The SHL chose Hershey Bliss G Brandon Colt as the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 SHL Finals. Colt isn’t generally regarded as one of the league’s elite netminder, but he turned in a top-notch performance against Anchorage in the Finals, putting up a 1.82 GAA and a .949 save percentage while leading the Bliss to a surprising seven-game upset over the Igloos. In Game 3, he stopped all 34 shots as Hershey claimed a pivotal 1-0 win. In Game 6, Colt made 46 saves in a 1-0 loss.
“Brandon really stepped his game up a level when we needed him to,” said Bliss coach Chip Barber. “There’s no way we could have won this series without him standing on his head like that. Getting that kind of performance out of him was like biting into a Snickers bar: sweet and satisfying.”
Through the first five games of the series, it looked like C Justin Valentine would be the favorite for the MVP award, as he’d scored 4 goals and put up 6 points. But Valentine missed the last two games of the series with a leg injury, making Colt the obvious choice for the honor.
In addition to the MVP trophy, Colt received a year’s supply of Hershey chocolate bars and a Shetland pony. “The chocolate bars are pretty cool; I do have a sweet tooth,” said Colt. “But I got a pony! Man, how cool is that?”