Only one other NA3HL skater logged more points than Faia in October, and his success helped push the Generals to within one point of the top-ranked L/A Nordiques in the Coastal Division on the back of nine wins in 11 outings last month. Faia notched at least a point in 10 of those 11 games, scoring in seven, to bring his October total to a whopping 11g-21a-32pts. Additionally, the Everett, MA native earned Coastal Division Star of the Week honors during back-to-back weeks on October 10th and 17th. Faia was called up to the NAHL’s Northeast Generals last weekend, and played in his first NAHL contest on Saturday.
Runner-Up: Vladislav Sorokin, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colby Audette, L/A Nordiques – Chuck Bay, Milwaukee Power – Steven Ford, Skylands Kings – Sam Hanson, Wisconsin Whalers – Luke Hartge, Yellowstone Quake – Dante Jones, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Thomas Magnavite, Coulee Region Chill – Payton McSharry, Great Falls Americans – Michael Redmon, Texas Brahmas – Deric Richison, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Blake Siewertsen, Louisiana Drillers – Bailey Sommers, Granite City Lumberjacks – Brendan Studioso, North Iowa Bulls – Tristan Trudel, Peoria Mustangs
With Northeast on their heels, the Nordiques took 6 of 7 games in October, thanks in part to consistently strong showings from Ouellette on the blue line. The defenseman posted three goals and 14 assists in just seven games played, recorded at least a point in six of those seven contests and went a stellar +21 in that span. Ouellette particularly starred in the final weekend of the month, nabbing nine points across a pair of wins over Long Beach. Ouellette and teammate JP Chauvin, September’s Defenseman of the Month, currently pace all blueliners in scoring with 33 and 31 points in 15 and 14 games, respectively.
Runner-Up: Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitch Dolese, Louisiana Drillers – Blake Finley, Peoria Mustangs – Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers – Blake Holmes, Coulee Region Chill – Mason Kruger, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tami Merilainen, Northeast Generals – Trevor Minard, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks – Matej Palfy, Texas Brahmas – Ryan Payne, Milwaukee Power – Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls
After suffering just his first regulation loss of the season in his first October start on the 5th, Foucher bounced back to the tune of four straight victories and a .929 save percentage across the whole month. The Jr. Blues won six of eight games last month, including two standout wins with Foucher between the pipes: a 5-4 OT win over rival Peoria and a strong 3-1 bounce-back win over North Iowa following the aforementioned loss on Oct. 5. The Montreal native stopped 130 of 140 shots across his five starts, allowing just 10 goals for a stingy 1.98 GAA in the month of October.
Runner-Up: Bryce Runyan, Texas Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Samuli Aarinen, Louisiana Drillers – Noah Brandau, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Aaron Dickstein, Milwaukee Power – Michael Janke, Granite City Lumberjacks – Daniel Miller, L/A Nordiques, Devin Naidow, Coulee Region Chill – Josh Sears, Skylands Kings – Dysen Skinner, North Iowa Bulls – Trevor Smith, Peoria Mustangs – Kai Tomita, Wisconsin Whalers
Binghamton roared out of the gates, notching wins in six of their opening seven games and boasting a league-high +47 goal differential in that span. Melso tallied points in each of his six games played, including two or more points in five. His value to the Jr. Senators is unquestioned; the one game he did not take part in marked the lone loss for Binghamton thus far this season. Beginning with his dynamite four-goal, four-assist performance in the season opener, Melso has racked up 8g-13a-21pts in just six games, which leads both his team and the NA3HL.
Runner-Up: Elliot Plourde, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Bannon, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Matt Dahlseide, North Iowa Bulls – Zack DeBoom, Granite City Lumberjacks – Marc Faia, Northeast Generals – Steven Ford, Skylands Kings – Logan Geisness, Milwaukee Power – Dante Jones, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Kody Kifer, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Tommy Kilway, Oswego Stampede – Jason Ladzinski, Atlanta Capitals – Hunter Leonhard, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Hazen McKay, Bozeman Icedogs – Brett Meister, Alexandria Blizzard – Tanner Mros, Wisconsin Whalers – Viacheslav Nilov, Louisiana Drillers – Joshua Sanchez, L/A Nordiques – Coleman Varty, Gillette Wild
One of three remaining undefeated teams through the first month of play, the L/A Nordiques have relied on defensive stalwart JP Chauvin to maintain their pace. Chauvin has notched at least a point in each of L/A’s eight outings so far, posting two or more points in six of those eight, to bring his September total to a league-high (among defensemen) 5g-12a-17pts. The Massena, NY native has excelled in all situations, recording a goal and four assists with the man-advantage, a shorthanded tally and a league-leading +22 rating through eight games.
Runner-Up: Cole Therrien, Cape Cod Islanders
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Becker, Gillette Wild – Jake Berry, Milwaukee Power – Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings – Ben Cope, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Colin Day, Northeast Generals – Mitch Dolese, Louisiana Drillers – Jake Faulkner, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Frye, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Stephen Guadalajara, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Rich Hart, Oswego Stampede – Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers – Gunner Moore, Atlanta Capitals – Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks – Val Popowski, Alexandria Blizzard – Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls – Justin Sullivan, Helena Bighorns
The Power have taken the league by storm – and perhaps a bit by surprise – with a 7-0-0 start in their inaugural campaign to lead the Central Division by five points as of October 4, and netminder Aaron Dickstein has stood tall between the pipes for each of those seven games. The Dayton, OH native stopped a total of 188 of 201 shots in September, which is good for a league-high .935 save percentage amongst goaltenders with at least five starts. In fact, just two other goalies have started five or more games and boast a .900 save percentage or higher this season. On average, Dickstein has turned aside 26.8 pucks per game thus far, while allowing a stingy 1.86 goals per game in that span.
Runner-Up: AJ Ruskowski, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Dorion, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Matt Fitzgerald, Granite City Lumberjacks – Mikael Foucher, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Aaron LaChance, Gillette Wild – Daniel Miller, L/A Nordiques – Connor Poczos, North Iowa Bulls – Alexander Rogers, Helena Bighorns – Bailey Rosch, Alexandria Blizzard – Kai Tomita, Wisconsin Whalers – Griffin Varricchio, Louisiana Drillers – Ben White, Oswego Stampede – Billy Yoder, Missoula Jr. Bruins