LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Travis Verveda (Alix, Alta.) was named the BCIHL’s Rookie of the Month for February and March.
The 21-year-old veteran of nearly 150 AJHL games had a big impact in his first BCIHL season. Verveda was only held off the scoresheet twice in six games in February/March, racking up four goals and five assists. His month featured two multi-point outings, including two goals and two assists on February 1 in a 7-6 win over Selkirk College. His 20 points in 24 games puts the Canmore Eagles grad second in defenceman scoring in the BCIHL this season.
Player of the Month – Mitch Newsome, Simon Fraser University
A first-year player for SFU, Newsome led all BCIHL scorers in league regular season games during February and March, tallying six goals and six assists in eight games. He had points in all but two of the Clan's games over that stretch, including three multi-point efforts. The 21-year-old Richmond Sockeyes alumnus caught fire in the second half of the season, scoring 15 of his 20 points during the winter semester.
Defenceman of the Month – Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University
A five year BCIHL veteran and captain for SFU, Berry-Lamontagna is a key contributor for the Clan both on and off the ice. The 25-year-old from Vancouver posted two goals and seven assists in eight games during February/March. He reached the 20 point total for the third time in his BCIHL career and passed Shawn Mueller to become the league's all-time games played leader. It's the fourth time the Cowichan Valley Capitals alumnus has been named BCIHL Defenceman of the Month.
Goaltender of the Month – Michael Lenko, Simon Fraser University
Lenko’s performance to wrap up the regular season sparked SFU to be within striking distance of home ice advantage in the BCIHL playoffs. The 21-year-old Gabriola Island, BC product went 2-1 during February/March with a 0.65 goals-against-average and a .968 save percentage. He notched two shutouts to tie him with TWU's Lucas Mills as the league leader this season. The former English River Miners netminder is fifth in GAA, save percentage and goals-saved-above-average this season.
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