2017- 2018 Top 3 Players Northwest Division

by Charles Woodall-Pike

With just a few days left in 2017, the time has come to look back on the top performers from the first half. This season has produced a number of outstanding players that fans will want to watch at the Western States Shootout. The Northwest Division has seen its fair share of players making huge contributions for their teams. Here is a look at the top three players from the Northwest from the first half of the 2017-18 season.

Paul Frys – Lake Tahoe Icemen

Frys has had an incredible year so far in Tahoe. There is a good chance that the Oregon native and former Vancouver Ranger will break his career marks of 35 goals and 45 assists. Frys had a good November for the Icemen, scoring seven goals and six assists in nine games. Tahoe has made significant improvements following a 2015-16 campaign that saw them win just two games. Frys is pushing the Icemen toward another successful season.

Harri Koll – West Sound Warriors

Tahoe is locked in a tight battle for second place in the Northwest with West Sound. The Warriors have been getting contributions from a number of players this season. One of the more notable producers has been Koll, who leads the team with 26 goals. Like Frys, Koll also put together an impressive November. The Estonian forward racked up 12 goals and 11 assists in 10 games, including a four-goal performance against Seattle on Nov. 18.

Jacob Hough – Idaho IceCats

The name might be different but Idaho is as dominant as ever in the Northwest. The IceCats have been shutting down opponents all year, as they own one of the lowest goals against totals in the WSHL. Their goaltending has been phenomenal all year, especially that of Hough. The West Virginian has one of the lowest goals against totals in the league and backstopped Idaho to one of their biggest wins this season against Ogden on Dec. 2. Despite yielding four goals, Hough held off the Mustangs for the second half of the game and allowed the IceCats to rally for a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory.

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