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NA3HL announces monthly player awards for March - Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 2 Apr 2021  
By: Alex Kyrias

Rochester forward Matthew DeRosa named the Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month
Texas defenseman Matej Palfy named the Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month
Rochester goaltender Shane Soderwall named the Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month
DALLAS, TEXAS — The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its monthly player awards for the month of March 2021. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month is Matthew DeRosa of the Rochester Grizzlies. The Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month is Matej Palfy of the Texas Brahmas. The Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month is Shane Soderwall of the Rochester Grizzlies. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NA3HL monthly awards. 

Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Matthew DeRosa, Rochester Grizzlies
DeRosa recorded 9g-5a—14pts in seven games last month, tallying two or more goals in three contests and averaging two points per game to help the Grizzlies finish atop the Central Division standings. After sandwiching a two-goal outing against Oregon with his only two goose-eggs of the month to kick things off, DeRosa went on a tear with 2-1—3 and 3-1—4 outings against Milwaukee, potting the game-winning goal in both matchups and marking his first hat-trick of the season in the latter tilt. From there, the 2001-born sniper continued to roll with a goal in each of the two remaining games and three more helpers in the span, closing out the month with four straight multi-point efforts. DeRosa finished the regular season with 24g-19a—43a in 38 games. 

Runner-Up: James Clarke, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Bratton, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Ethan Chesney, Peoria Mustangs — Jack Cooper, Texas Brahmas — Joey Gimberlin, New Ulm Steel — Jackson Henningsgard, Great Falls Americans — Carson Jones, North Iowa Bulls — Jack Lambert, Louisiana Drillers — Isaiah Thomas, Willmar Warhawks — Sam VanderHoeven, Oregon Tradesmen

Bauer Hockey NA3HL Defenseman of the Month: Matej Palfy, Texas Brahmas
Palfy’s two-way prowess shone bright in March, as the native of Kosice, SVK bagged 4g-8a—12pts in just eight games to go with a steady +13 rating in that span. Palfy opened the month with a goal and four assists in a three-game set against Louisiana, then flexed his muscle with a goal in three straight games against El Paso, notching an assist in that tripleheader as well. The 2001-born blueliner chipped in three assists in the two remaining games as well to close out the month on a six-game points streak. Palfy never sacrificed his defensive responsibility for offensive production either, as he earned an even 0 or better +/- rating in each of his eight outings last month en route to a cumulative +13. Since joining the NA3HL Brahmas in January, Palfy boasts 8g-16a—24pts in 21 games, with a +31 rating in that span. 

Runner-Up: Deacon More, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Arneson, Rochester Grizzlies — Hunter Bjorge, Willmar Warhawks — Jack Craycroft, Peoria Mustangs — Nate Looft, New Ulm Steel — Ty Lorring, Great Falls Americans — Chase Morgan, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cal Nauss, North Iowa Bulls — Branwen Pollett, Oregon Tradesmen — Frank Steinway, Louisiana Drillers

Vaughn NA3HL Goaltender of the Month: Shane Soderwall, Rochester Grizzlies
Soderwall went 4-0-0 in the month of March and stopped 107 of 113 total shots against — good for a  a .947 save percentage, 1.50 GAA and one shutout as he backstopped the Grizzlies’ winning efforts. Following a 30-save victory over Oregon in which he gave up three goals, Soderwall allowed just three more goals in his remaining three starts in March, stopping 37 of 39 against the Tradesmen the following day and 22 of 23 against Milwaukee on March 13. Capping things off in style, Soderwall posted his sixth shutout off the season — and fifth since the start of 2021 — with an 18-save effort against Wausau on March 18. The 2002-born netminder rolls into the playoffs on the strength of a solid regular season, having posted a 19-2-0 record with a sterling .949 save percentage and 1.30 GAA to go with his six shutouts. 

Runner-Up: Dolan Gilbert, Texas Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Branch, Louisiana Drillers — Patrick Colburn, Northeast Generals — Griffin Foster, New Ulm Steel — Danny Fraga, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Cole Garver, Oregon Tradesmen — Lukas Haugen, Willmar Warhawks — Trever Mellen, Great Falls Americans — Carsen Stokes, North Iowa Bulls — Cole Walter, Peoria Mustangs

About Bauer
Bauer Hockey is the world's most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927, Bauer Hockey developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer Hockey has continued to develop the most sought after products in the industry, including the widely successful SUPREME®, VAPOR® and NEXUS® lines of products. For more information, visit Bauer Hockey's website at

About Vaughn
Vaughn is the official Goaltending Equipment Partner to the NAHL and serves as the Preferred Goaltending Equipment Supplier of the NA3HL and NAPHL. Founded in 1982, Vaughn became one of the first major hockey production companies to use multiple foam layers in equipment. As strictly a goalie equipment company, the main focus for Vaughn is the innovation and quality of their product. Visit Vaughn online at:

About the NA3HL
Now in its 11th season, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of three USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification.  The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League and eventually the NCAA or American College Hockey Association.  For more information, visit

Author: Alex Kyrias
Alex Kyrias is in his fifth season as Director of Communications and Sales for the North American Hockey League.

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