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IHL Announces Weekly Honors For Week Nine

December 14, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) News Release

ROCHESTER, MI--- The International Hockey League (IHL) announced Monday that Port Huron center Nick Lindberg has been named the IHL Player of the Week, Port Huron forward Brandon Naurato has been named the IHL Rookie of the Week and Port Huron goaltender Larry Sterling has been named the IHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 13th, 2009.

Lindberg completed the week scoring one goal and four assists for a total of five points in four games. He scored the Icehawks game-winning goal in the 2-0 win over Fort Wayne Saturday. His tally was shorthanded, scored at the 9:22 mark of the third period, helping push Port Huron to their first shutout of the season. Lindberg was riding a four-game point streak into Sunday's contest in Muskegon, but had that streak halted as he was held scoreless in the 1-0 victory over the Lumberjacks. During the streak, he recorded one goal and had eight assists. The 29-year-old Stockholm, Sweden native currently leads the Icehawks in scoring and is tied for fifth in the IHL with 24 points (4 g, 20 a).

Other players nominated for the IHL Player of the Week include: Bloomington forward Craig Macdonald, Dayton forward Dan Lapointe, Flint defenseman Craig Cescon, Fort Wayne center Colin Chaulk, Muskegon right wing/defenseman David Rohlfs and Quad City center Justin White.

Naurato wrapped up the week recording six points in four games played with the Icehawks. He scored two goals and dished out four assists, giving him a total of 10 points in eight games with Port Huron so far this season. Two of his four assists came on the Icehawks power play. Naurato scored the game-winning goal for the Icehawks in the 4-2 win in Fort Wayne Wednesday. The 24-year-old Livonia, Michigan native had his four-game point streak snapped after he went scoreless in the 1-0 win over Muskegon. In those four games, he registered four goals and five assists.

Other players nominated for the IHL Rookie of the Week include: Bloomington right wing Matt McIlvane, Dayton forward Chris Myhro, Flint defenseman Steve Silver, Fort Wayne defenseman Bobby Phillips, Muskegon right wing J.T. Dahlinger and Quad City center Justin White.

Sterling finished the week with a 2-0-0-0 record, beating the Fort Wayne Komets twice in three nights. He played a total of 119 minutes and 29 seconds, where he played 106 minutes and 34 seconds of consecutive shutout hockey against the Komets. He made a total of 63 saves out of 65 total shots for a.969 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average. Sterling helped the Icehawks earn their first shutout of the season Saturday, where he contributed to just over 59 minutes of shutout hockey before exiting the game due to an altercation with the Fort Wayne goaltender. The 27-year-old Lake Orion, Michigan native is currently ranked third among IHL goaltenders in goals against average (2.29) and save percentage (.920).

Other goaltenders nominated for the IHL Goaltender of the Week include: Bloomington's Andrew Martin, Dayton's Ryan Mior, Flint's Rob Nolan, Fort Wayne's Tim Haun, Muskegon's Matt Lundin and Quad City's Jerad Kaufmann.

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