The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of October. The Easton Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Justin Dunn of the Point Mallard Ducks. The Easton Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Nick Thompson of the Bozeman Icedogs. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Tommi Ahlgren of the North Iowa Bulls. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Easton Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Justin Dunn, Point Mallard Ducks
Point Mallard Ducks forward Justin Dunn, 19, was a one-man wrecking crew in October. The native of Trenton, Michigan, led the Ducks to a 10-1 record during the month of October, which was good for 1st place in the NA3HL’s South Division. Dunn (5’11/165) had 25 points during the month in just 11 games played. That included eight goals, 17 assists and a +17 rating. Dunn scored in 10 of the 11 games during the month and seven of the games were multi-point efforts. Dunn’s 32 points currently leads the NA3HL in scoring, as do his 21 assists. "Justin has been outstanding for us and he is playing an extremely complete 200 foot game. He is playing in all situations and his confidence is extremely high. He is being rewarded offensively through his commitment to defense. He is a leader for us on and off the ice,” said Point Mallard head coach Tom Winkler.
Runner-Up: Frankie Melton, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrej Buchko, Peoria Mustangs – Joe Costello, Twin City Steel – Kegan Couture, Bozeman Icedogs – Tristian Henrichs, Billings Bulls – Brendan Jester, Great Falls Americans – Artrus Lauitkis, Atlanta Capitals – Ryan Mezera, Breezy Point North Stars – Will Mix, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ben Ratner, Wisconsin Whalers – Aaron Ryback, Alexandria Blizzard – Kohei Sato, North Iowa Bulls – Mykyta Sheptytsky, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Dan Toycen, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, Metro Jets – Luca Valenza, Sugar Land Imperials – Kyle Wendorf, Minnesota Flying Aces – Tyler Zalecki, Toledo Cherokee – Mike Zenone, Wooster Oilers
Easton Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Nick Thompson, Bozeman Icedogs
Bozeman Icedogs defenseman Nick Thompson, 18, had one of the better months for a defenseman in recent memory. The native of Esko, Minnesota, racked up 17 points in just nine games during the month, along with a +9 rating for the Icedogs, who posted a 5-3-1 record during the month of October. Thompson (6’4/195) recorded at least a point in seven of the nine games. He had five, multi-point games during the month. That included a four-point game on October 31st in a 6-2 win over Glacier. Thompson currently leads the NA3HL in points for all defensemen with 21 to date. "Nick has been a huge force for us from the beginning of the season. Not only does he lead our team in points, but he controls the game every shift he is out there. Nick is one of the players we are looking to move up at some point this season and he has the ability to do that with his skill and poise, especially on the power play," said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.
Runner-Up: Steven Coulter, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Bromberg, La Crosse Freeze – Andrew Cooley, Atlanta Capitals – Luke Erickson, Billings Bulls – Casey Esselman, Granite City Lumberjacks – George Hansen, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Arseny Ivanov, Great Falls Americans – Tom Lindgren, North Iowa Bulls – Jake McNamara, Wisconsin Whalers – Frank Muscarella, Sugar Land Imperials – Aaron Siegrist, Peoria Mustangs – Hayden Smer, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Wyatt Toll, Minnesota Flying Aces – Kyle Wagner, Twin City Steel – Jason Watts, Wooster Oilers
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Tommi Ahlgren, North Iowa Bulls
It was virtually almost a perfect month in October for North Iowa Bulls goalie Tommi Ahlgren. The 20-year-old native of Tampere, Finland, backstopped the Bulls to a perfect 7-0-0 record. Ahlgren (6’2/180) appeared in four of those games and posted a perfect 4-0-0 record. In 240 minutes of action, Ahlgren allowed just two goals on 89 shots and posted three shutouts. During the month of October, he posted a goals against average of .50 and a save percentage of 97.8%. Two of his three shutouts during the month came on the road. Ahlgren currently leads the NA3HL in most goaltending catagories including, goals against average (0.66), save percentage (97.4%) and shutouts (4). "Tommi has been a major difference maker for us this season and is very sharp right now,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.
Runner-Up: Magnus Lindhe, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Brown, Billings Bulls – Marcus Gloss, Pittsburgh Vengeance - Gunnar Howg, Twin City Steel – Kameron Limburg, Metro Jets – Ross Lipic, Peoria Mustangs – Dakota MacDonald, Minnesota Flying Aces – Kevin Mackey, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Stephan Marshal Frank, Bozeman Icedogs – Lauren Massie, Great Falls Americans – Max McConnell, Wisconsin Whalers – Joe Morgan, Wooster Oilers – Brandon Perrone, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Cooper Seedot, Point Mallard Ducks – Andrew Wagner, La Crosse Freeze – Zach Young, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Alek Zendejas, Atlanta Capitals
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