The Lightning High School Hockey League (LHSHL) today named East Manatee junior forward NATHAN BENNETT as the league’s Honda Player of the Month for January. Additionally, the league announced Plant senior goalie TROY BURKHART as the Cheerios Goalie of the Month.
Bennett recorded 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in two games on the month and helped East Manatee go undefeated in January. He finished the regular season with 11 goals and 15 assists, averaging 1.53 points per game helping his East Manatee Admirals lock up a first round bye in the playoffs.
Burkhart played in all 3 games for Plant in the month of January, made 55 saves on 61 shots which is good for a .901 save percentage while helping Plant go 2-0-1 on the month. Burkhart finished the regular season with a 7-5-2 record, a .900 save percentage, and 2 shutouts also contributing to Plant's first round bye in the playoffs.
Bennett and Burkhart will each receive a personal replica trophy to recognize their accomplishments, along with their names engraved on the permanent award that will be given to both the Honda Player of the Year and Cheerios Goalie of the Year at the end of the season.