Jr. Sharks graduate Acton pins down monthly NAHL laurels
San Jose Jr. Sharks graduate Jake Acton has been named the Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
After arriving in the NAHL at the beginning of the New Year, Acton, 18, made the most of his new surroundings with the Minnesota Magicians by putting up some great numbers in the month of January.
The native of Livermore posted a perfect 3-0-0 record in four games during the month, while allowing just four goals on 101 shots.
Acton made his NAHL debut in a relief appearance in a Jan. 3 game in Springfield. In his first start on Jan. 8, he made 24 saves in a shutout of the Jr. Blues. He also made 23 saves in a 3-2 win over Janesville on Jan. 21 and made 36 saves in a 2-1 win in Springfield on Jan. 28. Acton, who played two seasons in the NAPHL for the Jr. Sharks in previous seasons, posted a 1.20 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage save percentage during the month.
“Jacob has been a great competitor since joining our team,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer. “His play has helped us gain valuable points in the New Year and gives us two very good options in goal.”
“Playing with Ivan Prosvetov has really pushed me and helped with my game and compete level,” added Acton. “We have a great group of guys here with the Magicians and it is a great atmosphere to be successful. I am just trying to take things one game at a time and not focus on the long-term future. I just want to play better each time I get the opportunity.”
He also said that playing in the NAPHL helped him develop to the point where he could succeed at the junior level.
“The NAPHL was a great development league,” said Acton. “It helped that we played so many different teams and had a variety of competition. The exposure and events really stood out and helped my career.”