AUSTIN, Minn. – The Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League are proud to announce that second-year Bruin Ben Almquist has been named the NAHL Bauer Forward of the Month for November.
Almquist, 20, racked up 12 points in nine games for the Bruins last month, including nine goals, four multi-point games, and two game winners. The Victoria, MN, native has been solid all season for the black-and-gold, having registered 23 points in 24 games played.
“Ben being awarded forward of the month is something that our entire staff and his teammates are very proud of. Ben is a huge team player and he doesn’t look for or expect to win individual awards. He wants to get the Bruins a win every game. Our team had a good month and that helps earn individual success. We expect Ben and the rest of our players to keep playing well down the stretch. In the Central Division, every point in the standings is so important and hard to get,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.
“November by far was our best month as a team and I think that reflected in my performance because with team success usually comes individual success, so my teammates definitely played a big part in all that,” said Almquist. “We want to keep pushing hard and playing this way and make the playoffs. After that, anything can happen and we need to stay focused on getting wins. After that, I hope to play NCAA Division I hockey somewhere next season.”
This is Almquist’s second award during the month of November, following his NAHL Bauer Central Division First Star of the Week selection back on November 25. He’s the first Bruin to earn Player of the Month Honors for the Bruins this season.
Almquist and the rest of his Bruins teammates will hit the ice this Friday at Riverside Arena taking on the St. Cloud Blizzard for the first time this season. Tickets for Friday night’s game are on sale right now at all of the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.
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