BRUINS AWARDED FOR STRONG NOVEMBER
The Bruins have several NAHL weekly awards on the trophy case this season. Now the club will have to make room for the biggest one.
Netminder Alex Schilling was named the NAHL Goalie of the Month. This is the first league-wide award the Bruins won this year. All of the other awards have been specifically among other Central Division players.
Schilling went 4-0-1 in November, with a 1.18 GAA and a save percentage just shy of 96. The former Wayzata netminder stopped 136 of 142 shots in the month to help the Bruins climb up the division standings.
He was in net for the only non-win in November, a shootout loss to Coulee Region on November 10 in La Crosse.
Schilling ages out of junior hockey at the end of the season, so he is looking to put on a show… in hopes of earning a college offer. He is also playing for a spot on the Central Division’s Top Prospects Tournament roster. Those games are February 27-28 in Plymouth, Michigan.
The club took home a pair of honorable mentions as well. Forward Travis Kothenbeutel earned a forward of the month honorable mention. The University of Nebraska-Omaha commit took home three weekly Central Division mentions in November.
Among blue liners, Jaden Shields needed both hands to carry home his awards. The NAHL gave Shields a Defensive Player of the Month honorable mention. He collected seven points in November, including his first NAHL goal in Bismarck on Friday.
AWARDS CARRY OVER INTO DECEMBER
Shields scored four goals in the weekend sweep in Bismarck to earn the Central Division top Star of the Week.
The Royal Oak, Michigan native is the second Bruin to win a top star this season. Forward Alex Mella won the Central Division’s top honor on November 21. Shields netted two goals in each game to help carry the Bruins’ hot streak into December. He leads all Bruins defenseman with 15 points.
Right behind Shields in the weekly honors, teammate Andy Willis. The former Lone Star Brahmas skater earned the Second Star of the Week. Willis was responsible for six assists in Bismarck. He added a goal on Saturday.
The Bruins play a home and home against Brookings this weekend. Saturday’s game is at Riverside Arena.