Vees rookie Jost and tender Miska win WCC awards

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Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost and goalie Hunter Miska both won two awards as the WCC handed out its post-round robin hardware Friday night.

Jost, 17, took home the tournament’s top scorer award with 5 goals and 1 assist in 4 round-robin games, and was also given the tournament’s Top Forward award. Jost had the game-winning goal in the Vees’ 6-0 win over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in their second tournament game.

Jost came to the Vees via the Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget League (BCMML). Jost was the BCMML scoring champion in his first and only season, putting an eye-popping 44 goals and 88 points in just 36 regular season games. He led the league in playoff scoring as well, racking up nine goals and 18 points in seven games, leading the Rockets to their second BCMML championship. The Rockets advanced to their first Telus Cup Midget National Championship after beating Red Deer in a three-game Pacific Region Qualifier. Jost had three goals and six points in seven games at the Telus Cup in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as the Rockets took home the bronze medal.

Jost was named to the 2013-2014 BCMML All-Star team and was named the Rockets Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer and Rookie of the Year. Jost also picked up a silver medal in November with Team BC at the 2013 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary; Jost was named to the tournament All-Star team.

Jost was the Everett Silvertips first selection, seventh overall, in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Jost hails from Leduc, Alberta, but later moved to Kelowna, BC, when he suited up for the Pursuit of Excellence’s Under 16 team back in the fall of 2012.

 

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19-year old Miska, a University of Minnesota-Duluth commit, was named Top Goaltender and Most Valuable Player of the tournament, after compiling a 3-1 record and tournament-leading 1.76 goals against average and .937 save percentage. Miska recorded a 23-save shutout in his second game of the tournament against Fort McMurray, and was named Player of the Game.

Miska came to Penticton via the US National Development Team (USNTDP) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The North Branch, Minnesota native played for both the Under-17 and Under-18 teams in his two years with the USNTDP. Miska faced junior and college hockey competition during his time with USNTDP. The U-18 program plays in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and also frequently plays exhibition games against NCAA Division l programs. Miska has been on the international stage, as he won silver in Sochi, Russia in April with Team USA at the Under-18 World Hockey Championships

 

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The tournament’s Top Defenceman Award went to 20-year old Landon Peel of the Portage Terriers, who recorded 1 goal and 4 assists in the round robin stage to lead all defencemen and tie for fifth among all skaters.

The All-Tournament team featured Miska at goaltender, with Peel and third-round Ottawa Senators draft pick Miles Gendron of Penticton on defence. The three forwards selected were top scorer Jost, Portage leading scorer Brad Bowles, who notched 1 goal and 4 assists on the tournament, and Fort McMurray Oil Barons forward Adam Durkee who registered 3 goals and 2 assists, with all three goals coming in his first-ever junior hockey hat trick as part of a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Spruce Grove Saints.

The awards were determined by a vote of the commissioners of the four respective Western leagues.