In addition to their first-place position in the standings, the Elmira Sugar Kings have plenty of reasons to celebrate. The team swept through the Midwestern Conference’s Player of the Month Awards for November, a feat recognized last week.
Forward Jeremey Goodwin was named Offensive Player of the Month, while his brother Kurtis Goodwin won for his defensive prowess. Rounding things out, Dawson Rowe was the Goalie of the Month.
“It was great to win all three awards from the league,” said head coach Rob Collins. “We were proud that we were well-represented this month.”
The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) recently unveiled the selection. The offense award recognized Jeremey Goodwin’s contribution of 10 goals and 45 points in 30 games.
The Sugar Kings are a strong offensive team, averaging 4.18 goals per game versus the league average of 3.48. They also spend less time in the box, an average of 18.58 compared to the league’s 19.8.
Forward Kurtis Goodwin was recognized for his defensive awareness and accountability. He has 22 points in 33 matches, with three shorthanded goals among nine total.
As a team, Elmira only allows 2.18 goals per game, compared to the league average of 3.48, making for a solid defence.
Dawson Rowe won Goalie of the Month, having posted a record of 7-4-0, including two shutouts. He has a GAA of 2.06 and a save percentage of 0.893.
The Sugar Kings are also superior in the special teams section, attaining a higher chance to capitalize on a power play (22.29% versus the league’s 18.349%), a higher penalty kill percentage (89.71% compared to 81.54%) and more shorthanded goals (seven, compared to league average of five).
“It was a good night for the Sugar Kings,” said Collins of the awards.
He noted it was their third month in a row that the Sugar Kings achieved the Defensive Player of the Month, with Carter Lennon and Harrison Toms picking up previous awards.
Each player was presented with a small plaque for his accomplishment.