Players of the Month
Goalie of the Month: Matthew Smith - Granite City Lumberjacks
Granite City Lumberjacks goaltender, Matt Smith, continued staying in the winning column this season after a strong effort in November. The Fenton, MO native only allowed three goals in four games after stopping 73 of the 76 he faced. In those four games, Smith added two shutouts while recording a .961 save percentage and a .750 goals against average. Smith sits atop of the NA3HL amongst goaltenders with a 1.00 GAA and a .944 SV% this season.
Runner-Up: Dolan Gilbert, Texas Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joe Ambroffi, Peoria Mustangs – Eric Buchholz, Helena Bighorns – Erik Chaffe, Mason City Toros –Zach Dosan, Wausau Cyclones – Hunter Hein, Texas RoadRunners – Lucas Henderson, Rochester Grizzlies – Mason Joseph, Northeast Generals
Defenseman of the Month: Joey Carollo - Texas Brahmas
Texas Brahmas defenseman, Joey Carollo had a great month as the team continued unbeaten throughout November. The defenseman tallied 15 points, scoring 4 goals and handing out 11 assists in eight games. The Chicago, IL native is tied for fourth in the NA3HL amongst defenders in points with 26
Runner-Up: Taber Gutchick, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Britton, Wausau Cyclones – Thomas Dalsin, Great Falls Americans – Hubert Guzy, Peoria Mustangs – Owen McNamee, Northeast Generals – Kyle Mortenson, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ty Neckar, Texas Roadrunners – Brendan Sloth, Mason City Toros – Per Waage, Rochester Grizzlie
Forward of the Month: Sam VanderHoeven - Oregon Tradesmen
Oregon Tradesmen forward, Sam VanderHoeven, leads his squad in scoring this season and in the month of November totaled 16 points (11G, 5A). The Beaver Dam, WI native recorded a point in each of the seven games he appeared in over the month along with a +10 rating. So far this season, Vanderhoeven has recorded 38 points (23G, 15A) in 20 games.
Runner-Up: Carter Newpower, Mason City Toros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Anderson, Granite City Lumberjacks - Luke Anderson, Wausau Cyclones - Ethan Chesney, Peoria Mustangs - Daniel Crutcher, Great Falls Americans - Alekandr Gamzatov, Texas Brahmas - Tylor Greene, Helena Bighorns - Jack Harris, Yellowstone Quake - Tyler Love, Texas RoadRunners - Nolan Murphy, Northeast Generals - Mike Sweetland, Willmar WarHawks - Justin Wright, Rochester Grizzlies
Goalie of the Month: D'Mar McCoy - Northeast Generals
Northeast Generals goaltender D’Mar McCoy, 18, made his NA3HL debut in October and did not disappoint. The 6’1/165 lbs. native of Philadelphia, PA, helped the Generals maintain their undefeated record by going a perfect 5-0 during the month. McCoy allowed just six goals in five starts during the month as he stopped 118 of a possible 124 shots, which was good for a 1.20 goals against average and a .952 save percentage, which both currently rank in the Top 3 in the NA3HL. That also included McCoy’s first career NA3HL shutout as he made 32 saves in a 2-0 win over Long Beach on October 31st.
Runner-Up: Hunter Hein, Texas RoadRunners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Adleman, Helena Bighorns – Joe Ambroffi, Peoria Mustangs – Kaleb Bents, Rochester Grizzlies – Ben Di Fiore, Bay State Bobcats – Cole Eastman, Yellowstone Quake – Dolan Gilbert, Texas Brahmas – Spencer Northway, Milwaukee Power – Cooper Olson, Willmar WarHawks – Jack Orchard, Gillette Wild – Brandon Shantz, Austin Ice Bats – Greyson Skirpan, Long Beach Sharks – Matthew Smith, Granite City Lumberjacks – Evan Wittchow, Louisiana Drillers
Forward of the Month: Erik Vrkoc - Texas Brahmas
Texas Brahmas forward Erik Vrkoc, 19, led the NA3HL in scoring during the month of October as the Brahmas moved to the top of the South Division standings with an undefeated record. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Mnichovice, Czech Republic recorded 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games played during the month and was a remarkable +18. Vrkoc recorded at least a point in every game played in October and had seven multi-point games. Four of his 13 goals during the month were game-winners. Vrkoc is currently tied for 5th in NA3HL scoring so far during the 2021-22 season.
Runner-Up: Tylor Greene, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Bauer, Rochester Grizzlies – Landon Boothe, Bay State Bobcats – Jack Campion, Mason City Toros – Ethan Chesney, Peoria Mustangs – Kullen Daikawa, Granite City Lumberjacks – Michael Dalaly, Milwaukee Power – Keegan Ferguson, Yellowstone Quake – Joe Gronholz, Alexandria Blizzard – Lucas Helland, Austin Ice Bats – Noah Henslee, Oklahoma City Ice Hawks – Braeden Kennedy, Northeast Generals – Jeremiah Konkel, Willmar WarHawks – Tyler Love, Texas RoadRunners – Caleb Sanborn, Gillette Wild – Tyler Sunagel, Great Falls Americans – Sam VanderHoeven, Oregon Tradesmen – Jake Weikel, Long Beach Sharks
Defenseman of the Month: Taber Gutschick - Helena Bighorns
Led by defenseman Taber Gutschick, 19, the Helena Bighorns continued their undefeated season with a perfect record in the month of October. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, CO, tied for the NA3HL scoring lead during the month with 25 points (2 goals, 23 assists) in just nine games played. The NAPHL and Colorado Springs Tigers grad had six multi-point games during the month and recorded at least a point in all nine games. For the season, Gutschick leads all NA3HL defensemen in scoring with 28 points, which also ranks tied for 3rd among all NA3HL players.
Runner-Up: Per Waage, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Brown, Yellowstone Quake – Thomas Dalsin, Great Falls Americans – Connor Doyle, Austin Ice Bats – Kyle Gilbert, Long Beach Sharks – Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks – Seth Manning, Texas Brahmas – Michael Montague, Bay State Bobcats – Eddie Mulligan, Northeast Generals – Ty Neckar, Texas RoadRunners – Brady O’Brien, Willmar WarHawks – Matt Scribner, Alexandria Blizzard – Brendan Sloth, Mason City Toros – Brock Trboyevich, Gillette Wild – Jared Wisely, Peoria Mustangs
Goalie of the Month: Ian Hedican - Oregon Tradesmen
Hedican faced a busy two games between the pipes during September, but showed up in a big way for the Tradesmen with 101 saves on 104 shots to pick up a pair of wins over the Mustangs. Hedican took the ice for the first time on Sept. 24 in Peoria and stopped 57 of 59 shots for the win, then rolled through the rematch on Sept. 25 with another 44 saves on 45 shots. Hedican finished the month with a .971% save percentage and 1.49 GAA to start the season off on a good note.
Runner-Up: Cooper Olson, Willmar Warhawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eric Buchholz, Helena Bighorns — Hunter Hein, Texas RoadRunners — Ryo Murakami, Long Beach Sharks — Jack Orchard, Gillette Wild — Quentin Sigurdson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Zach Wiese, Rochester Grizzlies
Defenseman of the Month: Brock Trboyevich - Gillette Wild
Trboyevich balanced steady defensive play with some offensive flair in September, notching 2g-8a—10pts and a +11 rating across six games last month. After scoring and recording two assists in his first game, Trboyevich continued producing on a five-game streak, highlighted by his 1g-3a—4pts outing on Sept. 18 against Yellowstone. The second-year blueliner posted an even +/- rating or better in each of his six September outings, and leads all NA3HL defensemen in scoring.
Runner-Up: Mason Ausmus, Milwaukee Power
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): AJ Benit, Great Falls Americans — Spencer Dixon, Long Beach Sharks — Taber Gutschick, Helena Bighorns — Jake Laurila, Rochester Grizzlies — Kyle Mortenson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Ty Neckar, Texas RoadRunners
Forward of the Month: Samuel Feamster - Helena Bighorns
Feamster tallied 8g-4a—12pts in four games during September, finding the scoresheet multiple times in each contest and notching two hat-tricks in that span. Feamster grabbed a stunning five goals and two assists — including one of his hat-tricks — during opening weekend against Sheridan, then posted two helpers against Butte and capped off the month with another hat-trick, this time against Bozeman.
Runner-Up: Declan Young, Gillette Wild
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Breon, Rochester Grizzlies — Michael Dalaly, Milwaukee Power — Jaron Ketterman, Texas RoadRunners — Daniel Khatib, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks — Jeremiah Konkel, Willmar Warhawks — Hunter Maschke, Great Falls Americans — Carter Newpower, Mason City Toros — Nick Richert, Granite City Lumberjacks — Jake Weikel, Long Beach Sharks