The OJHL announced today that Wellington Dukes’ forward Darcy Murphy has been named the Gongshow Gear South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month after dominating play throughout the month of October, recording 18 goals and 29 points during 10 games played.
So far this season Murphy has recorded points in all but one game and currently sits on a 12 game point scoring streak that includes all 10 October games. The 5’11”, 180 lbs. forward has rocketed up the scoring charts to take the overall lead in the OJHL with 22 goals, six more than the next closest competitor, and 36 points, as well as sitting tied for the lead with eight power play goals. His totals throughout October included a pair of hat tricks, topped by a four goal, five point performance during a 7-0 victory over Mississauga, and he recorded multiple points in all but one game during the month. Murphy’s impressive totals have helped the defending champion Dukes climb back up the standings after a bit of a slow start, going 8-2 during October to currently sit in 4th place in the competitive East Division.
When informed of his selection as Player-of-the-Month, Murphy was quick to credit his teammates, “My linemates Cam Yuill and Jeff Stanton have been great to play with and they deserve a lot of credit for our month of October and our lines success. It is great to be recognized as the Gongshow Gear South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month.”
Dukes General Manager and Head Coach Marty Abrams was quick to praise his star forward’s recent play, “Darcy has been a determined leader from the start of training camp. It is nice to see he is getting rewarded and recognized for his hard work. Darcy is a big reason for our success in the month of October.”
Adrian Ignagni of the St. Michael’s Buzzers, the September Player-of-the-Month, was runner-up to Murphy as the South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month. Ignagni continued his stellar play, leading the Buzzers to first place in the entire OJHL and a second place ranking in the CJHL with a 10-1 record, including one shutout, during the month. Remarkably, he improved on his September goals against average by posting a 1.72 gaa in October and earned a spot as one of Team Canada East’s two netminders for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
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