NA3HL announces monthly player awards for October
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 Brandon Avezov of the New Jersey Titans. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Cal Nauss of the North Iowa Bulls. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Jacob Ahl of the Oklahoma City Blazers. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Brandon Avezov, New Jersey Titans
Avezov opened his NA3HL career with a sizable bang, notching back-to-back three-point performances in his first two games. He kept that momentum rolling through the rest of the month with goals in each game, totaling 10 goals, six assists and 16 points through just seven games. Avezov was a key leader for New Jersey’s potent attack, notching multiple points in five of those seven outings, and netted his first hat-trick of the year on the 30th. Already a three-time Star of the Week award-winner, Avezov’s 16 points lead all Titans skaters and rank tied for fifth among NA3HL skaters.
Runner-Up: Jacob Cummings, Sheridan Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Blanchard, Texas Brahmas — Liam Bland, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Nick Cyprian, Atlanta Capitals — Mason Evans, Texas RoadRunners — George Giese, Peoria Mustangs — Joey Gimberlin, New Ulm Steel — Jack Harris, Yellowstone Quake — Peyton Hart, Rochester Grizzlies — Troy Harwell, Bay State Bobcats — Alex Jackson, Great Falls Americans — Artem Korolev, Oklahoma City Blazers — Jacob Kosinski, Northeast Generals — Teddy Marion, Milwaukee Power — Anderson O’Connor, Long Beach Sharks — Parker Severson, Oregon Tradesmen — Carson Simon, Granite City Lumberjacks — Joey Solimando, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Caleb Strong, Alexandria Blizzard — Brayden Uttech, North Iowa Bulls — Declan Young, Gillette Wild
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Cal Nauss, North Iowa Bulls
Coming off of a strong rookie campaign last year, Nauss stepped into a key role on the North Iowa blue line in October. The defensive stalwart on his defensive game early, posting no lower than 0 +/- rating in a game in October to record a +11 through nine games on the month. Nauss’ attacking prowess shone through as well, as the Wayzata, MN native bagged three goals and seven assists for 10 points — just one shy of the team lead — and logged three multi-point efforts in his nine games.
Runner-Up: Cole Lehmann, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Brickley, Long Beach Sharks — Jack Croycroft, Peoria Mustangs — Brice French, Texas RoadRunners — Randall Greene, New Jersey Titans — Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks — Tyler Hildebrant, Texas Brahmas — Tyler Huffer, Rochester Grizzlies — Tommy Janes, Great Falls Americans — Gunnar Moore, Atlanta Capitals — Deacon More, Northeast Generals — Gordon Ogden, Bay State Bobcats — Brandon Pollett, Oregon Tradesmen — Ike Zeier, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Jacob Ahl, Oklahoma City Blazers
Amidst multiple standout performances by South goalies in October, Ahl’s efforts in the Blazers’ cage were second to none. En route to a perfect 4-0-0 record, Ahl opened the month with consecutive shutouts against the RoadRunners, stopping 19 and 20 shots on the 16th and 17th. One week later, Ahl and the Blazers visited the defending champion Brahmas and returned home with two wins, thanks to Ahl’s back-to-back 34-save performances to seal the win. Among NA3HL goalies with at least four starts, Ahl boasts league-best marks in GAA (1.00) and save percentage (.964%), and ranks second with two shutouts.
Runner-Up: Greg Smith, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Adams, Oregon Tradesmen — Owen Carlson, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Joe Daninger, North Iowa Bulls — James Downie, Sheridan Hawks — Logan Gorbitz, Texas Brahmas — Hunter Hein, Texas RoadRunners — Bailey Huber, Granite City Lumberjacks — Ethan Kavanaugh, New Jersey Titans — Trever Mellen, Great Falls Americans — Greyson Skirpan, Long Beach Sharks — Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies — Cole Walter, Peoria Mustangs