The SHL selected Dakota Jackalopes C Lars Karlsson as its Player of the Week. Karlsson had a strong week, putting up 5 goals and 9 points. His performance helped vault him into the league’s top 10 in both categories.
Karlsson’s most impressive performance came on Wednesday, when he had a hat trick and added two assists in the Jackalopes’ 7-3 win over Hershey. Karlsson and teammate Matt Cherner (1 goal, 4 assists) became the first two players to record five-point games this season.
“Lars has been one of our cornerstones since the beginning,” said Jackalopes coach Harold Engellund. “He’s got a terrific motor, and he’s not afraid to do the dirty work on both ends of the ice. “
The SHL selected Washington Galaxy G Roger Orion as its Player of the Week. For the week, Orion went 3-1-0 with a 1.25 GAA and a .955 save percentage. Orion’s steadfast performance between the pipers anchored a strong week for the Galaxy, allowing them to move into second place in the East.
Orion posted two shutouts on the week. On Sunday, Orion stonewalled the Tigres in Quebec to secure a 1-0 win. Then on Friday, he turned aside 31 shots in a 2-0 win over New York.
“I know guys like [Dirk] Lundquist and Riki Tiki [Tiktuunen] get all the attention when you talk about the best goalies in the league,” said Galaxy coach Rodney Reagle. “But I’m an old goalie, and I’d take Roger up against anyone in the league. He doesn’t waste any motion or get caught out of position. And he doesn’t let bad games shake his confidence. Just like me, he forgets about what happened yesterday. In my case, it’s because I’m old and my mind’s going. But for him, it’s because he’s a top-shelf competitor.”
The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols C Calvin Frye as its Player of the Week. For the week, Frye collected 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists). With his performance, the sophomore center is now the league leaders in points (23) and assists (17). Frye’s heroics led the Pistols to a 4-1-0 week that lifted them into second place in the highly competitive East.
On Thursday, Frye notched three assists, keying Hamilton to a 6-1 thumping of division rival Quebec. The next night, Frye potted a pair of goals and assisted on another as the Pistols shot down Washington 5-1 to claim sole possession of second.
“It’s hard to believe Calvin’s only in his second year, because he plays like a ten-year veteran,” said teammate Steven Alexander. “He’s like a point guard… he can see the whole ice from above and sees plays develop before they happen. His passes are a thing of beauty… tape-to-tape, threading the needle. He makes the top line click.”
The SHL selected Michigan Gray Wolves G Dirk “The Bear” Lundquist as its Player of the Week. Lundquist started off the 2017 season strong, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 0.74 GAA and a .978 save percentage. Lundquist’s dominant performance has helped the defending champion Wolves pick up where they left off last season, going 4-1-0 to tie with Hershey for the best record in the league.
On Opening Night, Lundquist stopped 40 shots to shut down Dakota in a 3-1 win. On Wednesday, in the Wolves’ home opener, he turned aside 26 and posted a shutout of Seattle. Then on Saturday, he made 37 saves to freeze the Igloos 3-0.
“The Bear is an inspiration to the whole team,” said Michigan coach Ron Wright. “He’s already the unquestioned best goalie in the SHL. But does he rest on his laurels? No way. He’s out there working harder than anyone, looking for ways to get even better. He’s chasing perfection, and he’s not going to stop chasing it. If we’re going to defend our title, it’s going to Dirk’s work ethic leading the way.”
The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos RW Nicklas Ericsson as its Player of the Week. Ericsson had one of the most prolific offensive weeks in SHL history, putting up an astounding 16 points, with 6 goals and 10 assists. Ericsson put up his first career hat trick on Sunday, powering the Igloos to a 6-3 win over Seattle. He also had a pair of three-assist games in the season’s final week, once on Tuesday in a 5-1 pasting of Dakota and again during the season finale, a 5-1 win over Michigan. In between, he had a two-goal, two-assist game as Anchorage shellacked Saskatchewan 8-2.
Ericsson finished the season with 82 points, which put him fourth in the league. His 63 assists were second only to Chase Winchester of New York, who set a new league record with 88 assists (and also won the league points title with 104, another new record).
“Because Jake [Frost] is the big goal scorer, he’s usually the one who gets all the attention and all the credit,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor. “But Nicklas is the one feeding him for all those chances, and he’s the best in the business. We came up short this year, but it wasn’t for lack of trying on Jake or Nicklas’ part.”
The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols C Calvin Frye as its Player of the Week. For the week, Frye put up 9 points (3 goals and 6 assists), bringing his season total to 55 (28 goals and 27 assists). On Wednesday, Frye provided the whole of Hamilton’s offense, banging home a pair of goals in a 3-2 loss to Washington. On Friday, he provided a pair of assists as the Pistols battled Michigan to a 3-3 draw.
Frye, a 21-year-old rookie from Regina, has had a sensational first year. He earned a spot on Hamilton’s high-wattage first line and is considered one of the leading contenders for the Rookie of the Year Award.
“Calvin is a truly remarkable young man,” said Pistols coach Keith Shields. “He’s been a real revelation for us. He’s a great shooter, a terrific passer, and he’s got a real nose for the puck. He’s got a tremendous attitude, too — he’s a team-first, low-ego kind of guy. But he’s a tough customer, too. He doesn’t start fights, but he doesn’t let guys push him around either. If I had a daughter, I’d want her to marry him.”
The SHL selected Michigan Grey Wolves G Dirk “The Bear” Lundquist as its Player of the Week. It’s the second time this year that he won the honor, having also been recognized in Week 2. For the week, Lundquist posted a 4-0-1 record with a 0.98 GAA and a .962 save percentage. Thanks to Lundquist’s exceptional prowess between the pipes, the Wolves were able to widen their lead in the West.
On Saturday, Lundquist stopped 42 shots to lead Michigan to a 2-1 win over Dakota. The next night, facing the Wolves’ closest competitor in Anchorage, he held the Igloos down and battled them to a 1-1 tie. He finished the week by shutting out Quebec 3-0.
“I never stop being amazed by The Bear,” said Michigan coach Ron Wright. “The deeper we go into the season, the better he gets. He lives for big games and key situations.”