BISMARCK, ND – Coming off a three-point weekend, Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Sam Rendle was named the Sherwood NAHL Central Division Player of the Week Monday.
“Sam has really turned up his game over the last couple of weeks,” said Bobcats head coach Byron Pool. “He’s become an important part of our offense. He has great vision and moves the puck extremely well.”
Rendle’s puckhandling ability was highlighted in Friday’s 5-0 win over the visiting Albert Lea Thunder when the Grand Rapids, Minn., native connected for a pair of assists including a helper on Ryan Jacobson’s game-winner.
The 5’11” 170 pound blueliner also assisted on the Bobcats’ lone goal in Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Thunder—a Casey Kleisinger third-period power play tally.
In his last six games, Rendle (2-6-8 overall) has six points with a goal and five assists.
In addition to his recent scoring tear, Rendle has also been a stalwart of the Bobcats’ defensive unit, which has only allowed one goal in its last ten periods. He also logs major minutes on both the power play and penalty kill units for the ‘Cats.
Pool says that Rendle is likely to be another in a long line of NCAA products from the Bobcat organization.
“This kid has Division I potential written all over him,” commented Pool.
Rendle’s nod for Central Division Player of the Week makes it two weeks in a row that the Bobcats have picked up a piece of league hardware following Ryan Faragher’s Goalie of the Week award on October 26th.
The Bobcats are off this weekend following seven straight weeks of games to open the 2009-10 campaign. The team returns to action with a two-game series with the Owatonna Express, starting Friday, November 13th, at 7:00 PM.
The game will be broadcast locally on the radio home of Bobcat Hockey, Super Talk 1270, KLXX-AM, and worldwide at BismarckBobcats.com via B2 Networks. The pre-game show starts at 6:30 PM.
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