NEW JERSEY DEVILS’ HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH HONORED
FOUR SENIORS, TWO JUNIORS, ONE SOPHOMORE, ONE FRESHMAN, INCLUDING THREE GOALIES, HIGHLIGHT FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 SELECTIONS
The New Jersey Devils High School Player of the Month Program continues in this, their 26th season honoring the top scholastic hockey players in the Garden State.
Players named for February/March 2018 are: Delbarton senior defenseman Jalen Kaplan (Gordon Conference); Northern Highlands junior goaltender John Werber (Big North Conference), Princeton freshman forward Colm Trainor (Colonial Valley Conference), Summit sophomore goaltender Nikita Pryymak (Essex/Union), Randolph senior forward Will Zimmer (MCSSIHL), Hunterdon Central senior goaltender Noah Dominick (Greater Middlesex/Skyland Conference), Manasquan-Point Pleasant Beach junior forward Aidan Tolnai (Shore Conference) and Morristown-Beard senior forward Ally Detre (Girls Ice Hockey).
Each month, December through March, eight student-athletes from throughout the state will be selected as recipients of the award. Public A, Public B, Public C and Non-Public All-Tournament Teams will be selected in March and an overall Boys and Girls High School Player of the Year will also be chosen at the conclusion of the season.
Kaplan, The HockeyClan/Buttendz State Player of the Month, scored in the NJSIAA Non-Public State Final victory for Delbarton. The game-tying, power-play goal was Kaplan’s second goal last month but a crucial one. Kaplan logged heavy shutdown minutes against the state’s best forwards, including a victory at the 60th annual Gordon Cup, while chipping in with six assists en route to his third straight state title.
Werber steered aside 156 of the 165 shots he faced in February/March — including a 19-save shutout in the state finals — to guide Northern Highlands to its first-ever NJSIAA Public B championship. Werber posted a 1.08 goals-against average and sparkling .956 save percentage the last two months of the season and finishes the year with 1.20/.936 with four shutouts.
After his brother was honored last month, Colm earns honors this past month as the freshman chipped in with four goals ans six points including a three-point game in the sweet-16 and a pair of goals in the state quarterfinals. Trainor caps off a tremendous rookie season with 10 goals and 17 points.
Pryymak was a revelation the final two months of the season going 4-0-1 while yielding just three goals on 117 shots — including four shutouts — with a 0.60 goals-against average and .970 save percentage. Coming back after missing a two-week stretch, Pryymak shut out West Morris, Glen Rock and Chatham in succession to lead Summit to the NJSIAA Public C state title. Pryymak concludes his sensational sophomore season 12-0-1 with 0.75 GAA, .973 save pct. and eight shutouts.
Zimmer scored eight goals — including a four-goal performance in the sweet-16 — and 10 points to lead the Rams to the state finals at Prudential Center. The 6,’3” 185-pound senior team captain was a force throughout his career completing his Randolph season with 22 goals and 42 points.
Dominick was 6-1-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in Feb./March as Hunterdon Central defeated Bayonne, Monroe, Wayne and Woodbridge Twp. in succession to capture the first state championship in program history on March 5 in Newark. Dominick was 16-7-3 with a 1.85 GAA and .925 save pct. his senior campaign that including hoisting the Public A championship.
Tolnai registered five goals and nine points in five games, including its triumph over Wall Township in the final of the Dowd Cup on Feb. 15. The bruising forward recorded 23 goals and 31 points for Manasquan-Point Pleasant Beach this season.
Detre, The HockeyClan/Buttendz Girls State Player of the Year, recorded two points in her final game — including a goal with 20 seconds remaining — to eclipse the 200-point plateau at Morristown-Beard. Detre, who finished with 23 goals and 45 points behind a state-best 22 assists, also guided her team to the Prep Title on Feb. 13.
Detre finishes her storied four-year career at Morristown-Beard with 101-career goals and 99 assists for 200-career points in 83-career games.
Winners are based on nominations received from members of the media who cover the state’s scholastic hockey. Award winners and their guests receive tickets to a Devils game, a plaque presented by a Devils’ player and dinner compliments of the Devils.
This marks the 26th season the Devils honor high school student-athletes.
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Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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