2014-15 NAHL.com

Friday Finals: Down to the Wire

Not much was solved with Friday's results, which means the final games of the regular season will mean everything for teams.    read more

NAHL Weekend Preview: Regular Season Finale edition

Who will win the Midwest or South? Can Janesville make history? Who will be the final team in the North? We take a look inside.    read more

Chill blank Blizzard on Thursday, 5-0

In the lone NAHL game on Thursday, Coulee Region got two goals from Brogan Rafferty in a 5-0 home win over Brookings.    read more

NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs: What you need to know

Just one weekend remains in the 2014-15 NAHL regular season and the question heading into the playoffs beginning next week is not so much who will be a part of it, but where those playoffs will be and when.     read more

NAHL Alumni Update

Two of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award are NAHL alums Cody Wydo and Tanner Kero.    read more
Future Prospects Tournament
Drew GannonUniversity of Massachusetts-Boston
Hans GorowskyUniversity of Alabama-Huntsville
Sam BeckerUniversity of Maine
Jon HallSUNY-Buffalo State
Atte TolvanenNorthern Michigan University
Jon LizotteSt. Cloud State University
Zach YoderAir Force Academy
David RadkeColorado College
Mitch HultsUniversity of Minnesota
Alexey SolovyevBentley University

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NAHL Future Prospects Tournament 4/24 - 4/26/15 Middletown Sports Complex Middletown, NJ

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Forward of the Month

Darian Romanko

Darian Romanko Minnesota Wilderness

Minnesota Wilderness forward Darian Romanko, 20, had an incredible month of February, which stood out among the rest of his NAHL peers. The native of Shoreview, Minnesota, helped the Wilderness keep pace atop the Midwest Division with 17 points in eight games played as Minnesota posted a 5-1-2 record.  Romanko (6’1/195) recorded 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) during the month of February and was also a +5 with one game-winning goal. Romanko recorded points in six of the eight games during the month and all six of those games were multi-point games. In his last three games of the month, Romanko recorded 10 points, which culminated into him being named the Midwest Division Star of the Week this past week. Romanko also made an appearance a week ago at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he played for the Midwest team.  The Midwest team went undefeated at the event and Romanko had a goal and an assist in the two games.  For the season, Romanko leads the Wilderness in scoring with 49 points in 44 games played. “Darian has come such a long way in his two years with us,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen. “He has been really good as of late and we are hopeful that a Division I opportunity happens soon.  He is a great finisher and understands how to step up at the right times. His progress as a hockey player has been fun to watch.”

“I think the team got into a good grove and built up some momentum and that translated into some success in February for everybody, not just me.  I think a lot of players had good months and it was a product of hard work and seeing us play together well as a unit. I think we have a great group of guys here that play a really good systems game and is responsible on the back end.  As long as we can keep the puck out of our net and be effective on offense, we have a good shot the rest of the year,” said Romanko. “Top Prospects was a great experience for me personally.  It was a humbling experience to look into the stands and see nothing but black jackets. It was so much fun to play in front of that many guys and since I knew a lot of guys on the Midwest team, it made it all the more special.  Hopefully this leads to something at the Division I level,” continued Romanko.

Runner-Up: Kyle Haak, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Charlie Combs, Amarillo Bulls – Kane Durment, Minnesota Magicians – Dallas Gerads, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jack Gessert, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jake Howie, Minot Minotauros – Matt Jones, Keystone Ice Miners – Nikita Litviak, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Tanner Lomsnes, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dominic Lutz, Topeka RoadRunners – Jared Pike, Bismarck Bobcats – Brad Pung, Soo Eagles – Dakota Raabe, Wenatchee Wild – Zac Robbins, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ethan Somoza, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sebastian Vidmar, Lone Star Brahmas – Adam Winborg, Janesville Jets

Defenseman of the Month

Sam Becker

Sam Becker Minnesota Magicians

It is rare in the NAHL that a defenseman leads his team in scoring, but that is exactly what Minnesota Magicians defenseman Sam Becker, 20, has done this season. The native of Roseville, Minnesota, leads his club in scoring this season with 42 points in 45 games played. The 42 points ranks 3rd among all NAHL defensemen to date. During the month of February, the Becker (6’0/175) and the Magicians got back on track with a 3-2-2 record and put themselves in good position to make the NAHL Playoffs. Becker led the team during the month with nine points in the seven games, which included four goals, five assists and a +4 rating. He also had one game-winning goal. Becker recorded a point in five of the seven games played during the month and had two multi-point games. His game-winning goal came back on February 21st in a 3-2 road win in Coulee Region. Becker also competed in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament during the month for the Midwest team. As the Midwest put together a 2-0 record at the event, Becker was outstanding in his play, recording three points in the two wins. “Sam has been a huge reason behind our success, especially lately. He is effective at both ends of the ice, but I think it is what people don’t see off the ice that he has just as big of an impact for our team. He is a natural leader and has done a great job of staying positive during the entire season,” said Magicians head coach Tom Upton. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is a future NCAA Division I hockey player. I think he is one of the best defensemen in the league and has the numbers and the skill to show for it.”

As for Becker, he said that getting back on track as a team during the month was a big priority. “The middle part of the season was kind of tough, but we tried to stay positive throughout it because the playoffs are still a real possibility. I think we have a great group of forwards up front who know how to put the puck in the net, so it makes my job easier,” said Becker. “I think playing in Top Prospects was a great experience because the team played well and it was fun to play with guys that you normally compete against. There definitely is some Division I interest because of the season I have had and because of Top Prospects, so I am hopeful something will get done in the next couple of weeks,” said Becker.

Runner-Up: Johnny Mueller, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Archibald, Keystone Ice Miners - Evan Bell, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jared Brandt, Minot Minotauros – Michael Caruso, Soo Eagles – Ivan Chukarov, Minnesota Wilderness – Logan Gestro, Corpus Christi IceRays – Chris Jones, Wenatchee Wild – Ryan Polin, Topeka RoadRunners – Tristan Rostagno, Amarillo Bulls – Tanner Salsberry, Bismarck Bobcats – Anton Santesson, Lone Star Brahmas – Alex Smith, Janesville Jets – Jeff Solow, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jake Townsend, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Goalie of the Month

Matt Jurusik

Matt Jurusik Janesville Jets

There were some memorable performances from NAHL goalie during the month of February, but then there was the performance from Janesville netminder Matt Jurusik. The 17-year-old goalie from La Grange, Illinois, put together a month for the ages as he put an assault on the NAHL record books. During the month, Jurusik (6’1/195) appeared in seven games and played more than 392 minutes. In that time frame, Jurusik allowed just two goals on a total of 180 shots, which was good for an astounding 98.9% save percentage in February. He also posted a minuscule 0.31 goals against average and a perfect 7-0 record during the month with four shutouts.  In a stretch of hockey from midway through the 2nd period of a game on February 7th to the end of a game on February 27th, Jurusik went a stretch of over 340 minutes without allowing a single goal. Because of all of that, Jurusik now leads all NAHL goalies in just about every category, including wins (27), save percentage (93.8%) and is tied for the league lead with a 1.58 goals against average and six shutouts.  Jurusik also was selected to participate in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the North team, where played well, making 37 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Central team. “When you watch Matt play, he is so calm, cool and collected. You have to remind yourself that he is still just 17-years-old. From my perspective his performance in Feburary was one of the best I have seen in a long time. There were many times that we did not play well in front of him, but because he had his A game every night, he gave us a chance to win,” said Janesville head coach Joe Dibble. “I really feel like the sky is the limit for him because of his confidence in playing the position. Needless to say, there has been a lot of NHL and NCAA Division I interest and I think it is just a matter of taking that attention day-by-day and finding the right situation for him, but he remains as focused as ever, which is a big boost to our club,” said Janesville head coach Joe Dibble.

For Jurusik, this is the second time this year of winning the Goaltender of the Month award, having won it back in December. Despite that, his thoughts haven’t changed. “This year has been an entire team effort and my success doesn’t happen without them. We have a very special group of guys who have a goal in mind. I am trying to take things game-by-game, nothing else,” said Jurusik. “Getting the last-minute call to play in Top Prospects was pretty special. It was a great experience. It is hard to describe what kind of an experience it is to play against some of the best the league has to offer.  On top of that, you then look in the stands and see hundreds to scouts so right there you know that you better make the most of the opportunity. I have some options right now, but I am going to take my time with it and make a decision about my future when the time is right,” said Jurusik.

Runner-Up: Ben Johansson, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vaughan Ahrens, Minnesota Magicians – Kevin Aldridge, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Ryan Anderson, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Bedbard, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alex Bitsakis, Bismarck Bobcats – TJ Black, Lone Star Brahmas – Alex Blankenburg, Keystone Ice Miners – Michael Bullion, Wenatchee Wild – Chad Catt, Soo Eagles – Evan Hauser, Kenai River Brown Bears – Andrew Lindgren, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dryden McKay, Springfield Jr. Blues – Andrew Shortridge, Aberdeen Wings – Atte Tolvanen, Minot Minotauros – Drew Vogler, Topeka RoadRunners

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Central Division
Midwest Division
xMN Wilderness583715680
xCoulee Region582821965
xMN Magicians592134446
Kenai River591641234
North Division
South Division
xLone Star593912886
xWichita Falls593915583
xCorpus Christi593024565
xRio Grande Valley5924251058

x - clinched playoff berth
y - clinched division title
z - clinched league title

March 27, 2015
Brookings 1Austin 6  
Amarillo 5Corpus Christi 1  
Coulee Region 4MN Wilderness 2  
Janesville 4Springfield 1  
Topeka 1Wenatchee 3  
Minot 1Bismarck 6  
Aberdeen 1MN Magicians 2  
Kenai River 2Fairbanks 7  
Johnstown 1Keystone 2  
Wichita Falls 4Lone Star 5  
Odessa 5Rio Grande 2  
Michigan 4Soo 3 (SO)
March 28, 2015
MN Wilderness at Coulee Region7:00 PM
Keystone at Johnstown7:00 PM
Michigan at Soo7:00 PM
Aberdeen at MN Magicians7:05 PM
Janesville at Springfield7:05 PM
Topeka at Wenatchee7:05 PM
Minot at Bismarck7:15 PM
Austin at Brookings7:15 PM
Kenai River at Fairbanks7:30 PM
Wichita Falls at Lone Star7:30 PM
Odessa at Rio Grande7:30 PM
Amarillo at Corpus Christi8:05 PM
March 29, 2015
MN Wilderness at Coulee Region5:00 PM
Topeka at Wenatchee5:05 PM
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