Photo courtesy AlaskaNanooks.com
Andy Taranto scored a grand total of 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) and a plus/minus rating of +12 in 8 games in February, including two hat tricks, cruising to his current point total of 39, the most of a Nanook player since Kyle Greentree left Fairbanks 4 years ago.
He finished the season with a 16-23-39 scoring line, good for fourth overall in the conference, first among rookies. He also has the 4th overall best scoring line among Division I rookies.
This award is his second this season, he was named rookie of the month for his stellar performance in November as well, and went on to earn the HCA National Division I Rookie of the Month. I suspect that may happen again as well.
Although Mark Olver won the overall player of the month award, honorable mention went to Nanook senior forward Dion Knelsen. I was hoping he would have an in too this month since he has also put up great numbers. Dion did a great job alongside Taranto this month, just a bummer that he also wasn't recognized.
Great work, and congratulations Andy!