Players of the Month
Defenseman of the Month: Nolan Gagnon - Amarillo Wranglers
Bauer Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month: Nolan Gagnon, Amarillo Wranglers
Amarillo defenseman Nolan Gagnon had a great month of January after appearing in 8 games. The native of Metcalfe, ON, CAN combined for 13 points during the month, where he scored 4 goals and 9 assists while maintaining a +9 rating. Gagnon, 20, was a major contributing factor on special teams, adding a power-play goal and 7 power-play assists. The University of Alaska-Anchorage commit is the fifth top scoring defenseman in the NAHL this season with 31 points. "Nolan had a fantastic month of January,” Head Coach Ryan Anderson said. “He was able to earn his commitment to Alaska Anchorage and now this honor is icing on the cake and well deserved. His hard work and dedication to do things the right way was rewarded on the ice,” Anderson continued. “He was able to produce for our team offensively due to his skating and hockey sense. He scored big time goals and ran the Power Play that was a difference maker for our team this month."
“The boys played really well,” Nolan Gagnon said. “This would not have been possible without the guys in front of me. I am very appreciative of this award and want to thank the Wranglers organization and the fan base for all of their support.”
Runner-Up: Connor Brown, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erick Comstock, Wisconsin Windigo – Dillon Kuntz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kyle Miller, St. Cloud Norsemen – Scott Miner, Chippewa Steel – Will Murphy, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ian Norkevicus, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matthew Rafalski, Bismarck Bobcats – Dylan Shane, Johnstown Tomahawks – Weston Turner, Aberdeen Wings – Max Vig, Oklahoma Warriors – John Wojciechoski, Odessa Jackalopes – Noah Ziskie, Danbury Hat Tricks
Goalie of the Month: Daniel Duris - Oklahoma Warriors
True Hockey NAHL Goaltender of the Month: Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors
Warriors netminder Daniel Duris stood tall between the pipes over six games during the month of January. Duris, 20, a native of Martin, SVK played 359 minutes of action and posted a 5-1 record, allowing 10 goals on 178 shots during the month. That was good for a 1.67 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. The 2023 Robertson Cup Champion goaltender has played in 29 games this season where he holds a record of 15-12-2-0 with a 2.40 GAA and a .921 SV%. “Daniel has been fantastic for us all season long,” Head Coach Garrett Roth said. “This past month was an important stretch for us to win games and Daniel led the way with an exceptional month. He has achieved a lot during his time with us and we couldn't be happier for him to be recognized for this award and get his much deserved commitment to Long Island University,” Roth added. “Daniel has continued to prove that he is an elite goaltender in this league and a driving force to our success.”
“I am really happy for the recognition, but It’s the result of the whole team,” Daniel Duris said. “We had a really good month and the guys played unreal in front of me. We have been playing much better since the new year and the atmosphere in the whole team has been really good. I believe that it will continue like this.”
Runner-Up: Max Beckford, Wisconsin Windigo
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Alberti, Janesville Jets – Maksim Bely, Odessa Jackalopes – Adam Dybal, Aberdeen Wings – Jackson Fuller, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Lukas Fursten, Danbury Hat Tricks – Klayton Knapp, Bismarck Bobcats – Jakub Krebecek, Philadelphia Rebels – Tyler Krivtsov, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Owen Lepak, Maryland Black Bears – Connor McDonough, Amarillo Wranglers – Jacob Osborne, Johnstown Tomahawks – Carter Richardson, Maine Nordiques – Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, Shreveport Mudbugs – Max Weilandt, St. Cloud Norsemen
Forward of the Month: Max Martin - Wisconsin Windigo
Bauer Hockey NAHL Forward of the Month: Max Martin, Wisconsin Windigo
Wisconsin forward Max Martin was red-hot during the month of January in the 9 games he played in. Martin, 20, a native of Tawas, MI, was a huge piece in the Windigo’s January success as the team went 8-1 in the month. Martin scored an outstanding 12 goals and handed out 7 assists for 19 points on the month. The Bowling Green State University commit leads the Windigo, and the entire NAHL in scoring with 70 points. “Max’s consistency this season has been impressive and he demonstrated it again with another great month of January,” Head Coach Blake Hietala said. “His work ethic and compete drive his game and his teammates feed off of it. I’m looking forward to seeing how he finishes off the great season he’s having.”
Runner-Up: Hadley Hudak, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burke, Shreveport Mudbugs – Reece Cordray, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tommy Cronin, Bismarck Bobcats – Grant Dietz, Danbury Hat Tricks – Jack Ivey, Amarillo Wranglers – Luke Janus, Maryland Black Bears – Micheal Kadleck, Odessa Jackalopes – Olivier Lamonthe, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Hagen Moe, St. Cloud Norsemen – Charles Panchisin, Philadelphia Rebels – Peyton Platter, Chippewa Steel – Justin Rapp, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nick Sajevic, Janesville Jets – Austin Salani, Austin Bruins – Jack Seaverson, North Iowa Bulls – Drew Sutton, Oklahoma Warriors – Charles Tardif, Maine Nordiques – Nikolai Tishkevich, Aberdeen Wings
Defenseman of the Month: David Helledy - Maine Nordiques
Maine defenseman David Helledy, 20, stood out in December as the Nordiques rocketed themselves into first place in the East Division. The 6’1/180 lbs native of Milwaukee, WI, led the way with 12 points in nine games during the month of December. Helledy, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bentley University, had two goals and 10 assists in December and was also a +8. For the season, Helledy is currently 2nd among all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 33 points in 33 games played. “David has come a long way since his debut as a Maine Nordique. Junior hockey is an opportunity for a player to mature, and he has taken every opportunity to improve his decision making. Every game, he’s adding little puck touches and skating maneuvers that he’s figured out when and where to use such a special skill set. He’s been a leader from Day 1 this season,” said Nordiques head coach Nick Skerlick.
“Looking back on December, it is easy to say that our team in Maine is very excited for the second half of the season. After going on an 8-game win streak this month, I can only thank my teammates for my personal success in December. Our team’s performance is growing each weekend and that’s what I am looking forward to the most in January,” said Helledy. “Last year in the East Division Finals we were knocked out by Maryland, so my eyes are without a doubt set on the playoffs. Obviously, there is a good chunk of time before then, so collecting every regular season point we can is crucial. Right now, we sit in first place in the East Division, and it would be special to accomplish winning a regular season championship this year. Our team is an unsatisfied group of guys, so I know we are hungry to get back into our grove for the second half.”
Runner-Up: Wil Murphy, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Amell, Maryland Black Bears - Jackson Anderson, Aberdeen Wings – Conner Brown, Janesville Jets – Cam Cherron, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jack Dalton, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kyle DeMarco, Amarillo Wranglers – Luke deVries, Philadelphia Rebels – Sam Groebner, Wisconsin Windigo – Bryce Ingles, Lone Star Brahmas – Lukas Klemm, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kyle Miller, St. Cloud Norsemen – Caden Pendo, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matthew Rafalski, Bismarck Bobcats – Camden Shasby, Anchorage Wolverines – Max Vig, Oklahoma Warriors - John Wojciechoski, Odessa Jackalopes – Colby Woogk, Minot Minotauros
Goalie of the Month: Matthew Alberti - Janesville Jets
Janesville goalie Matthew Alberti, 19, was on fire during the month of December as the Jets went on a run to first place in the Midwest Division. The 6’0/170 lbs native of Hamburg, NY, appeared in seven games during the month a posted a 6-0-1 record. Alberti faced 227 shots and made 216 saves, giving up just 11 goals in those seven games, which was good for a 1.57 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. For the season, Alberti has a sparkling 17-3-3 record in 24 games played with a 2.54 goals against average and .926 save percentage. “Matt is proving everyday he’s an elite goaltender in our league. His athleticism and compete on every play is remarkable. He is continuing to get better as the season goes on as well. He definitely gives our group a ton of confidence when he’s between the pipes. He will be a great addition to any NCAA Division I program,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.
“Over the month of December, I thought our team took some really big steps in many ways. Finding consistency was something we’ve looked for all year, and it seems that we finally found it. Each player bought in to our team's values and goals each and every day and displayed that buy in whether that was in the gym, at practice, or during our games. Personally, I give a lot of credit to my defensemen who have been unbelievable this entire season. Without them, my success wouldn’t be possible without their commitment in our defensive zone. Otherwise, I think calming down my game and trusting my skating has helped me improve since we started here in August. Getting on my feet early to my spots has not only been crucial for the first save, but also helping limit second chance opportunities,” said Alberti. “For the remainder of the season, I would love to see our team finish first in the Midwest Division and make a run for the Robertson Cup. I truly believe we have the right group of guys here in Janesville to accomplish this. Personally, I’m going to continue to work on finding the right balance of athleticism and structure that best suits my game. Earning an NCAA Division I scholarship here in Janesville, along with winning a Robertson Cup, are my two main long-term goals.”
Runner-Up: Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Beckford, Wisconsin Windigo – Liam Beerman, Anchorage Wolverines – Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors – Adam Dybal, Aberdeen Wings – Jackson Fuller, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Thomas Heaney, Maine Nordiques – Brady James, Minot Minotauros – Tyler Krivtsov, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Connor McDonough, Amarillo Wranglers – Jacob Osborne, Johnstown Tomahawks – Stephen Peck, Bismarck Bobcats – Miles Roberts, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Colin Ronan, Maryland Black Bears – Quentin Sigurdson, Odessa Jackalopes – Max Weilandt, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jack Wieneke, Lone Star Brahmas
Forward of the Month: Oliver Salo - Anchorage Wolverines
Salo, 20, had a big month of December for the resurgent Wolverines. The 6’1/190 lbs native of Kaarina, Finland, totaled 15 points in nine games played during the month, which led all NAHL players. Salo was also a +11 in those nine games, which included five goals and 10 assists. He had four multi-point games, which included a five-point performance in a 7-2 road win over Chippewa on December 30th. For the season, Salo is tied for 3rd in team scoring with 28 points in 28 games played. “I think Oliver’s play has spoken for itself this month. He’s on a heater. 15 points in 9 games, with a couple of multi-point games mixed in. I think it took some time for him to adjust to the league, mixed with some line juggling, and now he’s on a roll. The pace he plays at, poise with the puck, and ability to get the puck on and off his stick when shooting are the ingredients to his success as of late,” said Wolverines head coach Nick Walters.
“Recently our team has really been starting to click. Our guys are a very tightly knit group, and I think that has allowed us to mesh as a cohesive unit. The game becomes a lot easier when you play with guys you know well and can trust with confidence. I think this dynamic has been extremely beneficial for myself and my development and has led to a fortunate period of success on the ice. I give a shoutout to my teammates for coming to work every single day, my success would not be possible if it weren’t for their hard work, which has consistently given me opportunity to flourish,” said Salo. “In terms of goals for the season the Alaska Airlines Cup comes to mind. Playing in Alaska is a unique experience that our team is fortunate enough to be a part of. The Alaskan rivalry is one that burns deep, and there is a palpable tension in the air every time an in-state game takes place. Being considered the best team in Alaska is a huge deal to us, and we will continue to work tirelessly to keep the cup in Anchorage. Looking beyond Alaska obviously a deep playoff run is always on the back of our minds. We feel like we have a really special group of guys that can make some noise come playoff season. As for my own long-term goals, it has always been a dream of mine to play NCAA Division I college hockey. I hope that continued hard work from my teammates and I can help make this dream a reality in my future.”
Runner-Up: Trevor Stachowiak, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Yusaku Ando, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Tommy Cronin, Bismarck Bobcats – Grant Dietz, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Nils Forselius, Maine Nordiques – Kyan Haldenby, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jesse Horacek, Maryland Black Bears – Michael Kadlecik, Odessa Jackalopes – Jacob MacDonald, Lone Star Brahmas – Hagen Moe, St. Cloud Norsemen – Kaden Nelson, Oklahoma Warriors – Charles Panchisin, Philadelphia Rebels – Everett Pietila, Wisconsin Windigo – Justin Rapp, Johnstown Tomahawks – Austin Salani, Austin Bruins – Nikolai Tishkevich, Aberdeen Wings – Max Wagener, Janesville Jets – Roman Zap, Amarillo Wranglers
Goalie of the Month: Jack Wieneke - Lone Star Brahmas
For the season time this season, goaltender Jack Wieneke, 20, has been named the Goalie of the Month. This time however, it’s with a different team than when Wieneke won the award back in September. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Plymouth, MI, was lights out for the Lone Star Brahmas in November. Wieneke played in six games and over 273 minutes of action and posted a perfect 5-0-0 record, allowing just a single goal during the month on a total of 94 shots. That was good for a 0.17 goals against average and a .990 save percentage. Since joining the Brahmas in late October, Wieneke is a perfect 7-0-0 and has allowed only four goals on 144 total shots. “Jack’s been lights out for us. Any mistakes we make as a team and he bails us out of it. He combines his athleticism and positioning to make the hard saves look easy. He is an NCAA Division I goalie for sure,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.
“Playing for Lone Star has been awesome. The coaching staff and players welcomed me in right away. Our team is very structured and has bought into our systems so well, which makes my job a lot easier. I owe my success this month to all my teammates, it’s because of the effort they put into supporting each other and helping me out that has led to a very successful month,” said Wieneke. “I think the main improvements I have made over the season would be cleaning up the little details. I’ve been focused on tightening up holes and working to control my rebounds to give our opponent less second chances.”
Runner-Up: Andy Vlaha, New Mexico Ice Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kael DePape, El Paso Rhinos – Zack Ferris, Johnstown Tomahawks – Klayton Knapp, Bismarck Bobcats – Croix Kochendorfer, Aberdeen Wings – Tyler Krivtsov, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Owen Lepak, Maryland Black Bears – Ryan Manzella, St. Cloud Norsemen – Connor McDonough, Amarillo Wranglers – Miles Roberts, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Quentin Sigurdson, Odessa Jackalopes – Marks Slavinskis-Repe, Kenai River Brown Bears – Trent Wiemken, Austin Bruins – Carter Wishart, Chippewa Steel – Aiden Wright, New Hampshire Mountain Kings
Defenseman of the Month: Justin Gibson - Johnstown Tomahawks
Johnstown Tomahawks defenseman Justin Gibson, 20, had his best month of the 2023-24 season to date in November. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Pittsburgh, PA, led all NAHL defensemen with 10 points during the month, which included three goals and seven assists. Gibson had two multi-point games and had points in seven of the nine games during the month. For the season, Gibson’s 22 points currently ranks tied for 2nd among all NAHL defensemen. “Justin has been outstanding for us since Day 1 of the season and it is extremely well deserved for him to receive this recognition. He has been a major contributor on our back end, but an equally important driver of our offensive game and power play. Additionally, he has been a fantastic leader for us off the ice and within the Johnstown community. Whichever NCAA Division I team lands Justin will not only be getting a terrific hockey player, but also a terrific person. I couldn’t be prouder of what he has meant to our team, and what he will continue to mean to us for the rest of the season,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.
“I think the keys to my success have been a lot of hard work. We are a hard-working team in Johnstown and having a group who works hard in practice and pushes me in drills every day has really made me better,” said Gibson. “I think that our team has a really great opportunity to go for a deep playoff run and win the Robertson Cup. Personally, I just want to keep getting better every day and find a NCAA Division I school that is the right fit for me.”
Runner-Up: Bryce Ingles, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jackson Anderson, Aberdeen Wings – Conner Brown, Janesville Jets – Ashtyn Bynum, Austin Bruins – Cam Charron, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – David Clarke, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Dalton, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Daniil Dolzhenko, Wisconsin Windigo – Ian Engel, Bismarck Bobcats – Nolan Gagnon, Amarillo Wranglers – Jakub Jerman, El Paso Rhinos – Trayce Johnson, Maryland Black Bears – Joe Manning, Kenai River Brown Bears – Tommy McDonough, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Kyle Miller, St. Cloud Norsemen – Scotty Miner, Chippewa Steel – Trevor Mitchell, Odessa Jackalopes
Forward of the Month: Jake Cameron - Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jake Cameron, 19, had an impressive month of November. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Victoria, MN, tied for the league scoring lead during the month with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 8 games played. However, what was most impressive for Cameron was that he recorded at least a point in all eight games during the month and will enter December riding an eight-game point streak. He also had four multi-point games in November. Cameron is currently tied for the team scoring lead with 19 points in 24 games played to date. “We are excited for Jake as he has been very consistent on the ice. Jake has a team first mentality, has great poise with the puck, and has utilized his ability with the puck in all aspects of the game. We are looking forward to his success throughout and using his abilities as he continues to make players around him better,” said Fairbanks head coach Ryan Theros.
“I have the support of an exceptionally talented and hard-working group of guys that have bought in to a process laid out by our coaches. We also receive immense support from our organization, fans, and coaches which allows us to play a structured, skill-based game confidently and consistently,” said Cameron. “I believe our team has a great shot to make a deep run in the playoffs to the Robertson Cup if we continue to stay dialed in on the little things that make us a strong team. It’s always been my dream to play NCAA Division I college hockey and I think we will have a lot of guys go down that path with continued team success.”
Runner-Up: Max Martin, Wisconsin Windigo
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Medrick Bolduc, El Paso Rhinos - Leonid Bulgakov, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Costanzo, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Grant Dietz, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Cameron Dunn, Odessa Jackalopes – Tyler Dysart, St. Cloud Norsemen – Evan Hunter, Bismarck Bobcats – Brock James, Lone Star Brahmas – Sixten Jennersjo, Northeast Generals – Ryan Johnson, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Peyton Platter, Chippewa Steel – Justin Rapp, Johnstown Tomahawks – Austin Salani, Austin Bruins – Nicholas Stevens, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jeremi Tremblay, Maryland Black Bears – Max Wagener, Janesville Jets – Roman Zap, Amarillo Wranglers
Defenseman of the Month: Conner Brown - Janesville Jets
Jets veteran defenseman Conner Brown, 19, was solid along the blueline in October. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Maplewood, MN, appeared in seven games during the month of October and led all NAHL defensemen with 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists). That included recorded at least a point in five of the seven games during the month and two multi-point games. For the season, Brown currently leads the NAHL in scoring for all defensemen with 20 points in 16 games played. “Conner is having a great start to the season for us. He put a lot of work in this off season to be prepared to play at the highest level possible. He is a player we expected to lean on this season on special teams and offensive production. He has an elite offensive mind and skill set that goes with it. He is establishing himself as one of the top power play defensemen in our league and I think he going to continue to grow in all aspects of his game,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.
“Learning how to be a pro off the ice has been a huge saying for me this year. I learned a lot from my Dad who just always kept reminding me to put those words in the back of my head… “Be A Pro”. With it being my last year to earn an NCAA Division I commitment, being able to dial it in more at the rink has been a lot easier for me this year knowing I have one more shot to make it and that I can’t waste this last opportunity,” said Brown. “I hope to earn a commitment in the near future and I also think it would be nice to lead the league in scoring for defensemen, but ultimately my goal is to help the Jets win the Robertson Cup.”
Runner-Up: Nick Bernardo, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Antii Autere, Lone Star Brahmas – David Clarke, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke deVries, Philadelphia Rebels – Leo Esperjesi, Wisconsin Windigo – Aiden Farro, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Nolan Gagnon, Amarillo Wranglers - Logan Heroux, Shreveport Mudbugs - Jakub Jerman, El Paso Rhinos - Lukas Klemm, Johnstown Tomahawks – Dillon Kuntz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Scott Miner, Chippewa Steel – Trevor Mitchell, Odessa Jackalopes – Blake Norris, Kenai River Brown Bears – Gustavs Ozolins, Minnesota Wilderness – Jake Peterson, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matthew Rafalski, Bismarck Bobcats – Zach Reim, Aberdeen Wings – Nathan Rickey, Oklahoma Warriors – Evan Sofikitis, Maryland Black Bears – Jackson Stimple, Anchorage Wolverines
Goalie of the Month: Kael DePape - El Paso Rhinos
El Paso Rhinos goalie Kael DePape, 20, was stellar in the month of October as the Rhinos continued to hover towards the top of the South Division standings. The 6’0/168 lbs. native of Yorkton, SK, appeared in six games during the month of October and recorded a 4-1-1 record. In those six games, DePape allowed just six goals in regulation, stopping 146 of a possible 152 shots, which was good for a 0.96 goals against average and a .960 save percentage. DePape also posted two shutouts during the month. “Kael has had an immediate impact since he arrived in El Paso. He is an unbelievable teammate and an even better goalie. He is an NCAA Division I goalie in my opinion and some school is going to get a dandy,” said El Paso head coach Joe Coombs.
“Winning this monthly award is a big honor as there are so many great goalies out there. My transition to El Paso has been seamless. The team and fans have welcomed me with open arms. The coaches have shown confidence in me and gave me a chance to play right from the start. The team is playing great in front of me so I'm just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy every day and continue to be a calm presence back there for them,” said DePape. “Most importantly, I hope the team will have continued success and will have a run at the Robertson Cup. If we focus on one week of good hockey at a time, we will find that success. After this season I hope to continue my hockey career with the goal of playing NCAA Division I college hockey. I have been working towards this goal for three years in junior hockey and I feel that I am ready to make the jump to the college ranks.”
Runner-Up: Trent Wiemken, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Alberti, Janesville Jets – Liam Beerman, Anchorage Wolverines – JJ Cataldo, Springfield Jr. Blues – Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors – Adam Dybal, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Erickson, Minnesota Wilderness – Dylan Krick, New Jersey Titans – Connor McDonough, Amarillo Wranglers – Stephen Peck, Bismarck Bobcats – Miles Roberts, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Deivs Rolovs, Lone Star Brahmas – Colin Ronan, Maryland Black Bears – Eliot Seguin-Escarbeau, Shreveport Mudbugs –Quentin Sigurdson, Odessa Jackalopes - Andy Vlaha, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ajay White, Chippewa Steel
Forward of the Month: Brock James - Lone Star Brahmas
Lone Star forward Brock James, 19, had an impressive month of October as he helped his club move into 1st place in the South Division. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Falmouth, ME, appeared in 8 games during the month and totaled 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists). The University of Maine commit recorded at least a point in all but one game and three multi-point games to go along with a +8 rating. For the season, James currently leads the Brahmas in scoring with 17 points in 12 games played. “Brock has shown he is among the elite players in the league. He plays in all scenarios for us, and he creates chances by work ethic. We love how he is playing right now. He plays with a non-stop motor and doesn’t quit, and as a result, he is rewarded for second and third efforts,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.
“I think the key to success in Lone Star has been a combination of great teammates and coaches. We have a hard-working group which encourages you to work for the guy next to you. We talk all the time about playing for the boys to your left and right in the locker room so knowing these guys have your back and are playing for each other motivates you to want to win. Coach Wildfong and coach Murphy have helped put me in the position to succeed by surrounding me with great players and great systems which have allowed me to play with confidence,” said James. “I think we have a team that can contend for the Robertson Cup. I think for everyone that’s a part of our team, that’s our goal this season and we have high hopes. I’m looking forward to and excited to be playing for the University of Maine Black Bears in my home state following my time in the NAHL.”
Runner-Up: Drew Sutton, Oklahoma Warriors
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, Johnstown Tomahawks – Julian Beaumont, Bismarck Bobcats – Leonid Bulgakov, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Burke, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Contreras, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ashton Dahms, Minnesota Wilderness – Sixten Jennersjo, Northeast Generals – Ryan Johnson, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Michael Kadlecik, Odessa Jackalopes – Dimitry Kebreau, Maryland Black Bears – Isaac Keller, Springfield Jr. Blues – Haden Kruse, Janesville Jets – Max Martin, Wisconsin Windigo – Connor McNaughton, Amarillo Wranglers – Nikitia Meshcheryakov, New Jersey Titans – Peyton Platter, Chippewa Steel – Kyle Rohrer, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Romeo, Maine Nordiques – Austin Salani, Austin Bruins – Kris Samitis, Philadelphia Rebels – Kade Shea, Anchorage Wolverines – Frank Tafelski, El Paso Rhinos – Jack Wuertz, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Goalie of the Month: Jack Wieneke - Maryland Black Bears
It was an undefeated month for Maryland goaltender Jack Wieneke. The 20-year-old from Plymouth, MN, posted a 4-0-0 record for the 1st place Black Bears. Wieneke (6’2/185) won all four of his starts during the month, allowing just eight goals, which was good for a 2.00 goals against average. He stopped 102 of a possible 110 shots, which was good for a .927 save percentage. That also included a 26-save shutout in a win agains the Fairbanks Ice Dogs at the NAHL Showcase. “Jack is an ultimate competitor and really gives his teammates confidence when he’s in the net. He competes every single time he steps on the ice and has done a great job for us early in this season. His numbers and wins reflect his performance and we couldn’t be happier for the kid,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.
“I think we have had early success so far this season because of the buy-in from all the players on our team. We are a very unselfish group who support each other and compete very hard every time we hit the ice,” said Wieneke. “The goal for our team is to complete our unfinished business. Last year we got a taste of the Robertson Cup experience and this year we want to take the final step and win a championship. I come to the rink every day with the mindset to grow and develop as a goaltender and put myself in a position to play NCAA hockey next year.”
Runner-Up: Aidan Wright, New Hampshire Mountain Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Alberti, Janesville Jets - Daniel Duris, Oklahoma Warriors – Jack Erickson, Colorado Grit – Zack Ferris, Johnstown Tomahawks - Jackson Fuller, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Toby Hopp, Northeast Generals - Klayton Knapp, Bismarck Bobcats – Tyler Krivtsov, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Linards Lipskis, Wisconsin Windigo – Michael Manzi, El Paso Rhinos – Connor McDonough, Amarillo Wranglers – Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, Shreveport Mudbugs – Quentin Sigurdson, Odessa Jackalopes
Defenseman of the Month: Erick Comstock - Wisconsin Windigo
Wisconsin defenseman Erick Comstock, 18, made quite an impact during his first full month in the NAHL. The 5’7/165 lbs. native of Salol, MN, recorded 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in eight games played during the month. Comstock recorded at least a point in seven of his eight games during the month and had three multi-point outings. He currently ranks 2nd among all NAHL defensemen in scoring. “We thought Erick would have an impact this season, but he has established himself even quicker than we expected. He has elite hockey sense, and is very gifted with the puck, but what’s impressive is his ability to defend at his size. He’s been a player we lean on in all situations so far and I look forward to helping him continue to develop,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.
“The keys to our team were just to play our game which is fast and hard, then our skill will take over. My personal success is just try and show up and play my part in the plan we have for the weekend,” said Comstock. “My short-term goal is just to keep playing like I have been for my team. My long-term goal is to win the Midwest Division and also win the Robertson Cup this season.”
Runner-Up: Tyler Procious, Rochester Jr. Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conner Brown, Janesville Jets - Bowen Burke, Colorado Grit – David Clarke, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nolan Gagnon, Amarillo Wranglers – Justin Gibson, Johnstown Tomahawks - David Helledy, Maine Nordiques - Logan Heroux, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jakub Jerman, El Paso Rhinos – Dylan Kuntz, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Matthew Rafalski, Bismarck Bobcats – Nick ReCupero, Northeast Generals - Nathan Rickey, Oklahoma Warriors – Lemuel Vardy, Odessa Jackalopes
Forward of the Month: Matteo Disipio - Rochester Jr. Americans
Rochester forward Matteo Disipio, 20, made the most of his NAHL debut in September. The 5’11/160 lbs. native of Nepean, ON, posted 17 points in 10 games played during the month, which included five goals and 12 assists. Disipio recorded at least a point in eight of the 10 games during the month and had six multi-point games. His 17 points is currently 2nd in league scoring. “Matteo is having a great start. His consistency and leadership have made a big impact on our team. Any NCAA program would be lucky to have him as an excellent player,” said Rochester head coach Francois Methot.
“As a team we’ve created a culture that we love being a part of and building on every day. A great factor in all of this is my teammates and most notably my line mates. We’ve managed to create the type of chemistry that every player wants. We complement each other very well and trust each other to make the right play which in the end make us successful. As a team we want to continue to improve every day. Attacking the day with the same mindset of winning and getting better is the key. Some days will be more challenging than others but, in the end, it will get us to where we want to be and that’s winning the championship at the end of the season,” said Disipio. “Rochester has been such a great place to play. There are many people that have put in tremendous hours of hard work to make this such a special place to play right from the beginning. It’s like the teams been around for years the way it is so professional and that everything is done with a purpose. The fans are a big reason we look forward to each game. We know they’ll be there supporting us and getting rowdy all around the rink. It’s just the start but we’re ready and working towards a successful season.”
Runner-Up: Kellen Murphy, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Beaumont, Bismarck Bobcats – Hunter Fetterolf, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Sixten Jennersjo, Northeast Generals - Ryan Johnson, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Michael Kadlecik, Odessa Jackalopes – Haden Kruse, Janesville Jets - Reid Lune, Johnstown Tomahawks - Lance Mengel, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kaden Nelson, Oklahoma Warriors – Hayden Nichol, Shreveport Mudbugs – Fyodor Nikolayenya, Anchorage Wolverines – Topi Puikkonen, Amarillo Wranglers – Romulus Riego de Dios, Colorado Grit – Adam Schankula, Maryland Black Bears – Will Schumacher, Wisconsin Windigo – Nick Stevens, Kenai River Brown Bears – Frank Tafelski, El Paso Rhinos