December Players Of Month – by C. Scott Holland
The GOJHL’s three conferences have announced their respective December Players of the Month Awards and each player certainly has contributed greatly to their team.
The Golden Horseshoe’s Offensive Player of the Month was garnered by Fort Erie Meters’ Anthony Passero, a fifth year veteran, who had logged three goals and an amazing 16 assists in just 7 games played. The 20 year-old, 5′ 9″ Passero is having his best season yet with Meteors and December was a month he may never forget.
Winning the Golden Horseshoe’s Defensive Player of the Month was Niagara Falls Canucks blueliner Andrew Barbeau. Barbeau, a rookie, scored twice and added six helpers in nine games. The Sault Ste. Marie native has only played in 13 GOJHL games but is playing effectively for the Canucks.
The Golden Horseshoe’s Goaltender of the Month was awarded to Niagara Falls Canucks’ netminder Adam Dentico, an East Amherst, N.Y. native, who played in four contests and had 3 wins and one tie while stopping 121 of 128 shots that came his way. The 5′ 11″ sophomore is 19 years-old and is a big reason why Niagara Falls is on the move upward in the standings.
The Mid-West Offensive Player of the Month was handed to Kitchener Dutchmen forward Adam Kawalec, a vet of four campaigns who is playing for his hometown and lit up the scoreboard with 4 goals and 8 assists in the 6 games he played. The 19 year-old is a diminutive 5’7″ and 170 lbs, but is among the GOJHL’s career leaders in several departments.
The Mid-West Defensive Player of the Month honours were bestowed upon Guelph Hurricanes’ rearguard Sean Power. The 20 year-old Pickering, Ont. resident and Guelph rookie notched 1 goal and added two assists in 7 games.
The Mid-West Goaltender of the Month went to Listowel Cyclones’ backstopper Tyler Fassi, who had a record of 4-2 in 6 games started while halting 185 shots of the 199 that he faced. The 6′ 18 year-old from Sauble Beach, Ont. has played in 30 career games and won 18 of them, plus has a 2.92 goals against average.
The West Offensive Player of the Month is London Nationals’ forward John Warren. The 18 year-old London resident had a terrific month of December playing in 6 games and racking up 7 goals along with 8 assists. The 5′ 7″ forward was leading the Nationals in scoring until the recent arrival of Brendan Trottier. During his three years as a GOJHL player Warren has been a lethal sniper whenever he is on the ice.
Sarnia, Ontario native Brett Storr garnered West Defensive Player of the Month while playing for his hometown Legionnaires. the 6′ tall defenseman appeared in five games and tabbed two goals. The 19 year-old is in his sophomore season and has played in 74 career GOJHL games.
For the second time this season the West Goaltender of the Month is snared by Leamington Flyers’ sensational rookie, 17 year-old Tyler Wall. The Leamington resident continued his string play with a 4-0 record while stopping 106 of 114 shots he faced. He was also named the West’s Goalie of the Month for September.