The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of October. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Owen Larson of the North Iowa Bulls. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Steven Mordini of the North Iowa Bulls. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Andrew Kormos from the Metro Jets. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Owen Larson, North Iowa Bulls
Forward Owen Larson led the NA3HL with three game-winning goals in October, along with two power-play goals mixed in among the 15 total goals he had this month. With 35 points, the North Iowa forward averaged 3.18 points per game, and stood at +36 after 11 games in October. Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Larson leads all North Iowa forwards with a +37 rating this season. “Owen Larson has been one of the most consistent producers that the Bulls have ever seen. He is very seldom not on the score sheet, a product of his hard work,” said Head Coach Todd Sanden
Runner-Up: Jeremy Wilber, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Balestra, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Fritz Belisle, New Ulm Steel – Justin Bloomfield, West Michigan Wolves – Louis Boudon, Metro Jets – Sam Dabrowski, La Crosse Freeze – Riley Holwegner, Gillette Wild – Brendan Jester, Great Falls Americans – Ricky Kwapich, Toldeo Cherokee – Josh Laven, Breezy Point North Stars – Will Mix, Granite City Lumberjacks – Steven Nisbet, Bozeman Icedogs – Ludvig Omdal, Billings Bulls – Ben Ratner, Wisconsin Whalers – Brandon Vukasin, Louisiana Drillers – Nate Walker, Syracuse Stampede – Kyle Wendorf, Willmar Warhawks – Cam Williams, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Steven Mordini, North Iowa Bulls
In nine games this month with the Bulls, Mordini collected 14 total points. Both goals registered to his name in October were on the power-play, one of them being a game-winning goal as well. With 12 assists and a +23 rating, the Baraboo, WI native has held a strong presence at the blue line for North Iowa. “Steven Mordini has embraced his role for the North Iowa Bulls this month which allowed him some offensive freedoms. He made an impact on the score sheet, all while maintaining a solid defensive mindset,” said Head Coach Todd Sanden
Runner-Up: Andrew Heckaman, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Ahiers, Bozeman Icedogs – Tucker Alspaugh, Louisiana Drillers – Stephen Aponik, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Casey Esselman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Jake Faulkner, Wisconsin Whalers – Robby Flannery, Metro Jets – Rich Hart, Syracuse Stampede – Zach Heiser, Billings Bulls – Danny O’Donnell, Great Falls Americans – Jacob Peterson, Texas Brahmas – Anthony Szurlej, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Anthony Weinrich, Toldeo Cherokee – Trevor Wilhelm, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Bennett Witta, New Ulm Steel
Vaughn Hockey Goaltender of the Month: Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets
Posting a 0.80 GAA in October, goaltender Andrew Kormos owned his crease through five straight, undefeated wins this month. Two wins in October for Kormos were perfect shutouts. His .962 SV% this month helped the Jets continue to climb the NA3HL East Divison standings, giving them sole possession of first place, with second place trailing six points behind. The Milford, MI native is currently 8-0-0-0 this season through 479 minutes played. "Andrew was a big reason for our teams continued success. He played against top competition and stepped up when he was called on. He has been our most consistent player on the team this season. Kormos brings his full effort to the rink every day to continue getting better," said Head Coach Justin Quenneville.
Runner-Up: Hunter Smith, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mac Berglove, Granite City Lumberjacks – Nolan Bivolcic, Atlanta Capitals – Joel De Simone, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Elliot Gerth, Wisconsin Whalers – Kevin Lake, Louisiana Drillers – Salvatore Lauretta, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Magnus Lindhe, Breezy Point North Stars – Roman Malkov, Toldeo Cherokee – Brady Meyers, North Iowa Bulls – Tyler Myers, Texas Brahmas – Luke Olson, Bozeman Icedogs – Nathan Siclovan, New Ulm Steel – Martin Sten, Syracuse Stampede – Sam Woznicki, West Michigan Wolves
About Bauer Hockey
Bauer Hockey is the world’s most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927, Bauer developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer has continued to develop the most sought after products in the industry, including the widely successful Supreme and Vapor lines of products. To learn more, go to www.bauer.com
Vaughn is the official Goaltending Equipment Partner to the NAHL and serves as the Preferred Goaltending Equipment Supplier of the NA3HL and NAPHL. Founded in 1982, Vaughn became one of the first major hockey production companies to use multiple foam layers in equipment. As strictly a goalie equipment company, the main focus for Vaughn is the innovation and quality of their product. Visit Vaughn online at: www.vaughnhockey.com