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Hallbauer NAHL Defenseman Of The Month – Runner UP

All Photos courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Kyle Hallbauer put up 9 points in the month of February to claim NAHL Defenseman of the Month Runner-up.


Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Kyle Hallbauer was Runner-Up for the February, NAHL Defenseman of the Month award. The native of Howell, NJ actually had a strong argument for the top spot in the award which went to Jack Clement of the Shreveport Mudbugs.

Clement had nine points in February on 2G-7A and was a +3 in the seven games Shreveport played. Hallbauer on the other hand put up 3G-6A and was a +5 in nine games played during the month. Both players scored a single game winning goal in February. Not only did Hallbauer have a big month scoring, but his points came in critical times in the game. Seven of his nine points came in close game situations with the score tied or within one goal.

In 46 games played this season, Hallbauer has amassed 27 points on 7G-20A and is a +24. His 27 points has him tied for 15th in the NAHL in defenseman scoring. Thirteen of his points have come on the power play and he has recorded two game winning goals.

Hallbauer’s play this season earned him a trip to the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament where he cemented his NCAA D-I commitment to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of the ECAC.

During the month Hallbauer had 1G-2A at home against Topeka then 1G-2A in Corpus Christi. The following weekend Lone Star traveled to Amarillo where he recorded 0G-2A. Shreveport was at NYTEX Sports Centre for a single game and was the only opponent in February the Hallbauer failed to register a point against. He closed out the month with 1G-0A at home against Fairbanks.

This marked the third time this season that Hallbauer has received a league award including a Defenseman of the Month Honorable Mention and a Player of the Week Second Star.

Hallbauer was not the only Brahmas player to draw the attention of the league February.


Steven Ipri February NAHL Forward of the Month Honorable Mention

Forward Steven Ipri received NAHL Forward of the Month Honorable Mention after putting up 6G-5A for 11 points to go along with a +5 rating for the month.

Much like Hallbauer, Ipri had a knack for knowing when the offense was needed most. Of the 11 points he recorded in February, eight came in close game situations with the score tied or within one goal. He also logged five power play points on the month.

Ipri who is committed to Mercyhurst College of Atlantic Hockey has made his presence felt for Lone Star since coming over from Amarillo in a January trade. Ipri has also received multiple league awards this season twice receiving Forward of the Month Honorable Mention, once Player of the Week and twice Player of the Week Honorable Mention.

The native of Broadview Heights, OH has a total of 37 points this season in 41 games played. Since joining the Brahmas he is averaging more than a point per game with 11G-10A in 18 games wearing a Brahmas’ sweater. Ipri is currently second on the team in scoring and 20 of his points have come on the power play with 7G-13A.

Ipri got the month of February off with a bang racking up five points on 3G-2A against Topeka. He added 1G-1A on the trip to Corpus Christi then accounted for 1G-2A against his former teammates in Amarillo. Against Shreveport Ipri managed 1G before being held off the scoresheet against Fairbanks.



Mitchell Gibson February NAHL Goaltender of the Month Honorable Mention

Mitchell Gibson was the third Lone Star player recognized for his play in the month of February receiving NAHL Goaltender of the Month Honorable Mention. Gibson has been no stranger to the league awards this season once being named Goalie of the Month and now four times as Honorable Mention. He has also been named Player of the Week twice, Second Star three times and Honorable Mention once.

Committed to Harvard University  of the ECACHL, the Phoenixville, PA native has also garnered the attention of NHL Central Scouting where he is ranked 18th among North American Goalies eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Gibson has posted a 20-7-4-4 record during the 2017/18 campaign with an NAHL leading 1.68 Goals Against Average and a 0.931 Save Percentage. He has also recorded eight shutout wins which leads the league and is three more than his nearest competitor.

The month of February saw Gibson post a 4-1-1-1 record including two shutouts. Gibson allowed a total of 13 goals in 393:26 minutes of play for a 1.98 goals against average and a 0.903 save percentage. Seven of the 13 goals he allowed came off of opponent power plays.

He recorded wins against Topeka and then Corpus Christi to start the month before an overtime loss in Amarillo. He bounced back the following night with a win against Amarillo followed by two straight shutouts against Shreveport and Fairbanks. Unfortunately he received no offensive support in the Fairbanks game and ended up saddles with a 1-0 eight round shootout loss. Gibson’s lone regulation loss of the month came at the hands of league leading Fairbanks to close out the month.

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