The North American Hockey League announced its monthly player awards for October and the Rebels Mareks Mitens was named goaltender of the month while forward Andrew Bellant and defenseman Brennan Kapcheck were named honorable mentioned for their respective position.
Mitens, who was named runner-up for goaltender of the month for September, was 7-1-0 on the month with a 1.40 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. He led the league in wins and minutes played. He had one shutout during the month (he has four on the season which is tops in the league) which resulted in a 3 – 0 win over the Northeast Generals. He currently leads all NAHL netminders in wins (10), goals against average (1.34) and save percentage (94.2).
“We were very happy to get him this season” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “We tried to get him a year ago, but it didn’t work out. The biggest thing that stands out to me is his compete level. He fights to save every puck and stay in the play. There are brighter things to come for Mareks in the near future,” concluded Coombs. .
“I think the team has played well in front of me” said Mitens. “There was some time where I had to adapt because having played in Europe prior to this year, the game over there is different. The ice surface here is smaller and the space for players to shoot from is a lot closer to me, so I really have been focusing on my positioning and following the puck. I hope I can keep working hard and developing to the point where I can play NCAA Division I hockey and eventually professional hockey” stated Mitens.
Bellant, fifth in the league in points, had thirteen points in the month with seven goals and six assists. He leads the Rebels goals (11) and he is tied for the most points on the team with 19. Bellant was named honorable mentioned for player of the month for September.
Kapcheck, arguably the best pound for pound defenseman in the league, had ten points in the month with two goals and eight assists. He was named honorable mentioned for East Division player of the week for weekending October 30.