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#30 Jason Rioux

May 5, 2017
By Gerry Hale



Jason Rioux
St. Jean-de-Dieu, QC
6'0", 184 lbs
20, Goal

Bearcat-of- the-Week honours went to goalie, Jason Rioux. His twelfth playoff win gave the Bearcats their fourth Maritime Junior A title. Heavily tested, he clearly was the difference in the playoff run which dashed the hopes of the heavily favoured Miramichi Timberwolves. Being named Playoff MVP was totally justified. He came into the post season with a 2.93 GAA and compiled a 2.84 GAA in the playoff run with a 0.910 Save Percentage. The MHLs busiest goalie this season may well be its best.

Rioux, a 2012 draft pick by Val-dOr, played the 2014-2015 season with the Moncton Wildcats. Last year, as a Dieppe Commando, he had his first experience in MHL Finals, losing in six games to the Pictou County Crushers. He made up for it this year.

Rioux joins four other Bearcats who were chosen Playoff MVPs over the years. They included Chris Wilcox (Goal, 1997-1998), Matt Ioriani (Goal, 2004-2005), Zach Sill (Forward, 2006-2007) and Daniel Poliziani (Defence, 2013-2014).

ON TAP

This afternoon, the Bearcats compete their Preliminary Round, playing the Carleton Place Candians (CCHL) at 4:00 (ET).

Tomorrow, the 2nd and 3rd place teams play a Semi-final. The final goes, Sunday May 7 (3:00 ET).





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