NAHL Press Release
One of the great brand names in hockey equipment, Sher-wood is the exclusive Official Equipment Supplier of the North American Hockey League. Sher-wood sticks, gloves and pants are provided to NAHL clubs by the company, which also sponsors the NAHL Players of the Week awards. Each week, NAHL coaches nominate offensive and defensive players for these awards and winners are selected for their outstanding play and recognized on NAHL.com. The teams and players of the NAHL thank Sher-wood for their support of the oldest and largest Junior A hockey league in the United States.
HAINES SEVEN POINTS CAPTURES SHER-WOOD NAHL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Texarkana Bandits come into the week riding an 11 game winning streak and the play of forward Casey Haines proved crucial in the Bandits’ two most recent victories over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. His seven points in those two games have earned for him recognition as the Sher-wood NAHL Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending February 19.
On Tuesday, February 14, the Indiana, Pennsylvania native set up the Bandits’ second goal of the game, giving them a 2-0 lead early in the middle period. The Ice Dogs stayed on the Bandit’s trail, however and drew to 3-2 as the period went along. That’s when Haines really went to work. His goal at 16:06 of the second proved to be the game-winner, and he followed that by setting up a Justin Johnson shorthanded goal just over three minutes later. In the third period, Haines added two more goals before the frame was half over as the Bandits romped to a 9-3 triumph.
In the rematch two days later, with the score tied 1-1 in the first, Haines tallied the go-ahead goal on the power play at the 12 minute mark, and the Bandits would lead the rest of the way. But the Ice Dogs never laid down and fought back to make the score 4-3 with just under six minutes to go in the game. Fairbanks pulled their goalie in the last minute and Haines helped set up an empty net goal by Pat Maroon to seal the victory.
Haines is now tied for 10th in NAHL scoring with 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points in 46 games. This is his second selection as Player of the Week this season. He was a co-winner for the week ending January 1.
HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Guentzel (Southern Minnesota), Josh Heidinger (Bozeman), Kyle Kraemer (Wichita Falls).
DALTON, CARLSON SHARE SHER-WOOD NAHL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
The NAHL’s top goalie and one of its top scoring defensemen share the Sher-Wood NAHL Defensive Player of the Week award for the week ending February 19.
Matt Dalton of the Bozeman IceDogs backstopped his team to a pair of wins against their two Montana rivals, the Helena Bighorns and the Billings Bulls for his share of the award.
On Friday, February 17, Dalton was perfect against the Bighorns, stopping all 19 shots in a 4-0 victory. The Clinton, Ontario, native recorded his sixth shutout of the season, to tie him for the lead with Texarkana’s Riley Gill in that category.
Two days later in Billings, in a taut contest that tied until midway through the third period, Dalton surrendered only a first period power play goal to the Bulls, then was perfect the rest of the way, turning aside a total of 29 shots, 16 in the second period. A fluke goal with just under eight minutes gone in the third period gave the IceDogs the lead, which Dalton made stand up in an eventual 4-1 win, tying him with Gill for the league lead in wins with 28. In the process, he lowered his NAHL-best goals against average to 1.77 and his save percentage to .933, second to Gill’s .934.
Jeff Carlson of the Southern Minnesota Express helped catapult his team back in the Central Division race with four points in two games against the North Iowa Outlaws for his share of the award.
On Friday, February 17, the Express took an early lead from which the Outlaws could not recover and the Richfield, Minnesota, native set up a late first period power play goal to give Southern Minnesota an insurmountable 3-0 edge. They went on to win the game 4-1. The next day, with the Express taking a 2-1 lead into the second period, Carlson scored on the power play at 1:03 to extend the lead to 3-1. The Outlaws fought back to make it 3-2 before the period ended, but in the third, Carlson set up Peter Kavaya’s power play tally, which proved to be the game winner. The Outlaws pressed on and made it a one-goal game again three minutes later, but could not get any closer and with their goalie pulled, Carlson notched an empty net goal to seal the deal with 14 seconds left in regulation.
For both Dalton and Carlson, it is their third Player of the Week selection this season, tying them with Gill in that category. Dalton was awarded the Player of the Week on October 16 and November 27. Carlson received the honor on November 13 and December 4.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Thomas Billick (Wichita Falls), Justin Johnson (Texarkana).