California products, junior hockey veterans Haar, Sholl pick up weekly NAHL awards
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Huntington Beach native Cooper Haar and Hermosa Beach native Mattias Sholl earned weekly awards from the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the week ending Dec. 8.
Haar was tabbed the Central Division Star of the Week with the Aberdeen Wings, while Sholl picked up the Midwest Division Star of the Week with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Thanks to an eight-game point streak and another weekend sweep, the Wings are now tied for the lead in the Central Division. This past weekend, Haar, a 20-year-old forward, was a big factor in the games as he recorded six points (three goals, three assists) and was plus-5 in two wins over the Minnesota Wilderness.
Haar had a goal and three assists in a 6-2 win on Friday and two goals in a 7-3 win on Saturday.
Since joining the Wings in early November, Haar has 17 points in 13 games with the Wings and 22 points in 27 games overall so far this season.
“Cooper has been a big addition to our locker room,” said Aberdeen head coach Scott Langer. “He is a mature leader that puts the team’s success first and foremost. Cooper has the ability to change the complexion of a game with his high compete level.”
The Ice Dogs ran their current point streak to six straight games as they posted a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians.
Sholl, 19, started and won both games, allowing just a single goal in the two wins.
A member of Team NAHL this summer, Sholl stopped a combined 46 of 47 shots in the sweep, which included a 26-save shutout on Friday night and 20 saves in a 3-1 win on Saturday.
For the season, Sholl is in the top eight in the NAHL in both goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.927).
“Mattias is in really good form and playing really well right now,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said. “His team is gaining confidence in front of him as he is battling extremely hard.”
During their youth hockey days, Haar skated for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Los Angeles Jr. Kings and Sholl was between the pipes for the Jr. Kings.
(Dec. 9, 2019)