Point Mallard Ducks forward Justin Dunn, 19, was a one-man wrecking crew in October. The native of Trenton, Michigan, led the Ducks to a 10-1 record during the month of October, which was good for 1st place in the NA3HL’s South Division. Dunn (5’11/165) had 25 points during the month in just 11 games played. That included eight goals, 17 assists and a +17 rating. Dunn scored in 10 of the 11 games during the month and seven of the games were multi-point efforts. Dunn’s 32 points currently leads the NA3HL in scoring, as do his 21 assists. "Justin has been outstanding for us and he is playing an extremely complete 200 foot game. He is playing in all situations and his confidence is extremely high. He is being rewarded offensively through his commitment to defense. He is a leader for us on and off the ice,” said Point Mallard head coach Tom Winkler.
Runner-Up: Frankie Melton, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrej Buchko, Peoria Mustangs – Joe Costello, Twin City Steel – Kegan Couture, Bozeman Icedogs – Tristian Henrichs, Billings Bulls – Brendan Jester, Great Falls Americans – Artrus Lauitkis, Atlanta Capitals – Ryan Mezera, Breezy Point North Stars – Will Mix, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ben Ratner, Wisconsin Whalers – Aaron Ryback, Alexandria Blizzard – Kohei Sato, North Iowa Bulls – Mykyta Sheptytsky, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Dan Toycen, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, Metro Jets – Luca Valenza, Sugar Land Imperials – Kyle Wendorf, Minnesota Flying Aces – Tyler Zalecki, Toledo Cherokee – Mike Zenone, Wooster Oilers
Bozeman Icedogs defenseman Nick Thompson, 18, had one of the better months for a defenseman in recent memory. The native of Esko, Minnesota, racked up 17 points in just nine games during the month, along with a +9 rating for the Icedogs, who posted a 5-3-1 record during the month of October. Thompson (6’4/195) recorded at least a point in seven of the nine games. He had five, multi-point games during the month. That included a four-point game on October 31st in a 6-2 win over Glacier. Thompson currently leads the NA3HL in points for all defensemen with 21 to date. "Nick has been a huge force for us from the beginning of the season. Not only does he lead our team in points, but he controls the game every shift he is out there. Nick is one of the players we are looking to move up at some point this season and he has the ability to do that with his skill and poise, especially on the power play," said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.
Runner-Up: Steven Coulter, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Bromberg, La Crosse Freeze – Andrew Cooley, Atlanta Capitals – Luke Erickson, Billings Bulls – Casey Esselman, Granite City Lumberjacks – George Hansen, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Arseny Ivanov, Great Falls Americans – Tom Lindgren, North Iowa Bulls – Jake McNamara, Wisconsin Whalers – Frank Muscarella, Sugar Land Imperials – Aaron Siegrist, Peoria Mustangs – Hayden Smer, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Wyatt Toll, Minnesota Flying Aces – Kyle Wagner, Twin City Steel – Jason Watts, Wooster Oilers
It was virtually almost a perfect month in October for North Iowa Bulls goalie Tommi Ahlgren. The 20-year-old native of Tampere, Finland, backstopped the Bulls to a perfect 7-0-0 record. Ahlgren (6’2/180) appeared in four of those games and posted a perfect 4-0-0 record. In 240 minutes of action, Ahlgren allowed just two goals on 89 shots and posted three shutouts. During the month of October, he posted a goals against average of .50 and a save percentage of 97.8%. Two of his three shutouts during the month came on the road. Ahlgren currently leads the NA3HL in most goaltending catagories including, goals against average (0.66), save percentage (97.4%) and shutouts (4). "Tommi has been a major difference maker for us this season and is very sharp right now,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.
Runner-Up: Magnus Lindhe, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Brown, Billings Bulls – Marcus Gloss, Pittsburgh Vengeance - Gunnar Howg, Twin City Steel – Kameron Limburg, Metro Jets – Ross Lipic, Peoria Mustangs – Dakota MacDonald, Minnesota Flying Aces – Kevin Mackey, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Stephan Marshal Frank, Bozeman Icedogs – Lauren Massie, Great Falls Americans – Max McConnell, Wisconsin Whalers – Joe Morgan, Wooster Oilers – Brandon Perrone, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Cooper Seedot, Point Mallard Ducks – Andrew Wagner, La Crosse Freeze – Zach Young, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Alek Zendejas, Atlanta Capitals
It was a banner month for Sugar Land forwar Luca Valenza. The native of Lausanne, Switzerland, had 11 points in five games played as the Imperials put together a 4-1-0 start in the South Division. During that time, Valenza (5’11/170) was also named the South Division Star of the Week by the NA3HL. Valenza, 18, recorded seven goals during the month and was a +7, with one game-winning goal. He recorded a point in all five games and had four multi-point games. “Luca arrived in Sugar Land in great shape. I'm not surprised to see him dominate early in the season. He is not only talented but has a great attitude and work ethic. I suspect his best hockey is yet to come,” said Sugar Land head coach Jarod Palmer.
Runner-Up: David Min, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Levi Armstrong, Peoria Mustangs – Lucas Carroll, Granite City Lumberjacks – Joe Costello, Twin City Steel – Mason Graves, Billings Bulls – Ben Henderson, La Crosse Freeze – Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers – Tyler Houmard, Wooster Oilers – Albert Janele, Cincinnati Thunder – Alex King, Gillette Wild – Josh Laven, Breezy Point North Stars – Zach Mitchell, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Auston Palumbo, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Michael Tratar, Metro Jets
Veteran North Iowa Bulls defenseman Tom Lindgren, 20, has picked up right where he left off last season’s National Championship team. The native of Janesville, WI, had a great month of September, where he was a factor at both ends of the ice. Lindgren (6’0/180) played in four games and had five points. He was also an outstanding +11 during the month. Lindgren’s performance included two multi-point games and one game-winning goal. Last season, Lindgren had seven points in 34 games played with the Bulls. "Tom has had a great start to this season and we expect him to contribute on both sides of the play with consistent defensive play while chipping in on the offensive side as well,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.
Runner-Up: Jared Bromberg, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Bioni, Cincinnati Thunder – Marc Candotti, Peoria Mustangs – Luke Erickson, Billings Bulls – Tristan Leberknight, Gillette Wild – Tyler Mros, Granite City Lumberjacks – Adam Schaffer, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Hayden Smer, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Sean Viti, Breezy Point North Stars – Caleb Vosters, Wisconsin Whalers – Trevor Wolf, Sugar Land Imperials - Trevor Woytcke, Twin City Steel
St. Louis Jr. Blues goalie Zach Young, 18, went a perfect 4-0-0 in the month of September, helping the Jr. Blues into 1st place in the Midwest Division. The native of Robertsville, MO, posted a 1.50 goals against average and a 94.7% save percentage during the month as he allowed just six goals on 114 shots. Young (5’10/170) never have up more than two goals and three of the four wins were on the road. He made 30+ saves in wins in Nashville and Peoria. For the past three seasons, Young has played with the St. Louis Selects in the NAPHL. “From the first day of the season, Zach has come in and impressed the coaching staff. He battles and competes every time he's in the net. He is always in position and our record reflects his play in goal,” said St. Louis head coach Chris Flaugher.
Runner-Up: Trevor Kalinowski, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommi Ahlgren, North Iowa Bulls – Brandon Brown, Billings Bulls – Daniel Dolliver, Cincinnati Thunder – Alex Feese, Gillette Wild – Robbie Goor, Granite City Lumberjacks – Gunnar Howg, Twin City Steel – Kevin Mackey, Sugar Land Imperials – Evan Moyse, Wisconsin Whalers – Wes Paupore, Breezy Point North Stars – Nic Piech, Peoria Mustangs – Jacob Stack, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Andrew Wagner, La Crosse Freeze