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Two-time SMCHS national champ, longtime Jr. Ducks standout Williams nabs monthly NAHL honors

 

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The NAHL has announced that Oklahoma Warriors forward Brendan Williams is the NAHL Forward of the Month.

Williams, 20, had a big month of November to help his team move into first place in the South Division.

The native of San Juan Capistrano appeared in nine games during November and recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) along with a plus-8 rating. Williams had three game-winning goals during the month and recorded at least a point in eight of the nine contests and had five multi-point games. For the season, Williams is currently second in team scoring with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in just 17 games played.

“As a team, we had a nice month of November and Brendan led the way offensively for us,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth. “His biggest impact offensively is the way he can create time and space for himself with puck protection and his willingness to fight off checks. A lot of his production comes around the net, which has been a huge part of our group having success consistently. His positioning and awareness away from the puck in the defensive zone are big contributing factors to our transition game. We couldn’t be happier for Brendan with how hard he has worked and his commitment to our team’s success.”

“I’d say what made our team able to have such a great month is how close our team has become on and off the ice,” added Williams. “Every game, we know we’re battling for the guy sitting right next to us in the locker room, so I think that has kept everyone motivated to leave it all out there every game. My goals for the remainder of the season are to commit to an NCAA Division I hockey program, but more importantly, to win the Robertson Cup.”

Back home, Williams won two USA Hockey high school national championships as a freshman and sophomore with Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Williams also played youth hockey for OC Hockey Club, LA Hockey Club and then the Anaheim Jr. Ducks all the way through 16U when the team qualified for nationals.

Photo/C. Coffey Photography

(December 2, 2022)


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