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Players of the Month

November

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Jack Hatton - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Jack Hatton

St. Louis forward Jack Hatton had himself an incredible month of November as he led all forward in the NA3HL in points. The native of Naperville, Illinois, scored nine times in just six games. He added 13 assists during that span as well. The veteran forward has 16 goals and 24 assists in 14 games so far this season. He is 2nd on the Jr. Blues in points. The highlight of his month came on November 11th and 12th as he put up 11 points in a two game sweep of the Jr. Thunderbolts. He had another six point weekend the following weekend against division rival Peoria.

Runner-Up: Andrew Logar, Niagara Falls PowerHawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, Granite City Lumberjacks - Brad Becker, Binghamton Junior Senators - Jarod Blackowiak, North Iowa Bulls – Austin Braley, Northeast Generals – Dom Glavach, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Ryan Gunther, Oswego Stampede – Clayton Lackey, La Crosse Freeze – Zach Martin, Willmar Warhawks – Alex Nagel, New Ulm Steel – Nick Rogers, Wisconsin Whalers – Jarrett Scheibel, Helena Bighorns – Dillon Steh, Atlanta Capitals – Braden Stewart, Peoria Mustangs – Bennett Weycker, Texas Brahmas - Drew Wotta, Louisiana Drillers

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Mason Stewart - Yellowstone Quake

Mason Stewart

Yellowstone Quake defenseman Mason Stewart has been electrifying in the month of November as he recorded at least a point in all seven games played. His best performance came on Thanksgiving weekend as he notched seven assists in a weekend sweep over Gillette. He finished November with three goals and 12 assists. Currently, the Maple Valley, Washington native leads the league with 40 assists and 50 points. Stewart is most deadly on the power play, as 16 of his 40 helpers have come with the man advantage.

Runner-Up: Mitch Dolese, Louisiana Drillers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bernhardson, North Iowa Bulls – Jared Berry, Oswego Stampede – Cameron Bickford, Texas Brahmas - Justin Bioni, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Cole Buhl, Granite City Lumberjacks - Blake Finley, Peoria Mustangs – Ricards Groskops, Helena Bighorns – Matt Hammel, Northeast Generals – Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers – Gunner Moore, Atlanta Capitals – Brandon Schweickert, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – John Shivley, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Wyatt Toll, Willmar Warhawks

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Ryan Kenny - New Ulm Steel

Ryan Kenny

The month of November was one to remember for Ryan Kenny and the New Ulm Steel as the netminder from Fort Lauderdale went 5-1 in six November starts. After dropping his first decision, Kenny has won five in a row, allowing just six goals in that span. His signature performance came on November 25th as he stopped all 40 shots the Granite City Lumberjacks threw his way en route to a 1-0 victory that earned Kenny his second shutout of the season. For November, Kenny had a goals against average of just 1.41 while holding a .962 save percentage. On the year, Kenny is 7-3 for the Steel and has a goals against average of 1.97 and a save percentage of .942.

Runner-Up: Colin Cain, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Bjella, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brendon Earls, Wisconsin Whalers – Luke Fry, Willmar Warhawks –Ridge Gerads, Granite City Lumberjacks - Tyler Hawk, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Kyle Konin, Atlanta Capitals – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – Tyler Myers, Texas Brahmas - Griffin Varricchio, Louisiana Drillers – Kyle Wagner, Northeast Generals

 
October

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Cole Stewart - Yellowstone Quake

Cole Stewart

Yellowstone Quake forward Cole Stewart doesn't want to see October go as he had at least one point in all eight of his team’s games. He had at least two points in seven of those eight matchups. His best performances came in a weekend sweep of the Gillette Wild. That’s when the forward from Atlanta, Georgia scored three goals and added eight assists. Stewart currently ranks 11th in points in the entire NA3HL with 26. He has eight goals and 18 assists on the year. The Quake currently sit in first place in the Frontier Division and Stewart’s offensive presence is a big reason why. "Cole Stewart has been one of our leaders on the team and showing by example, he puts in the extra work and effort on and off the ice everyday. He comes with a great attitude all the time which is contagious throughout the team and has had his success by putting together all of these intangibles. Looking forward to his continued success as a leader now and in the future,” said Quake Head Coach Ryan Theros.

Runner-Up: Clayton Lackey, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, Granite City Lumberjacks – Kyle Cote, Texas Brahmas – Marc Faia, Northeast Generals – Ivan Galaguzov, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Matt Hutton, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Tommy Kilway, Oswego Stampede – Andrew Logar, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – Cameron Smith, Atlanta Capitals

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Keaton Caplis - La Crosse Freeze

Keaton Caplis

La Crosse defenseman Keaton Caplis was the key piece to the Freeze blue line in October. The Gilbert, Arizona native was a plus-16 in this month while also contributing on the offensive side of the puck. One of Caplis’ best games came on October 20th as he registered 3 assists while having a plus-3 rating in a win over the Wausau RiverWolves. The 18-year old notched a pair of power play goals in the month of October and had four multi-point games. The play of Caplis has certainly been a major reason why the Freeze currently sit in first place of the Central Division. “Keaton has great hockey IQ and is an extremely driven player. Our programs model of player development has been very beneficial for him, and I am really proud in the strides he is making as an offensive defenseman. I am very proud to see his hard work and dedication be recognized as we move forward in his development,” said Freeze Head Coach Jon Vaillancourt.

Runner-Up: Brandon Schweickert, Niagara Falls PowerHawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Bioni, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Luke Bombardir, Texas Brahmas – Mark Capkovic, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Matt Hammel, Northeast Generals – Bryce Harrison, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Rich Hart, Oswego Stampede – Oliver Lester, Atlanta Capitals – Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Reid Wasczcenko - Yellowstone Quake

Reid Wasczcenko

There weren’t too many goaltenders that were busier than Reid Wasczcenko in the month of October. Wasczcenko started seven of his team’s eight games and was almost perfect. He had a record of 6-0-1, an overtime loss against Great Falls as his only blemish. In five of his six wins, the native of Plymouth, Minnesota allowed one goal or less. Wasczcenko finished the month with a goals against average of just 1.43 and a save percentage of .963 to go with two shutouts. For the season, he is 9-2 with a 1.75 goals against average, a .954 save percentage and three shutouts. Head coach Ryan Theros added, "Reid Wasczcenko coming in as a rookie goalie this season has been nothing other than consistent, his competitiveness that he brings everyday to practice, with the little things of never giving up on a shot or a drill no matter the situation, which pushes our whole team to another level. His confidence brings a calming presence between the pipes, he is very detailed in his ability which brings him and our team success.”

Runner-Up: Luke Fry, Willmar Warhawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Ange, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Kris Augustine, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – Ridge Gerads, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tyler Hawk, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – Tyler Myers, Texas Brahmas – Hunter Smith, St. Louis Jr. Blues

 
September

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Ryan Flanagan - Binghamton Junior Senators

Ryan Flanagan

Binghamton Junior Senators forward Ryan Flanagan, 19, is off to red-hot start to begin the 2017-18 season. The Duryea, Pennsylvania native has recorded 20 points in just six games. Flanagan is tied for the league lead in goals with 11 and has added nine assists. His plus-13 rating is tops among forwards in the NA3HL. The Binghamton forward has had at least two points in every game so far this season, with his best game coming on September 29, when he scored two goals and had four assists in a win over Skylands. He is one of the key pieces to a Binghamton team that is off to 5-1-0 start.

Runner-Up: Tyler Bump, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, Granite City Lumberjacks – Eddie Cannon, Oswego Stampede – Daniel Dunaway, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Craig Garrigan, Skylands Kings – Dominick Glavach, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jacob Kelly, Northeast Generals – Payton McSharry, Great Falls Americans – Talon Medure, Atlanta Capitals – Zack Mullen, Jersey Shore Wildcats – Nick Rogers, Wisconsin Whalers - Spencer Sandberg, Toledo Cherokee – Jarrett Scheibel, Helena Bighorns – Braden Shea, Willmar Warhawks – Cole Therrien, Cape Cod Islanders – Brandon Vukasin, Louisiana Drillers

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Tim O'Connor - Jersey Shore Wildcats

Tim O'Connor

Jersey Shore Wildcats defenseman Tim O’Connor, 20, has been the catalyst to a Jersey Shore team that is currently sitting in first place of the Northeast Division with a 6-2-0 record. O’Connor leads all defenseman with seven goals thus far this season. He also leads the league in power play goals with four. One of those power play goals was the overtime game-winning goal on September 23 as the Wildcats topped Oswego 4-3. The Warsaw, New York native has nine points in the team’s first eight games and has a plus-4 rating.

Runner-Up: Bauer Cooper, Toledo Cherokee

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tucker Alspaugh, Louisiana Drillers – Brandon Baker, Granite City Lumberjacks – Cameron Bickford, Texas Brahmas  - Justin Bioni, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Weston Goodman, Great Falls Americans – Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers - Ben Jones, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ryan Kranz, North Iowa Bulls – Luke Miller, Binghamton Junior Senators – Tanner Opie, Atlanta Capitals – Jake Takashima, Willmar Warhawks – Marcos Zarragoitia, Oswego Stampede

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Ricardo Gonzalez - Toledo Cherokee

Ricardo Gonzalez

Toledo Cherokee goaltender Ricardo Gonzalez, 20, has been the hardest working goalie in the entire NA3HL as he leads the league in games played as he has played in seven of his team’s eight games. Gonzalez has been spectacular in the month of September. He won his first four starts giving just seven goals in though games. In his most recent start on September 30, Gonzalez made 55 saves on 57 shots in a 4-2 victory over Southern Tier. The Davison, Michigan native leads all goaltenders with five wins so far this season. He has a superb goals against average of 2.17 through seven games and among goalies that have played more than two games, Gonzalez leads the league in save percentage as he has stopped 95.1 percent of the shots fired his way. “Ricardo has been our MVP through the first month of the season, he gives us a chance to win every night and is very deserving of this award,” said Toledo Cherokee Head Coach Kenny Miller.

Runner-Up: Nick Battaglia, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Bjella, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Colin Cain, North Iowa Bulls – Tyler Hawk, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Alex Hufford, Wisconsin Whalers - Christian Kazoleas, Louisiana Drillers – Kyle Konin, Atlanta Capitals – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – David Mulligan, Granite City Lumberjacks – Drew Schenkenberg, Rochester Ice Hawks – Mathias Yettereng, Skylands Kings – Jeff Zero, Binghamton Junior Senators

 
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