Blake Lizotte Minot Minotauros
The Minot Minotauros took over 1st place in the Central Division during November and a budding, young forward led the way for the team. Blake Lizotte, 16, was named the NAHL Forward of the Month for his outstanding effort in November. During the month, the native of Lindstrom, Minnesota, recorded 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 10 games and had a remarkable +11 rating. Minot put together a 6-3-1 record during the month and Lizotte (5’7/140) registered at least a point in eight of the 10 games. Lizotte recorded multi-point games in six of the 10 outings including three-point efforts in back-to-back games during a home-and-home series with Bismarck back on November 21-22, which earned him Central Star of the Week honors. Lizotte not only currently leads the Minotauros in scoring, but he also is tied for 3rd in league scoring with 31 points and ranks 2nd in the NAHL with 23 assists, a remarkable feat for a 16-year-old. “Blake is a special individual on and off the ice. He is very mature for his age and has developed some great leadership qualities thus far and he has a bright future ahead of him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray. “We noticed Blake at a camp this summer and we really liked his hockey sense. We brought him to Minot to start the year and it was still on more of a tryout basis, but he took the opportunity and ran with it. He thinks the game very well. He is always one-step ahead of the play and he has the heart and the compete level to be successful in the NAHL.”
Lizotte remained humbled and had the tone of a veteran when he got news of the award. “We had a great month of November as a team, but I owe a lot of credit to my linemates because they are the ones that gave me the opportunity to have some success on the ice. I wasn’t really expecting to stay in Minot to start the season, but as things started happening and I started to get it and have success in the league, things really started to snowball and go my way. I think as the team has developed, come together and played well, so have I. It is an exciting set of circumstances for me. I would ultimately like to play professional hockey someday, but I know I have to take it a step at a time. The short term goal to earn an NCAA opportunity, but after that I would like to keep working hard and getting better and see where this will take me,” said Lizotte.
Runner-Up: Evan Giesler, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Coyne, Wenatchee Wild – Taylor Fernandez, Keystone Ice Miners – Dominik Florian, Coulee Region Chill – Jack Gessert, Kenai River Brown Bears – Cody Gylling, Amarillo Bulls – Jacob Hetz, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zach Lavalle, Janesville Jets – Beau Michaud, Brookings Blizzard – Wes Michaud, Corpus Christi IceRays – Aaron Miller, Minnesota Wilderness – Keegan Miller, Soo Eagles – Trevor Recktenwald, Johnstown Tomahawks – Daniel Rzavsky, Topeka RoadRunners – Michael Soucier, Aberdeen Wings – Colin Staub, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Brady Tomlak, Springfield Jr. Blues