By Carter Brooks
Photo courtesy of the MFMHL
The 2018-19 Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League season is fully underway. And with the first week of the season having come and gone, the league has announced its first Player of the Week.
Yellowhead Chiefs' forward Rylee Gluska has received the honour for the opening week of the season - a week in which the grade 12 student played just one game. Although only playing once, Gluska picked up two goals and three assists in the Chiefs' 7-0 rout of the Pembina Valley Hawks on Saturday.
After jumping ahead to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play, Gluska and Yellowhead exploded for four goals in the second frame, before capping off the victory with another marker in the third period. Gluska contributed points on five of the Chiefs' seven goals in their season opener.
Gluska - a Neepawa, MB. native - spent the past three years with Yellowhead, collecting 15 goals and 37 points in two previous seasons of play. The honour roll student of Neepawa Collegiate Institute has seen her point-per-game average raise in each of her years in the league. 2018-19 marks the first season in which Gluska serves the Chiefs as team captain.
Yellowhead will have to wait until Wednesday, October 10th for their next contest, as they head to Hartney for a matchup with the Westman Wildcats. The Wildcats have started the 2018-19 season 2-0, with separate two-goal victories over the Winnipeg Ice and the Pembina Valley Hawks. Westman also play the Winnipeg Avros on Saturday, prior to their contest with Gluska and the Yellowhead Chiefs.