Darian Romanko Earns Top Forward of the Month Honors

Forward of the Month:DARIAN ROMANKO – Minnesota Wilderness

An 8-1-1 record in the month of March had the Minnesota Wilderness rolling into the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs as the #2 seed in the Midwest Division. Wilderness forward Darian Romanko, stood out among his peers as the 19-year-old from Shoreview, Minnesota, put together his best month of the season. Of the 41 points that Romanko (6’1/195) recorded during the regular season, 13 of them came during the month of March, which included eight goals and five assists. Three of his eight goals during the month where game-winning goals. Romanko recorded at least a point in all but one of the 10 games he played during the month and he finished the regular season on a season-high six-game point streak. Romanko finished the season with 41 points, which ranked tied for 3rd on the Wilderness roster and his 20 goals ranked 2nd. “Darian has played for us all year long, but you could see it come together during the month of March. He is a gifted goal scorer, so when he shoots the puck he is very effective,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen. “I think once he got used to the first year rigors of playing junior hockey, he really showed that he was a guy who developed into a very good junior player very quickly and hopefully if he keeps developing at the pace he his, that will lead to an opportunity to play in the NCAA.”

As for Romanko, he echoed Millen’s thoughts about developing as a hockey player. “I think growing up playing high school hockey in Minnesota, you are used to playing a certain way and only in a limited number of games. Moving to the NAHL was a big jump and transition and learning experience the first couple of months, but learning from Coach Millen has been great and once I finally got used to the pace of the game and the physicality, I think I started to settle in,” said Romanko. “I have really enjoyed my time with the Wilderness. We have a team that is capable of doing well in the playoffs, but our division is very tough. It really has taught me that every game is valuable. I have enjoyed staying close to home and hope that I can continue to contribute and help the team and then from there hopefully I can play college hockey in the future.”

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