NA3HL announces monthly player awards for September 2019
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of September. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Liam Murphy of the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Joey Allegrini of the Atlanta Capitals. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Nick Konkel of the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Liam Murphy, Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles
Elmira got off to a hot start this season thanks to consistency in its attack, led in large part by Liam Murphy. Murphy bagged points in each of Elmira’s seven games this season, including four multi-point games, two four-point games, two multi-goal games and a hat-trick. In total, Murphy has racked up seven goals and eight assists for 15 points — an average of more than two points per game in the young season — which is good for a share of the league scoring lead.
Runner-Up: Hazen McKay, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kolye Bankauskas, Northeast Generals — Brody Boyce, Great Falls Americans — James Clarke, Skylands Kings — Isaac Ellingson, Helena Bighorns — Sean Hofstetter, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cole Thomas Johnson, Atlanta Capitals — Austin Keil, Peoria Mustangs — RJ Muckensturm, Mid Cities Jr. Stars — Lucas Newman, Rochester Grizzlies — Blake Siewertsen, Louisiana Drillers — Zack Simon, North Iowa Bulls — Bailey Sommers, Granite City Lumberjacks — Dylan Svoboda, Willmar Warhawks — Anthony Viola, New England Stars — Garrett Wilderman, Texas Roadrunners — Declan Young, Gillette Wild
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Joey Allegrini, Atlanta Capitals
Joey Allegrini’s first NA3HL campaign is certainly off on the right foot, as the 5-foot-9 blueliner paces all active NA3HL defensemen with 10 points in eight games. Allegrini boasts points in seven of his eight starts, and potted his first goal in just his second game. The Las Vegas native has also netted three multi-point games, and is +3 through the start of the season. Two of those multi-point games came in his last three outings, so expect even more from Allegrini in October.
Runner-Up: Joey Boccardi, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Becker, Gillette Wild — Ben Cope, Louisiana Drillers — Sean Davidson, Granite City Lumberjacks — Zachary Eddington, Peoria Mustangs — Ryan Falls, Northeast Generals — Connor Frye, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Michael Heitkamp, Rochester Grizzlies — Justin Hiler, Skylands Kings — Ian McIntosh, Helena Bighorns — Sam Miller, Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles — Luke Richesin, Great Falls Americans — Tadeas Vicha, Texas Roadrunners
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Nick Konkel, Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles
While Murphy guided Elmira’s offensive efforts, Nick Konkel provided a steady presence between the pipes with three wins in three starts and just three goals allowed in that span. Konkel soared through the opening month, posting 78 total saves and a shutout as the Eagles topped Long Beach, Danbury and the New England Knights in his appearances. Among goalies with three or more starts, Konkel’s 78 stops lead the way, and he ranks second with a .963 save percentage and a 1.13 GAA.
Runner-Up: Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Driscoll, Northeast Generals — Garrett Dryden, Helena Bighorns — Luc Haggitt, Willmar Warhawks — Nate Johnston, Granite City Lumberjacks — Jacob King, Skylands Kings — Matt Marini, New England Stars — Jaeger Reed, Texas Roadrunners — Grady Reis, Louisiana Drillers — Anthony Seykora, Gillette Wild — Brett Tome, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Viktor Wennberg, Great Falls Americans