NA3HL announces monthly player awards for February
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of February. The Easton Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Anthony Iacullo of the Peoria Mustangs. The Easton Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Matt Runyon of the Yellowstone Quake. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Cooper Seedot of the Point Mallard Ducks. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Easton Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Anthony Iacullo, Peoria Mustangs
Peoria Mustangs forward Anthony Iacullo, 18, has been a great addition to the team since joining them in mid-January. The native of Barrington, IL, had a torrid month of February as he recorded 20 points in just eight games played, which included 12 goals, 8 assists and a +15 rating as Peoria put together a 6-1-1 record. Iacullo (5’6/160) recorded at least a point in seven of the eight games and had five multi-point games. In 14 games this season, Iacullo has 25 points, which includes 14 goals and 11 assists. “Anthony has been a huge addition for our hockey club. He is a kid that you can play in any situation at any position and brings leadership to our locker room. He comes to work every day with his hard hat on and competes at a very high level. He loves the game of hockey and has a very bright future ahead of him,” said Peoria head coach Tyler Rennette.
Runner-Up: Tyler Frischmon, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanner Congdon, Great Falls Americans – Kegan Couture, Bozeman Icedogs – Max Doner, Yellowstone Quake – Ezekiel Estrada, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brett Gravelle, North Iowa Bulls – Josh Hamilton, Point Mallard Ducks – Thomas Hanson, Wisconsin Whalers – Jacob Istre, Louisiana Drillers – Albert Janele, Cincinnati Thunder – Connor Melton, Billings Bulls – Kevin Shand, Metro Jets – Tanner Skaja, Granite City Lumberjacks – Josh Somers, Toledo Cherokee – Taylor Trapp, La Crosse Freeze – James Unger, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Luca Valenza, Sugar Land Imperials – Yannick Zehnder, Twin City Steel – Mike Zenone, Wooster Oillers
Easton Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Matt Runyon, Yellowstone Quake
Yellowstone Quake defenseman Matt Runyon, 19, helped his team to a perfect 8-0-0 record during the month of February to keep the Quake in 1st place in the Frontier Division. The native of New Prague, MN, had 11 points in eight games, which included five goals and six assists, along with an outstanding +16 rating. Runyon (5’9/175) recorded at least a point in six of the eight wins and had three multi-point games. He also was selected to and played in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Frontier Division team, where had a point in three games. He is averaging a point per game this season with 41 points in 41 games, which ranks him 3rd among NA3HL defensemen. “With Matt being a first year player and having 41 points and a +46 total on the season, it has been great to have him on the blueline. Along with being a great player for us, Matt has been very active within our local youth hockey helping coach and run practices throughout the year as well,” said Yellowstone head coach Ryan Theros.
Runner-Up: Adam Orn, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Russ Barone, Wisconsin Whalers – Connor Barta, Great Falls Americans – Justin Bioni, Cincinnati Thunder – Mitch Dolese, Louisiana Drillers – Casey Esselman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Robert Flannery, Metro Jets – Kenny Garrett, Sugar Land Imperials – Tyler Groth, Wooster Oilers – Ben Hamilton, Toledo Cherokee – Zach Heiser, Billings Bulls – Joe Nolan, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Aaron Siegrist, Peoria Mustangs – Paul Stehr, Twin City Steel – Anthony Szurlej, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Nick Thompson, Bozeman Icedogs – Matt Wolter, La Crosse Freeze
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Cooper Seedott, Point Mallard Ducks
Point Mallard goalie Cooper Seedott, 20, was on fire during the month of February as the native of Northville, MI, posted a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.07 goals against average and a 96.3% save percentage. Seedott (6’1/175) faced 134 shots during the month and allowed just five goals, making 129 saves. Seedott allowed just a single goal in each of his five starts and he has won his last nine games, allowing just seven goals in the process. Seedott is 2nd in the NA3HL with 21 wins and ranks in the Top 10 in save percentage. “Cooper is an exceptional leader on our team and he is playing with so much confidence right now. Our team feeds off of his passion for the game. He is a tireless worker and he challenges all of his teammates at practice to be the best. He carries that over into games where again he is playing with so much confidence. He is challenging shooters and taking so much of the net away. I have not seen a goaltender handle the puck as well as he does at this level in a long time. Cooper takes charge on the ice and our guys have total faith in him. It is great to see him rewarded for his on-ice performance. He is the heart and soul of our team,” said Ducks head coach Tom Winkler.
Runner-Up: Garrett Matz, Yellowstone Quake
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Glen Bates, Toledo Cherokee – Mac Berglove, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tristan Collins, Sugar Land Imperials – Ian Dvorak, Wisconsin Whalers – Stephen Frank, Bozeman Icedogs – David Johnson, North Iowa Bulls – Kam Limburg, Metro Jets – Ross Lipic, Peoria Mustangs – Lauren Massie, Great Falls Americans – Gage Overby, Billings Bulls – Santeri Seppinen, Louisiana Drillers – Jacob Stack, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jacob Weatherly, St. Louis Jr. Blues
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