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Gilbert native Ploszaj nabs weekly NAHL laurels

 

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The North American Hockey League (NAHL) on Monday announced the Divisional Stars of the Week, presented by Bauer Hockey, for the week ending Feb. 12, 2017.

The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2016-17 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions.

Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.

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Central Division Star of the Week: Forbes Ploszaj, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings

Thanks to two more wins over the weekend, the Wings pushed their winning streak to a season-high seven straight games and moved into third place in the Central Division.

Backstopping the team in both wins was 20-year-old netminder Forbes Ploszaj.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Gilbert was solid in the Wings two wins, stopping a total if 71 of 74 shots in the process. On Friday, Ploszaj made 37 saves in a 5-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Magicians. On Saturday, he made 34 saves in a 4-1 win, which completed the weekend sweep.

Ploszaj has won his last six straight starts and hasn’t lost a game since Jan. 20.

“Forbes has been a intricate part of the Wings since arriving here,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer. “His professionalism is first class. He has a very high compete level and fits into our identity very well.”

In his youth days, Ploszaj skated for the Polar Bears and Jr. Coyotes programs.