The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols LW Steven Alexander as its Player of the Week. It’s the second week in a row that Alexander won the award – the first time in SHL history that a player has won back-to-back – and the third time in four weeks that a Pistols player was chosen (G Lasse Koskinen earned the honor in Week 8). The league had little choice but to choose Alexander after a red-hot week in which he put up 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) and led Hamilton to an undefeated week that lifted them into first place in the East.
On Sunday, Alexander had a goal and three assists in a 7-4 win over New York. On Thursday, he scored a hat trick in a 6-1 thumping of Kansas City. On Saturday he had his second straight hat trick, along with an assists, in the Pistols’ shocking 8-2 mauling of Michigan. The star winger has been red-hot since the All-Star break: after scoring only 14 goals in the first half of the season, he’s netted 18 in the last three weeks. This hot streak has vaulted Alexander into third in the league in goals (32) and fourth in points (59).
“Alex is the best pure shooter in the league, if you ask me,” said Pistols coach Keith Shields. “When he gets on a roll like he’s been on lately, he can’t be stopped. No defense and no goalie can get in his way. It’s a real thrill to watch.”