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Players of the Month

February

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Brandon Connett - Alexandria Blizzard

Brandon Connett

Connett went on a tear to start the month of February, logging points in eight straight games en route to a final stat line of 15g-12a—27pts — most in February among all NA3HL skaters. Finding the scoresheet in all but one of his 10 games, Connett eclipsed his previous monthly high by 10 points, easily passing the 17 he posted in October. His most impactful stretch came in the middle of the month, when he logged four straight multi-goal games including back-to-back games with four and five goals, respectively. Connett’s six multi-point games were also a monthly high for him, and helped drive his season totals to 36g-30a—66pts in 42 games at the end of the month. 

 

Runner-Up: Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals

 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Clarke, Skylands Kings — Matt DeRosa, Rochester Grizzlies — Marco Escobar, Coulee Region Chill — Gavgn Galloway, Helena Bighorns - Nathan Green, Granite City Lumberjacks — Sean Hofstetter, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Kyle McEnany, Danbury Colonials — Hazen McKay, Bozeman Icedogs — Levi Mese, Great Falls Americans — RJ Muckensturm, Mid Cities Jr. Stars — Seth Payson, Texas RoadRunners — Andrei Rusakov, Atlanta Capitals — Caleb Sanborn, Gillette Wild — Mi-Kwan Tallman, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Lucas Wahlin, North Iowa Bulls — Jared Wisely, Peoria Mustangs

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Trevor Christopher - Skylands Kings

Trevor Christopher

With 15 points in nine February games, Christopher paced all Kings skaters in scoring despite his position on the blue line. The defenseman’s five-game point streak from the 14th to the 22nd, which saw him notch 3g-8a—11pts, marked a season-long streak for him. In total, Christopher posted points in eight of his 10 games and multiple points in five of those, and surpassed his previous monthly high of 10 points set back in December. At the end of February, he now boasts 19g-30a—49pts in 42 games. 

 

Runner-Up: Joey Allegrini, Atlanta Capitals

 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Boccardi, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Dylan Dent, Coulee Region Chill — Stephen Guadalajara, Mid Cities Jr Stars — Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks — Mason Hoffman, Gillette Wild — Connor Lefkof, Danbury Colonials — Cole Lehmann, Alexandria Blizzard — Tami Merilainen, Northeast Generals — Noel Parker, Rochester Grizzlies — Ryan Payne, Peoria Mustangs — Trevor Prince, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Logan Rachow, Great Falls Americans — Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls — Myles Westbrook, Texas RoadRunners

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Raphael Gaughan - Northeast Generals

Raphael Gaughan

Gaughan was as good as they get in February, going a perfect 6-0-0 and allowing just six goals in that span. Averaging just over 22 saves per game, Gaughan backstopped the Generals to victories over Maine (2), Elmira (2), Skylands and L/A. Gaughan allowed more than one goal just once, posted a .909 save percentage or better in each February start, and notched a 20-save shutout against Elmira on the 20th. At the end of the month, Gaughan has a .937 save percentage, 1.38 GAA and eight straight wins dating back to Jan. 19. 

 

Runner-Up: Conan Hayton, Bozeman Icedogs

 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Babekuhl, North Iowa Bulls — Seth Daniel, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Jaden Gardner, Peoria Mustangs — Cole Garver, Texas RoadRunners — Bailey Huber, Granite City Lumberjacks — Trever Mellen, Great Falls Americans — Devin Naidow, Coulee Region Chill — Shane O’Brien, Danbury Colonials — Will Oliver, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Ethan Racz, Helena Bighorns - Tyler Robertson, Skylands Kings — Bailey Rosch, Alexandria Blizzard — Igor Samokhvalov, New Ulm Steel — Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies

 
January

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Luke Church - New England Stars

Luke Church

Church put up a remarkable month despite the change of turning in his Maine sweater for one with the New England Stars, posting nine goals and 12 assists in nine games with both teams. He started January strong with a six-game point streak that featured five multi-point games. His starring moment in January came in game five of that streak when he bagged a hat-trick and two assists for five points, followed by an impressive four-point effort in the following game. And after suffering his only game of the month without a point on the 19th, he capped January with back-to-back 1g-1a games against Elmira. Church’s 21 points were tied for the most in January among all NA3HL skaters. 

 

Runner-Up: Luke Hartge, Bozeman Icedogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals — Logan Bellar, Texas RoadRunners — Dillan Bentley, Peoria Mustangs — Joe Clark, L/A Nordiques — Jacob Halvorson, New Ulm Steel — Jack Harris, Yellowstone Quake — Blake Nerney, Great Falls Americans — Andrei Rusakov, Atlanta Capitals — Dylan Schneider, Rochester Grizzlies — Parker Severson, Coulee Region Chill — Blake Siewertsen, Louisiana Drillers — Bailey Sommers, Granite City Lumberjacks — Lucas Wahlin, North Iowa Bulls — Jacob Wiethaupt, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Declan Young, Gillette Wild

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Ben Cope - Louisiana Drillers

Ben Cope

Cope’s offensive presence on the blue line shone through in January, as the Mississippi native knocked home a stunning seven goals in nine games from the back end. Cope logged points in seven of his nine games, and posted a three-game goal streak from the 12th to the 17th. He starred on the 15th, posting his first two-goal game of the season, and bagged a goal and two helpers the following day to close out January with multi-point outings in three of his last four games. Cope now has 12g-31a—43pts in 34 games this year. 

 

Runner-Up: Derek Flynn, New England Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Allegrini, Atlanta Capitals — Joey Boccardi, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Gijs De Schepper, Coulee Region Chill — Zachary Eddington, Peoria Mustangs — Jacob Kaminski, Gillette Wild — Kearby Larson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Deacon More, Northeast Generals — Noel Parker, Rochester Grizzlies — Spencer Platt, Yellowstone Quake — Nick Pomerleau, L/A Nordiques — Logan Rachow, Great Falls Americans — Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls — Tadeas Vicha, Texas RoadRunners 

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Devin Naidow - Coulee Region Chill

Devin Naidow

It was a busy month for Naidow and the Chill, as the netminder saw action in five games in January, going 3-2 and stopping a whopping 144 pucks. After a bumpy start with 24 and 20 saves in respective consecutive losses, Naidow turned his game up another level with a remarkable 54-save shutout of the high-flying Jr. Blues. He then backed that stunning effort up by allowing just a single goal in the final two outings — a 37-save performance to top Wausau, and nine saves in a win over Breezy Point. During January, Naidow put up a .947 save percentage and a 1.81 GAA in five appearances. 

 

Runner-Up: Evan Babekuhl, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Allman, Yellowstone Quake — Aaron Dickstein, Louisiana Drillers — Nate Johnston, Granite City Lumberjacks — Brogan McDonald, L/A Nordiques — Jaeger Reed, Texas RoadRunners — Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies — Brett Tome, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cole Walter, Peoria Mustangs

 
December

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Kolye Bankauskas - Northeast Generals

Kolye Bankauskas

It was another stellar month for Bankauskas, who stretched his point streak to a remarkable 25 games in December. Posting multiple points in each of his seven games and scoring in six, Bankauskas recorded 12g-9a—21pts with two game-winning goals to take home Forward of the Month honors. He also notched his fifth and sixth hat-tricks of the season during December, and bagged two games with at least four points. Bankauskas boasts 44g-40a—84pts in just 28 games at the end of the month. 

 

Runner-Up: Blake Billings, Sheridan Hawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Clarke, Skylands Kings — Troy Dahlheimer, Granite City Lumberjacks — Justin Daly, North Iowa Bulls — Clayton Dawe, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Porter Haney, Rochester Grizzlies — Austin Keil, Peoria Mustangs — Brandon Morgan, Louisiana Drillers — Andrei Rusakov, Atlanta Capitals — Ike Taraszewski, Alexandria Blizzard — Garrett Wilderman, Texas RoadRunners — Declan Young, Gillette Wild

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Zachary Eddington - Peoria Mustangs

Zachary Eddington

Eddington was an offensive force from the blue line in December, logging goals in four of his eight games and posting at least two points in five contests for a final mark of 4g-9a—13pts in that span. His impressive run included a four-game point streak from 12/8-12/16 and a three-game goal streak from 12/8-12/15, highlighted by a stunning five-point outburst at the 2019 Showcase on the 15th. Eddington’s 13 points led all defensemen during the month of December, and pushed his season totals to 7g-24a—31pts in 29 games at the end of the month. 

 

Runner-Up: Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Allegrini, Atlanta Capitals — Mark Capkovic, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Kearby Larson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Tami Merilainen, Northeast Generals — Noel Parker, Rochester Grizzlies — Spencer Platt, Yellowstone Quake — Danny Ramos, Gillette Wild — Jack Royer, Sheridan Hawks — Frank Steinway, Louisiana Drillers — Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls — Tadeas Vicha, Texas RoadRunners

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Mathias Backstrom - Rochester Grizzlies

Mathias Backstrom

Backstrom faced four starts in December, including a gauntlet of three against first-place opponents, and came out on top with wins in each game and a shutout to cap off the month. En route to a .948 save percentage and 1.23 GAA in the month, Backstrom held off Central Division-rival St. Louis with a 32-save win, West-leading North Iowa with 22 saves, the South-leading Texas Brahmas at the 2019 Showcase with 19 saves and finally ended the month with another 19 saves, this time shutting out Wausau. On the season, Backstrom has posted a .947 save percentage and a 1.28 GAA with 11 wins and two losses. 

 

Runner-Up: Bailey Huber, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Allison, Skylands Kings — Michael Allman, Yellowstone Quake — Evan Babekuhl, North Iowa Bulls — Aaron Dickstein, Louisiana Drillers — James Downie, Sheridan Hawks — Jaden Gardner, Peoria Mustangs — Raphael Gaughan, Northeast Generals — Brad Muzzarelli, Gillette Wild — Will Oliver, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Jaeger Reed, Texas RoadRunners

 
November

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Dylan Rumpke - Yellowstone Quake

Dylan Rumpke

Rumpke was as consistent as they come in November, scoring at least one goal AND one assist in every single game en route to 30 points in 10 contests. Rumpke highlighted his remarkable month with three game-winning tallies and two hat-tricks, and logged three or more points in five of his 10 outings. After a comparably quiet September/October slate with 5g-8a—13pts in 14 games, Rumpke’s season totals now sit at a whopping 20g-23a—43pts in just 24 contests following his sprint through November. 

 

Runner-Up: Luke Hartge, Bozeman Icedogs

 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals — Dillan Bentley, Peoria Mustangs — Jacob Best, Coulee Region Chill — Jack Cooper, Texas Brahmas — Daymin Dodge, Granite City Lumberjacks — Joey Fodstad, Rochester Grizzlies — Khole Hibbert, Skylands Kings — Sean Hofstetter, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Ville Hyttinen, Alexandria Blizzard - Jon Natale, New England Stars — Kyle McEnany, Danbury Colonials — Jack Olson, Great Falls Americans — Andrei Rusakov, Atlanta Capitals — Justin Schwartzmiller, Sheridan Hawks — Lucas Wahlin, North Iowa Bulls — Garrett Wilderman, Texas Roadrunners

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Tami Merilainen - Northeast Generals

Tami Merilainen

Merilainen saw NA3HL action just five times in November, but dictated the action whenever he stepped on the ice. With two points in each outing, Merilainen steadied the Generals’ blue line while helping to fuel their offensive punch. Following a two-assist outing on Nov. 10, Merilainen posted a goal and an assist in each of the remaining four games he played in for 4g-6a—10pts in his five games during November. The Finnish defenseman also logged a game-winner on Nov. 17. 

 

Runner-Up: Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Allegrini, Atlanta Capitals — Mason Kruger, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Kearby Larson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Cole Madzey, Danbury Colonials — Zach Monaco, Bozeman Icedogs — Matej Palfy, Texas Brahmas — Noel Parker, Rochester Grizzlies — Spencer Platt, Yellowstone Quake — Nick Ramstad, Great Falls Americans — Trevor Souza, Skylands Kings — Logan Syrup, Sheridan Hawks — Tadeas Vicha, Texas Roadrunners

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Viktor Wennberg - Great Falls Americans

Viktor Wennberg

Wennberg’s stellar season continued in November, where the net minder went 5-0-1 in his six appearances with a .960 save percentage and stingy 1.05 GAA to go with a pair of shutouts. After beginning the month with four straight wins to stretch his streak at the time to eight W’s in a row, Wennberg posted a .906 or higher in each contest en route to stopping 143 of 149 pucks in the month of November. Wennberg made at least 20 saves in each of the five games he started, and only allowed more than one goal in one game against the high-scoring Sheridan Hawks. Wennberg now boasts a .951 save percentage and 1.36 GAA on the year. 

 

Runner-Up: Patrick Egdorf, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Allman, Yellowstone Quake — Mathias Backstrom, Rochester Grizzlies — John Driscoll, Northeast Generals — Jaden Gardner, Peoria Mustangs — Lukas Haugen, Willmar Warhawks — Conan Hayton, Bozeman Icedogs — Michael Janke, Coulee Region Chill — Nate Johnston, Granite City Lumberjacks — Shane O’Brien, Danbury Colonials — Will Oliver, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Jaeger Reed, Texas Roadrunners — Tyler Robertson, Skylands Kings — Bryce Runyan, Texas Brahmas

 
October

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Koyle Bankauskas - Northeast Generals

Koyle Bankauskas

The League’s leading scorer set the ice ablaze in October, posting at least two points in each one of his 10 games throughout the month. In total, Bankauskas tallied a whopping 17g-19a—36 pts to extend his season total to 26g-25a—51pts in just 16 games. Bankauskas also nabbed three hat-tricks last month, en route to four games with at least four points. The forward carries a now 13-game point streak into November as he looks to build on his remarkable start. 

 

Runner-Up: James Clarke, Skylands Kings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Best, Coulee Region Chill — Brandon Connett, Alexandria Blizzard — Jack Cooper, Texas Brahmas — Matt Dahlseide, North Iowa Bulls — Kolby Donovan, Danbury Colonials — Joey Fodstad, Rochester Grizzlies — Austin Keil, Peoria Mustangs — Matt Macumber, Atlanta Capitals — Blake Siewertsen, Louisiana Drillers — Carson Simon, Granite City Lumberjacks — Jacob Wiethaupt, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Garrett Wilderman, Texas Roadrunners — Kolten Wright, Sheridan Hawks

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Gunner Moore - Atlanta Capitals

Gunner Moore

Moore and the Capitals saw home ice just once in nine games during October, but the blueliner’s offensive talent shone through just the same. Opening the month with a six-game point streak, the 6-foot-1 Moore failed to hit the scoresheet just once during the month, and bagged three multi-point games in his final five October outings. Moore also came up clutch for the Capitals, netting two game-winners on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, and bagged his first two-goal game of the season on the 13th. 

 

Runner-Up: Logan Syrup, Sheridan Hawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Boccardi, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Trevor Christopher, Skylands Kings — Benjamin Cope, Louisiana Drillers — Sean Davidson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Michael Heitkamp, Rochester Grizzlies — Connor Lefkof, Danbury Colonials — Deacon More, Northeast Generals — Matej Palfy, Texas Brahmas — Harrison Stewart, North Iowa Bulls — Tadeas Vicha, Texas Roadrunners

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Mathias Backstrom - Rochester Grizzlies

Mathias Backstrom

Backstrom started four games for the Grizzlies against tough competition in October, splitting the set but posting a .903 save percentage or better in each game. After starting the month with a tough loss to the Chill in which he gave up three goals, Backstrom stepped up in a big way, stopping 26 of 27 pucks in a win over Peoria and 34 of 36 to stymie high-powered Granite City. The Lumberjacks forced Backstrom into 27 saves as they took the rematch, but the Swedish net minder capped off his month with 115 saves in just three starts, along with a .935 save percentage and stingy 1.97 GAA. 

 

Runner-Up: Kayden Hargraves, Texas Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Garver, Texas Roadrunners — Andrew Herms, Skylands Kings — Michael Janke, Coulee Region Chill — Nate Johnston, Granite City Lumberjacks — Grady Reis, Louisiana Drillers — Justin Simmons, Northeast Generals — Dysen Skinner, North Iowa Bulls — Brett Tome, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cole Walter, Peoria Mustangs

 
September

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Liam Murphy - Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles

Liam Murphy

Elmira got off to a hot start this season thanks to consistency in its attack, led in large part by Liam Murphy. Murphy bagged points in each of Elmira’s seven games this season, including four multi-point games, two four-point games, two multi-goal games and a hat-trick. In total, Murphy has racked up seven goals and eight assists for 15 points — an average of more than two points per game in the young season — which is good for a share of the league scoring lead. 

 

Runner-Up: Hazen McKay, Bozeman Icedogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals — Brody Boyce, Great Falls Americans — James Clarke, Skylands Kings — Isaac Ellingson, Helena Bighorns — Sean Hofstetter, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cole Thomas Johnson, Atlanta Capitals — Austin Keil, Peoria Mustangs — RJ Muckensturm, Mid Cities Jr. Stars — Lucas Newman, Rochester Grizzlies — Blake Siewertsen, Louisiana Drillers — Zack Simon, North Iowa Bulls — Bailey Sommers, Granite City Lumberjacks — Dylan Svoboda, Willmar Warhawks — Anthony Viola, New England Stars — Garrett Wilderman, Texas Roadrunners — Declan Young, Gillette Wild

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Joey Allegrini - Atlanta Capitals

Joey Allegrini

Joey Allegrini’s first NA3HL campaign is certainly off on the right foot, as the 5-foot-9 blueliner paces all active NA3HL defensemen with 10 points in eight games. Allegrini boasts points in seven of his eight starts, and potted his first goal in just his second game. The Las Vegas native has also netted three multi-point games, and is +3 through the start of the season. Two of those multi-point games came in his last three outings, so expect even more from Allegrini in October. 

 

Runner-Up: Joey Boccardi, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Becker, Gillette Wild — Ben Cope, Louisiana Drillers — Sean Davidson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Zachary Eddington, Peoria Mustangs — Ryan Falls, Northeast Generals — Connor Frye, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Michael Heitkamp, Rochester Grizzlies — Justin Hiler, Skylands Kings — Ian McIntosh, Helena Bighorns — Sam Miller, Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles — Luke Richesin, Great Falls Americans — Tadeas Vicha, Texas Roadrunners

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Nick Konkel - Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles

Nick Konkel

While Murphy guided Elmira’s offensive efforts, Nick Konkel provided a steady presence between the pipes with three wins in three starts and just three goals allowed in that span. Konkel soared through the opening month, posting 78 total saves and a shutout as the Eagles topped Long Beach, Danbury and the New England Knights in his appearances. Among goalies with three or more starts, Konkel’s 78 stops lead the way, and he ranks second with a .963 save percentage and a 1.13 GAA. 

 

Runner-Up: Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Driscoll, Northeast Generals — Garrett Dryden, Helena Bighorns — Luc Haggitt, Willmar Warhawks — Nate Johnston, Granite City Lumberjacks — Jacob King, Skylands Kings — Matt Marini, New England Stars — Jaeger Reed, Texas Roadrunners — Grady Reis, Louisiana Drillers — Anthony Seykora, Gillette Wild — Brett Tome, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Viktor Wennberg, Great Falls Americans

 
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