AMARILLO, TX – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of December. The Bauer Hockey NAHL Forward of the Month is Dalton Hunter from the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Bauer Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month is Jeff Solow from the Amarillo Bulls. The Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month is Drew Hotte from the Johnstown Tomahawks. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NAHL monthly awards.
Amarillo Bulls defenseman Jeff Solow, 20, had a torrid month of December as the native of Naples, Florida, helped the Bulls climb the South standings with 11 points in 9 games played during the month. That included 2 goals, 9 assists and a team-leading +5 rating. Solow (6’0/193) recorded at least a point in five of the nine games and had three multi-point outings. Solow, who spent some time developing in the NA3HL last season with the North Iowa Bulls, ranked tied for 4th among all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 24 points in 28 games played so far this season. “The Bulls organization is proud of Jeff being the recipient of the December Defenseman of the Month award. This honor is a by-product of his strong play for our team and he has continued to be a key member of our defensive corps. We believe that if Jeff continues to play a strong two-way game that he will be a very attractive candidate for an NCAA Division I program,” said Bulls head coach Matt Nicholson.
Solow said that his success has been a product of improving at all levels. “This is my third year in the league and I have learned something at each stop, be it Soo, Kenai River, North Iowa or Amarillo. Coach Todd Sanden in North Iowa and Coach Matt Nicholson here in Amarillo have been instrumental in helping me develop and improve and have given me a chance to succeed,” said Solow. “My goal is to play NCAA Division I hockey and I’d like to see myself try and get 40 points. Beyond that, I would like to take my career as far as it can go.”
Runner-Up: Dorian Dawson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Barnes, Topeka RoadRunners – Andy Carroll, Aberdeen Wings – Jake Dittel, Minot Minotauros – Matt Doran, Coulee Region Chill – Jiei Halliday Bismarck Bobcats – Aaron McPheters, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Orgel, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Adam Pilewicz, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tucker White, Corpus Christi IceRays
Meanwhile, George Mika was selected as runner up of the Forward Of The Month. Mika posted seven goals and added eight assists for 15 points in nine games.
It’s a trio of home hockey for the Amarillo Bulls next weekend with two against the Jackalopes on Friday and Saturday. It’s the return of $5 Friday Silver Section Tickets, while Saturday is sponsored by The People’s Federal Credit Union with T-shirts for the first 500 fans at the door. Sunday the Bulls will host the Shreveport Mudbugs at 7 pm. It’s Buy One Ticket at a regular price and Get One Free.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk or by calling 242-1122. Fans can also pick up tickets at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Locations including United Supermarkets.