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chilly666 11-01-2012 04:31 PM

2012-13 ECHL Players of the Month
 
PRINCETON, N.J. – Nick Petersen of the Orlando Solar Bears is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for October. It is the second time in Petersen’s ECHL career that he has captured a monthly honor after being named the league’s Rookie of the Month in January 2011 with Wheeling.

Petersen led the league in October with 14 points, and was tied for the league lead with six goals, as the Solar Bears went 4-1-2 in the opening month of their inaugural ECHL season.

The 23-year-old opened the month on a six-game scoring streak, tallying mulitple points in each of the six games. He tallied three points (1g-2a) in an 8-2 win at Florida on Oct. 19 and notched the first hat trick in the Solar Bears’ ECHL history in a 5-3 victory against South Carolina on Oct. 25.

A native of Wakefield, Quebec, Petersen has 80 points (34g-46a) in 54 career ECHL games with Orlando and Wheeling, and has added 41 points (16g-25a) in 75 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the fourth round (121st overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Petersen appeared in 178 career games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 198 points (87g-111) with Shawinigan and Saint John.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Gwinnett Gladiators forward Doug Jones is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for October.

The 25-year-old scored five goals, added five assists and was a +4 in eight games during the month. Jones scored at least one point in six of his eight games during October, including two point games on Oct. 13 at South Carolina, Oct. 19 against Ontario, Oct. 21 at Greenville and Oct. 26 at Fort Wayne.

A native of Marietta, Ga., Jones led all ECHL rookies in October in goals and points, and he was tied for second with 21 shots on goal and tied for fourth with five assists.

He made his pro debut last season with the Gladiators, tallying four points (1g-3a) in five games. Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at Dartmouth College, scoring 107 points (29g-78a) in 127 games.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Marc Cheverie of the Elmira Jackals is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for October.

The 23-year-old went 3-1-0 with one shutout, a 1.52 goals-against average and a save percentage of .953 in four appearances during the month, helping the Jackals to a 5-1-0 record during the first month of the season.

Cheverie began the month with three consecutive wins, making 34 saves in a 3-2 win against Reading on Oct. 12, turning aside 26 shots in a 7-1 victory over Greenville on Oct. 13 and stopping all 30 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over Wheeling on Oct. 20. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the first weekend of the season.

A native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Cheverie ranks fourth in the ECHL with a 1.52 goals-against average and is third with a .953 save percentage.

A seventh-round selection (193rd overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Cheverie has appeared in 56 career ECHL games with Elmira, Gwinnett and Cincinnati posting an overall record of 26-14-9 with five shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.83 and a save percentage of .906. Cheverie has also appeared in 24 career American Hockey League games with Rochester and Portland.

chilly666 12-06-2012 11:22 AM

PRINCETON, N.J. – Chad Costello of the Colorado Eagles is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for November.

Costello scored eight goals and added 21 assists for 29 points and was a +8 in 13 games during the month, helping the Eagles to a 7-5-1 record in November.

The 26-year-old scored at least one point in each game during November, part of his ECHL season-long 14-game point streak. He had nine multi-point games during the month including five points (1g-4a) on Nov. 2 against San Francisco and four points (0g-4a) on Nov. 21 against Florida. Costello also had a hat trick in a 6-2 win against Utah on Nov. 10. He was named ECHL Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 11 after posting seven points (4g-3a) in three games during the week.

A native of Johnston, Iowa, Costello leads the league with 30 assists, 39 points and 14 power-play assists, and is tied for the league lead with 17 power-play points.

The reigning ECHL Most Valuable Player, Costello has tallied 115 points (38g-77a) in 70 career ECHL games with Colorado and Texas and he has also seen action in 19 career American Hockey League games with Lake Erie, Springfield and Worcester, registering five assists.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Idaho Steelheads goaltender Josh Robinson is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for November.

The 23-year-old went 6-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a save percentage of .928 in six appearances during the month, helping the Steelheads to an 8-3-1 record in November.

A native of Frankenmuth, Mich., Robinson made at least 29 saves in each of his six appearances in November, and ended the month with 35 or more saves in each of his last three starts - a career-high 44 saves in a 6-3 win against Las Vegas on Nov. 23, 36 saves in a 4-3 victory over Colorado on Nov. 28 and 35 saves in a 4-2 win against Colorado on Nov. 30.

Under contract to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, Robinson is third in the ECHL with a .930 save percentage, is tied for third with nine wins and is ninth with a 2.46 goals-against average. He was named the Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Oct. 21 after going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .948 in two appearances.

Robinson spent the previous four seasons at Michigan Tech University. As a senior, he won 15 games, which was nine more wins than he had in his first three seasons combined, and were the most wins in a season for a Michigan Tech goaltender since 1992-93.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Philipp Grubauer of the Reading Royals is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November. Grubauer also won the monthly goaltending honor in November 2011 while with South Carolina.

The 21-year-old went 10-1-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average and a save percentage of .913 in 12 appearances during November, helping the Royals to a 12-2-0 record during the month. 

Grubauer set a Royals’ club record with a personal 10-game winning streak to open the month. He allowed two goals or less in six of his 11 starts during November, and made at least 27 saves on five occasions. Grubauer was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Nov. 18 after going 2-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against average and a save percentage of .934 in two appearances.

A native of Rosenheim, Germany, Grubauer is second in the ECHL with 10 wins, fourth with a 2.25 goals-against average and fifth with 880 saves.

A fourth-round selection (112th overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Grubauer has appeared in 58 career ECHL games with Reading and South Carolina, posting an overall record of 33-17-4 with one shutout, a 2.23 goals-against average and a save percentage of .916, and last season, was selected to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.

chilly666 01-03-2013 11:02 AM

PRINCETON, N.J. Yannick Tifu of the Reading Royals is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for December.

Tifu scored eight goals, added eight assists and was a +7 during December, helping the Royals to a 10-0-1 record in the month.

The 28-year-old scored at least one point in 10 of his 11 games during the month, and tallied multiple points on five occassions. He registered three points (1g-2a) in a 5-3 win against Orlando on Dec. 15 and had a two-goal game, including the game-winner, in a 5-4 win over Trenton on Dec. 28. That was one of three game-winning goals in the month for Tifu.

A native of Brossard, Quebec, Tifu leads the Royals this season with 31 points (12g-19a) in 32 games. He has tallied 408 points (127g-281a) in 360 career regular-season games with Reading, Chicago, Elmira, Victoria, Florida, Dayton and Phoenix, and has added 35 points (14g-21a) in 45 Kelly Cup Playoff games. Tifu has also tallied 31 points (9g-22a) in 81 career American Hockey League games with Albany, Rochester and Binghamton.



PRINCETON, N.J. Trenton Titans forward Marcel Noebels is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for December.

The 20-year-old scored nine goals and added 12 assists for 21 points in 14 games during December, as the Titans went 7-4-3 in the month.

Noebels tallied at least one point in 12 of 14 games during December, and had five multi-point games, including four points (3g-1a) in a 7-6 win against Elmira on Dec. 1, three points (1g-2a) in a 5-2 win at Fort Wayne on Dec. 22 and three assists in a 5-4 loss at Reading on Dec. 28.

Under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Noebles leads the Titans, and all ECHL rookies, with 30 points (11g-19a) in 31 games.

A native of Toenisvorst, Germany, Noebels played the previous two seasons with Seattle and Portland in the Western Hockey League, scoring 112 points (48g-64a) in 128 games.



PRINCETON, N.J. Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for December.

The 26-year-old went 6-1-0 with three shutouts, a 1.50 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in seven appearances during the month, helping lead the Stingrays to a 6-4-2 mark during December.

Zapolski opened the month with four consecutive wins, including a 34-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Gwinnett on Dec. 1, and allowed two goals or less in each of those four appearances. He closed the month with back-to-back shutouts, making 26 saves in a 4-0 win at Gwinnett on Dec. 28 and turning aside all 23 shots in a 3-0 victory against Wheeling on Dec. 29. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the weeks ending Dec. 2 and Dec. 30.

A native of Erie, Pa., Zapolski is 12-5-0 in 17 appearances this season, and leads the ECHL with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead with three shutouts.

Zapolski has appeared in 32 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Toledo and Kalamazoo, posting an overall record of 20-9-1 with five shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .929.

Prior to turning pro, Zapolski played four seasons at Mercyhurst College where he appeared in 109 games and went 48-43-11 with eight shutouts, a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.

chilly666 02-04-2013 05:05 PM

PRINCETON, N.J. – Colton Yellow Horn of the Ontario Reign is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for January.

Yellow Horn scored 15 goals, added five assists and was a +8 in 15 games during January, helping the Reign to an 11-4-0 record during the month.

The 25-year-old scored at least one point in 10 of his 15 games during the month, and had five multi-point games in January. He tallied four points (3g-1a) in a 6-4 win against Utah on Jan. 4, scored two goals and added an assist in a 3-1 win at Alaska on Jan. 12, notched his second hat trick of the month in a 5-3 victory at Bakersfield on Jan. 15 and had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win at Colorado on Jan. 26. Yellow Horn tallied three game-winning goals and added five power-play goals during the month.

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Yellow Horn leads the ECHL with 36 goals, 56 points and 10 game-winning goals and is second in the league with 11 power-play goals.

Yellow Horn has tallied 77 points (43g-34a) in 84 career ECHL games with Ontario, Stockton and Elmira.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Idaho Steelheads forward Austin Fyten is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for January. He is the second Steelheads’ rookie to win the award this season, following goaltender Josh Robinson, who won the honor for November.

The 21-year-old scored six goals and added 11 assists for 17 points in 12 games during January, helping the Steelheads to a 7-4-1 record during the month.

Fyten tallied at least one point in 11 of his 12 games during the month, and ended January on a seven-game point streak (5g-7a). He notched three points (2g-1a) in a 6-2 win against Alaska on Jan. 18, and tallied two points on three occasions, scoring one goal and adding an assist on Jan. 4 against Bakersfield and Jan. 27 at Gwinnett and registering a pair of assists on Jan. 19 against Alaska. He represented the Steelheads at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, posting a +2 in the ECHL All-Stars 7-3 win against Colorado.

A native of Sundre, Alberta, Fyten is second among ECHL rookies with 40 points and is tied for second among first-year players with 26 assists while his +17 is tied for fourth among rookies.

Currently loaned to Texas of the American Hockey League, Fyten spent the previous five seasons in the Western Hockey League tallying 122 points (55g-67a) in 193 regular-season games with Lethbridge and adding 10 points (4g-6a) in 26 postseason contests with Lethbridge and Vancouver.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Ken Reiter of the Fort Wayne Komets is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for January.

The 27-year-old went 6-1-0 with one shutout, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in seven appearances during the month.

Reiter allowed two goals or less in five of his seven appearances and made at least 32 saves four times. He won his first four appearances in January, including a 41-save performance in a 3-2 overtime win against Cincinnati on Jan. 13 and a 36-save effort for his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory at Evansville on Jan. 16. Reiter ended the month with back-to-back wins, stopping a combined 56 of 59 shots in a 4-2 win at Evansville on Jan. 26 and in a 2-1 win at Kalamazoo on Jan. 30.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Reiter has appeared in 24 games with the Komets this season posting a record of 14-7-1 with two shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a save percentage of .916. He also has seen action in two games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

Prior to turning pro, Reiter played three seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he appeared in 94 games with an overall record of 52-26-11 with nine shutouts, a 2.37 goals-against average and a save percentage of .912.

chilly666 03-04-2013 05:34 PM

PRINCETON, N.J. – Mathieu Roy of the Florida Everblades is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for February.

Roy scored 13 goals and added six assists for 19 points in 13 games during the month.

The 26-year-old scored at least one point in 12 of 13 games during February, highlighted by a pair of hat tricks, scoring three goals in a 5-2 win at Greenville on Feb. 15 and in a 5-4 victory against Gwinnett on Feb. 19. He tallied two-point games on Feb. 1 vs. Trenton and on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Orlando. He began the month on an 11-game point streak, tallying 18 points (12g-6a) over that span.

A native of Amos, Quebec, Roy is third in the ECHL with a career-high 64 points (29g-35a) in 56 games. He has added one assist in three games with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

Roy has scored 256 points (114g-142a) in 380 career ECHL games with Pensacola and Florida, and he has added 17 points (9g-8a) in 31 Kelly Cup Playoff games, including helping the Everblades to the 2012 Kelly Cup title.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Idaho Steelheads forward Tyler Gron is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for February. He is the third Steelheads’ rookie to win the award this season, following goaltender Josh Robinson (November) and forward Austin Fyten (January).

The 23-year-old scored 10 goals, added seven assists and was a +6 during the month, helping the Steelheads to a 7-4-2 mark in February.

Gron opened the month with two points (1g-1a) in a 3-2 win at Stockton on Feb. 1, which was one of three two-point games during the month. Twice during the month, he tallied three points, notching two goals and an assist in a 5-4 overtime win against Utah on Feb. 8 and tallying one goal and two assists in a 6-0 win at Utah on Feb. 10.

A native of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Gron has 23 points (14g-9a) in 22 games with the Steelheads this season. Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at Northern Michigan University, scoring 97 points (48g-49a) in 140 games. He made his pro debut at the end of last season, notching one assist in three games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February. Zapolski, who also won the monthly award for December, is the first goaltender since Jayme Platt in 2001-02 to capture two monthly awards in the same season.

The 26-year-old went 5-1-1 with four shutouts, a 0.85 goals-against average and a save percentage of .971 in seven appearances in February.

Zapolski allowed two goals or less in six of his seven appearances highlighted by his four shutouts. He made 29 saves in a 2-0 win at Gwinnett on Feb. 1, 15 saves in a 3-0 victory at Orlando on Feb. 17, 32 saves in a 2-0 win against Greenville on Feb. 22 and 27 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Road Warriors on Feb. 23. He became the fifth goaltender in ECHL history to post three consecutive shutouts, and had a shutout streak of 212:32 over a five-game stretch.

A native of Erie, Pa., Zapolski was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game after stopping all 17 shots he faced in the second period of the ECHL All-Stars 7-3 win over Colorado. He leads the ECHL this season with a 1.68 goals-against average, a .939 save percentage and seven shutouts, while he is tied for third with 21 wins. His seven shutouts are tied for the second-most in a single-season in ECHL history, and is just one behind the league record of eight.

Zapolski has appeared in 47 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Kalamazoo and Toledo posting an overall record of 29-13-3 with nine shutouts, a 1.90 goals-against average and a save percentage of .933. Prior to turning pro, Zapolski played four seasons at Mercyhurst College where he appeared in 109 games and went 48-43-11 with eight shutouts, a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.

chilly666 04-03-2013 04:51 PM

PRINCETON, N.J. – Mathieu Roy of the Florida Everblades is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Player of the Month for March. It is the second conseuctive month that Roy has captured the monthly honor, making him the first player since Cincinnati’s Jean-Michel Daoust (Dec. 2007 and Jan. 2008) to win two Player of the Month awards in the same season.

Roy scored 10 goals, added 17 assists and was a +9 as the Everblades went 11-3-1 during the final month of the regular season.

The 26-year-old scored at least one point in 14 of 15 games during March, highlighted by a five-point game (2g-3a) in an 8-3 win at Orlando on March 26. He also had two three-point games (March 8 at Fort Wayne and March 30 vs. Orlando) and had five two-point games during the month.

A native of Amos, Quebec, Roy led the ECHL this season with 38 goals and 89 points, becoming the first player to lead the league in both categories since 2008-09, and last week, was named to the All-ECHL First Team.

Roy has 281 points (123g-158a) in 393 career ECHL games with Pensacola and Florida and he has added 17 points (9g-8a) in 31 Kelly Cup Playoffs games. Roy captained the Everblades to their first-ever Kelly Cup title in 2012.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Florida Everblades forward Corey Trivino is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for March.

The 23-year-old scored 10 goals, added 11 assists and was a +9 during the month, helping the Everblades to an 11-3-1 mark in March.

A second-round selection (36th overall) of the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Trivino scored at least one point in 12 of 15 games during the month and had six multi-point games, including four points (3g-1a) in an 8-3 win at Orlando on March 26 and three points (1g-2a) in a 6-3 victory at Fort Wayne on March 8.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Trivino was fifth among ECHL rookies with 51 points (18g-33a) in 63 games with the Everblades this season. Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at Boston University where he tallied 73 points (31g-42a) in 112 career games.



PRINCETON, N.J. – Riley Gill of the Reading Royals is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for March. It is the third time in Gill’s career that he has won the monthly honor (Oct. 2010 and Feb. 2012), tying him for the most Goaltender of the Month awards in ECHL history.

The 28-year-old went 9-2-1 with three shutouts, a 1.24 goals-against average and a save percentage of .953 in 12 apperances during the month.

Gill allowed two goals or less in each of his final 11 appearances in March, and made at least 26 saves seven times, and he was named Goaltender of the Week for the weeks ending March 17 and March 24. He stopped 26 shots in a 3-0 win against Orlando on March 8, made 34 saves in a 2-0 victory over Elmira on March 15 and had 30 saves in a 2-0 win at Toledo on March 24.

A native of Northfield, Minn., Gill joined the Royals on Feb. 27, and in 14 games with the club, posted an overall record of 10-3-1 with three shutouts, a 1.28 goals-against average and a save percentage of .952.

Gill has appeared in 85 career ECHL games with Kalamazoo, Victoria and Reading going 48-25-10 with eight shutouts, a 2.62 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.


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