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Gilbert native Ploszaj named NAHL’s Central Division Star of the Week

 

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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 Jan. 1, 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

The Wings’ resurgence and climb up the Central Division standings can be linked to the addition of veteran junior goalie Forbes Ploszaj.

The 20-year-old from Gilbert provided another example of that this past weekend as the Wings swept a home-and-home series against the Brookings Blizzard.

Ploszaj faced a total of 62 shots and made 57 saves in the two wins, which included 24 saves in a 4-3 overtime win in Brookings on Friday and 33 saves in a 3-2 home win on Saturday.

In nine games with the Wings since late October, Ploszaj has a 6-3-0 record.

“Forbes has been a great addition to the Wings,” said Aberdeen coach Scott Langer. “His success comes from his pro-like approach and putting in the work needed each and every day.”

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