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NAHL announces monthly player awards for January

Revealed: Thursday, 1 Feb 2018

Austin Bruins ahead Travis Kothenbeutel named the Bauer Hockey NAHL Ahead of the Month

Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Markuss Komuls named the Bauer Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month

Fairbanks Ice Canines goalie Josh Benson named the Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month


FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has introduced its per thirty days participant awards for the month of January.  The Bauer Hockey NAHL Ahead of the Month is Travis Kothenbeutel from the Austin Bruins.  The Bauer Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month is Markuss Komuls from the Kenai River Brown Bears.  The Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month is Josh Benson from the Fairbanks Ice Canines. Most effective avid gamers who’re nominated by means of their respective groups are thought to be for the NAHL per thirty days awards.


Bauer Hockey NAHL Ahead of the Month: Travis Kothenbeutel, Austin Bruins

With 14 issues all the way through the month of January, Austin Bruins ahead and Nebraska-Omaha devote Travis Kothenbeutel stood out among his friends. The 21-year-old local of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, recorded seven objectives and 7 assists and was once a +10 all the way through the month because the Bruins put in combination an Eight-2-Zero report in January to climb into 2nd position within the Central Department standings. Kothenbeutel (five’10/170) had 5 multi-point video games all the way through the month and his 49 issues and 31 assists are recently tops within the NAHL. Previous to enjoying within the NAHL, Kothenbeutel spent a season and a part within the NA3HL with the Granite Town Lumberjacks. “Our body of workers is very pleased with Travis’s accomplishments this season. Travis performs in all eventualities for us and is a smart chief. He’s been dressed in the Bruins jersey for 3 seasons now and he’s stepped up in a large method in his ultimate season in Austin. He competes each shift and desires this workforce to be triumphant. We’re taking a look ahead to Travis proceeding his good fortune thru the remainder of the yr,” stated Bruins head trainer Steve Howard.


“I feel successful at all times is helping the boldness of the workforce and I do know I used to be motivated to stay enjoying neatly so lets stay hiking the standings. I’m actually running arduous on having excellent behavior and doing the little issues it takes to achieve success and lift that edge. That implies taking some additional photographs after follow, preventing and beginning all the way through drills, and hanging the additional paintings in off and on the ice,” stated Kothenbeutel. “I will’t thank the Granite Town Lumberjacks sufficient for giving me my first junior hockey alternative within the NA3HL. It actually is a procedure that avid gamers must stick with with arduous paintings and building. My recommendation is to be humble and not forestall running arduous to reach your objectives.”


Runner-Up: Jakov Novak, Janesville Jets

Honorable Point out (alphabetical): Louis Boudon, Northeast Generals – Nick Bowman, Coulee Area Sit back – Carson Briere, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nathan Burke, Aberdeen Wings – Austin Dollimer, Minot Minotauros – Kyler Grundy, Minnesota Magicians – Cooper Haar, Bismarck Bobcats – Steven Ipri, Lone Superstar Brahmas – Ed Lindelow, Minnesota Desert – Jack Olmstead, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Ryan Patrick, Philadelphia Rebels – Luke Radetic, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jake Transit, Shreveport Mudbugs – Erkka Vanska, Fairbanks Ice Canines


Bauer Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the Month: Markuss Komuls, Kenai River Brown Bears

A large vibrant spot for the Kenai River Brown Bears this season has been the play of 20-year-old defenseman Markuss Komuls. The five’10/180 lbs. local of Talsi, Latvia, had the most efficient month of his NAHL profession in January because the blueliner recorded 11 issues (four objectives, 7 assists) and was once a +three in simply 8 video games performed. Komuls recorded a minimum of a issues in six of his 8 video games all the way through the month and had 3 multi-point video games. His effort comes at the heels of his participation within the 2018 IIHF Global Junior Championships Department 1A for his house nation of Latvia, the place he performed in 5 video games all the way through the development. “Markuss has been an ideal addition to the Brown Bears this season and into the long run.  He brings enjoy, management, and dedication to the sport on a regular basis.  Now not simplest has he been a catalyst at the again finish for our offense this season, he has additionally been requested to matchup towards different groups most sensible traces and be robust defensively.  Lets now not be happier to look his arduous paintings and willpower rewarded after an ideal month off and on the ice,” stated Brown Bears head trainer Josh Petrich.


“As workforce, we’re very as regards to hanging issues in combination so we will win on a constant foundation. We’ve got been running very arduous on being difficult to attain on, however we nonetheless wish to increase that successful intuition, in order that when we have now leads in video games, we all know and know how to complete,” stated Komuls. “I feel enjoying within the Global Junior Championship for my house nation of Latvia was once one of the crucial highest stories of my hockey profession. We performed towards some nice pageant and I actually felt like I got here clear of it as a greater participant. My hope now’s to stay getting higher and assist my workforce win as many video games as we will and confidently that ends up in a possibility to play within the NCAA, as a result of I actually need to additional my schooling and profession in the US.”


Runner-Up: Jackson Decker, Coulee Area Sit back

Honorable Point out (alphabetical): Logan Britt, Aberdeen Wings – Sam Fuss, Minot Minotauros – Kyle Mayhew, Fairbanks Ice Canines – Luke Robinson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Jaden Shields, Austin Bruins – Jakub Sirota, Lone Superstar Brahmas – Zach Van Sant, Bismarck Bobcats – Kolby Vegara, Philadelphia Rebels


Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month: Josh Benson, Fairbanks Ice Canines

Fairbanks goaltender Josh Benson was once a catalyst for his workforce’s very best Nine-Zero report all the way through the month of January, which additionally prolonged the workforce’s successful streak to an NAHL season-high 15 instantly video games. The 20-year-old local of Stillwater, Minnesota, put in combination a great 6-Zero report all the way through the month, along side a 1.46 objectives towards moderate and a 93.7% save proportion. All over the month, Benson (6’1/190) stopped 133 of 142 photographs, which integrated a 21-save shutout towards Coulee Area on January 18th and permitting one purpose or much less in 4 of his six begins all the way through the month. Benson, who broke into junior hockey with the North Iowa Bulls within the NA3HL firstly of the 2016-17 season, recently leads the NAHL in wins with 18 and is fourth in objectives towards moderate with a 1.92 mark. “Either one of our goalies had been a constant power of our workforce since getting back from ruin. Josh has labored actually arduous on bettering his recreation and it’s obvious in his play.  He simply involves the rink and is going about his industry, and it will pay off together with his consistency in web,” stated Ice Canines head trainer Trevor Stewart.


“We’re having good fortune as a result of each man is purchasing in. We’re having a large number of a laugh and staying targeted. For me, it is only about being there when my teammates want me. I feel the toughest phase is the psychological recreation and staying targeted all through all of the recreation,” stated Benson. “My hope is to stay running arduous and earn an NCAA Department I alternative and take a look at and assist go back the Robertson Cup again to Fairbanks. I feel paying my dues within the NA3HL actually molded me into who I’m lately and motivated me to at all times stay running arduous and get well. There’s a large number of excellent goalies available in the market and any individual is at all times gunning on your spot, which is why I stay pushing myself.”


Runner-Up: Daniel Lebedeff, Janesville Jets

Honorable Point out (alphabetical): Gavin Enright, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ryan Fanti, Minnesota Desert – Mitchell Gibson, Lone Superstar Brahmas – Gustavs Grigals, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ryan Keane, Philadelphia Rebels – Samu Lonkila, Minot Minotauros – Kade Phipps, Johnstown Tomahawks – Johnny Roberts, Bismarck Bobcats – Alex Schilling, Austin Bruins – Gabe Vinal, Aberdeen Wings – Emil Zetterquist, Coulee Area Sit back


About Bauer

Bauer Hockey is the arena’s maximum known dressmaker, marketer and producer of hockey apparatus. Based in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927, Bauer Hockey evolved the primary skate with a blade hooked up to a boot, endlessly converting the sport of hockey. Since then, Bauer Hockey has persevered to increase essentially the most wanted merchandise within the trade, together with the commonly a hit SUPREME®, VAPOR® and NEXUS® traces of goods. For more info, talk over with Bauer Hockey’s web page at www.BAUER.com.


About Vaughn

Vaughn is the authentic Goaltending Apparatus Spouse to the NAHL and serves because the Most popular Goaltending Apparatus Provider of the NA3HL and NAPHL. Based in 1982, Vaughn become one of the crucial first main hockey manufacturing firms to make use of more than one foam layers in apparatus. As strictly a goalie apparatus corporate, the principle center of attention for Vaughn is the innovation and high quality in their product. Talk over with Vaughn on-line at: www.vaughnhockey.com

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