The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of October. The Easton Hockey NA3EHL Forward of the Month is Jared Karas from the Jersey Shore Wildcats. The Easton Hockey NA3EHL Defenseman of the Month is Scott Hansen from the Jersey Shore Wildcats. The Vaughn NA3EHL Goaltender of the Month is Kyle VanWagner from the Syracuse Stampede. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3EHL monthly awards.
Easton Hockey NA3EHL Forward of the Month: Jared Karas, Jersey Shore Wildcats
Rarely in the monthly awards do we see a performance like the one that Jersey Shore Wildcats forward Jared Karas had in October. The 19-year-old native of Port Matilda, PA, totalled 30 points in just 12 games as the Widcats keps their perfect season going with a 12-0-0 record. Karas (6’0/180) totalled eight goals, 22 assists and was a +23 during the month. Not only did Karas register at least a point in all 12 games, he had 10 multi-point games. He has recorded at least a point in all 16 of his games played so far this season. Karas began the month with a stretch of seven games where he recorded 20 of his points. He is currently 2nd in NA3EHL scoring with 39 points and his +31 rating leads the league. (See below for coach Eric Brule’s comments)
Runner-Up: Kevin Perry, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Rocco DeRollo, Syracuse Stampede – Chris Gasiewicz, Lockport Express – Mike Jessman, Cape Cod Islanders – Hunter Ledwith, Skylands Kings
Easton Hockey NA3EHL Defenseman of the Month: Scott Hansen, Jersey Shore Wildcats
Like his teammate Jared Karas, Jersey Shore defenseman Scott Hansen, 19, had a October to remember, helping his team to a perfect 12-0-0 record from the blueline. The native of Bellingham, WA, had 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) during the month of October, but more impressively, was a +27. He registered a point in all but two games during the month and had four multi-point games. Only once did Hansen not finish with a plus rating in a game. Hansen currently leads all NA3EHL defensemen in scoring with 20 points in 15 games played. His +29 rating is also tied for the lead among all NA3EHL defensemen. “We are proud of Jared and Scott so far on their development. The mission is clear, it is to make them ready for College Hockey next year. I am glad to see in combination with their full commitment and the direction provided with full support and help of their teammates, it`s starting to pay off for them and as well as others. They are heading out in the right direction, and I am confident if they keep their focus and commitment to the structure, they will achieve their goal and that is the same for the rest of the team in their own way,” said Wildcats head coach Eric Brule.
Runner-Up: Dan Moore, Cape Cod Islanders
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Paul MacDonald, Northeast Generals – Alec Sanchez, Skylands Kings – Gibson Stuart, Lockport Express – Raymond Rowe, Syracuse Stampede
Vaughn NA3EHL Goaltender of the Month: Kyle VanWagner, Syracuse Stampede
Syracuse goalie Kyle VanWagner, 19, was one of the primary reasons behind the Stampede’s successful month of October as the team posted a 7-3-1 record. VanWagner (5’11/185) played in eight of the 11 games, posting a 6-2 record with a 2.36 goals against average and a 93.9% save percentage. The native of Red Hook, NY, faced a total of 311 shots during the month and made 292 saves. He faced an average of 38.9 shots against per game. He capped off the month with a 30-save shutout of New York in a 1-0 win on October 31st. His 93.6% save percentage currently ranks 4th in the NA3EHL. "Kyle is a great kid that has learned that practice has a direct impact on his game play. He has turned into a hard working goalie and much of that is because of Coach Jason Lefevre working with Kyle as well as our other goaltenders, it's a big advantage for Kyle to get much needed direction from someone like Jason,” said Syracuse head coach Mike Beavis.
Runner-Up: Stephen Mundinger, New York Aviators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Scott Albertoni, Jersey Shore Wildcats – Tim Schiess, Lockport Express
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