The 2020-21 season didn’t end the way the Wings wanted when they fell 4-2 to the Shreveport Mudbugs in the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship game on June 22 in Blaine, MN.
But that doesn’t mean the team doesn’t have plenty to be proud of following a record-setting season.
Natan Vertes scored six goals in the Wings’ eleven playoff games, leading the entire league in goals scored. Adding that to his 28 regular season goals, he finished with 34 goals in 67 total games, good for a second-place finish in the league.
Jake Sibell ended his playoff run with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
The Wings took home nearly every category in the 2020-21 NAHL league awards.
- 2020-21 Organization of the Year
- 2020-21 Coach and General Manager of the Year: Scott Langer
- 2020-21 Most Valuable Player and Vaughn Goaltender of the Year: Jake Sibell
- 2020-21 Forward of the Year: Payton Matsui
- 2020-21 Community Service Award: Clayton Cosentino
The Wings also secured three of the six All-NAHL First Team slots: Sibell, Matsui and Nico deVita. Wings captain Clayton Cosentino received Second team honors. Thirteen players from the 2020-21 season also snagged NCAA Division I commitments.
Central Division Awards
The Wings were also well represented in the Central Division:
- Central Division’s Organization of the Year
- Central Division’s Coach and General Manager of the Year: Scott Langer
- Central Division’s Most Valuable Player and Goaltender of the Year: Jake Sibell
- Central Division’s Forward of the Year: Payton Matsui
- Central Division’s Community Service Award: Clayton Cosentino
The Wings also secured four of the six All-Central Division Team slots: Sibell, Matsui, Cosentino and deVita.
- NAHL record for 51 wins
- NAHL record for 103 total points
- Jake Sibell: NAHL record for most wins (43), goals-against average (1.19) and save percentage (.952)
- Single season record for most shutouts (11)
- Franchise record for shutouts (12), all-time goals-against (1.63) and all-time goaltender penalty minutes (16)
- Payton Matsui: NAHL’s top points leader (65), single-season record for most game-winning goals (10), most power play goals (10, tied with Spencer Schneider)
- Clayton Cosentino: NAHL-leading and single-season record for most assists (48), NAHL-leading power play assists (16, tied with Trevor Russell)
- Nico deVita: NAHL’s top +/- score (49)
- Combined with his past year’s score, set a franchise record with +67
- Trevor Russell: NAHL-leading assists for a defenseman (34)
- Head Coach Scott Langer: Became the NAHL’s winningest coach after 603 wins
- Most single-season points (103), most single-season wins (51), fewest single-season losses (4), highest win percentage (.920), highest goal differential (176)
After Trevor Russell’s goal against the St. Cloud Norsemen on May 1, every single player on the Wings roster had a goal to their name.