HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 7, 2019) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that Ben Blasko of the Peoria Rivermen is SPHL Player of the Month for January.
In January, Blasko recorded a total of six goals and 14 assists. The rookie scored at least one point in each of the 11 games the Rivermen played during the month and currently has a 13-game scoring streak. In addition, the Rivermen had a record of 10-0-1 this month.
“Ben took another step offensively in the last month but most importantly he’s become responsible in all three zones at the center position,” said Jean-Guy Trudel, Peoria’s headcoach. “He’s a big reason for the success we’ve had over the past month.”
Blasko had multiple games where he tallied more than one point during the month of January. On January 27, Blasko scored one goal and had three assists for a total of four points in a game against the Pensacola Ice Flyers.
Blasko currently has the most points in the SPHL with 45 points, leads the SPHL in assists with 30 assists and comes in at second in the league for +/- at +27. Blasko, who is originally from Kingston, Ontario, played for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology before entering the league.
Other nominees include Austin Daae, Birmingham (9g, 3a), Brian Bowen, Fayetteville (6g, 8a), Rob Darrar, Huntsville (7g, 12a), Marcus Ortiz, Knoxville (2g, 4a), John Siemer, Macon (2g, 11a), Robert Lepine, Pensacola (3g, 5a), Shane Bennett, Quad City (2g, 2a), Jordan Carvalho, Roanoke (4g, 4a).
Photo Credit: Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen