Northwest Division Key Scorers

by Charles Woodall-Pike

With Idaho pulling away from the pack in the Northwest Division, the battle for second place has become the race to watch. West Sound, Lake Tahoe and Bellingham all sit within six points of each other between second and fourth place in the division. All three teams have a player that is in the top three in scoring in the Northwest and they hope their star will lead them to capturing that second seed for the Thorne Cup playoffs.

Paul Frys – Lake Tahoe Icemen

The leading scorer in the Northwest Division, Frys finished the 2017 portion of the season on a roll. The Portland native enters January on a 12-game point streak, with nine goals and 15 assists during that run. Frys has not been held off the scoresheet since Nov. 12 against West Sound and has only had four games this season where he failed to register at least one point. Frys has been a big reason why the Icemen have been having one of their best seasons in team history.

Ruslan Novruzov – Bellingham Blazers

Bellingham has already matched their point total from their first season in the WSHL last year with 19 games to go in this campaign. Leading the charge for the Blazers has been Novruzov, who has started off 2018 with some big performances. The Russian forward has eight goals and six assists in the first five games of 2018. Novruzov scored nine of those 14 points in two games against Seattle on Jan. 12-13, including a five-point effort in a 12-2 win for Bellingham.

Erik Safstram – West Sound Warriors

West Sound currently holds on to the second seed in the Northwest with a four-point edge over Tahoe. The Warriors have been doing well in their first season after moving from Vancouver and Safstram has been a key part of that.  In 31 games, Safstram has had 16 multi-point games, including nine of his last 11. His biggest effort this year came on Nov. 18, when he had a seven-point game in an 11-2 win at home over Seattle.