Following a disappointing – and injury-riddled – season, the Wellesley Applejacks finally heard some good news last week when forward Michael Forster was named as the McConnell Conference rookie of the year.
Forster tallied 14 goals and 31 points in just 26 games this season to finish second in team scoring to Corey Way’s 39 points, along with 10 penalty minutes and three game-winning goals. His 14 goals were tied with Way and Justin Roeder for second on the team to Eric Parr’s 15.
“Had he played the whole season I’m confident he would have won our team scoring,” said head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick. “Game in, game out he’s one of our hardest working guys and in more games than not he is one of our best players.”
Even Forster was bitten by the injury bug that made its way through the Wellesley dressing room, and missed five straight games in December.
Forster displayed tremendous consistency in his first year of Junior hockey. He recorded eight points in his first four games and was held scoreless in only six games total this year, never going more than one without registering at least one point. He also sported two point streaks of four games, and one five-game point streak.
“He comes and works hard, he’s a positive player, and he and (defenceman) Stephen Lewtas are two of the best pickups we’ve had in years,” said Fitzpatrick. “He deserves it.”
Forster also scored the first goal of the Jacks playoff season in game one of their 5-2 loss to Ayr, but was held off the score sheet in game two.