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February

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Valeri Rykov - L/A Nordiques

Valeri Rykov

Rykov continued to be a key pickup for the Nordiques in February after logging points in every January contest, posting a total of 14-10—24 in just seven outings. The Russian forward lit the lamp multiple times in four of those seven games, and recorded at least one goal in six. His starring moment of the month came on the 15th as he bagged a stunning six goals and three assists in a win over Cape Cod to mark the seventh time in 11 games that he netted four or more points, and second that he posted six or more. Rykov then finished February in style, posting three consecutive three-point efforts, including a game-winning goal, to enter March on a hot streak. In total, Rykov boasts an even 25-25—50 in 14 outings since first taking the ice as a Nordique on January 4.

Runner-Up: Justin Schwartzmiller, Wisconsin Whalers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trevor Borlace, College Station Spirit – Ivan Galaguzov, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Jack Olson, Great Falls Americans – Stuart Pearson, Texas Brahmas – Andrei Rusakov, Atlanta Capitals – Hunter Schwehr, Granite City Lumberjacks – Zakary Sparks, Skylands Kings – Gage Thompson, Gillette Wild – Vadim Zubkov, Missoula Jr. Bruins

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Dylan Dinzik - Skylands Kings

Dylan Dinzik

After closing out January with four points in four games, Dinzik continued to breakout of a low-scoring funk in a big way in February with 15 points in eight games – almost double his prior highest monthly point total from October (eight points), and in two fewer games. The New Jersey native kicked off the month with back-to-back two-point games, suffered his only pointless game in February, then rattled off a five-game February point streak that has stretched to eight in March. In that span, Dinzik logged his second and third games of the season with three or more points, and notched multiple points in three of the five outings. On his now eight-game streak, Dinzik has posted 3-12—15 to bring his season total to 14-32—46 in 44 games.

Runner-Up: Tom Nagle, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Berry, Milwaukee Power – Vito Carlo, Atlanta Capitals – Benjamin Lindberg, Texas Brahmas – Hunter Muzzillo, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brandon Peterson, Great Falls Americans – Trevor Prince, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Jack Royer, Wisconsin Whalers – Zach VanCompernolle, Gillette Wild

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: David Mulligan - Granite City Lumberjacks

David Mulligan

Mulligan started five games and won five games for the Lumberjacks in February, playing a key role in helping them separate from the pack and clinch the West Division regular season title. He opened February with a tough back-to-back set against second-ranked North Iowa and passed that test with flying colors, stopping a total of 63 of 67 shots and earning a pair of crucial wins. He then kept his hot streak rolling with wins over Rochester, New Ulm and Wisconsin en route to a perfect month. As of February 28, Mulligan had posted a .905 save percentage or better in 12 straight starts dating back to the NA3HL Showcase in mid-December.

Runner-Up: Thomas Held, Texas Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): CJ Boothe, College Station Spirit – Shane Phillips, Gillette Wild – Caleb Sauer, Wisconsin Whalers – Drew Scites, Great Falls Americans – Josh Sears, Skylands Kings – Jack Regan, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Evan Williams, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Quinn Yeager, Atlanta Capitals

 
January

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Mike Padgeon - Binghamton Junior Senators

Mike Padgeon

Padgeon may have seen his league scoring lead vanish in January, but still boasted a stout 24 points in just seven games during the month. Averaging over a goal per game, Padgeon found the scoresheet in each of his seven outings, posting a stout five points in four of those and hat-tricks in two. Padgeon’s shining moments came at the end of the month in a pair of tense tilts against Northeast, during which the forward bagged back-to-back game-winning goals as part of a six-point outburst across the weekend. Including an assist in his first matchup of February, Padgeon has now logged 41-54—95 in 38 games this season, good for second among NA3HL skaters, with his seven GWGs sliding up into second place as well.

Runner-Up: Brandon Ratzloff, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Misha Akatnov, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Carson Asper, Northeast Generals – Zach Burkhart, Skylands Kings – Dylan Gulick, Oswego Stampede – Andrei Rusakov, Atlanta Capitals – Justin Schwartzmiller, Wisconsin Whalers – Grant Troumbly, Granite City Lumberjacks – Peter Verstegen, North Iowa Bulls – Jacob Wiethaupt, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Drew Wotta, Louisiana Drillers

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Toon De Schepper - Coulee Region Chill

Toon De Schepper

No team was hotter than Coulee Region during the month of January, with 14 Chill skaters featuring in the top-25 NA3HL scorers last month. De Schepper led all blueliners in that span, posting an 11-game total of 3-25—28 with eight multi-point efforts. De Schepper logged back-to-back three-point outings to kick off the month, before recording his first six-point night of the season to cap off that weekend. The Belgian blueliner closed out his month in style as well, bagging two or more points in each contest during a five-game point streak leading into February. De Schepper has now potted 6-54—60 on the year, good for third in the NA3HL.

Runner-Up: Dinmukhamed Dzhangarashev, Binghamton Jr. Senators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vito Carlo, Atlanta Capitals – Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings – Mitch Dolese, Louisiana Drillers – Jake Faulkner, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Frye, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Rich Hart, Oswego Stampede – Evan Junker, North Iowa Bulls – Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks – Jack Royer, Wisconsin Whalers

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Kyle Hayden - Alexandria Blizzard

Kyle Hayden

The Blizzard skyrocketed into playoff position in the West Division thanks to an 8-1 record in the month of January, riding an incredible run of five wins in five starts from Kyle Hayden. Four of those five wins came against opponents ranked higher than Alexandria at the time – including a key overtime win over top-ranked Granite City. In total, Hayden logged 130 saves on 135 shots, allowed no more than two goals in any game and posted two shutouts last month. He finished January with a .963 save percentage and 0.99 GAA, both of which rank third among goaltenders with three or more starts in that frame.

Runner-Up: Jeff Zero, Binghamton Jr. Senators­­­­­­

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Samuli Aarinen, Louisiana Drillers – Mikael Foucher, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Kavan Johnson, Skylands Kings – David Mulligan, Granite City Lumberjacks – Caleb Sauer, Wisconsin Whalers – Dysen Skinner, North Iowa Bulls – Gunner Snyder, Coulee Region Chill – Ben White, Oswego StampedeEvan Williams, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Quinn Yeager, Atlanta Capitals

 
December

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Brady Lindauer - Coulee Region Chill

Brady Lindauer

As the Chill skated to a 4-1-1 record in December, Lindauer quietly dominated the competition on a personal level. Lindauer found the scoresheet in each of Coulee Region’s six contests, potting multiple points in four of those. He led all skaters with 22 points in December, despite playing just over half the games of the next two highest producers last month. Lindauer sprinkled featured performances throughout the month, opening his six-game slate with a 4g-1a-5pts effort against Wausau on the 2nd, erupting for 7g-2a-9pts in Coulee Region’s opening Showcase contest against Long Beach and capping off his time in Blaine with two goals and two assists against Alexandria. Lindauer is currently riding a seven-game point streak with 15-10—25 in that span.

Runner-Up: Payton McSharry, Great Falls Americans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals – Brenden Fehlig, College Station Spirit – Jake Ford, New Ulm Steel – Steven Ford, Skylands Kings – Dylan Gulick, Oswego Stampede – Sam Hanson, Wisconsin Whalers – Hazen McKay, Bozeman Icedogs – Matthew Monreal, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Nicholas Noel, Helena Bighorns – Stuart Pearson, Texas Brahmas – Jack Radley, Peoria Mustangs – Deric Richison, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Hunter Schwehr, Granite City Lumberjacks – Vladislav Sorokin, Rochester Grizzlies – Gage Thompson, Gillette Wild – Drew Wotta, Louisiana Drillers

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Tami Meriläinen - Northeast Generals

Tami Meriläinen

Kicking off your month with goals in four straight games as a defenseman is one way to raise your stock, and Northeast blueliner Tami Meriläinen did just that and then some. The Finnish defenseman went on a seven-game point streak to start the month, only seeing his hot stretch cooled off in his final game of the month, a loss to St. Louis in the Showcase. Meriläinen also posted four multi-point games, including three straight from Dec. 2-Dec. 8. Meriläinen paces all Northeast defensemen with 14-20—34 on the year, which places him seventh among all NA3HL blueliners.

Runner-Up: Tom Yurisich, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Berry, Oswego Stampede – Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings – Ben Cope, Louisiana Drillers – Trent Cowden, Great Falls Americans – Toon De Schepper, Coulee Region Chill – Ricards Groskops, Helena Bighorns – Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers – Matt McBride, College Station Spirit – Tom Nagle, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Jaden Gardner - Peoria Mustangs

Jaden Gardner

Solidifying their third-place foothold in the Central Division with a 7-2 record in December, the Mustangs came alive with a perfect Showcase run and some stellar play between the pipes from Gardner. The netminder finished the month with four straight wins (five total) and just one loss in six starts, starring in Showcase play withwins over New England and Mid Cities. Gardner posted a .953 save percentage for the month, allowing two goals or fewer in each contest and notching two shutout victories along the way. His 1.11 GAA also led all goaltenders with at least five games played in the month of December.

Runner-Up: Mikael Foucher, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Brandau, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – John Driscoll, Northeast Generals – Liam Kelly, Rochester Grizzlies – Kavan Johnson, Skylands Kings – Aaron LaChance, Gillette Wild – Mikael Levokari, Bozeman Icedogs – David Mulligan, Granite City Lumberjacks – Devin Naidow, Coulee Region Chill – Grady Reis, Louisiana Drillers – Alexander Rogers, Helena Bighorns – Kai Tomita, Wisconsin Whalers – Viktor Wennberg, Great Falls Americans – Ben White, Oswego Stampede

 
November

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Misha Akatnov - Missoula Junior Bruins

Misha Akatnov

With multiple goals in each of his six games played and an astronomical five point-per-game average through the month of November, Akatnov tore through the competition last month. In just a half-dozen games, the Tyumen, RUS native nabbed three hat-tricks — including a five-goal effort — four outings with four points or more and two game-winning strikes. His 18 total November goals also helped him pick up quite the milestone along the way — Akatnov became the NA3HL’s all-time leading goalscorer with his 106th marker on Nov. 11. He now boasts a stunning 114 career tallies in just 103 games.

Runner-Up: Jason Ladzinski, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colby Audette, L/A Nordiques — Will Baginski, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals — Chuck Bay, Milwaukee Power — Jarod Blackowiak, North Iowa Bulls — Tyler Blanchard, Texas Brahmas — Dominic Canic, Bozeman Icedogs — Anthony Fortin, Wisconsin Whalers — Cooper Hoheisel, Breezy Point North Stars — Cade Lambdin, Long Beach Sharks — Brady Lindauer, Coulee Region Chill — Mark Mannarn, Oswego Stampede — Alec Marshal, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts — Payton McSharry, Great Falls Americans — Jack Radley, Peoria Mustangs — Dylan Saccone, Skylands Kings — Grant Troumbly, Granite City Lumberjacks — Coleman Varty, Gillette Wild — Drew Wotta, Louisiana Drillers

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Jake Berry - Milwaukee Power

Jake Berry

Milwaukee continues to set the pace in the Central Division with a 21-3-1-1 record and an eight-point advantage at the top, thanks in large part to some offense from the back end from Jake Berry. Finding the scoresheet in each of his 10 games played, Berry 8-30—38 in November to lead all skaters in that span. Though he was buoyed in large part by 13-point showing in a 25-1 win on Nov. 9, Berry consistently contributed to the Power’s high-octane offense throughout the 30 days with a streak of eight games that saw him log two or more points each night. 

Runner-Up: Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tucker Alspaugh, Louisiana Drillers — Ethan Becker, Gillette Wild — Vito Carlo, Atlanta Capitals — JP Chauvin, L/A Nordiques — Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings — Connor Frye, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers — Blake Holmes, Coulee Region Chill — Elijah Morris, Oswego Stampede — Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Nate Simpson, Great Falls Americans — Dan Wieber, Breezy Point North Stars — Tom Yurisich, St. Louis Jr. Blues

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Thomas Held - Texas Brahmas

Thomas Held

One of just two goalies to post a sub-2.00 GAA with at least three starts in the month of November, Held picked up wins in each of his six outings with 137 saves on 147 shots for a .932 save percentage and a stingy 1.65 GAA in that span. The Orchard Park, NY native allowed two or fewer goals and posted a .900 save percentage or higher in five of his six starts, nabbing a shutout of division rival Louisiana in his first outing of the month as he backstopped Texas to a six-point lead atop the South Division. Four of Held’s six wins were also decided by just a single goal, including overtime wins over Mid Cities and Atlanta, helping to separate the Brahmas in a tight division race. 

Runner-Up: Kavan Johnson, Skylands Kings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Samuli Aarinen, Louisiana Drillers — Noah Brandau, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts — Colin Burgess, Oswego Stampede — Mikael Foucher, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cody Grogan, Gillette Wild — Daniel Miller, L/A Nordiques — Josh Mitchell, Niagara Falls Powerhawks — David Mulligan, Granite City Lumberjacks — Devin Naidow, Coulee Region Chill — Caleb Sauer, Wisconsin Whalers — Dysen Skinner, North Iowa Bulls — Trevor Smith, Peoria Mustangs — Viktor Wennberg, Great Falls Americans — Evan Williams, Missoula Jr. Bruins

 
October

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Marc Faia - Northeast Generals

Marc Faia

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

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Cole Ouellette - L/A Nordiques

Cole Ouellette

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

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Mikael Foucher - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Mikael Foucher

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

 
September

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Eric Melso - Binghamton Junior Senators

Eric Melso

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

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: JP Chauvin - L/A Nordiques

JP Chauvin

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

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Aaron Dickstein - Milwaukee Power

Aaron Dickstein

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

 
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