Leja and the Wolves went through an up and down month of October with a pair of big wins early on, a tough stretch in the middle, and then a great finish. The '99 native of Riga, Latvia finished the month with 4 goals and 11 assists in 10 games for the Wolves, and those totals include the game-winner against the Philadelphia Revolution (10/1) and the shootout winner against the Vermont Lumberjacks (10/27). For the season, Leja now has 27 points through his first 15 games, and his 21 assists puts him in a tie for the league-lead in that category.
If the playoffs started today, the Wolves would be just 2 points out of the 6th and final playoff spot in the New England Conference. To show you just how tight the race already is, while the Wolves are 2 points out of the 6th seed, they are also just 5 points out of the 4th seed. The month ahead features 7 more games on the Wolves' schedule, 4 of which will take place in the friendly home confines of Merrill Fay Arena.
Carpenter and the Wolves followed up a perfect September (6-0-0), by posting a record of 6-3-0 in 9 games during the month of October. The 2000-born forward from Shaftsbury, VT played in 8 of his team's 9 games, and was held off the scoresheet just a single time. In the rest of the action, Carpenter scored 10 goals and dished out 6 assists, running his season total up to 22 points for the year. Overall this season, Carpenter has at least a point in 11 of his 14 games, and he's also notched 5 different 3-point performances.
Carpenter and the Wolves are now set to kick-off the month of November with a big home-and-home series against the Boston Jr. Rangers. After this weekend's pair of showdowns, the Wolves have 10 more games on their schedule, all leading up to the holiday break in December.