THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Sports – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced that Dryden Ice Dogs goaltender Eric Szymczyk has been named Sportop performer of the month for November.
In 10 official appearances last month the 20-year-old Toronto native posted an 8-2 overall record while registering a solid 1.80 goals-against average along with an impressive .947 save percentage.
The Ice Dogs netminder currently leads all SIJHL goalkeepers in wins with 13.
Szymczyk also top all puck stoppers in the league in minutes played, shots faced and saves at 1,229:45, 702 and 634 respectively.
He also becomes the first member of the Ice Dogs to garner Sportop performer of the month laurels since goaltender Ian Perrier accomplished the feat in November of 2010.
Szymczyk will be recognized at a future game and presented with a gift pack courtesy of Sportop Marketing Inc.
Honourable mention for the Sportop performer of the month award for October went to the following: JoJo Jeanetta, (G) Minnesota Wilderness; Jordan Christianson, (F) Fort Frances Lakers;) Jonathon Losurdo, (F) Minnesota Iron Rangers; Ian Reffert, (F) Duluth Clydesdales and Matt Kaarela, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars.
Kaarela and the Thunder Bay North Stars are playing the Minnesota Iron Rangers in SIJHL action at the Fort William Gardens on Friday and Saturday night in Thunder Bay.
Also on Friday night the league leading Minnesota Wilderness will be in Dryden facing the Ice Dogs.
The SIJHL is offering some action-packed hockey this season. For those missing their regular television fix of hockey, maybe it is time to get off the couch and get down to the arena and cheer on a favourite team.