The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of December. The Easton Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Austin Wisely of the Peoria Mustangs. The Easton Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Nick Thompson of the Bozeman Icedogs. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Cody Gibson of the Toledo Cherokee. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Easton Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Austin Wisely, Peoria Mustangs
The Peoria Mustangs and forward Austin Wisely, 19, had a month of December to remember. Along with posting a perfect 7-0-0 record during the month, Wisely (5’11/200) put up some eye-popping numbers in the seven wins. The native of Chillicothe, IL, recorded 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) in the seven games and was a remarkable +17. Wisely recorded multi-point games in six of the seven outings, which also included two game-winning goals. He had a five point game in a win over Chicago on December 6th and a four point game in a December 13th win over Evansville. He also recorded seven points in the three games at the NA3HL Showcase. In just 22 games played this season, Wisely is 4th in team scoring with 40 points. “Austin had a great month for us and has been a very important part of the success we have been having. He wants this team to win and he wants to lead the way for us,” said Peoria head coach Tyler Rennette.
Runner-Up: Ben Ratner, Wisconsin Whalers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marc Anderson, Cincinnati Thunder – Tony Arias, Alexandria Blizzard – Ryker Barber, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Keegan Couture, Bozeman Icedogs – Ryan Dunner, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Josh Hamilton, Point Mallard Ducks – Tim Hoffenkamp, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Austin Jackson, North Iowa Bulls – Alex Johanson, Atlanta Capitals – Tomas Loeffelman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brandon Mills, Helena Bighorns – Nick Paulson, Rochester Ice Hawks – Jerame Schuetzle, La Crosse Freeze – Tanner Skaja, Granite City Lumberjacks – Pearce Vance, Metro Jets – Tyler Zalecki, Toledo Cherokee
Easton Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Nick Thompson, Bozeman Icedogs
As he has done all season long, Bozeman defenseman Nick Thompson, 19, had another good month. The 6’4/195 lbs. native of Esko, MN, led the Icedogs to a 4-1-3 month of December as he piled up 11 points in the eight games along with a +8 rating. Thompson had at least a point in six of the eight games and had four multi-point games. His best outing was a three-point effort in a 6-2 win against Gillette on December 11th. This is the second time this season that Thompson has been honored as the NA3HL Defenseman of the Month, having won the award in October. He leads all NA3HL defensemen, as well as the Icedogs, in scoring with 42 points in 28 games played. "Nick has been a force for us all season and he logs a lot of ice time. He is always under control and controlling the game for us and helps settle things down when we need it. He is a top player in our league and has gotten some looks to be called up to the NAHL and that is well deserved for him," said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.
Runner-Up: Stefan Boskovic, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Breza, La Crosse Freeze – Vaughn Clouston, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – George Hansen, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Trey McMillen, Rochester Ice Hawks – Jake McNamara, Wisconsin Whalers – Joe Nolan, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Colin O’Connor, Atlanta Capitals – Adam Orn, North Iowa Bulls – Nick Papandrea, Toledo Cherokee – Adam Schaffer, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Aaron Siegrist, Peoria Mustangs – Wyatt Stotts, Helena Bighorns
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Cody Gibson, Toledo Cherokee
Toledo Cherokee goalie Cody Gibson, 19, had a successful and busy month of December for his new tea, the Toledo Cherokee, who put together a 5-2 record in the month of December. The native of Livonia, MI, played in five of the seven games during the month, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.14 goals against average and a 93.0% save percentage. Gibson (5’11/190) was very busy between the pipes facing 143 shots in the five games and making 133 saves. His four wins came against Southern Tier, West Michigan, La Crosse and Great Falls, while he may have had his best game in his lone loss, in which he allowed just one goal and made 36 saves in a loss to Granite City. Since joining the Cherokee, Gibson has a 2.09 GAA and a 93.5% save percentage. “Cody has come in and fit in real nice with our team and has played at a high level since we acquired him and is very deserving of this award. I expect big things out of him in the second half of the season,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.
Runner-Up: Tommi Ahlgren, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Graves, La Crosse Freeze – Kameron Limburg, Metro Jets – Ross Lipic, Peoria Mustangs – Zach Mains, Rochester Ice Hawks – Stephen Marshal Frank, Bozeman Icedogs – Max McConnell, Wisconsin Whalers – Tyler Myers, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Ryall Purdy, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Jacob Stack, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Zach Young, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Alek Zendejas, Atlanta Capitals
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