckling scoring the goal and Sander earning his third assist. Ridge Meadows scored less than a minute later, then led off the scoring in the third period to make it a one-point game. Konrad Sander scored again with less than three minutes left to give the Wolfpack a cushion, although the Flames put the pressure on again by scoring a minute later. Brady Bjornson pocketed the empty net goal to give the Wolfpack a rare but welcome win.

The Wolfpack defence kept the Flames to just 33 shots, while they managed 30 shots of their own. The penalties were also few and far between, just eight called all game, and none of them resulted in goals.

Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, they had to suit up less than 24 hours later against the Delta Ice Hawks, which are one of the top teams in the PIJHL this year. The Wolfpack made it through the first period with a 1-1 tie, with Konrad Sander scoring on the power play, but after that it was all Ice Hawks with two unanswered goals in the second period and an empty-netter in the third. The Ice Hawks outshot the Wolfpack 47 to 28 in that game, with Squamish goalie Jordan Liem getting the third star for his efforts in net.

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