LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western first-year forward Jarrett Fontaine (Humboldt, Sask.) was named the BCIHL’s Player of the Month for November, while fellow rookie teammate Evan Last (Surrey, B.C.) was named the league’s Rookie of the Month for the second straight month.
The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League unveiled its award winners Friday for the month of November, which includes games played the weekend of December 3-4.
The Spartans have now had three players honoured in the BCIHL’s monthly awards as goalie Silas Matthys (Wollerau, Switzerland) was named the Goaltender of the Month for October.
Earlier this week, TWU’s Jamey Kreller (Winfield, B.C.), who is the third prong on the Spartans top line, was named the BCIHL’s Player of the Week after he recorded six points in a two-game road weekend that saw TWU beat Selkirk and Eastern Washington. Kreller scored the overtime winner in TWU’s 7-6 win over the Saints.
Player of the Month – Jarrett Fontaine, Trinity Western University
The former Western Hockey League product was virtually unstoppable in November, scoring 10 goals while adding five assists in just eight regular season games. He was held off the scoresheet just once – on Nov. 25th against Selkirk College – but he rebounded in a big way, scoring a hat trick as part of a 5-point night against the Saints the following weekend. The 5-foot-5 Fontaine enters the Christmas break second in league scoring, behind Last, with 12 goals and nine assists in 13 games.
Rookie of the Month – Evan Last, Trinity Western University
Last could easily have earned Player of the Month honours if not for the performance of linemate Fontaine, but instead he is the league’s top rookie for the second straight month. The MJHL alumnus was a playmaking machine, setting up 14 goals while also adding one of his own. He finished the month with four multi-point games, including a trio of three-point efforts and a four-assist outing on the road against Selkirk Dec. 2. Last finished the fall semester atop the BCIHL’s scoring leaders with five goals and 18 assists in 13 games.
Defenceman of the Month – Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University
This is the second win in the last three tries for Berry-Lamontanga, who also captured DOM in February of the 2015/16 season. The 23-year old has established himself as the league’s top two-way blueliner, and his reputation was cemented in November as he led all BCIHL defencemen in goals (4) and points (9) while anchoring an SFU defence that allowed just 19 goals in eight games.
Goaltender of the Month – Lyndon Stanwood, Simon Fraser University
The former BCHL standout rebounded from an early season injury to confound shooters in November en route to a 4-0 record. Stanwood picked up road wins at UVic and EWU before returning home to star in a 5-1 win over Selkirk in which he stopped 34 shots. He closed out the month with a first star effort in a home win over the Vikes, and he remains the only BCIHL netminder unbeaten in five or more starts.