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Players of the Month

February

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Matt Kroska - North Iowa Bulls

Matt Kroska

The NA3HL’s leading scorer, North Iowa forward Matt Kroska, 20, likely secured his place in NA3HL history with a torrid month of February. The native of Elko, Minnesota was able to record a league-high 21 points in seven games during the month and brought his NA3HL-leading total to 111 points for the season, setting a modern-day league record during the month. In all seven games, Kroska (5’10/180) had multi-point games to continue his record-breaking scoring streak to 34 straight games. Kroska scored seven goals and 14 assists in the month, and three of his seven goals were game-winners. He was also an astounding +19 during the month and he currently leads the NA3HL with a +97 rating. His February included a five-point game and a four-point game. Kroska also played on Team West at the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, leading the team to a perfect 3-0 record. “His production and the production of his line is something that I have never seen at this level. He shows so much leadership on a daily basis and despite all the success and points, Matt still remains hungry and trying to become a better player each day in the hopes of earning an NCAA commitment,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “I think despite the personal and team success that Matt had last year, he came back this year a more driven hockey player. He will be a special and effective player at the next level.”

Runner-Up: Taylor Brown, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Chasteen, Peoria Mustangs – Tyler Dalton, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Nikita Korotkov, Cincinnati Swords – Brett Leppek, Flint Junior Generals – Mike Lozano, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ryan Martin, Wisconsin Whalers – Raurie Petrich, Dallas Jr. Stars – Garrett Skinner, Alexandria Blizzard – Max Vance, Michigan Mountain Cats

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Cam Choate - Dallas Jr. Stars

Cam Choate

Dallas Jr. Stars defenseman Cam Choate, 19, had the most productive month of his NA3HL career in February as he helped the Jr. Stars to a 6-2 record during the month and a 2nd place finish in the South Division. The native of Plano, Texas had 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) during the month of February and was also a +6.  Not only does Choate (6’4/215) bring a scoring touch and offensive element to a defensive position, but he also brings a physical element as well. Two weeks ago, Choate was named the South Division Star of the Week for his efforts in a sweep of a weekend series over Sugar Land. His 10 goals from the blueline is currently tied for 4th among all NA3HL defensemen and his 28 points to date ranks him tied for 4th on the Jr. Stars roster. Cam has great size for a defenseman and he has improved since Day 1 with our team. He has a great shot and is very effective when he can put it on net and create offense for us,” said Dallas head coach Jason Deitsch. “If we are going to have success in the playoffs, Cam will be one of those players that is going to have to play his best at both ends of the ice. His size and his offensive ability make him a prospect for the next level of hockey.”

Runner-Up: Blake Ortman, Peoria Mustangs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, Wisconsin Whalers – Brit Brothen, Flint Junior Generals – Kenny Forton, Michigan Mountain Cats – Tyler Opilka, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Emil Sundstrom, Cincinnati Swords

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Anders Franke - Flint Junior Generals

Anders Franke

It was another outstanding month for the Flint Junior Generals and goaltender Anders Franke. The 20-year-old from Zimmerman, Minnesota posted a 4-1 record with a 0.80 goals against average and a 96.6% save percentage to go along with two shutouts. This marks the second consecutive month that Franke was named the NA3HL Goaltender of the Month. Franke (5’7/160) faced 119 shots during the month and stopped 115 of those shots. Franke had shutouts against Pittsburgh on February 14th and Peoria on February 23rd. He never gave up more than two goals in a game and he has lost just one game in his last 12 starts. Franke currently leads the NA3HL in wins with 28, ranks tied for 1st in shutouts with six and ranks 2nd in both goals against average (1.73) and save percentage (92.7%). He has also played the most minutes of any goalie in the league. He also played on Team East at the 2014 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. “Anders is the backbone of the team all season long and we expect it to be a strength in the playoffs. He knows what it takes to be successful,” said Flint head coach Steve Howard. “He has the maturity it takes to be a leader and I know he will find the right situation to continue his career and play college hockey.”

Runner-Up: Chris Mallon, Dallas Jr. Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cooper Cothran, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Fissel, Wisconsin Whalers – Marc Hayton, Peoria Mustangs – Joe Lopez, Michigan Mountain Cats – Alec Rounds, Cincinnati Swords

 
January

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Richie Marenis - North Iowa Bulls

Richie Marenis

Simply put, North Iowa Bulls forward Richie Marenis, 20, dominated in the month of January. The native of Riga, Latvia helped lead the Bulls to a perfect 7-0 record during the month and in those seven games Marenis (6’1/190) recorded an amazing 29 points, which included 16 goals and 13 assists. Twice during the month, Marenis was named as the West Star of the Week and he was the #2 star once. Not only did Marenis score in all seven games during the month of January, but he recorded a multi-point game in all seven. Marenis had two six-point games during the month, one five-point game and two four-point games. He was named the West Division Star of the Week in back-to-back weeks on January 21st and again on January 28th. Marenis is 3rd in the NA3HL in scoring this season with 87 points in 32 games and his 41 goals currently leads the NA3HL. “I have said it before, but Richie is playing the best hockey of his career right now,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He is seeing the puck well and his vision is the best it has ever been. He can distribute the puck, but he also knows when to shoot. He makes everyone around him better.”

Runner-Up: Ian Ecklund, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jace Childs, Twin City Steel – Conor Durgan, Flint Junior Generals – Andrew Kovicich, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Luke Morin, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Kaleb Morley, Wisconsin Whalers – Kade Morrison, Michigan Mountain Cats – Kyle Shreve, Metro Jets – Henry Smith, Cincinnati Swords – Tommy Stock, Dallas Jr. Stars – Aidan Verbeke, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Matt Fosdick - North Iowa Bulls

Matt Fosdick

Another big part of North Iowa’s success in January was the continued development and success of defenseman Matt Fosdick. The 19-year-old from Brookfield, Wisconsin, joined the Bulls during the NA3HL Showcase and hasn’t looked back. Fosdick (6’2/215) had his best month of the season in January as he totaled 13 points in the seven games (all wins) that North Iowa had.  That included two goals, 11 assists and Fosdick was also a remarkable +15 during the month. Fosdick’s January performance included four multi-point games including back-to-back four point games on January 18-19 and back-to-back two point games on January 30-31. In 20 games played this season, Fosdick has 18 points and is a +27. “Matt was an important piece in our playoff and National Championship run last season, so it was good to get him back in late November,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He brings a lot of physicality to the game and skates as well as any defenseman we have.”

Runner-Up: Dan Addie, Wisconsin Whalers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kenny Forton, Michigan Mountain Cats – Devin Fracassi, Cincinnati Swords – Isaac Hale, Twin City Steel – David Horsmann, Granite City Lumberjacks – Simon Koscielski, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tom Leistner, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Alex MacInnis, Dallas Jr. Stars – Connor McGovern, Flint Junior Generals – Jeremy Szczurek, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Anders Franke - Flint Junior Generals

Anders Franke

It was a perfect month for the Flint Junior Generals and goaltender Anders Franke. The 20-year-old from Zimmerman, Minnesota helped Flint to the East Division regular season championship during the month, as he posted a 6-0 record with a 1.23 goals against average and a 94.3% save percentage to go along with two shutouts. Franke (5’7/160) faced 122 shots during the month and stopped 115 of those shots. Franke’s shutouts during January came in back-to-back starts in wins over Cleveland and Toledo. He never gave up more than three goals in a game and he hasn’t lost a game since back on December 22nd. Franke currently leads the NA3HL in wins with 24, ranks tied for 2nd in shutouts with three and is in the top seven in goals against average (1.93) and save percentage (92.1%). He has also played the most minutes of any goalie in the league. “Anders is the backbone of the team. He is calm, carries himself like a pro and knows what it takes to be successful on and off the ice,” said Flint head coach Steve Howard. “He has the maturity it takes to be a leader and I know he will find the right situation to continue his career and play college hockey.”

Runner-Up: Billy Hindle, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jackson Germaine, Twin City Steel – Trevor Kalinowski, Metro Jets – Joe Lopez, Michigan Mountain Cats – Chris Mallon, Dallas Jr. Stars – Michal Marcinek, Wisconsin Whalers – Joe Sheppard, Cincinnati Swords

 
December

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Matt Kroska - North Iowa Bulls

Matt Kroska

Veteran Bulls forward Matt Kroska, 20, had a tremendous month of December that earned him Forward of the Month honors and vaulted him towards the top of the NA3HL’s scoring race. The native of Elko, Minnesota played in nine games during the month of December and totaled 21 points, which included seven goals and 14 assists. He as also a +16 during those nine games, while the Bulls put together an 8-1 record. Kroska (5’10/180) registered multi-point games in seven of the nine outings, which included a five-point game and two, three-point games. Kroska registered a point in all nine games during the month, which has added to his current 19-game point streak. His 48 assists and +49 rating both lead the NA3HL and his 64 points rank second. “Matt did the right thing in identifying North Iowa as a place that he could develop, improve, thrive and have a great junior hockey experience,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He worked hard and realized his dream of playing NCAA hockey as he if off to St. Olaf next season. He does things the right way on and off the ice and it is paid off for him.”

Runner-Up: Hardjis Kupaks, Topeka Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bond, Cincinnati Swords – Jace Childs, Twin City Steel – Tom Diffendal, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Nick Gnagni, Flint Junior Generals – Zack Johnson, Wisconsin Whalers – Andrew Kovicich, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brett Love, Granite City Lumberjacks – Max Vance, Michigan Mountain Cats

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Nick Rizzo - Topeka Capitals

Nick Rizzo

The Topeka Capitals had a great month of December, going 7-1 in their eight games. 19-year-old defenseman Nick Rizzo has been an outstanding addition on the blueline for the Capitals, which paid off in the month of December worth of the Defenseman of the Month honor. The native of Leavenworth, Kansas was not only solid defensively, leading the team with a +18 rating during the month, but he was also outstanding on the offensive end as he registered 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in the eight games. Rizzo (6’1/215) registered at least a point in seven of the eight games and had four multi-point games. He registered a career-best four point game in a 7-4 win over Sugar Land back on December 28th. Rizzo leads all Capitals defensemen in scoring and ranks 4th in the NA3HL in scoring for all defensemen with 26 points in 25 games played. “Nick is our team leader on and off the ice and he leads by example,” said Capitals head coach Anthony Bohn. “He is one of the steadiest defenseman I have seen at this level and we are happy to see him recognized.  He has a lot of strength and toughness, he stands up for his teammates and is a tough guy to play against.”

Runner-Up: Adam Roeder, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, Wisconsin Whalers – Austin Buchholz, Michigan Mountain Cats – Devin Fracassi, Cincinnati Swords – Caleb Gannelli, Flint Junior Generals – Mitchell Gwost, Granite City Lumberjacks – Isaac Hale, Twin City Steel – Ron Lindgren, North Iowa Bulls – Michael Straub, Pittsburgh Vengeance

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Chris Amsden - North Iowa Bulls

Chris Amsden

It is rare to see a month like North Iowa’s Chris Amsden put together in December, but when it happens it is hard not to recognize just how good it was. The 19-year-old from St. Peter, Minnesota was perfect during the month, going 8-0. He also allowed just 13 goals in nine appearances during the month, which earned him a 1.56 goals against average. Amsden (6’4/180) stopped 202 out of a possible 215 shots on goal during the month, which equaled a 94% save percentage in December. Amsden also posted two shutouts in December. One came on December 7th against Twin City and the other came against Minnesota on December 20th. Amsden leads in the NA3HL in shutouts with four and ranks 2nd in the NA3HL in wins (15), goals against average (1.65) and save percentage (93.6%). “We have set a team goal to allow a minimal certain number of goals per game and Chris has played a huge part in accomplishing that for us. He has done everything we have asked of him,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “It is tough to come in a replace a starter who won multiple Championships, but Chris has done that and then some. He never takes a night off and is playing at a very high level right now.”

Runner-Up: Billy Hindle, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Walker Bass, Michigan Mountain Cats – Anders Franke, Flint Junior Generals – Jude Hull, Topeka Capitals – Jason Kumpfmiller, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Alec Rounds, Cincinnati Swords – David Volkmann, Wisconsin Whalers – Austin Wilson, Granite City Lumberjacks

 
November

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Jace Childs - Twin City Steel

Jace Childs

Rarely (if ever) has the NA3HL seen a month like Twin City forward Jace Childs, 20, put together in November. In just 11 games during the month, the Burnsville, Minnesota native put up a whopping 28 points, which included 13 goals and 15 assists. He was also an amazing +18 during the month as well. It is one of the major reasons that Childs is the second leader scorer in the league to date with 45 points. Childs (5’7/145) was bolstered in the month by a 12-point NA3HL Showcase, in which the Twin City forward not only led his team to another undefeated record at the event, but also earned West Star of the Week honors for his efforts. Childs is current riding a 10-game point streak in which he recorded all his 28 points in the month of November. It included six games with three points or more. “Jace is an all-around hockey player that plays all facets of the game,” said Twin City head coach Aaron Koosman. “He is on the first power play unit as well as the first penalty kill unit. He is a dedicated worker with a lot of competition in him and an all around great kid.”

Runner-Up: Drew Otto, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joe Anderson, Alexandria Blizzard – Nick Haase, Cincinnati Swords – Tommy Heinzman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Zach Johnson, Wisconsin Whalers – Matt Kostopoulos, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Nick Manney, Topeka Capitals - Richie Marenis, North Iowa Bulls – Mark McGee, Flint Junior Generals – Raurie Petrich, Dallas Jr. Stars – Joe Randazzo, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Andrew Scofield, Peoria Mustangs – Max Vance, Michigan Mountain Cats – Tyler Zalecki, Toledo Cherokee

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Ron Lindgren - North Iowa Bulls

Ron Lindgren

North Iowa Bulls defenseman Ron Lindgren, 20, recorded 11 of his 15 points to date during the month of November and did it all in just 10 games. The second-year defenseman from Janesville, Wisconsin also finished November with a +10 rating as North Iowa put together a 10-1 record during the month. Lindgren (6’1/200) recorded a point in six of the 10 games during November and was even or better in all 10 games. He also had three multi-point games during the month, including a four-point effort in a 7-5 road win in Alexandria back on Nov. 15th. Lindgren has 15 points in 17 games this season and is a +16.  In 61 career games with the Bulls in the NA3HL, Lindgren has recorded 44 career points and is an astounding +64 in that time frame. “Ron has been a leader and having him in that role really helps us be a better team,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He takes the game seriously and has the ability to play in all situations, which really give us a lot of flexibility.”

Runner-Up: Morgan Martelle, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Blaszkiewicz, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Austin Buchholz, Michigan Mountain Cats – Jake Huspen, Dallas Jr. Stars – Thomas Leistner, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Connor McGovern, Flint Junior Generals – Mitch Riese, Wisconsin Whalers – Adam Roeder, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ryan Sete, Cincinnati Swords

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Scott Murray - Granite City Lumberjacks

Scott Murray

In one of the closest races for monthly awards this season, Granite City’s Scott Murray, 20, picked up right where he left off last season with another remarkable start to the 2013-14 season, which was accentuated during the month of October. Granite City sits atop of the NA3HL West Division thanks to their 10-2 mark during the month, but Murray (6’2/185) was a perfect 6-0 in the games he played in. The native of Yorktown, Virginia also posted a 1.83 goals against average during November, along with a 90.9% save percentage to go along with one shutout. Murray began the month with a shutout of the Minnesota Flying Aces. He also picked up two wins at the NA3HL Showcase over St. Louis and Topeka. This is Murray’s second season with the Lumberjacks. He posted an incredible 23-4-2 record last season, which brings his NA3HL career record to 34-6-2. His 11 wins rank 2nd in the NA3HL. “Scott’s major asset is that he has been real consistent for us and that he has improved every day since he has been here,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner. “He plays every game like he wants to be the starting guy and go-to guy. The team plays with confidence when he is in goal.”

Runner-Up: Marc Hayton, Peoria Mustangs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Walker Bass, Michigan Mountain Cats – Cooper Cothran, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tanner Elmore, Alexandria Blizzard – Connor Fissel, Wisconsin Whalers – Anders Franke, Flint Junior Generals – Michael Krch, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Steffan Muller, Dallas Jr. Stars – Dylan Parker, North Iowa Bulls – Chase Sanford, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Joe Sheppard, Cincinnati Swords

 
October

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Tim Santopoalo - North Iowa Bulls

Tim Santopoalo

To average almost three and half points per game in hockey in quite a feat.  To do it in the competitive environment that is the NA3HL is something special. That’s exactly what North Iowa forward Tim Santopoalo did in the month of November, as the 20-year-old forward from Roscoe, Illinois, registered 17 points (6 goals, assists) in just five games during the month, earning the NA3HL Forward of the Month for October. Santopoalo (5’7/160) has led North Iowa to an undefeated record to date, including a 5-0 record in October. He had multi-point games in all five, recorded one game-winning goal and was a +10 during the month. Santopoalo had a five-point game in a win over Breezy Point on October 12th, a four-point game in a win over Twin City on October 25th and he also had two, three point games. His 23 points to date leads the Bulls in scoring and ranks 3rd in the NA3HL. “We knew we were going to have some good players back, but Tim is the catalyst,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He is focused, he is trying to be an all-around student athlete and we hope it leads to a college opportunity. He has the ability with his speed to get around guys, but the way he sees the ice and the ability to read defenders and react really sets him apart.”

Runner-Up: Jared Johnson, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joe Anderson, Alexandria Blizzard – John Arms, Michigan Mountain Cats – Conor Durgan, Flint Junior Generals – Tommy Heinzman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Yu Hikosaka, Topeka Capitals – Ryan Martin, Wisconsin Whalers – Raurie Petrich, Dallas Jr. Stars – Brett Podgorski, Toledo Cherokee – Kevin Shand, Metro Jets – Aidan Verbeke, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Kyle Meeh - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Kyle Meeh

Anytime a defenseman leads his team in scoring, you know he is doing something right. St. Louis Jr. Blues defenseman Kyle Meeh, 18, has picked up right where he left off last season by being a big-time producer. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, used the month of October to springboard himself right up to the league-leaders. In eight games, Meeh (6’2/180) recorded 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) and was a +10. His 15 points to date is tied for the team lead and ranks 5th among NA3HL defensemen. Meeh had two, three-point games during the month of October. He recorded at least a point in seven of the eight games, as the Jr. Blues fashioned together a 6-1-1 record. “Kyle has established himself as an elite defenseman with his consistency this season and last season,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher. “He is a team leader and backbone of our club. He plays in every situation and does a good job of playing two-way hockey. Has a bright future ahead of him.”

Runner-Up: Oskar Thorsen, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, Wisconsin Whalers – Tobias Gabrielsen, Granite City Lumberjacks – Chancie Hanson, North Iowa Bulls – Avery Huibregtse, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Jake Huspen, Dallas Jr. Stars – Conner McGovern, Flint Junior Generals – Nick White, Topeka Capitals

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Nathan Klebe - Flint Junior Generals

Nathan Klebe

Flint Junior Generals rookie goaltender Nathan Klebe could arguably be one of the early surprises and candidates for Rookie of the Year thanks his first two months of the year. That included the month of October, where Klebe, 19, was virtually unbeatable. The native of South Lyon, Michigan appeared in four games, put together a 3-0 record with a .96 goals against average and a 96.6% save percentage during the month to earn Goalie of the Month honors. Klebe (6’0/160) began the month with a 34-save performance in a 2-1 win at Toledo. It continued with a 22-save shutout of Michigan two days later. Klebe then made a perfect relief appearance in a 3-2 shootout win over Toledo on October 23rd, which was followed by a 24-save performance in a 7-2 win over Pittsburgh on October 26th. Klebe’s .98 goals against average and 95.5% save percentage currently are tops among all NA3HL goaltenders to date. “Nathan has been a big and pleasant surprise for our team this season,” said Flint head coach Steve Howard. “He certainly hasn’t played like a rookie. We have two #1’s in goal right now, which is one of the reasons we are having the success as a team to date.”

Runner-Up: Tyler Jansen, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical):  Chris Amsden, North Iowa Bulls – Walker Bass, Michigan Mountain Cats – Billy Hindle, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Jude Hull, Topeka Capitals – Chris Mallon, Dallas Jr. Stars – David Volkmann, Wisconsin Whalers – Austin Wilson, Granite City Lumberjacks

 
September

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Austin Fletcher - Flint Junior Generals

Austin Fletcher

Flint Junior Generals forward Austin Fletcher, 19, is off to a torrid start this season. The three-year NA3HL veteran and native of Adrian, Michigan, leads the league with 13 points in just seven games played. It is no coincidence that Flint is off to their best start in several years with a 6-0-1 record and sitting atop of the NA3HL’s East Division. Fletcher (5’10/178) also leads the NA3HL in assists with 10 and is tied for 2nd in the league with a +9 rating. Not to shy away from the physical part of the game, Fletcher also ranked 6th in the league with 26 penalty minutes to date.  All of it makes Fletcher a true all-around player who has registered 74 points in 98 career NA3HL regular season games. “Austin really understands how to play at this level. He has evolved into a player that poses a dangerous offensive threat that also can be physical as well,” said Flint head coach Steve Howard. “He worked really hard in the off-season to become an elite player.  He has gotten faster, his hands are better and he has a quicker release.  We are very happy to have him playing well and on the roster.”

Runner-Up: Aidan Verbeke, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Thomas Clayton, Cincinnati Swords – Jason Hoehn, Wisconsin Whalers – Drake Hunter, Alexandria Blizzard – Andy McGlynn, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tyler Zalecki, Toledo Cherokee

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Mitchell Gwost - Granite City Lumberjacks

Mitchell Gwost

The Lumberjacks have had a great tradition of producing top-notch defensemen and it appears that they have another developing star this season in 19-year-old Mitchell Gwost. The native of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, is in his second year with the Lumberjacks after recording 16 points in 40 games last season. Through six games this season, all of them in September, Gwost (5’10/185) leads the NA3HL in scoring for defensemen with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists).  He has registered a point in every game this season and is also a +6. His eight assists to date ranks 3rd among all NA3HL players. This past weekend was Gwost’s best to date as he recorded five points in two Granite City wins. “It is nice to see a local guy have success like Mitchell has. We expect a lot of out him from a leadership perspective,” said Lumberjacks head coach Brad Willner. “He has evolved his game to be a well-rounded player where he is very effective both offensively and defensively.”

Runner-Up: Conner McGovern, Flint Junior Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Clayton Janecke, Wisconsin Whalers – Kyler Omey, Toledo Cherokee – Adam Roeder, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tim Weisgerber, Cincinnati Swords

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Clay Horvath - Toledo Cherokee

Clay Horvath

18-year-old netminder Clay Horvath had an immediate impact after joining the Cherokee earlier this month. The Lewis Center, Ohio native started and won his first two games of the season, which both came in September.  Horvath (5’11/160) has stopped a combined 61 of 64 shots so far this season. His 95.3% save percentage ranks 4th in the NA3HL and his 1.44 goals against average ranks 3rd. Both of his wins came in a weekend sweep of Cleveland back on September 20th and 21st. "Although Clay just joined our club, he has settled in very nicely with our group and is playing really good hockey,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller. “We feel Clay has the ability to be an elite goalie in the NA3HL. Even though he is in his first year of juniors he has looked very comfortable in net and I would expect him to continue to get better as the season goes along."

Runner-Up: Austin Wilson, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical):  Anders Franke, Flint Junior Generals – Artie Haase, Cincinnati Swords – Billy Hindle, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Michal Marcinek, Wisconsin Whalers

 
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