Pair of NAPHL alums earn NAHL, NA3HL January honors
February 4, 2015
Two former NAPHL players were honored for January awards this week in both the NAHL and NA3HL. Former NAPHL forward Nick Farmer was named Forward of the Month in the NAHL and former NAPHL goalie Evan Moyse was named Goalie of the Month in the NA3HL.
It was a big month for Wichita Falls Wildcats forward Nick Farmer. The 20-year-old native of Spokane, Washington racked up 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) in the 11 games during the month as the Wildcats fashioned together a 7-4 record to stay right in the hunt for the top spot in the South Division. Farmer (6’0/185) recorded at last a point in nine of the 11 games and had six multi-point games. That included three, three-point outings during the month and two of his nine goals were game-winners. Farmer also scored five power play goals. This is Farmer’s third and final season playing the NAHL for the Wildcats. He ranks tied for 2nd on the Wildcats roster in points with 39 and is tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals. Farmer was also selected to play for the South Division team at the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. In 152 career NAHL regular season games, Farmer has recorded 82 points. Farmer is also a product of the growing number of players who developed in the NAPHL. Farmer played in the NAPHL during the inaugural 2009-10 season for the Nevada Stars 16U team, where he recorded 24 points in 20 games played. “We moved Nick to center a few months ago and since that move his game has taken off. He is the fastest and quickest player on the team. He is really hard to compete against when he gets that going and is a very effective forechecker. I think there is no doubt he will be playing NCAA Division I hockey someday and hopefully there is a commitment on the horizon for him in the near future,” said Wildcats head coach John LaFontaine. Farmer said that this year has been a fun one so far because of the team success. “It is been a lot of fun because the team has been consistent all season long and we have a great group of players. I think we are capable of being a Championship team, so we just have to keep focused and playing some good hockey. My time in the NAHL has been well worth it. I think playing in the NAPHL back during the inaugural season showed me what that type of exposure could be like. The connection with the NAHL is like no other and it helped me get to where I am today. I just want to see us keep winning the rest of the season and hopefully improve my game to the point where I am able to fulfill the dream of playing NCAA Division I hockey,” said Farmer.
Wisconsin goalie Evan Moyse, 18, was a workhorse for the 1st place Whalers during the month of January as the native of Olmsted Township, OH, helped his team to a 6-3 record. Moyse (6’2/170) appeared in eight games during the month and posted a 5-2 record. He faced a whopping 269 shots and made 254 saves during the month, which was good for a 94.4% save percentage in January. He also posted a 2.02 goals against average during the month. Moyse, who played the past two years in the NAPHL for the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, posted his first NA3HL shutout during the month, which came back on Jan. 10 in a 2-0 road win in Peoria. He also made a season-high 51 saves in a 3-2 loss against Granite City on Jan. 25. “Evan has been playing very strong for us. He has really improved every month this season and is playing his best hockey this year. We hope he can keep moving and play well down the stretch for us,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.