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 Cole Stewart of the Yellowstone Quake. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Keaton Caplis of the La Crosse Freeze. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Reid Wasczcenko of the Yellowstone Quake.
NOTE: Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Cole Stewart, Yellowstone Quake
Yellowstone Quake forward Cole Stewart doesn't want to see October go as he had at least one point in all eight of his team’s games. He had at least two points in seven of those eight matchups. His best performances came in a weekend sweep of the Gillette Wild. That’s when the forward from Atlanta, Georgia scored three goals and added eight assists. Stewart currently ranks 11th in points in the entire NA3HL with 26. He has eight goals and 18 assists on the year. The Quake currently sit in first place in the Frontier Division and Stewart’s offensive presence is a big reason why. "Cole Stewart has been one of our leaders on the team and showing by example, he puts in the extra work and effort on and off the ice everyday. He comes with a great attitude all the time which is contagious throughout the team and has had his success by putting together all of these intangibles. Looking forward to his continued success as a leader now and in the future,” said Quake Head Coach Ryan Theros.
Runner-Up: Clayton Lackey, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, Granite City Lumberjacks – Kyle Cote, Texas Brahmas – Marc Faia, Northeast Generals – Ivan Galaguzov, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Matt Hutton, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Tommy Kilway, Oswego Stampede – Andrew Logar, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – Cameron Smith, Atlanta Capitals
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Keaton Caplis, La Crosse Freeze
La Crosse defenseman Keaton Caplis was the key piece to the Freeze blue line in October. The Gilbert, Arizona native was a plus-16 in this month while also contributing on the offensive side of the puck. One of Caplis’ best games came on October 20th as he registered 3 assists while having a plus-3 rating in a win over the Wausau RiverWolves. The 18-year old notched a pair of power play goals in the month of October and had four multi-point games. The play of Caplis has certainly been a major reason why the Freeze currently sit in first place of the Central Division. “Keaton has great hockey IQ and is an extremely driven player. Our programs model of player development has been very beneficial for him, and I am really proud in the strides he is making as an offensive defenseman. I am very proud to see his hard work and dedication be recognized as we move forward in his development,” said Freeze Head Coach Jon Vaillancourt.
Runner-Up: Brandon Schweickert, Niagara Falls PowerHawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Bioni, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Luke Bombardir, Texas Brahmas – Mark Capkovic, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Matt Hammel, Northeast Generals – Bryce Harrison, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Rich Hart, Oswego Stampede – Oliver Lester, Atlanta Capitals – Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Reid Wasczcenko, Yellowstone Quake
There weren’t too many goaltenders that were busier than Reid Wasczcenko in the month of October. Wasczcenko started seven of his team’s eight games and was almost perfect. He had a record of 6-0-1, an overtime loss against Great Falls as his only blemish. In five of his six wins, the native of Plymouth, Minnesota allowed one goal or less. Wasczcenko finished the month with a goals against average of just 1.43 and a save percentage of .963 to go with two shutouts. For the season, he is 9-2 with a 1.75 goals against average, a .954 save percentage and three shutouts. Head coach Ryan Theros added, "Reid Wasczcenko coming in as a rookie goalie this season has been nothing other than consistent, his competitiveness that he brings everyday to practice, with the little things of never giving up on a shot or a drill no matter the situation, which pushes our whole team to another level. His confidence brings a calming presence between the pipes, he is very detailed in his ability which brings him and our team success.”
Runner-Up: Luke Fry, Willmar Warhawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Ange, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Kris Augustine, Niagara Falls PowerHawks – Ridge Gerads, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tyler Hawk, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Steven Kozikoski, Oswego Stampede – Tyler Myers, Texas Brahmas – Hunter Smith, St. Louis Jr. Blues
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