IceRays forward Larry Jungwirth has been named the NAHL Forward of the Month, the league announced Tuesday.
The 5’10,” 175 lb. sharpshooter has been on an unstoppable surge since November started, scoring 13 times in his last 10 games. Throughout the month, Jungwirth tallied an NAHL-leading 12 goals in 8 games, adding a pair of assists and earning a +2 rating throughout.
During his offensive tear, Jungwirth tied Amarillo’s Jon Russell for the NAHL lead in goals, while also becoming just the second player in two years to reach a seven-game goal-scoring streak. Ultimately peaking at 12 in 7 straight, he passed Mason Krueger (5 in 5 straight) to set an IceRays franchise record, as well.
His line has proven to be a perfect mix of different skillsets, with Jungwirth stepping up as an elite goal-scorer, Aleksi Peltonen proving to be an elite playmaker, and Rylee St. Onge as an elite two-way forward. The blend of talent was first brought together on November 4th as an experiment, and the three of them instantly had outstanding chemistry.
Jungwirth’s trio has played together in every game since, and was responsible for more than half of the team’s total goals in the month of November. It’s fairly safe to assume we can expect to see them paired up until the spark begins to fade, but that’s shown no signs of happening anytime soon. They did, in fact, just make another beautiful play to convert against Shreveport on Saturday night.
In his final season of junior hockey, Jungwirth has produced at an elite level and has seamlessly shouldered a top-line scoring role as required. His November prowess helped to propel the IceRays from a team that had been struggling offensively to one which is scoring at a respectable rate. With this marked improvement in production, the IceRays are now right back in the mix in the very competitive South Division.