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Players of the Month

February

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Dominik Bogdziul - Binghamton Junior Senators

Dominik Bogdziul

There hasn't been a more dominant player in the NA3HL since the calendar turned to 2018 then Dominik Bogdziul. In 20 games this season, Bogdziul is averaging over three points per game and in February alone, the forward from Latvia put up 29 points in just nine games. He has registered at least one point in every game played this season and is big reason why the Binghamton Junior Senators are in the driver’s seat to clinch the NA3HL regular season title. In February, the 19-year old forward had five games where he logged at least four points. He had a phenomenal rating of +31 over this nine game span. “Since Dominik has come back to us he has been one of our most consistent players game in and game out,” said Binghamton Head Coach Chris Langaniere. “It is great to see him being rewarded for his efforts.”

Runner-Up: Eric Vanderhoff, Skylands Kings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Chun, Point Mallard Ducks – Mitch Dolter, North Iowa Bulls – Dominick Glavach, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Tyson Guaitis, New England Stars – Connor Inger, Metro Jets – Dante Jones, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tommy Kilway, Oswego Stampede – Michael Klintworth, Atlanta Capitals – Brady Lindauer, La Crosse Freeze, Payton McSharry, Great Falls Americans – Michael Redmon, Texas Brahmas – Owen Sikich, Granite City Lumberjacks.

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Tim O'Connor - Binghamton Junior Senators

Tim O'Connor

The Binghamton Junior Senators are currently riding a 32 game point streak and have locked up first place in the Northeast Division. Defenseman Tim O’Connor is not only a force on his team’s blue line but he had his best offensive in February as well. O’Connor’s signature performance came on February 10th against the Long Beach Sharks. The native of Warsaw, New York, logged his first hat trick of the season and tacked on three assists en route to a six point performance, easily his best game of the year. Overall, the 20-year old scored seven times and had eight assists in nine February games, finishing with an eye-popping +32 rating. “Tim brings a great attitude to the rink each and every day.  Our organization is extremely happy for Tim getting recognized for all the hard work that he puts in,” added Head Coach Chris Langaniere.

Runner-Up: Regnars Udris, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Baker, Granite City Lumberjacks – Cameron Bickford, Texas Brahmas – Vito Carlo, Atlanta Capitals – Dylan Dinsik, Skylands Kings – Weston Goodman, Point Mallard Ducks – George Hanson, Metro Jets, – Connor Losen, La Crosse Freeze – John Shively, St. Louis Jr. Blues – John Studioso, North Iowa Bulls

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Drew Scites - Great Falls Americans

Drew Scites

The Great Falls Americans are getting hot at the right time as they have won eight of their last 10 games. Spearheading their charge into the postseason is goaltender Drew Scites. During the month of February, Scites has been simply sensational. Most award winners usually have that one signature performance that sets them apart from everyone else. In the case of Drew Scites, he has three such outings. He started the month with a 56 save win against the Yellowstone Quake, he allowed just one goal in a 2-1 overtime win. Then on February 23rd, once again versus the Quake, Scites stopped a season high 64 shots in another 2-1 overtime victory. He followed that game up, with a 45 save shutout to clinch a series sweep of the Frontier Division leaders. “Drew has made an immediate impact since he arrived here. He’s a competitor that has a wealth of experience and a guy that is well liked by his teammates,” said Great Falls Head Coach Jeff Heimel. “Were excited to see what he can do for us in the playoffs.”

Runner-Up: Brady Anderson, Binghamton Junior Senators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Cain, North Iowa Bulls – Ridge Gerads, Granite City Lumberjacks – Will Graves, La Crosse Freeze – Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – Carson Murison, Texas Brahmas – Hunter Smith, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Mathias Yttereng, Skylands Kings

 
January

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Hunter Bersani - Texas Brahmas

Hunter Bersani

The Texas Brahmas had a perfect month of January and leading the charge on offense was Hunter Bersani. A native of Allen, Texas, Bersani was on fire during the first month of the new year, registering multi-point games in nine of his 11 outings. The Texas captain was a model of consistency for the Brahmas as he scored in seven different games and had multiple assists five times. He finished January with seven goals and 16 assists to give him 23 points. “Hunter wears the ‘C’ not only because of his leadership in the locker room, but also because he leads by example on the ice every single shift,” said Texas Head Coach Michael Hill.

Runner-Up: Braden Altena, Granite City Lumberjacks and Dominik Bogdziul, Binghamton Junior Senators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eddie Cannon, Oswego Stampede – Marc Faia, Northeast Generals – Jack Hatton, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Inger, Metro Jets – Clayton Lackey, La Crosse Freeze - Brody Nielsen, Atlanta Capitals – Brandon Speights, Mid Cities Jr. Stars.

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Cameron Bickford - Texas Brahmas

Cameron Bickford

Another key cog in the Brahmas 11-game winning streak was blue liner Cameron Bickford. The defenseman notched five of his 11 total goals in the month of January while also adding 11 assists. Bickford’s signature performance came on January 13th when he scored a pair of power play goals and added an assist in a win over College Station. From Mansfield, Texas, Bickford is currently riding a five game point streak and has 44 points this season. “Cameron is a dynamic player with speed to burn and incredible vision. He has a bright future in this game,” Head Coach Michael Hill added.

Runner-Up: Vito Carlo, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Hammel, Northeast Generals – Bryce Harrison, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Rich Hart, Oswego Stampede – Matthew Hohl, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Losen, La Crosse Freeze - Tim O'Connor, Binghamton Junior Senators - Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Carson Murison - Texas Brahmas

Carson Murison

Solidifying a perfect January for Texas, goaltender Carson Murison was unbeatable in eight tries. Carson’s January was highlighted by three straight wins on consecutive days against Louisiana. During that span the netminder from Half Moon Bay, California allowed just four goals. Murison pitched two shutouts as well for the Brahmas during the month of January, posting a goals against average of 1.00 with a save percentage of .945. Texas Head Coach Michael Hill gave high praise to goaltender, “With Carson’s stellar play during the month of January he grabbed the league lead in goals against average at 1.24 and is second in the league with a save percentage of .944.”

Runner-Up: Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Anderson, Binghamton Junior Senators - Blake Bjella, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ridge Gerads, Granite City Lumberjacks – Will Graves, La Crosse Freeze - Kyle Konin, Atlanta Capitals – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – Nick Vanwinkle, Mid Cities Jr. Stars

 
December

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Logan Nelson - Alexandria Blizzard

Logan Nelson

The Alexandria Blizzard are one of the hottest teams in the NA3HL as they have won 10 in a row. A major reason for their success is the play of forward Logan Nelson. The St. Michael, Minnesota native is currently on a nine game point streak with multiple points in the last seven. Nelson made a name for himself at the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota as the veteran forward piled up 10 points in the three day event. He finished December with seven goals and 15 assists to give him 22 points. “Logan has really stepped up his work ethic and intensity as of late and it has paid off. He is a great skater and has a great shot, and when you add a great work ethic every shift, you are going to have success,” said Alexandria head coach Jeff Crouse.

Runner-Up: Connor Clemons, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Becker, Binghamton Junior Senators – Darren Carter, Toledo Cherokee – Vincent Dekumbis, Texas Brahmas – Dylan Gulick, Oswego Stampede – Jack Hatton, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Matt Hutton, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Connor Inger, Metro Jets – Brady Lindauer, La Crosse Freeze – Fedor Lopaev, Northeast Generals – Austin Martz, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jimmy McDermott, Wisconsin Whalers – Stephan Minichello, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – Jack Radley, Peoria Mustangs – Owen Sikich, Granite City Lumberjacks – Brendan Smith, Lansing Wolves – Brandon Vukasin, Louisiana Drillers

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Shane Bernhardson - North Iowa Bulls

Shane Bernhardson

It is 2018 and the North Iowa Bulls have still not lost a game in regulation, defenseman Shane Bernhardson is a big reason why. Typically a stay-at-home defenseman, Bernhardson exploded to have the best offensive month of the season. His 17 points in December led all defenseman by a wide margin. He was also an astounding plus-25 in eight December games. His top performance came on December 30th against the Rochester Ice Hawks as the native of Apple Valley, Minnesota scored a hat trick and finished the game with five points. “Shane is playing with a high level of confidence and poise right now. We will be looking for him to continue at this high level as we get into a challenging part of our schedule,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

Runner-Up: Alec Skar, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Bickford, Texas Brahmas – Justin Bioni, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Mark Capkovic, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Mitch Dolese, Louisiana Drillers – Matt Hammel, Northeast Generals – Rich Hart, Oswego Stampede – Luke Hefty, Wisconsin Whalers – Geoff LaMoore, Binghamton Junior Senators – Sean Salz, Granite City Lumberjacks – Brandon Schweickert, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – Brandon Speights, Mid Cities Jr. Stars

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Colin Cain - North Iowa Bulls

Colin Cain

It was hard to get anything by Colin Cain of the North Iowa Bulls in the month of December. In five starts, Cain allowed just two goals. Giving him an unbelievable .983 save percentage and 0.40 goals against average. Similar to Nelson, Cain’s signature performances came at the NA3HL Showcase. On Day 2, Cain stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Yellowstone Quake. He was even better the following day as the first place Texas Brahmas couldn't get any of their 21 shots past the goaltender from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Head coach Todd Sanden his confident his netminder will be in touch with North American Hockey League teams soon, “Colin is a elite goaltender at this level and should garner attention from NAHL teams for their NA3HL tender. He has the ability to play at that level.”

Runner-Up: Brady Meyers, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Anderson, Binghamton Junior Senators – Blake Bjella, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Joel De Simone, Pittsburgh – Brendan Earls, Wisconsin Whalers – Sean Finstrom, Lansing Wolves – Ridge Gerads, Granite City Lumberjacks – Will Graves, La Crosse Freeze – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – Carson Murison, Texas Brahmas – Lucas Souza, Northeast Generals – Griffin Varricchio, Louisiana Drillers

 
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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