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Adirondack's Szmatula named Inglasco/ECHL Player of the Week

Mike Szmatula of the Adirondack Thunder has been selected as the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.


Szmatula scored five goals and added an assist for six points in three games last week.


The 26-year-old had two goals and an assist in a 6-0 win at Manchester on Wednesday, tallied the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory against Reading on Friday and added a pair of goals in 5-3 loss at Maine on Saturday.


A native of Commerce Township, Michigan, Szmatula leads ECHL rookies with 20 goals and has added 14 assists for 34 points in 42 games this season. He added four points (2g-2a) as the Thunder's representative in the 2019 ECHL All-Star Classic.


Prior to turning pro, Szmatula recorded 68 points (28g-40a) in 73 career games at Northeastern University before finishing his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota where he had 40 points (19g-21a) in 66 career games.


On behalf of  Mike Szmatula, a case of pucks will be donated to an Adirondack youth hockey organization by Inglasco, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Inglasco has donated more than 39,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.


Runners Up: Greg Wolfe, Toledo (3 gp, 2g, 3a, 5 pts.), Jake Marchment, Utah (4 gp, 3g, 3a, 6 pts.) and Tyler Barnes, Worcester (3 gp, 4g, 1a, 5 pts.).


Also Nominated: Matt Finn (Florida), Marco Roy (Fort Wayne), Alexander Dahl (Idaho), Kevin Dufour (Indy), Colby McAuley (Orlando), Chris McCarthy (Reading), Andrew Cherniwchan (South Carolina), Dylan Bredo (Tulsa) and Michael Phillips (Wheeling).