SHL Player of the Week – Week 16

Steven Alexander

The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols LW Steven Alexander as its Player of the Week.  The 26-year-old winger had another excellent week, recording 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists).  Alexander’s heroics led the Pistols to clinch their second straight playoff berth.

It’s the fourth time since the All-Star break of the season that Alexander has received the honor, which is a testament to the incredible second half the star has had.  Alexander got married at Gunpowder Armory just before the break, and married life seems to agree with him: he scored 38 of his 52 goals and 70 of his 100 points after his wedding day.  He wound up tied for the league lead in points and tied with teammate Calvin Frye for second in the SHL in goals.

On Sunday, Alexander opened the regular season’s closing week with a hat trick and an assist as the Pistols whipped Washington 4-2.  On Tuesday, he scored twice and had another assist in another 4-2 triumph over the Galaxy, officially clinching a playoff spot.  On Thursday, Alexander produced another goal and a pair of assists in a 5-2 beatdown of Boston.

“Ever since Alex tied the knot, a change has come over him,” said Pistols coach Keith Shields.  “He’s played with a new purpose, and it’s been awesome to watch.  He’s always been a driven guy, but he’s found a another level.  He fights day and night like he’s running out of time.  I know all the teams in the playoffs are tough, but I wouldn’t bet against us because of Alex.  Just you wait.”

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SHL Player of the Week – Week 15

Jake Frost

The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos C Jake Frost as its Player of the Week.  For the week, Frost scored 7 points (6 goals, 1 assist), and led Anchorage to a 3-1-0 week that helped them seize first place in the West.  With his prolific scoring week, Frost has now moved into a tie with Hamilton’s Steven Alexander for third place in the SHL in goals with 45.

Frost usually comes up biggest when his team needs him the most, and this game was no exception.  On Tuesday the center had a hat trick, scoring all of the Igloos’ goals in a crucial 3-1 win over Seattle, their rival for the Western title.  Frost also scored a goal in Sunday’s 5-3 win over Dakota, as well as in both end of Anchorage’s home-and-home with Saskatchewan.

“This is Frosty’s time of the year,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “When the spotlight is brightest, when the stage is biggest, that’s when you know you can count on Jake to come through.  We’re playing our best hockey right now, and anyone who wants to take the Vandy from us had better be ready for that.”

SHL Player of the Week – Week 14

Calvin Frye

The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols C Calvin Frye as its Player of the Week.  The Player of the Week Award has been dominated by the Pistols lately; LW Steven Alexander received the honor three times in the past four weeks, and G Lasse Koskinen was selected a couple weeks before that.  Hamilton had an undefeated week, and Frye’s 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) were one of the key catalysts for that success.  Frye now has 45 goals and 83 points on the season, both good for second in the SHL.

Frye had a hat trick along with an assist on Tuesday, leading the way in the Pistols’ 6-4 win over Kansas City.  On Thursday, he scored the first goal and assisted on two others as Hamilton took a key 4-0 decision over rival New York.  Then on Saturday, Frye scored the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over another rival, Quebec.

“What Calvin’s been able to do and how he’s grown over the years, that’s been a huge blessing for us,” said Pistols coach Keith Shields.  “He’s a great scorer, he’s a great passer, he plays heads-up defense, and he’s a leader in the locker room.  He can’t carry a tune, but that’s about all he can’t do.”

SHL Player of the Week – Week 13

Steven Alexander

The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols LW Steven Alexander as its Player of the Week.  It’s the third time in four weeks that Alexander has captured the honor. a testament to how red-hot the star shooter has been over the last month.  This week, he led all players in the SHL by notching 11 points.  Although Alexander is best known for his goal scoring, he had more assists this week (7) than goals (4).  He continues to rocket up the league leader boards; he’s now tied with teammate Calvin Frye for second in the SHL in points (75) and goals (40).

On Sunday, Alexander fed Frye for a pair of assists as the Pistols pounded Dakota, 7-2.  On Thursday, he scored twice and added an assist as Hamilton fell just shy against Seattle, 5-4.  Friday was his best performance of the week, as he produced a five-point day (2 goals, 3 assists) in a key 5-3 win over Saskatchewan.  Thanks to Alexander, the Pistols remain in playoff position in the closely-contested East.

“There’s a hunger in Alex like I’ve never quite seen,” said teammate Claude Lafayette.  “He’s always been young, scrappy, and hungry, but he’s more driven than ever to get us to the top.  Man, the man is non-stop.”

SHL Player of the Week – Week 12

Nicklas Ericsson

The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos RW Nicklas Ericsson as its Player of the Week.  Ericsson is one of the league’s top passers, and he was in top form this week, putting up 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists).  Ericsson’s monster week represents a fifth of his point total for the season.  His 60 total points places him fifth in the SHL; his 52 assists are good for third.

On Sunday, Ericsson had a goal and four assists in the Igloos’ 8-5 win over New York.  On Tuesday, he assisted on all three Anchorage goals, although his team came up just short against Hershey, falling 4-3.  Then on Thursday, he had a pair of assists, sparking a 6-1 beatdown of Hamilton.  With Ericsson’s assists leading the way, the Igloos remained in the thick of the Western race, one point behind co-leaders Michigan and Seattle.

“Nick’s the kind of player you have to be a real hockey guy to appreciate,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “A big goal scorer like Frosty [Jake Frost], everyone loves him.  But you have to be a real student of the game to appreciate a perfect pass, the way a guy like Nick can orchestrate the tempo of an offense.  It’s not the kind of thing that makes the fans go ooh and aah, but it’s the kind of thing that wins championships.”

SHL Player of the Week – Week 11

Steven Alexander

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.”

SHL Player of the Week – Week 10

Steven Alexander

The SHL selected Hamilton Pistols LW Steven Alexander as its Player of the Week.  The recently-married star winger is getting hot at the right time as the Pistols prepare for a playoff push.  This week, Alexander recorded 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) and helped Hamilton move within a point of a playoff spot in the East.  He is now within the league’s top ten in both goals (with 24) and points (with 46).

On Tuesday, Alexander had a five-point game, scoring a pair and adding three assists as the Pistols whipped Washington 6-1.  And on Saturday in front of his hometown fans at Gunpowder Armory, he recorded a hat trick, providing the margin of victory in a crucial 7-4 triumph over New York, the Pistols’ bitter rival.

“I know a lot of people have been doubting Alex,” said Pistols coach Keith Shields.  “And he’s been taking names of everyone who’s doubted him, and he’s getting ready to prove them all wrong, as he gets ready to lead us into the playoffs.”