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California natives Karpman, Wolthers collect weekly accolades from NAHL


The NAHL announced its weekly player awards Monday and a pair of California natives picked up division honors.

Minot Minotauros forward Huston Karpman is the Central Division Star of the Week, while Minnesota Wilderness forward Ethan Wolthers has been tabbed the Midwest Division Star of the Week.

The 2001-born Karpman had a big weekend as the Minotauros split with the Bismarck Bobcats in a home-and-home series.

The Manhattan Beach native recorded five points in the two games, which included four goals and an assist.

“Huston had a great weekend for us,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell. “His individual effort level raised the rest of our team’s effort and he was rewarded for it.”

On Friday, Karpman had two goals in a 7-3 loss in Bismarck. On Saturday, he scored two more goals and added an assist in a 5-2 win.

For the season, Karpman leads the team in scoring with nine points in eight games.

During his youth hockey career, Karpman played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings.

Thanks to two more wins over the weekend, the Wilderness extended their winning streak to five straight games. Wolthers, another 2001 birth year, was the big contributor as he put up six points (three goals, three assists) in a sweep of the Janesville Jets.

On Friday, the native of Valencia had a goal and an assist in a 6-5 win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists in another 6-5 win.

“Ethan was electric all weekend,” Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz said. “When he plays fast like he did, he is extremely difficult for opponents to contain. He has worked extremely hard and has been an outstanding leader for our team since the day he got arrived in Cloquet, which makes him extremely deserving of anything good that comes his way.”

For the season, Wolthers leads the team in scoring with 11 points in eight games.

Back in California, Wolthers played for the Jr. Kings, Anaheim Jr. Ducks and for West Ranch High School

(October 4, 2021)

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