The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) today announced the Combat Hockey Player of the Month and the Brian’s Custom Sports Goaltender of the Month for September. The honors were awarded to Flint Jr. Generals forward Edward Osowski as the Combat Hockey Player of the Month, and Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks goaltender Lawrence Dvorak Jr. as the Brian’s Custom Sports Goaltender of the Month.
The Combat Hockey Player of the Month, Edward Osowski, 18, started the 2011-12 on a tear, scoring at least one goal in each of Flint’s first six games to begin the season in the month of September. In total for the month, the Montclair, New Jersey native scored eight goals with nine assists for 17 points, which tied for the monthly lead in the 3HL. Five of Osowski’s six games in the month were multi-point games. He scored four points in two separate games during the month.
“He has been a guy that plays in all situations and has improved on a daily basis,” said Flint head coach Jeff Worlton. “He means everything to our team right now and it taking responsibility at both ends of the ice. We originally noticed him at a couple of NAHL camps and we identified him as a player that would have an immediate impact with our team. We feel very fortunate to have him and know he will be a player that eventually moves onto the next level.”
The Brian’s Custom Sports Goaltender of the Month, Lawrence Dvorak Jr., 18, played in three games during the month of September, winning all of them for the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. In each game during September the Bismarck, North Dakota native improved his play and lowered his goals against each time. He posted a perfect 3-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a stingy 93.4% save percentage. Dvorak’s best performance of the season may have come in his second game of the year when he made 39 saves in a 5-2 win over Toledo.
“Lawrence has stepped up and done a really great job for us this season so far,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson. “He has worked really hard to improve since the start of the season. What is even more amazing is that his numbers could have been even better if it weren’t for a few bad bounces on a few goals that went off his teammates.” As for the role that Dvorak has played in helping Cleveland to the best record in the 3HL, Jacobson had this to say… “I think our players trust our goalies and have the ultimate confidence in them. That gives them the ability to take more chances, be a little more free-wheeling and more offensive.”