By Darryl G. Smart
It’s no secret that Justin Hergott is the backbone of the Paris Mounties Jr Hockey.
For his efforts, the 20-year-old, from Shakespeare, was named the PJHL Doherty Division’s Most Valuable Player, and top goalie.
It’s the first time since 2012 that the same person won both season-ending awards.
“It’s nice to know that you give it your all and it’s rewarded,” Hergott told 519 Sports online. “Obviously it’s a team effort, but it feels good individually as well. The season has been pretty good.”
Hergott, who was also named PJHL Doherty Division Goalie of the Month for January, has been a big part of the reason the Mounties had been in a heated battle among the top teams in a very tight PJHL Doherty Division.
While he posted a 14-10-2-1 record, he’s logged a ton of ice, playing 1556:55 minutes. He made 863 saves, which was third most in the division, and his goals against average was an impressive 2.62, while having a .927 save percentage.
Hergott and the Monties begin their PJHL playoff run Friday, on the road against the Woodstock Navy Vets at 7:45pm. Game 2 of the best-of-seven PJHL Doherty Division quarter-final is Saturday at 7:20pm at the Brant Sports Complex.