Players of the Month


Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Peter Henderson - Wisconsin Whalers

Peter Henderson

Wisconsin forward Peter Henderson, 19, stood out among his peers in November as the forward from Libertyville, Illinois, recorded an outstanding point total of 19 points in just nine games during the month as the Whalers put together a 6-1-2 record. Henderson (5’11/175) had six goals and 13 assists during the month and was also a +10. He registered at least a point in eight of the nine games and had seven multi-point games. He began the month with a three-point effort, which included the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over La Crosse on November 1st. He had another three-point game in a win over La Crosse on November 16th and followed that up with a four-point effort in a win over Peoria on November 22nd. Henderson leads the NA3HL in scoring with 39 points in 24 games played and also leads the league with 24 assists. “Peter has been one of our most consistent players all season.  He sees the ice vey well and uses his speed and skill to his advantage,” said Wisconsin Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

Runner-Up: Brandt Miller, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bond, Cincinnati Swords – Cade Boreing, Gillette Wild – Scott Coash Jr., Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Kegan Couture, Bozeman Icedogs – Jace Cseter, La Crosse Freeze – Tyler Dalton, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Brandon Desrosiers, Southern Tier Xpress – Justin Dunn, Point Mallard Ducks – Kayne Fedor, Dallas Jr. Stars – Brett Gravelle, North Iowa Bulls – Alex Johanson, Topeka Capitals – Aharon Lara, Twin City Steel – Eli Lynn, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Dallas Marvin, Granite City Lumberjacks – Mark McGee, Toledo Cherokee – Ryan Mezera, Breezy Point North Stars – Tyler Sworsky, Alexandria Blizzard – Dakota Ulmer, West Michigan Wolves – Ian Wiljanen, Billings Bulls


Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Nick Trefry - Helena Bighorns

Nick Trefry

Helena defenseman Nick Trefry, 19, helped his team to a 7-2 record during November. The native of Upland, California, recorded eight points in nine games during the month, which included four goals and four assists. He was also a +4 during the month. Trefry (6’1/190) started the month on a four-game point streak, which included a goal and a +3 effort in a 7-1 win over Glacier on November 7th. He had another +3 effort and a three point game in another win over Glacier back on November 22nd. For the season, Goor is tied for the NA3HL lead in scoring for defensemen with 23 points in 18 games played. He also ranks 3rd among NA3HL defensemen in plus/minus with a +20 rating. "Nick has had a great start to the season and has been a large contributor to our success thus far. It is not often a defenseman can play 200 feet like Nick has been able to do this season. We look forward to continuing his development everyday and see what else he brings to the table the rest of the season as a leader and high minute defenseman,” said Jon Jonasson, head coach of the Helena Bighorns.

Runner-Up: Noah Gilreath, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Bogart, Toledo Cherokee – Jared Bromberg, La Crosse Freeze – Jack Cleaver, Gillette Wild – Gavin Cummings, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Mitchell Gwost, Granite City Lumberjacks – Travis Hall, Dallas Jr. Stars – Henry Hearon, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Will Holtan, Wisconsin Whalers – Avery Huibragtse, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Ralfs Karelis, Billings Bulls – Sam Naegele, North Iowa Bulls – Jake Nicks, Bozeman Icedogs – Colin O’Connor, Topeka Capitals – Corey Siwula, West Michigan Wolves - Chris Skordilis, Twin City Steel – Gena Zabeline, Cincinnati Swords


Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Robbie Goor - Twin City Steel

Robbie Goor

Twin City goalie Robbie Goor, 18, was just about perfect during the month of November. The native of Anoka, Minnesota, appeared in four games during the month of November and allowed just a single goal. Goor (6’3/200) faced 99 shots during the month and stopped 98 of them. In his first two games on the month, Goor posted back-to-back shutouts of Breezy Point on November 7th and 15th. He then made 41 saves in a 4-1 win at Minnesota on November 22nd. He finished the month with a relief appearance against Breezy Point in which he stopped all 11 shots that came his way. During November, Goor would end up with two shutouts, a 0.29 goals against average and a 99% save percentage. For the season, Goor has an 8-4 record with a 2.72 goals against average and a 91.0% save percentage. “The month that Robbie had was outstanding.  He helped us ride out a 5 game win streak, which places us 3rd in our division. Robbie's confidence is growing everyday which is contagious around the team.  He has all the tools to repeat November again in December,” said Twin City General Manager Bryant Black.

Runner-Up: Tommi Ahlgren, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Baker, Pittsburgh Vengeance - Glen Bates, Toledo Cherokee – Alex Feese, Gillette Wild – Sam Harden, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Alex Kruger, Helena Bighorns – Brandon Kruger, Cincinnati Swords – Chris Mallon, Dallas Jr. Stars – Kendall Meyer, Granite City Lumberjacks – Kyler Patenaude, West Michigan Wolves – Jacob Pelton, Topeka Capitals -  – Denijs Romanovskis, Bozeman Icedogs – Alec Rounds, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Cam Scheuren, La Crosse Freeze – Cole Semchak, Billings Bulls – David Volkmann, Wisconsin Whalers – Billy Wagner, Point Mallard Ducks


Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Tanner Skaja - Granite City Lumberjacks

Tanner Skaja

The Granite City Lumberjacks are sitting atop of the West Division thanks to a 7-2 record in the month of October. Forward Tanner Skaja, 19, led the Lumberjacks with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in nine games played during the month. The local native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, had four multi-point games during the month. He was named the West Division Star of the Week back on October 7th for his eight points in two games performance. Skaja (6’0/180) also had multi-point games in wins over Twin City, Wisconsin and North Iowa. He was also a +7 during the month. Skaja ranks 2nd on the team in scoring with 18 points in 14 games played. “Tanner has a big offensive upside and is developing into a very good, well-rounded player. He is improving defensively as well and once all that comes together he is going to be someone that is very successful at the next level. It is good to see a local kid really making the most of the opportunity,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.

Runner-Up: Joe Burgmeier, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Becker, Twin City Steel – Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Andrew Bond, Cincinnati Swords – Joe Costello, Breezy Point North Stars – Trent Dillinger, Gillette Wild – Grant Dukus, Point Mallard Ducks – Ryan Dunner, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Cody Estrel, Toledo Cherokee – Marshall Gevers, Peoria Mustangs – Tommy Heinzman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers – Ryan James, Sugar Land Imperials – Robert Kalata, Great Falls Americans – Gunnar Mogck, Bozeman Icedogs – Alex Sauer, Topeka Capitals – Tom Schmidt, Alexandria Blizzard – Luke Sunde, Southern Tier Xpress – Taylor Trapp, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, West Michigan Wolves – Pearce Vance, Metro Jets


Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Joe Kleven - North Iowa Bulls

Joe Kleven

The North Iowa Bulls caught fire in October, going 9-2 and defenseman Joe Kleven, 19, was part of a team defense that limited the opposition to just 11 goals in the 11 games. The native of Prior Lake, Minnesota, also contributed on the offensive side as Kleven had 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) in just 10 games and was also an astounding +13. Kleven (6’3/225) registered at least a points in every game he played in during the month. He also record three multi-point games in wins over Breezy Point, Twin City and Granite City. For the season, Kleven leads all Bulls defensemen in scoring with 15 points in 13 games played. “Joe is a big defenseman also who has a lot of speed. He has valuable junior experience and is a proven leader. Joe really works hard every time he touches the ice and is a good veteran presence for the Bulls,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

Runner-Up: Gavin Mindt, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathias Ahman, Twin City Steel – Alex Anderson, Wisconsin Whalers – Chris Brown, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Jack Cleaver, Gillette Wild – Andrew Cooley, Topeka Capitals – Gavin Cummings, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Mike Difranco, West Michigan Wolves – Adam Goudelock, Cincinnati Swords – Travis Hall, Dallas Jr. Stars – David Horsmann, Granite City Lumberjacks – Devin Kelly, Metro Jets – Michael Kliment, Great Falls Americans – Frank Muscarella, Sugar Land Imperials – Jake Nicks, Bozeman Icedogs – Tim Weisgerber, Southern Tier Xpress


Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Evan Hauser - Great Falls Americans

Evan Hauser

It was another perfect month for the Great Falls Americans, who remained the only undefeated team in the league with an 8-0 record in October. It all starts with defense for the Americans and a large part of that success is goaltender Evan Hauser. The 20-year-old native of St. Paul, Minnesota, was outstanding during the month as he faced a total of 189 shots in the five games he played in and made 184 saves, good for a 97.4% save percentage. Hauser (6’2/180) posted a perfect 5-0 record during October and was named the Frontier Division Star of the Week on October 28th.  Perhaps the most amazing stat for Hauser during the month was that even though the Americans went undefeated, Hauser faced an average of 37.8 shots per game in that time span. Hauser is tied for the NA3HL lead in wins and ranks 2nd in both goals against average and save percentage. “The first thing that comes to my mind is the consistency Evan has shown. He is motivated because it is his final year of junior hockey and he wants to play at the next level. He is a big part of our success to date. Defense is important to us and it all begins with him,” said Great Falls head coach Jeff Heimel.

Runner-Up: David Johnson, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Anderson, Sugar Land Imperials – Brian Baker, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Evan Bisek, Alexandria Blizzard – Alex Feese, Gillette Wild – Jesse Garcia, Granite City Lumberjacks – Billy Hindle, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brett Malkmus, Topeka Capitals – Evan Moyse, Wisconsin Whalers – Quinton Reynolds, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Denijs Romanovskis, Bozeman Icedogs – Jake Stephan, Metro Jets – Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves


Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Chance Homerin - Peoria Mustangs

Chance Homerin

During the month of September, Peoria forward Chance Homerin, 18, led the Mustangs to 1st place in the Central Division and was the league’s second leading scorer with 10 points. The native of Pekin, Illinois totaled four goals and six assists during the month. Two goals came on the power play and two came while shorthanded. Homerin (6’0/180) registered points in seven out of his eight games played during the month and was named the Central Division Star of the Week on September 9th. “At the start of the season, you need your veteran players to be your best players and that’s exactly what Chance was for us in September. Chance was our best player during the month and he really thrives because of his work ethic.  He plays in all situations and that gives him a great chance to be successful and grow as a player,” said Peoria head coach Tyler Renette.

Runner-Up (tie): Jake Cox, Point Mallard Ducks & Nils Markgren, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kendall Bolen-Porter, Helena Bighorns – Andrew Bond, Cincinnati Swords – Joe Costello, Breezy Point North Stars – Brandon Desrosiers, Southern Tier Xpress – Tommy Heinzman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tristan Henrichs, Billings Bulls – Josig Rochon, Dallas Jr. Stars – Alex Sauer, Topeka Capitals – Adam Schoenfeld, Wisconsin Whalers – Cam Schwartz, Toledo Cherokee – Jared Sprink, Granite City Lumberjacks – Michael Tratar, West Michigan Wolves


Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Michael Straub - Pittsburgh Vengeance

Michael Straub

Fourth year veteran defenseman Michael Straub, 20, put together a great month of September as he was second in the league in scoring for all defensemen with eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in eight games played. His five goals is not only tops for all NA3HL defensemen, but ranks tied for 2nd in the NA3HL. He is also tied for the league lead with three power play goals. Straub (6’1/205) was also a +2 during the month of September.  He registered at least a point in six of the eight games during the month and the Elizabeth, Pennsylvania native also had two multi-point games. “Michael is our captain and as a returning veteran he has displayed great leadership. He is very good at both ends of the rink and has really boosted his level of play,” said Pittsburgh head coach Dave Dorsey.

Runner-Up (tie): Nick Trefry, Helena Bighorns & David Chavis, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Bogart, Toledo Cherokee – Chris Brown, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ian Eshbaugh, Billings Bulls – Tim Foley, West Michigan Wolves – Tobias Gabrielsen, Granite City Lumberjacks – Noah Gilreath, Point Mallard Ducks – Seyia Hayta, Breezy Point North Stars – Will Holton, Wisconsin Whalers – Alec Hooper, Southern Tier Xpress – Brett Mory, Cincinnati Swords – Colin O’Connor, Topeka Capitals – Marc Peters, Peoria Mustangs – Kody Wagner, Dallas Jr. Stars


Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Aaron Callan - Toledo Cherokee

Aaron Callan

It was a busy month for Toledo goaltender Aaron Callan, 18, in September. He led the league in games played, minutes played, wins, shots faced and saves. The South Lyon, Michigan native totaled 150 saves during the month while posting a very nice 94.9% save percentage and 1.42 goals against average. Four of the six games that Callan (5’11/165) played in during the month were on the road. He was named the East Division Star of the Week back on September 17th.  In his first four games during the month, Callan only allowed two goals. “Aaron played really well during the month. He was big reason we started undefeated.  He has been our best player so far this year. He competes all the time, not just in games. He controls his rebounds very well and he is giving our team a chance to win and coming up with a big save when needed,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.

Runner-Up (tie): Sam Goetsch, Granite City Lumberjacks & Grant Martens, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Geloneck, Souther Tier Xpress – Billy Hindle, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Chris Johansen, Wisconsin Whalers – Brandon Kruger, Cincinnati Swords - Ross Lipic, Peoria Mustangs – Brett Malkmus, Topeka Capitals – Dakota McDonald, Breezy Point North Stars – Cooper Seedot, Point Mallard Ducks – Cole Semchak, Billings Bulls – Jacob Stack, Pittsburgh Vengeance - Chance Turner, Dallas Jr. Stars – Hunter Vorva, West Michigan Wolves

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