Bruins’ Almquist named NAHL Forward of the Month

Published 6:05 pm Thursday, December 5, 2019

Austin Bruin forward Ben Almquist has been named the NAHL Bauer Forward of the Month for November.

Almquist, 20, racked up 12 points in nine games for the Bruins last month, including nine goals, four multi-point games, and two game winners. The Victoria, Minnesota, native has been solid all season for the black-and-gold, having registered 23 points in 24 games played.

“Ben being awarded forward of the month is something that our entire staff and his teammates are very proud of Ben is a huge team player and he doesn’t look for or expect to win individual awards,” Bruins head coach Steve Howard said. “He wants to get the Bruins a win every game. Our team had a good month and that helps earn individual success. We expect Ben and the rest of our players to keep playing well down the stretch. In the Central Division, every point in the standings is so important and hard to get.”

Austin’s Ben Almquist skates the puck into the Aberdeen zone during the second period in game four of the team’s Central Division semifinal series in 2019. Herald File Photo

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Almquist said that the Bruins are starting to pick up steam as they sit in fourth place in the NAHL Central Division.

“November by far was our best month as a team and I think that reflected in my performance because with team success usually comes individual success, so my teammates definitely played a big part in all that,” said Almquist. “We want to keep pushing hard and playing this way and make the playoffs. After that, anything can happen and we need to stay focused on getting wins. After that, I hope to play NCAA Division I hockey somewhere next season.”