NA3HL announces monthly player awards for December
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of December. The Forward of the Month is Luke Schleusner of the Butte Cobras. The Defenseman of the Month is Tal Halliday of the Granite City Lumberjacks. The Goaltender of the Month is Will Kunka of the Willmar WarHawks. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards.
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Luke Schleusner, Butte Cobras
Butte Cobras forward, Luke Schleusner, put on a show in the month of December in the 10 games he appeared in totaling an outstanding 25 points. The Mountlake Terrace, Washington native found the back of the net 11 times while handing out 14 assists along with a +9 rating. So far this season, Schleusner holds the 10th spot in the 3HL amongst all scorers with 34 points (26G, 28A) and averages 1.59 points per game.
Runner-Up: Carter Newpower, Mason City Toros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Anderson, Granite City Lumberjacks – Thomas Dalsin, Great Falls Americans – Adam Harvey, Helena Bighorns – Sota Isogai, Mason City Toros – Layten Liffrig, Rochester Grizzlies – Tyler Love, Texas RoadRunners – Ben Luedtke, Willmar WarHawks – Kaleb Miller, Atlanta Capitals – Nate Stone, Milwaukee Power – Tyler Sunagel, Great Falls Americans – Sam Vanderhoeven, Oregon Tradesmen
Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Tal Halliday, Granite City Lumberjacks
Granite City Lumberjacks defenseman, Tal Halliday added 12 points in the 6 games he played in December. The blueliner scored 4 goals and passed out 8 assists. A standout game for Halliday was against the Minnesota Loons where the defenseman scored a hat-trick and two assists in a 14-1 win. Halliday has appeared in 27 games this season and has earned 28 points (8G, 20A). With his 28 points, Halliday is tied for 6th place in the 3HL in scoring among all defenders.
Runner-Up: Taber Gutchick, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mason Ausmus, Milwaukee Power – Ty Neckar, Texas RoadRunners – Brady O’Brien, Willmar WarHawks – Per Waage, Rochester Grizzlies
NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Will Kunka, Willmar WarHawks
Willmar WarHawks netminder, Will Kunka, was red hot between the pipes in the month of December recording three consecutive shutouts. In those three showings, Kunka turned away all 75 shots he faced. So far in the Moorhead, MN natives campaign with the WarHawks, Kunka has a 6-2 record, a 2.83 GAA and a .913 SV%.
Runner-Up: Matthew Smith, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eric Buchholz, Helena Bighorns – Caleb Cross, Butte Cobras – Lucas Henderson, Rochester Grizzlies – Paul Jarvis, Atlanta Capitals – Spencer Northway, Milwaukee Power