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March

Defenseman of the Month: Vincent Corcoran - Wichita Falls Warriors

Vincent Corcoran

For the second time in his NAHL career, Wichita Falls Warriors defenseman Vincent Corcoran, 20, has been honored as the NAHL’s Defenseman of the Month. The 5’8/165 lbs. native of Plainfield, IL, led all NAHL blueliners with 14 points during the month of March. That included 3 goals and 11 assists and a +9 rating as the Warriors clinched a playoff berth in the South Division. Corcoran, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bemidji State next season, had at least a point in eight of his nine games played in March and had two multi-point games. Corcoran currently leads all NAHL defensemen in scoring so far this season with 50 points in 54 games played. “Vinnie had a big month offensively to help us continue staying in the playoff race. His drive and will to win is contagious and our group feeds off his energy. Since Christmas, we have had to play with a sense of urgency and Vinnie has led the way. Time after time he comes through and shines in the biggest moments and again this past Saturday, he showed it again in our biggest game of the year,” said Wichita Falls head coach Garrett Roth.

“I’d say the biggest difference in our team success for the month of March is the preparation that we’ve put in. We have a very competitive team, and all of us want to see each other succeed. Pushing each other and doing all the little things right in practice ultimately gives the team and myself confidence when it’s time to perform in the game,” said Corcoran. “Our main goal is to win a Robertson Cup, and in order to get there we have to keep playing our best hockey from here on out. For the future, I want to continue getting better each and every day, so that when it’s time to play in NCAA, I’m a guy that can be relied on.”

Runner-Up: Will Troutwine, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nicholas Bernardo, Maine Nordiques – Nikolai Charchenko, Minot Minotauros – Cole Crusberg-Roseen, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler DesRochers, Johnstown Tomahawks - Kyle Furey, Lone Star Brahmas – Will Gilson, Aberdeen Wings – Noah Marino, Springfield Jr. Blues – Hunter McCurdy, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Aidan McDowell, Maryland Black Bears – Jack Mesic, North Iowa Bulls – Brendan Miles, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Evan Orr, Northeast Generals – Evan Tanus, Minnesota Magicians – Trevor Taulien, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Young, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jon Ziskie, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Goalie of the Month: Matthew Smith - Minnesota Wilderness

Matthew Smith

The meteoric rise of Minnesota Wilderness goalie Matthew Smith, 19, reached new highs in March. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Fenton, MO, posted a 7-1-1 record during the month as he faced 253 shots and made 236 saves, which was good for a 1.81 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. Smith, who began the season with the Springfield Jr. Blues, and then later played in the NA3HL for the Granite City Lumberjacks, has made the most of his call up to the Wilderness posting a 12-1-1 record with a 1.87 goals against average and a .928 save percentage to go along with three shutouts. Smith, who is also an NAPHL grad, has a combined record of 24-1-1 between the NAHL and NA3HL this season. “Since joining our team in mid-January Matt has been a steady force for our team. The best thing about Matt is that he makes every save he should make and then on most nights seems to make a spectacular save or two that ignites his teammates. He has also been a fantastic teammate to our other goalie Konrad and the rest of our team. We are excited to see what the future holds for Matt,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

“I really focused on not letting the highs get too high and the lows get too low. You must keep your emotions in check because hockey is an incredibly emotional sport. I had to work incredibly hard to get back into the NAHL this year. The work ethic and resilience I had to create in Granite City in the NA3HL really prepared me to succeed at the NAHL level,” said Smith. “I think playing in the NAPHL for CarShield really helped me develop into the man and goalie I am today and prepare me for junior hockey. My goal the rest of this season is to try help my team make the playoffs and hopefully win a Robertson Cup Championship.”

Runner-Up: Arthur Smith, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tomas Bolo, St. Cloud Norsemen – Anton Castro, Aberdeen Wings – Carter Clafton, Amarillo Wranglers – Cullen DeYoung, Northeast Generals – Luca Di Pasquo, Maryland Black Bears – Daniel Duris, Wichita Falls Warriors – Kyle Kozma, North Iowa Bulls – Tyler Krivtsov, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Lassi Lehti, Minot Minotauros – William Proctor, Odessa Jackalopes – Aksel Reid, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ethan Robertson, Austin Bruins – Josh Seeley, Minnesota Magicians – Oskar Spinnars-Nordin, Bismarck Bobcats – Avery Sturtz, Maine Nordiques – Andrew Takacs, New Jersey Titans

 

Forward of the Month: Ryan O'Neill - St. Cloud Norsemen

Ryan O'Neill

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Ryan O’Neill, 21, continued his impressive season in the month of March, helping the Norsemen capture the NAHL’s Central Division regular season title. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Roseville, MN, played in 10 games during the month and recorded 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists). O’Neill, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for St. Thomas next season, recorded at least a point in all 10 games played during the month and had incredible eight multi-point games. For the season, O’Neill is currently tied for the NAHL’s scoring lead with 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists) in 53 games played. “Ryan is having a very good year. He has worked hard, and it has paid dividends. I know he wants team success as well and is driven to help us win games,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

“I think just over the past couple months I feel we as a team have grown closer and have a lot of confidence in one another. My goals for the rest of the season are to help my team win the Robertson Cup and continue to help my teammates get noticed by NCAA schools because we have a lot of talent on this roster. After the season I hope to help St. Thomas do well next season and be a part of something great,” said O’Neill.

Runner-Up: Brendan Gibbons, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bottrill, Maryland Black Bears – Adisen Brueck, Wichita Falls Warriors – Michael Casey, Jr., Corpus Christi IceRays – Dayne Hoyord, Odessa Jackalopes – Colby Joseph, Minot Minotauros – Cy LeClerc, Janesville Jets – Alexander Malinowski, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matt McQuade, Lone Star Brahmas – Paul Minnehan, Northeast Generals – Zach Murray, Johnstown Tomahawks – Sutter Muzzatti, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, Aberdeen Wings – Carter Rapalje, North Iowa Bulls – Nicholas Rexine, Minnesota Wilderness – Nick Sajevic, Chippewa Steel – Tristan Shewchuk, Springfield Jr. Blues – Boris Skalos, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Ryan Taylor, Bismarck Bobcats – Michael Young, New Jersey Titans

 
February

Goalie of the Month: Owen Millward - Janesville Jets

Owen Millward

It has been a huge second half of the season and month of February for Janesville Jets goalie Owen Millward. The 6’3/205 lbs. native of Davis, CA, was close to perfect during the month, posting a 5-0-0 record, which included three shutouts in five starts. Millward, 18, stopped 132 of 135 shots that came his way in the five games, which was good for a 0.60 goals against average and .978 save percentage in February. For the season, Millward currently has a 22-8-0 record for the Jets, with a 2.57 goals against average and .911 save percentage. His six shutouts this season is currently tied for the league lead in the NAHL. “Owen has been a workhorse for us. We have had quite the turnaround in the second half as a team and a lot of that is credit to Owen and how he has elevated his play. He has given us a chance, and then some, every single game. Owen has tremendous work ethic, he’s competitive, he’s coachable, and above all he’s just a great young man. He’s one of the best goalies in the league and our players and staff are proud of him and this recognition,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

“I owe a large part of my success the past month to my teammates in front of me. When the team plays as well as they have been, it gives me a lot of confidence, which is a huge part of being a goaltender. When you can step on the ice and you know your team has your back, it’s a great feeling. I think it goes both ways too. As a goalie you can instill confidence in your group as well, and when it’s going both ways like it has been, you start to win a lot of games,” said Millward. “For the rest of the season, I want to help bring a Robertson Cup to the city of Janesville. I think it would be an amazing story if we made a run, given our record through the first 20 games or so. Beyond this year, my goal is to take my hockey career as far as possible. My initial goal is to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship, and beyond that, hopefully live out the dream and play professional hockey.”

Runner-Up: Brandon Milberg, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anton Castro, Aberdeen Wings – Ethan Dahlmeir, St. Cloud Norsemen – Luca Di Pasquo, Maryland Black Bears – Hunter Garvey, North Iowa Bulls – Beni Halasz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kayden Hargraves, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Croix Kochendorfer, Chippewa Steel – Noah Rupprecht, Odessa Jackalopes – Arthur Smith, Lone Star Brahmas – Oskar Spinnars Nordin, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Forward of the Month: Hunter Longhi - Minnesota Magicians

Hunter Longhi

Although he played in just seven games during the month of February, Magicians forward Hunter Longhi, 19, made it count. The 5’8/182 lbs. native of Colinsville, IL, put up 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in those seven games, which included five multi-point games. Longhi ended the month riding a five-game point streak and his 55 points to date is tied for 5th currenly in NAHL scoring. Longhi has recorded 24 goals and 31 assists in 46 games played so far this season. “Hunter has been great for us all year. He has a knack for scoring and is one of the smartest hockey players I’ve ever coached. He’s come a long way this year in developing his game in both ends of the rink and I think it’s helped him in all areas. Whoever ends up getting Hunter at the next level is getting an elite offensive player to build on. On top of all that, Hunter is a high-end student and great kid,” said Magicians head coach Nick Bydal.

“I’d have to say that the biggest part of my success along with the team’s success is that we have really come together well as a group. Having a close-knit group of guys really takes the stress out of the game knowing you have 20+ guys that have your back night in and night out,” said Longhi. “My goals are to make an NCAA Division I commitment by the end of this year and for our team to keep growing as one and win a Robertson Cup together.”

Runner-Up: Jake Black, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillan Bentley, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jacob Brockman, Maryland Black Bears – Kyle Gaffney, Aberdeen Wings – Tyler Gaulin, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Gordon, Northeast Generals – Nik Hong, St. Cloud Norsemen – Dayne Hoyord, Odessa Jackalopes – Cade Lemmer, Wichita Falls Warriors – Alexander Malinowski, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Mesic, North Iowa Bulls - Nick Ostbloom, Kenai River Brown Bears – Quinn Rudrud, Bismarck Bobcats - Dylan Smith, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Defenseman of the Month: Brandon Holt - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Brandon Holt

It was a big month for Brandon Holt, 20, and the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The 6’0/185 lbs. defenseman from Grand Forks, ND, helped his club maintain their lead atop the South Division with a 7-2-0 record during the month. The University of Maine recruit put up 10 points in those nine games, which included six goals and four assists. Holt recorded at least a point in eight of the nine games played during the month and had two multi-point games in addition to having a +4 rating. For the season, Holt is currently tied for 5th among all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 30 points in 44 games played to date. His 12 goals in 2nd among all NAHL defensemen. “We’re excited to see Brandon get recognized as Defenseman of the Month. He’s been playing great hockey and contributing to our team’s success consistently. He never takes a shift off and has been a rock for us on our defensive end,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

“I think as a team a lot of our success this past month can be attributed to our consistency and willingness to work. We were clicking all month and I think it was a result of everybody buying in and playing the right way. For me personally the guys around me made it easy for me. I was playing with a ton of confidence and my teammates were finding in good spots,” said Holt. “Going forward this season, I think our main goal is making a playoff push. It’s something that this organization nor I have been able to do yet. Beyond juniors I’m super excited to have a chance to play NCAA Division I hockey for Maine next year and I can’t wait to see what I can do for there.”

Runner-Up: Evan Orr, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nick Bernardo, Maine Nordiques – Tyler DesRochers, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kyle Furey, Lone Star Brahmas – Will Gilson, Aberdeen Wings – Chris Lynch, St. Cloud Norsemen – Aidan McDowell, Maryland Black Bears – Brendan Miles, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Neumeier, Bismarck Bobcats – Will Svenddal, Minnesota Magicians - Sean Vlasich, North Iowa Bulls

 
January

Goalie of the Month: Devon Bobak - Shreveport Mudbugs

Devon Bobak

Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Devon Bobak, 20, is making the most of his final season of junior hockey. The 6’4/194 lbs. native of Northwood, OH, took his game to another level in January as he posted a 5-1-1 record in seven games during the month. Bobak faced 167 shots and made 159 saves in the seven games, allowing just eight goals, which was good for a 1.11 goals against average and .952 save percentage in January. He also posted two shutouts during the month and currently leads the NAHL with five shutouts this season. He ranks 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.98 goals against average. His save percentage of .922 ranks 4th. “Devon has had a very productive season especially the last two months where he has really been one of the top goalies in the league. He gives us a chance to win every night and he is a great teammate. He’s making big saves when needed and is playing with a lot of confidence right now. Devon has been in our pipeline working his way up behind other NCAA D1 and D3 players and NHL draft picks and it’s great to see him experiencing some team and personal success,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

“I think the key to our success this last month was our defensive zone presence. We have been lockdown in keeping all shots to the outside of the zone and keeping the Grade A chances to a minimum,” said Bobak. “I think my goals for the rest of the of the season are to lead our team to a playoff push and I cannot wait to continue on to college and possible a pro career afterwards.”

Runner-Up: Cullen DeYoung, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tomas Bolo, St. Cloud Norsemen – Stefan Carney, Corpus Christi IceRays – Luca Di Pasquo, Maryland Black Bears – Hunter Garvey, North Iowa Bulls – Beni Halasz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Konrad Kausch, Minnesota Wilderness – Klayton Knapp, Austin Bruins – Brandon Milberg, Wichita Falls Warriors - Owen Millward, Janesville Jets – Matthew O’Donnell, Johnstown Tomahawks – Greg Orosz, Aberdeen Wings – Will Proctor, Odessa Jackalopes – Arthur Smith, Lone Star Brahmas – Oskar Spinnars Nordin, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Defenseman of the Month: Evan Murr - St. Cloud Norsemen

Evan Murr

St. Cloud defenseman Evan Murr, 18, raised his game to a whole new level in January. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Stillwater, MN, put up over half the points he has recorded this season during his torrid month of January. Murr put up 14 points in just 10 games played, which included five goals, nine assists, and a +7 rating for the Norsemen, who now find themselves in 2nd place in the Central Division. Murr recorded at least a point in eight of the 10 games during the month and had four multi-point games. “Evan has been playing really well and given us some offensive punch from the back end, which also really helps our powerplay,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

“We are playing our best hockey as a team right now, and I think we can find this kind of team success throughout the rest of the year,” said Murr. “I’m just hoping to continue to improve each and every day, and just taking full advantage of the opportunity this group of guys is providing for each other.”

Runner-Up: Cal Mell, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gustav Blom, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Joshua Burke, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jacob Conrad, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Vincent Corcoran, Wichita Falls Warriors – Matthew Davies, Maryland Black Bears – Daniil Dolzhenko, Minnesota Magicians – Brendan Hill, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jackson McCarthy, Northeast Generals - Ray Murakami, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Neumeier, Bismarck Bobcats – Max Ruoho, Minnesota Wilderness – Trevor Taulien, Odessa Jackalopes – Sean Vlasich, North Iowa Bulls

 

Forward of the Month: Max Neill - Minnesota Wilderness

Max Neill

A big reason behind the resurgence of the Minnesota Wilderness in January was 21-year-old forward Max Neill. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Portage La Prairie, MB, played in eight games during the month of January and recorded 14 points, including 9 goals and 5 assists to go along with a +11 rating. Neill had two game-winning goals during the month and four multi-point games. He recorded at least a point in seven of the eight games played in January. So far during the 2021-22 season, Neill is 5th in team scoring with 32 points in 40 games played. “Max is the ultimate team player. He has played left and right wing and center for us. It's great to see him have the success he has had as of late. Not only has he put up big numbers but has elevated himself to one of our best leaders on and off the ice. Wherever Max decides to play college hockey that program will be getting the ultimate package in terms of what he brings to a team,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

“Personally, I found a groove playing with some really talented players and found a lot of chemistry and I also switched to playing center. Our team has really come together this past month, with every line chipping in and staying to our structure. We have really keyed in on our defensive play and that has led to offensive success,” said Neill. “My goal is to make an NCAA D1 commitment by the end of the season and for our team to grow closer and win a Robertson Cup. I want to play hockey as long as I can and start coaching as soon as I’m done.”

Runner-Up: Blake Mesenburg, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonah Aegerter, Janesville Jets – Tanyon Bajzer, Odessa Jackalopes – Dillan Bentley, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cole Dubicki, Kenai River Brown Bears - Kyle Gaffney, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Gordon, Northeast Generals – Jazz Krivtsov, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Trevor Kukkonen, Minnesota Magicians – William Lawson-Body, Wichita Falls Warriors - Michael Mesic, North Iowa Bulls – Nicholas Niemo, Lone Star Brahmas – Branden Piku, Maryland Black Bears – Jack Ring, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Egan Schmitt, Johnstown Tomahawks – Theo Thrun, Maine Nordiques – Ben Troumbly, Bismarck Bobcats – Walter Zacher, Austin Bruins - Trey Zagrzebski, Corpus Christi IceRays

 
December

Goalie of the Month: Tyler Krivtsov - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Tyler Krivtsov

Krivtsov, 18, had his best month in an NAHL uniform in December. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Santa Clarita, CA, celebrated his 18th birthday at the beginning of the month and then followed that up with a perfect 4-0 record in four appearances in December. Krivtsov allowed just five goals in his four starts, stopping 98 of 103 shots, which was good for a .951 save percentage and 1.25 goals against average during the month. Krivtsov, who played the past two previous seasons in the NAPHL for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18U team, is 9-5-0 this season in 14 games played with a 2.61 goals against average and .899 save percentage. “Tyler really went to another level in December. I think we are fortunate that we have a great tandem of goalies in Tyler and Kayden Hargraves that are both playing well right now and giving us a chance to win every game. We are hopeful that momentum and improvement can continue during the second half of the season as we make a run towards the playoffs,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

“The success of our team in December was what helped my personal success. When the Dogs get on a roll you get in a good rhythm and just have fun playing. We have a tight group that supports each other, and our coaching staff is top tier,” said Krivtsov. “I look to continue to develop into a better version of myself and to gain tons of experience which would put me on path to NCAA Division I hockey.”

Runner-Up: Devon Bobak, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, Kenai River Brown Bears – Damon Beaver, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ben Behrens, Bismarck Bobcats – Tomas Bolo, St. Cloud Norsemen – Carter Clafton, Minot Minotauros – Hunter Garvey, North Iowa Bulls – Max Gutjahr, Amarillo Wranglers – Konrad Kausch, Minnesota Wilderness – Klayton Knapp, Austin Bruins – Croix Kochendorfer, Chippewa Steel – Henry Levy, Minnesota Magicians – Michael Morelli, Maryland Black Bears – Will Proctor, Odessa Jackalopes – Raythan Robbins, Anchorage Wolverines – Jan Skorpik, Lone Star Brahmas – Avery Sturtz, Maine Nordiques – Andrew Takacs, New Jersey Titans

 

Defenseman of the Month: Braden Rourke - Corpus Christi IceRays

Braden Rourke

Corpus Christi IceRays rookie defenseman Braden Rourke, 17, had a breakout month of December. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Des Moines, IA, had eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in eight games played during the month and was also a +6. Rourke had three multi-point games during the month. He was runner-up for the South Division Star of the Week for the week ending December 5th for his five point week. So far during the 2021-22 season Rourke has recorded 15 points in 31 games played. “Braden is one of those kids you love to be around. He loves the game, being around the rink and working on his game. He is very committed to learning to play the right way. As an offensive minded defenseman, his game has really matured over the course of the season. He’s recognizing how and when to pick his spots to contribute to our offense. Our entire organization is really happy for Braden being recognized as Defenseman of the Month,” said IceRays head coach Mike Lysyj.

“I think a key component of my success was my focus on the preparation and training the coaches have us working on leading up to the weekends. Coach always stresses to continue to work on the small things and to increase our effort during the week, which helps us be better prepared for the weekend. Another big part of the success was our overall team. We really came together over the last month and we started to focus on the small details of the game that make the biggest difference in our success as a team,” said Rourke. “One of my main goals for the remainder of the season is to work with the coaches and team to continue to get stronger and to develop as we make a push for the playoffs where we can make a run for the Robertson Cup. My long term goal would be to get an opportunity to continue my academics and hockey career at an NCAA Division I school.”

Runner-Up: Davis Goukler, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bell, Minnesota Magicians - Nicholas Bernardo, Maine Nordiques – Joshua Burke, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Campbell Cichosz, Anchorage Wolverines – Nolan Cunningham, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kyle Furey, Lone Star Brahmas – Carter Green, Kenai River Brown Bears – Frank Jenkins, Johnstown Tomahawks – John Larkin, Austin Bruins – Cole Mickel, Minot Minotauros – Michael Neumeier, Bismarck Bobcats – Max Ruoho, Minnesota Wilderness – Kevin Scott, Maryland Black Bears – Trevor Taulien, Odessa Jackalopes – Sean Vlasich, North Iowa Bulls

 

Forward of the Month: Cole Dubicki - Kenai River Brown Bears

Cole Dubicki

Dubicki, 20, had his best month in an NAHL uniform in December. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Seattle, WA, led all NAHL players during the month of December with 16 points, including 4 goals and 12 assists in just seven games played. That included four straight multi-point games and he recorded at least a point in all seven games during the month. Dubicki is a former two-time NAPHL All-Star and played in the NAPHL for four seasons from 2016-20 for the Everett Silvertips Elite program (now Northwest Stars). He is currently tied for 5th in NAHL scoring with 38 points in 31 games played so far this season. “Cole has really elevated his play through the month of December. He has found a way to impact the game consistently and continues to be a leader of our group on and off the ice,” said Brown Bears interim head coach Taylor Shaw.

“I owe a lot of success to my linemates, teammates, and coaching staff. Throughout December, we as a team collectively bought into the little details of the game which has translated to team success as a whole. I have focused on improving my personal game by taking care of both sides of the puck and turning strong defense into offense,” said Dubicki. “Returning to Kenai this year, I knew I would be stepping into a larger role and that excited me. My goal for this season is to continue working with my coaches to develop my game in all areas, and to continue being a leader both on and off the ice. I hope to reach my dream of earning an NCAA commitment and ultimately, professional hockey.”

Runner-Up: Chris Carroll, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, Johnstown Tomahawks – Gavin Best, Minnesota Magicians – Nathan Butler, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nik Hong, St. Cloud Norsemen – Huston Karpman, Minot Minotauros – Jazz Krivtsov, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Michael Mesic, North Iowa Bulls – Sutter Muzzatti, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, Aberdeen Wings – Robby Newton, Janesville Jets – Nicholas Niemo, Lone Star Brahmas – Branden Piku, Maryland Black Bears – Nicholas Rexine, Minnesota Wilderness – Talon Sigurdson, Anchorage Wolverines – Garrett Steele, Shreveport Mudbugs – Tyler Stewart, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Theo Thrun, Maine Nordiques – Ben Troumbly, Bismarck Bobcats – Rylan Yates, Odessa Jackalopes

 
November

Goalie of the Month: Max Gutjahr - Amarillo Wranglers

Max Gutjahr

Amarillo Wranglers goalie Max Gutjahr, 20, made his mark during the month of November as the Wranglers regained the lead atop of the South Division. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Appleton, WI, posted a 7-1-0 record in eight games during the month. Gutjahr stopped 254 of a possible 270 shots during the month, which was good for a 1.80 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. He also had two shutouts during the month. Gutjahr, who spent time last season with both the Amarillo Bulls in the NAHL and the North Iowa Bulls in the NA3HL, currently leads the NAHL with 14 wins and ranks in the Top 7 in both goals against average and save percentage. “Max has been the stabilizing force in our inaugural season. His competitive spirit in practice, games, overtime or during shootouts, has inspired our team to play its best every night. Max has truly earned this award and it is always rewarding to see a great young man and goalie recognized got his efforts,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

“Looking back in the month, I tried to make sure to use the week of practice to prepare for situations I would see in games. I also did drills in practice to simulate goals other teams scored on me the week prior to try and prevent them from happening again,” said Gutjahr. “My goals for this season are to help my team continue to win games and ultimately have a chance to compete for the Robertson Cup in May. I would also like to give myself a chance to advance my hockey and academic careers at an NCAA Division I program.”

Runner-Up: Raythan Robbins, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Damon Beaver, Corpus Christi IceRays – Luca Di Pasquo, Maryland Black Bears – Hunter Garvey, North Iowa Bulls – Beni Halasz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Zach Hansen, Chippewa Steel – Klayton Knapp, Austin Bruins – Owen Millward, Janesville Jets – Matthew O’Donnell, Wichita Falls Warriors – Zach Sandy, Minot Minotauros – Josh Seeley, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jan Skorpik, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Defenseman of the Month: Cal Mell - Janesville Jets

Cal Mell

Janesville Jets defenseman Cal Mell, 20, helped his team stay in the thick of the playoff race in the Midwest Division in November. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of Cumming, GA, had 10 points in nine games played during the month. His 10 points were tops among all NAHL defensemen and he was also a +8 during the month. Mell, who is also an NAPHL grad, had three multi-point games and has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven games. He currently has 14 points in 23 games played so far during the 2021-22 season. “We are excited that Cal is being recognized by the league for his accomplishments this month. He has played an integral role in swinging the momentum of our season in the right direction. Cal is a complete hockey player. He has tremendous hockey IQ, makes plays, runs the power play, blocks shots, defends hard, kills penalties, plays tough and physical, and of course is our captain. You couldn’t ask for more from him. Every single day he leads by example. He’s going to be a great NCAA Division I hockey player and student. I can’t say enough good things about Cal as a player and person,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

“After a slow start to the season where we seemed to be losing close games, the team realized that we needed to turn things around and just take our compete level up a bit and find ways to win by focusing in on our habits and details. For me personally, I was just looking for simple plays that would transition the puck quickly and allow our forwards to get some odd man rushes. The majority of the credit goes to the guys around me who were able to create and finish plays off of the transitions,” said Mell. “There are some goals that I have for the season. I’d love to get an opportunity to play at the NCAA Division I level, but my focus right now is just getting better and making the guys around me better every day. I believe this will lead to team success and will allow my teammates to have their own success as well.”

Runner-Up: Jakub Peterson, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Clay Allen, Anchorage Wolverines – Mitch Becker, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Joshua Burke, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Vincent Corcoran, Wichita Falls Warriors – Tyler DesRochers, Northeast Generals – Jayden Jensen, Corpus Christi IceRays – Sean Kilcullen, Maryland Black Bears – Jack Malinski, Austin Bruins – Cole Mickel, Minot Minotauros – Tyler Nasca, Lone Star Brahmas – Ethan Perreault, Johnstown Tomahawks – Will Svenddal, Minnesota Magicians – Sean Vlasich, North Iowa Bulls – Jon Ziskie, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Forward of the Month: Cade Neilson - Aberdeen Wings

Cade Neilson

Aberdeen Wings forward Cade Neilson, 20, had a torrid month of November, recording 20 points (5 goals, 15 assists) in just eight games played. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Nottingham, England, took over the scoring lead in the NAHL with his effort as he now has a league-leading 35 points to date. Neilson recorded at least a point in all eight games and had seven multi-point games. The Alaska-Fairbanks recruit is currently riding a 10-game point streak and has recorded a multi-point game in six straight games. In 123 career NAHL games to date, Neilson has recorded 107 points. “Cade elevated his play through the month of November. Night in and night out he has found a way to impact the game and continues to be a good leader of our group on and off the ice,” said Wings head coach Steve Jennings.

“I attribute a lot of success to my line mates, Ronan Walsh and Jacob Bosse. We have been a locked in as a line this month and they have been producing at a rapid rate as well, which has been a pleasure to be a part of. I do believe we have found our stride together and with some puck luck thrown in there, it has been a fun month of hockey. I have also started to focus on more of a shoot first mentality, which has helped create a lot more scoring opportunity. I have been put in a position by the coaching staff to utilize the creative side of my game if I continue to be responsible on the defensive side of the puck,” said Neilson. “The most important goal for this season is to win a Robertson Cup. After being so close last year, there is a fire in our locker room to make that a reality this year. Then once I get to college, I want to be successful on and off the ice.  My goal is to be a go to guy at Alaska-Fairbanks and be able to help the team in any way I can.  Finally, once I am done with college, the goal is to play professional hockey at the highest level I can and hopefully continue to be productive at that level as well.”

Runner-Up: Cy LeClerc, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, Johnstown Tomahawks - Dillan Bentley, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Gavin Best, Minnesota Magicians – Anthony Calafiore, New Jersey Titans – Zach Dill, Corpus Christi IceRays – Gabe Dombrowski, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Damon Furuseth, Austin Bruins – Elliott Lareau, Maryland Black Bears – William Lawson-Body, Wichita Falls Warriors – Jake McLean, Bismarck Bobcats – Jonny Meiers, Maine Nordiques – Nicholas Niemo, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan O’Neill, St. Cloud Norsemen – Carter Rapalje, North Iowa Bulls – Jared Scott, Northeast Generals – Talon Sigurdson, Anchorage Wolverines – Zack Simon, Minot Minotauros – Anthony Vidrick, Amarillo Wranglers

 
October

Goalie of the Month: Luca Di Pasquo - Maryland Black Bears

Luca Di Pasquo

Maryland Black Bears rookie goalie Luca Di Pasquo, 18, had his best month of his junior career in October. The 6’1/181 lbs. native of Livonia, MI, posted a perfect 4-0 record and allowed just five goals in four starts during the month. Di Pasquo faced 122 shots in the four games and made 117 saves, which was good for a 1.23 goals against average and .959 save percentage in October. That included his first career shutout as he made 28 saves in a 5-0 road win in Danbury on October 30th. For the season, Di Pasquo is current 2nd in the NAHL in goals against averge (1.99) and 3rd in save percentage (.935). “Luca has continued to build his game since Day 1 and is more than deserving of this accolade. He is a great teammate and is always putting in the extra work before and after practice. Luca has a determination and hunger to be a successful NAHL goaltender and has become an NCAA Division 1 prospect. He has made the most of his opportunities so far, and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop in Maryland,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

“I think the biggest factor in my success was focusing on having solid practices, which eventually translated into games. Another huge factor of my success was the help I received in front of me from my team, and the support from my teammates and coaches. Our hard work as a team day in and day out has not only brought us closer but helped us become a better team,” said Di Pasquo. “I want to continue to help my team and make it to Minnesota and win a Robertson Cup Championship with my teammates. I want to continue to develop as a goalie and reach my dream of playing NCAA Division I college hockey, and receive a college education. Eventually, I would love to play professional hockey and create a great life for my family.”

Runner-Up: William Proctor, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Damon Beaver, Corpus Christi IceRays – Devon Bobak, Shreveport Mudbugs – Hunter Garvey, North Iowa Bulls – Beni Halasz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kayden Hargraves, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Hudson Hodges, Austin Bruins – Adam Johnson, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Matt O’Donnell, Wichita Falls Warriors – Raythan Robbins, Anchorage Wolverines – Zach Sandy, Minot Minotauros – Arthur Smith, Lone Star Brahmas – Avery Sturtz, Maine Nordiques – Nolan Suggs, Jamestown Rebels – Andrew Takacs, New Jersey Titans – Dominik Wasik, Aberdeen Wings – Jacob Zacharewicz, Minnesota Wilderness

 

Forward of the Month: Huston Karpman - Minot Minotauros

Huston Karpman

Minot Minotauros forward Huston Karpman, 20, had his best month in an NAHL uniform in October as he tied for the league lead in points during the month. The 5’11/194 lbs. native of Manhattan Beach, CA, had 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in nine games played in October, and was also a +9 during the month. The NAPHL grad recorded at least a point in eight of the nine games during the month and had six multi-point games. So far during the 2021-22 season, Karpman has recorded 20 points in 15 games played as he currently leads the Minotauros in scoring. “Huston has been a leader for us in every sense of the word. His ability to get to the middle and create offense has been very impressive over the last month. He has also been extremely valuable for us on the penalty kill. The entire Minotauros organization is excited to continue to watch Huston develop over the course of the season and we congratulate him on his Forward of the Month honors,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

“I am fortunate enough to play with some exceptional players with high-end skill and talent. I owe a lot of my success to those guys. I also have a great coaching staff that works with me weekly to develop me as a hockey player, and more importantly a man. I look forward to continuing to help my team win hockey games and make a push for the Robertson Cup,” said Karpman. “I hope to keep improving my game in all areas and continue an upward trajectory in my development. If I continue to do these things, I hope to earn an NCAA commitment to a winning program. After that, I hope that one day I can play professional hockey.”

Runner-Up: Hunter Longhi, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillan Bentley, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ethan Benz, Chippewa Steel – Jake Black, Johnstown Tomahawks - Ryan Bottrill, Maryland Black Bears – Austin Brimmer, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gabe Dombrowski, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Brendan Dumas, New Jersey Titans – Tyler Gaulin, Maine Nordiques - Calvin Hanson, Bismarck Bobcats – Dayne Hoyord, Odessa Jackalopes – Brent Keefer, Northeast Generals – Brandon Lajoie, St. Cloud Norsemen – John Lundy, Jamestown Rebels – Alex Malinowski, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cade Neilson, Aberdeen Wings – Nicholas Niemo, Lone Star Brahmas – Jens Richards, Austin Bruins – Max Scott, North Iowa Bulls – Talon Sigurdson, Anchorage Wolverines – Drew Vieten, Wichita Falls Warriors – Ethan Wolthers, Minnesota Wilderness

 

Defenseman of the Month: Bobby Metz - Minnesota Wilderness

Bobby Metz

Minnesota Wilderness defenseman Bobby Metz, 20, had a productive month of October. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Bloomfield, MI, recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in nine games played during the month of October and was also a +4. The Colgate recruit recorded at least a point in seven of the nine games and is currently tied for 2nd among all NAHL defensemen with 13 points so far during the 2021-22 season. “Bobby is one of the hardest working and most committed players we have had play for the Wilderness. He has taken huge strides this season to become the player he is. It will be exciting to see him continue his development this season and move on to play NCAA Division I college hockey at Colgate,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

“I really focused on trusting myself. I’ve had great training and I just let my effort flow naturally through my game. My teammates and coaches were crucial to having a good start. Me and my defensive partner have really gelled, and it has shown in our play. I want to focus on continuing my development, helping my team win, and preparing to play in the NCAA,” said Metz. “I’m really looking forward to playing at Colgate. I’ve done a lot of work to continue to prepare myself to include video, workouts, and extra ice to ensure I’m ready when the time comes. Ultimately, it’s a daily process and I have faith in myself and that the work I’m doing will pan out nicely.”

Runner-Up: Cooper Morris, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bell, Minnesota Magicians – Nikolai Charchenko, Minot Minotauros – Vincent Corcoran, Wichita Falls Warriors – Conner Couet, Odessa Jackalopes – Nolan Cunningham, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Douglas Friberg, Northeast Generals – Connor Gallagher, Lone Star Brahmas – Hugo Gustafsson, Aberdeen Wings – John Hallard, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jeff Hutchinson, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kadsen Johnson, Maine Nordiques – Joey Potter, North Iowa Bulls – Philip Tornqvist, Maryland Black Bears

 
September

Goalie of the Month: Carson Limesand - Northeast Generals

Carson Limesand

Northeast Generals rookie goaltender Carson Limesand, 19, had an impressive debut in the month of September. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Orono, MN, put together a 5-1-0 record in six games during the month, which included being named the NAHL’s East Division Star of the Week from September 6-12. Limesand stopped 218 of 232 shots during the month, which was good for a .940 save percentage and 2.13 goals against average during the month. Limesand currenly leads the NAHL in wins, shots faced, saves, and is 6th in save percentage with a .936 mark. “It was a great month for Carson. He came into a tough situation where we were looking to replace two goalies from last year’s roster that were on NHL Central Scouting. That’s a tough situation with lofty expectations, but our GM Matt Dibble did a great job of identifying Carson as a potential starter, and he has come in and competed from the first day. He has improved greatly with his work ethic and the coaching Steve Mastalerz has given him here. We are really excited about all the NCAA D1 calls we have gotten on Carson and look forward to him continuing to play stellar in net,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

“I really focused on trying take one shot at a time and react strongly to what was happening in front of me. I also have to give a lot of credit to my teammates for playing outstanding in front of me by blocking shots and incepting passes at key moments in the game,” said Limesand. “I really hope to prove myself  as a goalie this year and work on playing a consistent game every time I hit the ice. I also want to become stronger physically and develop myself for my future. Just like most guys I have dream to one day play at both the NCAA and NHL level.”

Runner-Up: Kayden Hargraves, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Simon Bucheler, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cullen DeYoung, North Iowa Bulls – Levi Gho, Chippewa Steel – Hudson Hodges, Austin Bruins - Kyle Kozma, Aberdeen Wings – Matt O’Donnell, Wichita Falls Warriors – Will Proctor, Odessa Jackalopes – Ethan Roberts, Springfield Jr. Blues – Avery Sturtz, Maine Nordiques

 

Defenseman of the Month: Luke Van Why - Maryland Black Bears

Luke Van Why

Van Why, 18, had a great start to his rookie season playing junior hockey in the NAHL as he recorded 10 points in eight games during the month of September. The 5’10/163 lbs. native of Hatfield, PA, had three goals and seven assists and was a +5 during the month. He had three multi-point games during the month and was named the NAHL’s East Division Star of the Week for September 13-19. Van Why currently leads all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points in 10 games played so far during the 2021-22 season. “Luke has had a great start to the season and really taken advantage of the opportunities he’s been given. He’s a very talented player and has a high motor and competitive level that serves him well. Congrats to Luke on this well-deserved honor,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

“I think some of the keys I had to success were mostly based on team factors. The support of my teammates and coaches throughout the month really gave me the confidence I needed to have this type of success. Another key that led to success was hard work and focusing on the game. Day in and day out the team and I have been training hard on and off the ice, focusing on details of our game we can improve on,” said Van Why. “I really want to win a Robertson Cup Champions with my team. I also want to become stronger and overall a better hockey player through this year. Beyond playing in the NAHL, I wish to become a NCAA Division I hockey player and work hard in school. After all that is over and done with, I want to live a successful life focused upon having working hard and having fun.”

Runner-Up: Greg Japchen, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Huge Allais, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Blanchett, Wichita Falls Warriors – James Callahan, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Connor, Maine Nordiques – Nolan Cunningham, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Sam Duerr, St. Cloud Norsemen – Dusty Geregach, Johnstown Tomahawks – Marty Marnauzs, Northeast Generals – Bryson Russell, Amarillo Wranglers – Will Svenddahl, Minnesota Magicians

 

Forward of the Month: Kristaps Skrastins - Amarillo Wranglers

Kristaps Skrastins

Amarillo Wranglers forward Kristaps Skrastins, 19, had a huge month of September in his first action in the NAHL. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Riga, Latvia, led the NAHL in scoring during the month with 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in six games played. He was honored as the NAHL’s South Division Star of the Week in back-to-back weeks and four multi-point games during the month. Skrastins currently leads in the NAHL in scoring with 14 points in eight games played. He is also tied for the goal scoring lead with nine goals. “All the great players find ways to help their team when it matters most. Kristaps’ electrifying start to our inaugural season has energized our team and has infused new life into the Amarillo hockey community and fan base. The sky is the limit for this young man,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

“I think that I owe a lot of my success to my team and ownership. It has been a lot of fun playing for a new organization and being able to put myself and my team on the map early with all of our success, but we certainly are not satisfied yet,” said Skrastins. “I want to help myself and my teammates move on to the next level NCAA Division I hockey players. I think this is a great opportunity for all of us and I plan to take full advantage of that this year.”

Runner-Up: Ryan O’Neill, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Bannister, New Jersey Titans – Ignat Belov, Maine Nordiques – Ethan Benz, Chippewa Steel – Jake Black, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Bottrill, Maryland Black Bears – Ryan Coughlin, North Iowa Bulls – Chris Duclair, Odessa Jackalopes – Lucas Kanta, Minnesota Magicians – Brent Keefer, Northeast Generals – Gramm McCormack, Kenai River Brown Bears – Cade Neilson, Aberdeen Wings – Nicholas Niemo, Lone Star Brahmas – Carson Riddle, Austin Bruins – Ryan Robinson, Wichita Falls Warriors – Connor Smith, Springfield Jr. Blues

 
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