PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

by Lindsay Mogle

Defense: Finnegan Wheeler, Utica Jr. Comets

The Jr. Comets went 4-1 through October (including 3-1 at the Comet-hosted Adirondack Bank 15U Showcase), and Wheeler was all over the ice for the Utica squad, helping them maintain a healthy 2.01 goals against average. 

Utica’s goalies only see 21.8 shots on goal per average, so Wheeler (‘04/Syracuse, N.Y.) is helping to lead one of the 15U Division’s stingiest defenses, helping them to a 9-1 overall record. 

Offensively, Wheeler was in on seven points in five games, including a two-goal, two-assist game against P.A.L. with a shorthanded Utica squad. 

With his 11 points in 10 games, he is the only defenseman in the league with double digits in points and also the only blueliner averaging better than a point per game in the league.