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 Forward of the Month is Erik Vrkoc of the Texas Brahmas. The Defenseman of the Month is Taber Gutschick of the Helena Bighorns. The Goaltender of the Month is D’Mar McCoy of the Northeast Generals. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Erik Vrkoc, Texas Brahmas
Texas Brahmas forward Erik Vrkoc, 19, led the NA3HL in scoring during the month of October as the Brahmas moved to the top of the South Division standings with an undefeated record. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Mnichovice, Czech Republic recorded 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games played during the month and was a remarkable +18. Vrkoc recorded at least a point in every game played in October and had seven multi-point games. Four of his 13 goals during the month were game-winners. Vrkoc is currently tied for 5th in NA3HL scoring so far during the 2021-22 season.
Runner-Up: Tylor Greene, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Bauer, Rochester Grizzlies – Landon Boothe, Bay State Bobcats – Jack Campion, Mason City Toros – Ethan Chesney, Peoria Mustangs – Kullen Daikawa, Granite City Lumberjacks – Michael Dalaly, Milwaukee Power – Keegan Ferguson, Yellowstone Quake – Joe Gronholz, Alexandria Blizzard – Lucas Helland, Austin Ice Bats – Noah Henslee, Oklahoma City Ice Hawks – Braeden Kennedy, Northeast Generals – Jeremiah Konkel, Willmar WarHawks – Tyler Love, Texas RoadRunners – Caleb Sanborn, Gillette Wild – Tyler Sunagel, Great Falls Americans – Sam VanderHoeven, Oregon Tradesmen – Jake Weikel, Long Beach Sharks
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Taber Gutschick, Helena Bighorns
Led by defenseman Taber Gutschick, 19, the Helena Bighorns continued their undefeated season with a perfect record in the month of October. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, CO, tied for the NA3HL scoring lead during the month with 25 points (2 goals, 23 assists) in just nine games played. The NAPHL and Colorado Springs Tigers grad had six multi-point games during the month and recorded at least a point in all nine games. For the season, Gutschick leads all NA3HL defensemen in scoring with 28 points, which also ranks tied for 3rd among all NA3HL players.
Runner-Up: Per Waage, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Brown, Yellowstone Quake – Thomas Dalsin, Great Falls Americans – Connor Doyle, Austin Ice Bats – Kyle Gilbert, Long Beach Sharks – Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks – Seth Manning, Texas Brahmas – Michael Montague, Bay State Bobcats – Eddie Mulligan, Northeast Generals – Ty Neckar, Texas RoadRunners – Brady O’Brien, Willmar WarHawks – Matt Scribner, Alexandria Blizzard – Brendan Sloth, Mason City Toros – Brock Trboyevich, Gillette Wild – Jared Wisely, Peoria Mustangs
NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: D’Mar McCoy, Northeast Generals
Northeast Generals goaltender D’Mar McCoy, 18, made his NA3HL debut in October and did not disappoint. The 6’1/165 lbs. native of Philadelphia, PA, helped the Generals maintain their undefeated record by going a perfect 5-0 during the month. McCoy allowed just six goals in five starts during the month as he stopped 118 of a possible 124 shots, which was good for a 1.20 goals against average and a .952 save percentage, which both currently rank in the Top 3 in the NA3HL. That also included McCoy’s first career NA3HL shutout as he made 32 saves in a 2-0 win over Long Beach on October 31st.
Runner-Up: Hunter Hein, Texas RoadRunners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Adleman, Helena Bighorns – Joe Ambroffi, Peoria Mustangs – Kaleb Bents, Rochester Grizzlies – Ben Di Fiore, Bay State Bobcats – Cole Eastman, Yellowstone Quake – Dolan Gilbert, Texas Brahmas – Spencer Northway, Milwaukee Power – Cooper Olson, Willmar WarHawks – Jack Orchard, Gillette Wild – Brandon Shantz, Austin Ice Bats – Greyson Skirpan, Long Beach Sharks – Matthew Smith, Granite City Lumberjacks – Evan Wittchow, Louisiana Drillers