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 2021. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Carson Jones of the North Iowa Bulls. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Blake Arneson of the Rochester Grizzlies. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Danny Fraga of the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Carson Jones, North Iowa Bulls
Jones’ consistent scoring saw him top the NA3HL in goals during the month of February, averaging a goal-per-game as he lit the lamp in all but three of his 12 outings en route to a month-long mark of 12g-7a—19pts. The 2001-born sniper was at his best early in the month, posting six strikes through his first four games. And after posting his only game without a point on the 13th, Jones closed the month on a seven-game point streak, with goals in five of those matchups. With five multi-point outings and a pair of game-winning goals, Jones was the engine behind a stout North Iowa offense, and pushed his impressive season stats to 18g-15a—33pts in 22 games on the season.
Runner-Up: Braeden Bartoo, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Bell, Mass Titans — Connor Bennett, Peoria Mustangs — Tyler Blanchard, Texas Brahmas — Henry Chavez, Great Falls Americans — Nick Cyprian, Atlanta Capitals — Shane Dotto, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Payton Felix, Northeast Generals — Zakary Justice, Bay State Bobcats — Matt McGowan, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Anderson O’Connor, New England Sharks — Parker Severson, Oregon Tradesmen — James Spaargaren, New Ulm Steel — Isaiah Thomas, Willmar Warhawks — Hunter Wilmes, Rochester Grizzlies
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Blake Arneson, Rochester Grizzlies
Arneson made his NA3HL debut in February, logging five games for the Grizzlies. Despite the small sample size, Arneson’s impact on the blue line was undeniable. With 4g-3a—7pts and a +8 rating in five outings, the 2002-born blueliner consistently chipped in offensive production while keeping a steady hand in the defensive end. Arneson scored a goal in four of five games last month — including a game-winner on the 13th — and posted an even or better +/- rating in four of five as well. His highlight came on the 26th, when Arneson put up his first multi-point performance of the year (1g-2a—3pts) in a win over Oregon. Arneson will look to build on his strong February as the season enters its final month.
Runner-Up: Gunner Moore, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ibrahim Arifi, Peoria Mustangs — Hunter Bjorge, Willmar Warhawks — Stephen Conklin, New England Sharks — Cameron Cromwell, Granite City Lumberjacks — Gijs De Schepper, Northeast Generals — Eyan Gonzalvez-Helm, Mass Titans — Ty Lorring, Great Falls Americans — Owen Miley, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Callahan Nauss, North Iowa Bulls — Spencer Platt, Texas RoadRunners — Branwen Pollett, Oregon Tradesmen — Trey Walton, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Seth Wyatt-Manning, Texas Brahmas
Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Danny Fraga, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Fraga backstopped the Blues in nearly perfect fashion last month, debuting in the NA3HL with a 4-0-0 record, .969 save percentage, 1.00 GAA and one shutout through February. His greatest “blemish” came at the start of the month, when he gave up two goals on 41 shots in a win over Milwaukee. From there though, he allowed just two goals in his final three starts, stopping 36 of 37 against Peoria, 24 of 25 against Wausau and recording a 28-save shutout of the RiverWolves on the 25th. Fraga totaled 127 saves on 131 shots over the course of the month, and his .969 save percentage is tops among NA3HL netminders with multiple appearances on the year.
Runner-Up: Andrew Doran, Peoria Mustangs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Babekuhl, North Iowa Bulls — Maxim Currie, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Dolan Gilbert, Texas Brahmas — Bailey Huber, Granite City Lumberjacks — Artum Lantukh, New England Sharks — Joe Pearson, Atlanta Capitals — Zack Roncarati, Bay State Bobcats — Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies — Jaxon Taylor, Texas RoadRunners — Ben Winkler, Great Falls Americans