NEWS: Players of the Month confirmed for November in NIHL

December 5, 2017

The National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) are pleased to announce the four divisional winners of the Player of the Month awards for November.

Our panel of writers and broadcasters who cover NIHL hockey have once again deliberated and reached their decisions.

November winners are:

North 1 (Moralee) – Sam Towner, Hull Pirates
North 2 (Laidler) – Gowan Beddoes, Hull Jets
South 1 (Britton) – Jordan Lawday, Cardiff Fire
South 2 (Wilkinson) – Richard Facey, Solent Devils

N1: SAM TOWNER, HULL PIRATES

The Hull Pirates assistant captain, still only 22 years old, has helped his side win six of their seven fixtures in the month as they challenge for League, National Cup and Autumn Cup honours.  Towner scored four goals and added six assists in the month while being a mature presence on the forward lines.

N2: GOWAN BEDDOES, HULL JETS

Making it a Hull double, Beddoes and the Jets ran the table in November with seven wins from seven to move within a point of league leaders Altincham.  The experienced forward recorded points in all seven games, picking up 18 points (12+6) including two hat-tricks.

S1: JORDAN LAWDAY, CARDIFF FIRE

While the Fire are still awaiting that elusive first win of the season, netminder Lawday has been a key factor in the Welsh side getting closer to breaking their duck. During November, Lawday has faced a mammoth 234 shots in just 4 games and posted an overall save percentage of 91% and has helped his side to reduce their goals against average (from 8.5 to 5.5 goals per game) this month. He capped off an impressive month between the pipes with a call-up to Great Britain’s roster for the U20 World Championship in Dumfries in December – deserved recognition for the Basingstoke-born stopper.

S2: RICHARD FACEY, SOLENT DEVILS

The veteran forward was a huge factor for the Devils in a month in which they won all four of their games and rose to second in the standings. Facey scored nine goals and added ten assists for 19 points in four games, meaning he was directly involved in over half of Solent’s 31 goals in November. Beyond the numbers, Facey stands out with his smart and skilled play, making the game look simple as he both creates chances for his linemates and buries them himself.


The players will receive a trophy at the earliest opportunity and all at NIHL HQ send our congratulations.  Play in December is already underway – who will succeed this month’s winners?

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