Thunder's Strang nabs SPHL nod; Junior Blaze duo honored

Thunder's Strang nabs SPHL nod; Junior Blaze duo honored

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BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Thunder goalie Max Strang was named the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Player of the Week after a sweep of the league-leading Louisiana IceGators.

Strang posted a 2.40 goals-against average with a .940 save percentage in the two games. He made 36 saves, including seven in overtime, in the Thunder’s 3-2 win Friday and followed with 42 stops in a 5-3 triumph on Saturday.

Strang improved his record to 3-3 while lowering his GAA to 3.43. He ranks fourth in the league in minutes played.

The Thunder (3-5-0) look to continue their success against the IceGators when the teams begin a two-game weekend series Friday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

Junior Blaze honors: Junior Blaze forward Dylan Farmer and defenseman Steven Smoltz received weekly Midwest Junior Hockey League honors on Tuesday after the team took two of three in a weekend home series with the Michigan Ice Dogs.

Farmer, a 19-year-old Michigan native, scored four goals with an assist in Friday’s 10-4 victory and added a goal and an assist in each of the next two games to earn the Forward of the Week nod.

Smoltz claimed his second straight Defenseman of the Week honor with a 13-point weekend that included his own four-goal effort Friday. He leads all MWJHL defensemen with 27 points.

Bloomington (5-10-0) returns to action this weekend with a three-game road series against the Berkley (Mich.) Bruins (3-8-0).

Goalie elevated: Junior Blaze goalie Cam Lerner has been called up to the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Lerner, an 18-year-old native of New Lenox, posted a 4-9-0 record with a 3.99 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He’s averaged 37 saves per game over 13 contests.

“Cam has been our MVP for the first third of the season,” said Junior Blaze coach Zac Pearson.


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