A strong start to 2020 continued in February as Senators prospects buckled in for the playoff push. Shane Pinto was named NCHC rookie of the week for the third time this season on February 4th after a multi-goal weekend for the University of North Dakota. He had a 9-game point streak come to an end before capping off the month with an OT winner on February 29th to give UND the Penrose Cup - the NCHC's championship trophy.
Pinto's UND teammate Jacob Bernard-Docker had one of his best months of the season too, scoring twice and recording 6 points in 7 games. It's exciting to see the chemistry that's developing between the two future Senators - Pinto either scored or assisted on 3 of JBD's 6 points.
Elsewhere in college hockey, Todd Burgess had the most memorable month of his collegiate career. Ottawa's 4th round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Burgess had 9 goals in 9 games, highlighted by a 4-goal performance against Princeton. That game earned him ECAC Player of the Week honours.
One of Atlantic Hockey's leading scorers, Jakov Novak reached the 30 point mark in his 32nd game of the season for Bentley.
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A staple in every Farm Report, Josh Norris had yet another phenomenal showing. Norris notched 16 points in 9 games with Belleville, including 6 multi-point outings. His stellar play was recognized by the AHL when he was named Player of the Month for February. Norris was rewarded by the big club too, making his NHL debut on February 22nd against Montreal.
In addition to Norris, another AHL rookie continued his exceptional play: Alex Formenton. With 6 multi-point games of his own, Formenton also totalled 16 points - in 13 games. His 52 points through 57 games is more than he ever had as a member of the OHL's London Knights.
Belleville's 8-point lead in the North Division was bolstered by the return of Christian Wolanin on Valentine's Day. Wolanin hadn't played yet this season after he suffered a torn labrum right before training camp in September. Although he recorded just 1 point in 8 games, he'll be an integral part of the BSens' arsenal down the stretch.
Out in Western Canada, Mads Søgaard had 4 wins in 7 starts for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Impressively, 2 of those wins were shutouts. After an up-and-down few months, Søgaard has improved his record to 19-13-2 with a .903 SV% and 4 shutouts.
Fellow western-leaguer Mark Kastelic passed the 30 goal mark in back-to-back seasons. Kastelic's 30th came during his best game of the season - a 4 goal, 5 point night against Regina. Calgary's captain has 36 goals and 66 points in 55 games during his final WHL campaign.
Meanwhile, a couple prospects in the Quebec League made some noise of their own. Goaltender Kevin Mandolese was an Honourable Mention in the QMJHL Players of the Month for February. Mandolese, who has only lost 2 games in 2020, posted a 6-1 record along with an impressive .927 SV%. Not to be outdone, defenceman Maxence Guenette established new career highs in goals (11), assists (25), and points (36) through 59 games.
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