January award winners for USPHL include California, Nevada players
The United States Premier Hockey League announced its Premier Division Players of the Month for the West Region this week and several players from the Mountain and Pacific Divisions have California and Nevada ties.
Deven Boldway from the Ogden Mustangs is one of the Mountain Division Defensemen of the Month.
Boldway, a 2002-born Napa native, scored a goal and collected nine points in nine games in January. He was plus-2 for the month and helped his team with 59 takeaways. On Jan. 22 against the Northern Colorado Eagles, Boldway fired five shots and picked up a goal and assist along with three shot blocks in a 5-1 win.
During his youth career, Boldway played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks and Golden State Elite Eagles.
In the Pacific, forwards Leon Biller (Fresno Monsters) and Cory Mater (Anaheim Avalanche) were named players of the month.
Biller, an ’02 from Valencia, scored seven goals and collected 14 points in eight January contests with the Monsters. Highlight of the month might have been a hat trick on Jan. 29 against the Avalanche on Jan. 19, part of a weekend series that saw him collect five goals and seven points.
Previously, Biller skated for the Channel Islands Riptide, Tahoe Academy, Valencia Jr. Flyers and WSHL’s Valencia Flyers.
Mater is a 2001 birth year playing for his hometown Avalanche this season. He had four goals and 11 points in seven games with the Avs. He had a huge two-game series against the Las Vegas Thunderbirds Jan. 22-23, scoring twice in each game on his way to a four-goal and nine-point weekend. In the opening game, one of his goals stood up as the game winner.
He played for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and at Villa Park High School prior to junior hockey.
Thunderbirds blueliner Steven Avalone, a 2000-born Las Vegas native, also won monthly honors at his position.
Avalone picked up five goals and nine points in eight games with the Thunderbirds. The Las Vegas Storm graduate collected a goal and assist against Fresno on Jan. 13 and added a goal and three points against the Avalanche on Jan. 22.
Anthony Bonaldi, goalie for the Thunderbirds and another Storm alum, also garnered recognition for his play last month for his hometown team.
Bonaldi, a 2001 birth year, patrolled the crease three times for the T-Birds and won all three contests, allowing 12 goals on 142 shots for a save percentage of .915. He faced 40-plus shots in all three games and hit the 50-shot mark against the Monsters Jan. 11, stopping 45 to backstop an 8-5 win for the Thunderbirds in his first game back from Christmas break.
In addition, Monsters forward Jackson Bauml and Thunderbirds forward Nate Mohr were also named Forwards of the Month for the Pacific Division.
(Feb. 10, 2021)