Brown Bears forward Cole Dubicki and Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel forward Ethan Benz tangle for the puck Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears forward Cole Dubicki and Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel forward Ethan Benz tangle for the puck Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Dubicki named Forward of Month

Cole Dubicki of the Kenai River Brown Bears was named the Bauer Hockey North American Hockey League Forward of the Month for December on Wednesday by the league.

Dubicki, who is 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, led all NAHL players during the month of December with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists. The points came in seven games.

Dubicki had four straight games of at least two points during the month. In games against the Anchrorage Wolverines on Dec. 4, 10 and 11, Dubicki had 3, 2 and 3 points. He then had five points in a Dec. 16 game against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues.

“Cole has really elevated his play through the month of December,” said Kenai River interim head coach Taylor Shaw in a released statement. “He has found a way to impact the game consistently and continues to be a leader of our group on and off the ice.”

The big month moves Dubicki into a tie for fifth on the league’s points list with 38.

“I owe a lot of success to my linemates, teammates, and coaching staff,” Dubicki said in a released statement. “Throughout December, we as a team collectively bought into the little details of the game which has translated to team success as a whole.

“I have focused on improving my personal game by taking care of both sides of the puck and turning strong defense into offense.”

Dubicki joined the Brown Bears for the 2020-21 regular season and had 12 points in 40 games.

“Returning to Kenai this year, I knew I would be stepping into a larger role and that excited me,” Dubicki said in a released statement. “My goal for this season is to continue working with my coaches to develop my game in all areas, and to continue being a leader both on and off the ice.

“I hope to reach my dream of earning an NCAA commitment and ultimately, professional hockey.”

Bears defenseman Carter Green and goalie Tommy Aitken earned honorable mention in the monthly awards.

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