The OJHL announced today that Whitby Fury forward Taylor Best has been named the Gongshow Gear North-East Conference Player-of-the-Month for October after recording 21 points in ten games played during the month.
The third year Fury alternate captain, who was also named runner-up for this award in September, improved on last month's totals to lead all North-East Conference scorers with 12 goals and 21 points, while also confirming an NCAA Division I commitment to attend Mercyhurst University beginning with the 2014-15 Atlantic Hockey season. Since being kept off the scoreboard during the Fury's second game of the season on September 15, Best has gone on a tear, recording 30 points during a 16 game scoring streak before heading to Team Canada East camp and the 2013 World Junior 'A' Challenge. Throughout the month of October, Best recorded multiple points in six of ten games, including two four point efforts versus Mississauga and Georgetown, and a hat trick against the North York Rangers.
“Taylor has not only pleased our staff with his comeback season from last year's average, for Taylor, on-ice season to be presently the OJHL’s leading scorer,” said Fury General Manager Frank Robinson. “But he has also been the off-ice leader expected of a third year player. All our young players look up to Bestie and respect him for his work ethic both on-and-off the ice.”
Robert Powers of the Stouffville Spirit was named runner-up to Best as the North-West Conference Player-of-the-Month. The defenceman recorded 14 points in 9 games played for the Spirit to finish second among all North Division scorers throughout October.
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