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Jaden Shields

December 07, 2017 05:02 PM

(ABC 6 News)- After winning five straight games and sweeping Bismark this past weekend, the Austin Bruins now have sole possession of first place in the central division standings, and Austin’s defenseman played a vital role in those wins.

A senior at Austin high school and Austin Bruins second-year defenseman, Jaden Shields is key to the Bruins’ success.

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“He’s an all-around guy.  He can contribute offensively, defends well, he has a good stick, one of those guys that can be a power play, penalty kill, or a top defenseman player for you,” Head Coach Steve Howard said.

“Coaching staff helps me, (I get a) lot of support through all the guys,” Shields said.

“Jaden’s a sponge, he wants to learn so he’s constantly coming up to ask you questions, he wants feedback.  I think he does a good job with that feedback and he applies it and he’s coachable,” Howard said.

Jaden believes what you put in is what you get out.

“Just working hard and trying to make everything game-like even though it is practice, it does make a difference,” Shields said.  “Being a leader, joining the rush, playing a little bit more offense.”

This weekend he showed how good he is offensively.  Friday and Saturday he scored four total goals, and two were the game-winning goals, naming him to the NAHL (North American Hockey League) Central Divisional Star of the Week.

“I just knew it was a tight game.  I had the opportunity to go out on the ice and I was able to score,” Shields said.  “I told Keenan our assistant coach that morning that I had a feeling I was going to score tonight, so I don’t know something was going through my head.”

“Well its funny because I joked around with him yesterday about how I didn’t really like his performance his first two periods of the weekend, then in the third our associate head coach Al, runs the d (defense) and he gave him a tap and said, ‘you owe us one’ and it was funny because at six minutes he got the first goal of his NAHL career,” Howard said.  “Then (with) 17 seconds left, he scores another one to win it.”

“It was unbelievable, all the guys on the ice helped me out,” Shields said.  “A lot of support, so they just kind of made it happen and it was just lucky for me to get it in the back of the net.”

Shields and the Austin Bruins return to the ice on Friday in Brookings.  The team returns home on Saturday to host the Brookings Blizzard for a 7:05p.m. start.

 


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