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Players of the Month

January

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Cole Walter - Peoria Mustangs

Cole Walter

One of the most consistent goaltenders in the league this season, Walter was reliable as ever for the Mustangs in January, going 5-1-0 and stopping 136 of 145 shots along the way. Kicking off the month with five straight wins, Walter handled St. Louis twice — including notching a 15-save shutout over the Jr. Blues — and Wausau and Oregon once, before splitting the final weekend of the month with the division-leading Grizzlies. The Rochester, MN native stopped an average of 24 pucks per game, and finished the month strong with 22, 38 and 41-save performances. With a 1.59 GAA and .938 save percentage in January to go with his shutout this month, Walter continues to backstop Peoria’s title hopes in his second season between the pipes for the Mustangs.

Runner-Up: Lukas Haugen, Willmar Warhawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Branch, Louisiana Drillers — Owen Carlson, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Maxim Currie, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Joe Daninger, North Iowa Bulls — Dolan Gilbert, Texas Brahmas — Rustam Kulizade, El Paso Rhinos — Tim Pundt, Granite City Lumberjacks — Christian Wong-Ramos, Texas RoadRunners

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Jacob Cummings - Sheridan Hawks

Jacob Cummings

The NA3HL’s leading scorer reached new heights in January, posting at least a point in each of his 10 outings, and multiple points in nine of those as he recorded 11g-18a—29pts — a pace of nearly three points-per-game. Cummings rang in the new year with six goals in his first four games of 2021, recording a pair of four-point efforts in that span. His highlight came from Jan. 9-24, a run of five games that saw Cummings light the lamp in each contest. Perhaps even more impressive is that Cummings’ goal-scoring is not dependent upon power-play time; all but two of his tallies came at even strength. His incredible production helped his season totals swell to 28g-56a—84pts in just 25 games on the year, a mark almost 20 points higher than any other NA3HL skater.

Runner-Up: Liam Bland, Missoula Jr. Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Bissett, Granite City Lumberjacks — Tyler Blanchard, Texas Brahmas — Jack Campion, North Iowa Bulls — Bryson Fletcher, Great Falls Americans — Joey Gimberlin, New Ulm Steel — Riley Howse, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Jaron Ketterman, Texas RoadRunners — Alex Kupka, Willmar Warhawks — Mark Kurliandchyk, Louisiana Drillers — Reid Lune, Peoria Mustangs — Tyler Nelson, Milwaukee Power

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Simon Herz - Sheridan Hawks

Simon Herz

Like his teammate Cummings, Herz now sits atop the NA3HL defensemen scoring ranks after a stellar January. The Parker, CO native paced all blueliners with 4g-9a—13pts in 10 games in January, inflating his league-leading scoring totals to 9g-29a—38pts in 26 games. Herz’s offensive consistency was unrivaled last month — he recorded points in eight of 10 games, and multiple points in four of those — yet his defensive game did not suffer. Herz was a plus-player in eight games, and never rated lower than +/- 0 in January, en route to a month-long mark of +20. With his top-class play on both sides of the puck, Herz was a key figure in the Hawks’ journey to a mark of 24 straight wins reached in January, and figures to lead their back end towards championship aspirations.

Runner-Up: Seth Wyatt-Manning, Texas Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Boccardi, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Jack Craycroft, Peoria Mustangs — Sean Davidson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Brice French, Texas RoadRunners — Devin Huie, Milwaukee Power — Nate Looft, New Ulm Steel — Ty Lorring, Great Falls Americans — Alex Marschel, Louisiana Drillers — Owen Miley, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Gavin Wendorf, North Iowa Bulls

 
December

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Deacon More - Northeast Generals

Deacon More

In the midst of a remarkable year already, More took his offense to a new level in December with 5g-4a—9pts in seven games. Opening December with points in four straight games, More posted his first multi-goal game of the year on the 12th. And after his only pointless game of the month on the 13th, More responded with another multi-point game on the 18th with a goal and two helpers. More’s game also flourished in his own end of the ice, as the 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Tampa, FL posted a +5 overall rating on the month, including four consecutive +2 ratings to cap off December. In total, More boasts 10g-14a—24pts in 16 games this season, a mark that leads all Generals skaters and ranks third among NA3HL blueliners.

Runner-Up: Logan Kroyman, Rochester Grizzlies

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Craycroft, Peoria Mustangs — Ian Erdman, Texas Brahmas — Brice French, Texas RoadRunners — Wyatt Hanson, Helena Bighorns — Tommy Janes, Great Falls Americans — Owen Miley, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Gunner Moore, Atlanta Capitals — Branwen Pollett, Oregon Tradesmen — Brock Trboyevich, Gillette Wild — Ike Zeier, St. Louis Jr. Blues

 

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Trever Mellen - Great Falls Americans

Trever Mellen

Mellen was busy between the pipes in December, seeing just four starts but facing an average of 41 shots per game as he went 3-1-0 with one shutout on the month. Mellen opened things up with an eye-catching 48-save effort against Helena on the 4th before turning aside 30 pucks in his only December defeat a week later. Another 49-save win over Gillette and a 31-save goose-egg against Butte solidified Mellen’s claim to this month’s honors, though, as the Americans’ steady netminder posted a stingy 1.51 GAA and .963% save percentage in December. On the year, Mellen boasts a 14-3-0 record and two shutouts to go with a 2.17 GAA and a .939% save percentage that ranks fifth among NA3HL goaltenders.

Runner-Up: Cole Walter, Peoria Mustangs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Adleman, Helena Bighorns — Owen Carlson, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Maxim Currie, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Cole Garver, Oregon Tradesmen — Logan Gorbitz, Texas Brahmas — Espen Reager, Northeast Generals — Jaxon Taylor, Texas RoadRunners — Zach Wiese, Rochester Grizzlies — Cole Wheaton, Gillette Wild

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Declan Young - Gillette Wild

Declan Young

December was a banner month for Young as he continued to solidify his role as Gillette’s highest-scoring skater. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound native of Fergus Falls, MN tore through opponents to close out the year, scoring in all but one of his six games en route to a line of 9g-7a—16pts — tops among all NA3HL skaters. After starting off with back-to-back three-point efforts, Young was held off the scoresheet for the only time on December 11 against Yellowstone, but rebounded with his second hat-trick of the season and five total points in the rematch. In six games across the month of December, Young scored multiple goals in three tilts, posted three game-winning goals and bagged three or more points in four outings to take this month’s honors. His team-leading 29g-21a—50pts in 22 games currently rank second in the NA3HL.

Runner-Up: Carson Asper, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Liam Bland, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Derek Boutin, Texas RoadRunners — Jack Cooper, Texas Brahmas — Gavyn Galloway, Helena Bighorns — Peyton Hart, Rochester Grizzlies — Jake Hayes, Great Falls Americans — Quinn Murphy, Peoria Mustangs — Vinny Servizzi, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Sam VanderHoeven, Oregon Tradesmen — Chris Walker, Atlanta Capitals

 
November

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Cole Walter - Peoria Mustangs

Cole Walter

Peoria’s Walter saw a heavy workload this month, but stepped up with some steady starts for the Mustangs en route to a 5-1-0 record, 1.59 GAA, .942 save percentage and one shutout in November. After kicking things off with a pair of consecutive wins over Milwaukee — stopping 33 and 31 pucks in each respective contest — Walter suffered his first loss of the month against division-leading Rochester, but rebounded the following day with a signature 36-save effort to hand the Grizzlies their first loss of the season. It was smooth sailing for Walter from there, as he picked up a pair of wins over Wausau, including his first shutout of the season. Walter is now 6-2-0 on the year, with a 1.91 GAA and .927 save percentage in his second NA3HL campaign.

Runner-Up: Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Adams, Oregon Tradesmen — Jacob Ahl, Oklahoma City Blazers — Evan Babekuhl, North Iowa Bulls - Owen Carlson, St. Louis Jr. Blues — James Downie, Sheridan Hawks — Levi Gho, Texas Brahmas — Bailey Huber, Granite City Lumberjacks — Cailean McDonald, Texas RoadRunners — Greyson Skirpan, Long Beach Sharks — Greg Smith, Atlanta Capitals

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Gunner Moore - Atlanta Capitals

Gunner Moore

Entering the month of November with no goals on the season, Atlanta’s Moore made the most of his four games this month to take Defenseman of the Month honors. The Las Vegas native erupted for goals in three straight games before capping things off with two assists on the 8th. Though his on-ice action was limited, Moore was key in three Capitals wins. He posted the game-winning tally on Nov. 1 against Louisiana, then potted a regulation goal and the shootout winner against Oklahoma City on the 7th before setting up the game-winner with one of his two helpers the next day. Moore was as stingy in his own end of the rink as he was prolific at the other, posting a +10 rating in just four games and recording no lower than a +1 in any single outing.

Runner-Up: Noah Roitman, Oklahoma City Blazers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ibraham Arifi, Peoria Mustangs — Sam Brickley, Long Beach Sharks — Ian Erdman, Texas Brahmas — Brice French, Texas RoadRunners — Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks — Caleb Huffman, North Iowa Bulls - Austin Lawless, Yellowstone Quake — Michael Macieri, New Jersey Titans — Ryne Mohrman, Willmar Warhawks —- Chase Morgan, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Yotaro Nakadate, Rochester Grizzlies — Brandon Pollett, Oregon Tradesmen

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Jacob Cummings - Sheridan Hawks

Jacob Cummings

No NA3HL skater has posted more points to start the season than Sheridan’s Cummings, who logged at least two points in each of his six outings in November to push his totals to a stunning 14g-30a—44pts in just 11 total games. Opening the month with a two-game set against Butte, Cummings notched three goals and two assists to rebound from his first pointless game of the year at the end of October. From there, Cummings put up back-to-back four-point outings against Bozeman, recording four assists in the first tilt and two goals and two helpers in round two, then capped off his stellar month by further upping the ante. Grabbing his first hat-trick of the season last Friday, Cummings bagged his first five-point game of the month, then followed up with another five-point effort the following day. With a total of 10g-13a—23pts in six November games, Cummings led the entire NA3HL in goals and points this month.

Runner-Up: Declan Young, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Avezov, New Jersey Titans — Connor Bennett, Peoria Mustangs — Tyler Blanchard, Texas Brahmas — Nick Cyprian, Atlanta Capitals — Kyle Heffron, North Iowa Bulls - Noah Henslee, Oklahoma City Blazers — Tim Marsico, Texas RoadRunners — Zan Mojzer, Long Beach Sharks — Nicholas Richert, Granite City Lumberjacks — Dylan Rumpke, Yellowstone Quake — Garrett Smith, Rochester Grizzlies — Joey Solimando, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Michael Sweetland, Willmar Warhawks — Sam VanderHoeven, Oregon Tradesmen

 
October

Goalie of the Month

Goalie of the Month: Jacob Ahl - Oklahoma City Blazers

Jacob Ahl

Amidst multiple standout performances by South goalies in October, Ahl’s efforts in the Blazers’ cage were second to none. En route to a perfect 4-0-0 record, Ahl opened the month with consecutive shutouts against the RoadRunners, stopping 19 and 20 shots on the 16th and 17th. One week later, Ahl and the Blazers visited the defending champion Brahmas and returned home with two wins, thanks to Ahl’s back-to-back 34-save performances to seal the win. Among NA3HL goalies with at least four starts, Ahl boasts league-best marks in GAA (1.00) and save percentage (.964%), and ranks second with two shutouts. 

Runner-Up: Greg Smith, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Adams, Oregon Tradesmen — Owen Carlson, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Joe Daninger, North Iowa Bulls — James Downie, Sheridan Hawks — Logan Gorbitz, Texas Brahmas — Hunter Hein, Texas RoadRunners — Bailey Huber, Granite City Lumberjacks — Ethan Kavanaugh, New Jersey Titans — Trever Mellen, Great Falls Americans — Greyson Skirpan, Long Beach Sharks — Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies — Cole Walter, Peoria Mustangs

 

Defenseman of the Month

Defenseman of the Month: Cal Nauss - North Iowa Bulls

Cal Nauss

Coming off of a strong rookie campaign last year, Nauss stepped into a key role on the North Iowa blue line in October. The defensive stalwart on his defensive game early, posting no lower than 0 +/- rating in a game in October to record a +11 through nine games on the month. Nauss’ attacking prowess shone through as well, as the Wayzata, MN native bagged three goals and seven assists for 10 points — just one shy of the team lead — and logged three multi-point efforts in his nine games. 

Runner-Up: Cole Lehmann, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Brickley, Long Beach Sharks — Jack Croycroft, Peoria Mustangs — Brice French, Texas RoadRunners — Randall Greene, New Jersey Titans — Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks — Tyler Hildebrant, Texas Brahmas — Tyler Huffer, Rochester Grizzlies — Tommy Janes, Great Falls Americans — Gunnar Moore, Atlanta Capitals — Deacon More, Northeast Generals — Gordon Ogden, Bay State Bobcats — Brandon Pollett, Oregon Tradesmen — Ike Zeier, St. Louis Jr. Blues

 

Forward of the Month

Forward of the Month: Brandon Avezov - New Jersey Titans

Brandon Avezov

Avezov opened his NA3HL career with a sizable bang, notching back-to-back three-point performances in his first two games. He kept that momentum rolling through the rest of the month with goals in each game, totaling 10 goals, six assists and 16 points through just seven games. Avezov was a key leader for New Jersey’s potent attack, notching multiple points in five of those seven outings, and netted his first hat-trick of the year on the 30th. Already a three-time Star of the Week award-winner, Avezov’s 16 points lead all Titans skaters and rank tied for fifth among NA3HL skaters. 

Runner-Up: Jacob Cummings, Sheridan Hawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Blanchard, Texas Brahmas — Liam Bland, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Nick Cyprian, Atlanta Capitals — Mason Evans, Texas RoadRunners — George Giese, Peoria Mustangs — Joey Gimberlin, New Ulm Steel — Jack Harris, Yellowstone Quake — Peyton Hart, Rochester Grizzlies — Troy Harwell, Bay State Bobcats — Alex Jackson, Great Falls Americans — Artem Korolev, Oklahoma City Blazers — Jacob Kosinski, Northeast Generals — Teddy Marion, Milwaukee Power — Anderson O’Connor, Long Beach Sharks — Parker Severson, Oregon Tradesmen — Carson Simon, Granite City Lumberjacks — Joey Solimando, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Caleb Strong, Alexandria Blizzard — Brayden Uttech, North Iowa Bulls — Declan Young, Gillette Wild

 
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