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Bozeman Goalie Luke Olson Named NA3HL Goaltender of the Month!

Luke Olson won the NA3HL November Goalie of the Month
Luke Olson won the NA3HL November Goalie of the Month

Vaughn Hockey Goaltender of the Month: Luke Olson, Bozeman Icedogs

Grabbing two shutouts in November, Bozeman’s Luke Olson truly earned the NA3HL Vaughn Goaltender of the Month title in November. The 18-year-old from Hermantown, MN made 181 saves in November, with just seven goals against. Olson posted a .963 SV% through five games this month, earning him a 3-1 record that included two shutout performances. The 5’9”/160 lbs goaltender faced an average of 37.6 shots per game this month.

“Luke had a very good month in our six wins this month. He was responsible for three of the wins, and two of those were shutouts.  Luke has been very steady in goal all month, and the success of our team is tied to his ability to play big for us when needed,” said Head Coach Mark Vichorek.

Runner-Up: Joel De Simone, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Elliott Gerth, Wisconsin Whalers – Josh Benson, North Iowa Bulls – Andrew Kormos, Metro Jets – Nick Ottenbacher, Yellowstone Quake – Hunter Smith, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Salvatore Lauretta, Binghamton Junior Senators – Kevin Lake, Louisiana Drillers – Tyler Myers, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Nolan Bivolcic, Atlanta Capitals – Mac Berglove, Granite City Lumberjacks

Icedogs Select 8 Players at NA3HL Draft

The Bozeman Icedogs are looking to improve upon last year's playoff appearance and selected 8 players (5 defense, 3 forwards) in the 2016 NA3HL Draft that took place June 14th.

The players selected are as follows:

Round 1, 32nd Overall: Calvin Pugh (D), Edina HS; Edina, MN

Round 2, 80th Overall: Ben Kidd (D), Duluth Denfeld HS; Duluth, MN

Round 3, 128th Overall: Eric Gotz (D), Hermantown HS; Hermantown, MN

Round 4, 176th Overall: Brennan Martin (D), Novi HS; Novi, MI

Round 5, 224th Overall: Gage Sealey (F), Monarch HS; Louisville, CO

Round 6, 272nd Overall: Dallen Neese (F), Casper Coyotes; Casper, WY

Round 7, 320th Overall: Matthew Key (F), El Paso Rhinos

Round 8, 368th Overall: Nicholas Wardstrom (D), Islanders Hockey Club Elite; Discovery Bay, CA

 

Congrats to all Bozeman draft picks.  Stay tuned for more news regarding the 2016-17 Bozeman Icedogs.

Couture Commits

Kegan Couture commits to Gustavus Adolphus College of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).  Couture played three years in Bozeman and became the all time points leader in team history with 59 goals and 122 assists for 181 points.  Kegan was the Captain for the Icedogs this past season and was the team MVP and scoring leader with 76 points. (28 goals, 48 assists) and a plus 20 plus/minus rating. 

Couture had this to say about committing to NCAA D-3 Gustavus, "It has always been a goal of mine to play hockey at the D-1 or D-3 level and that has come true.  I had a few opportunities of where to play but Gustavus was the best fit for me.  They have a good coach and very good facilities and a track record of moving players into their communities with a great education and opportunities to even play pro hockey.  It is hard for anyone to ask for more the that.  I also want to thank Coach Vichorek and the Icedog organization for doing everything he said he would to help me play at the collegiate level.  I am glad I chose Bozeman as it is a great place to play and I was treated so well I would encourage anyone and everyone to play there".  

"Kegan earned this opportunity to play at the NCAA college level.  He was always committed on and off the ice and worked hard to achieve one of his goals.  I am very proud of him and congratulations to him and his family as this is a big honor for them as well.  Kegan will be extremely hard to replace as a player and as a person.  The Icedog organization would also like to thank Kegan for his time with us and will be tracking how he does in the future," said Coach Vichorek.

Frontier Division Yearly Awards Announced

The Bozeman Icedogs had one of their best years in over a decade and three players have been rewarded for their efforts on the year as well.  Kegan Couture, Stephen Marshall Frank and Nick Thompson all were named to the Frontier Division 1st team  award for their positions. 

 

 

 

Kegan Couture – Forward

 

Kegan Couture scored 76 points this year and was 7th in the NA3HL scoring with 28 goals and 48 assists and a plus 20 rating.  Kegan had this to say about his career as an Icedog.  "I am honored to be chosen within our division for such an award to be one of the top players at my position.  I want to thank my family, teammates, the organization and Coach Vichorek for all helping in my success and my career in Bozeman.  I would also like to thank Gunnar Mogck for being my linemate all this time and scoring a lot when I passed him the puck.  Without all this help it is hard for any player to have success on their own." 

Couture ended his career as the all time points leader with 59 goals and 122 assists for 181 points.  "Kegan has been a very good player with us and soon should be rewarded by playing D-3 hockey at the NCAA level.  Kegan was the team Captain this past season and helped lead on and off the ice.   With players of this caliber it makes a coaches job a lot easier to coach and teach knowing they will work hard everyday to be successful and push themselves and their teammates to be better and that is what Kegan did for the Icedogs and he will be very difficult to replace," said Coach Vichorek.

 

 

Stephen Marshall Frank – Goaltender

 

Stephen Marshall Frank was chosen as the Frontier Division Goaltender of the year.  Frank this season was first in games played, first in minutes played, third in wins, fifth in save percentage and second in total saves in the NA3HL. 

"Anytime a goaltender can help carry a team and put up those kinds of numbers deserves to be chosen as the Division's best goaltender." said Vichorek of Frank.  Stephen had this to say about receiving this award and his time in Bozeman.  "Playing these last two years in Bozeman has been the best time of my hockey life.  I am very honored to have the opportunity to be the starter for this team.  I am lucky to have had such a reliable team throughout my time with the Icedog organization.  Coach Vichorek was always very supportive of me when my play was not always up to his standards.  I worked extremely hard to regain his trust to be the player to count on in all the games he started me in.  I am deeply honored for the Divisional goalie of the year award as it was one of my goals I strove for from the beginning of the year.  I want to thank all the people involved in this achievement this season.  I want to thank my parents, the owners of the Icedogs, the coaching staff, and especially my teammates.  Without a good team in front of me none of this would have been possible.  I would also like to thank the fans in Bozeman for being some of the best and most loyal in the league and making my junior experience a special one."   Stephen Marshall Frank is being pursued by a couple NCAA D-3 schools for next season.  Coach Vichorek said this of his starter.  "Steven put in the time and effort to put himself in a position to move up and play college hockey at a high level.  He changed his attitude and worked his tail off and the rewards seem to be paying off and it is well deserved."

 

 

Nick Thompson – Defenseman

 

Nick Thompson led all defensemen in Junior hockey in scoring this past season with 67 points.  Nick was also the leader in power play assists for defensemen in the country.  Nick is third in all time in scoring for defensemen in a season as well as fourth in assists at the Tier three level.  To be named Defenseman of the Year as well as the Most Valuable Player in the Frontier Division as a rookie is a great accomplishment.  Thompson had 14 goals and 53 assists for 67 points and a team leading plus 37 rating this past season.

 

  "I can't take all the credit for these awards.  I had some great teammates and and a great team to play on all season.  I couldn't pass the puck to myself to score and get any points and that's where my team stepped up and finished some of the plays I was fortunate enough to start.  I am so grateful for having the opportunity to play for such a quality organization.  The owners and the billets and staff are the best and make it so much easier to have a great junior hockey experience in Bozeman.  We are so spoiled with the Bozeman Icedogs and it makes it so much easier to just play your best when you know you are taken care of.  I especially want to thank Coach Vichorek for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to better my skills and have every opportunity to move up a level or on to NCAA college.  Coach did everything he said he would and more and my experience was awesome in Bozeman," said Thompson of his season in Bozeman.  "Nick deserves the awards he received.  He was an integral part in our improvement as a team this year with his abilities and attitude.  Nick was voted as an alternate Captain this year as his teammates saw his ability to lead and do what he could to help the team win.  Nick also made our power play and penalty killing one of the best in the country as he logged about 40 minutes a game for us.  We knew what he could do and did for us, but the true measure is the voting of the other coaches in our division that truly puts it into focus of his worth.  He will very hard to replace as a player and as a human being," said Coach Vichorek of Thompson's play and personality.  Nick is waiting to find out if he will be moving up to the USHL or NAHL or straight on to NCAA College hockey.

 

 

 

It has been a long time since the Icedogs have had a great season and three recognized players.  Let's hope it continues a long way into the future and have even more success!

 

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Great Falls beats Bozeman 2-1 after comeback scare

Bozeman tried to dig itself out of a two-goal hole, but Great Falls held on for a 2-1 victory.

Great Falls made the score 2-0 on a goal by Josh Larson at 15:33 in the first period, and Bozeman got as close as 2-1 when Casey Gobel scored 5:37 into the third period.

The win by Great Falls clinched the best of three series at 2-0.

Larson was all over the ice for Great Falls, as he had two goals in the win.

In addition, Great Falls received assists from Tanner Congdon and Ricards Bernhards, who each chipped in two.

Other players who recorded assists for Bozeman were Daniel Liberko and Nicholas Thompson, who contributed one each.

Jake Stephan made 24 saves for Great Falls on 25 shots. Great Falls incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Stephen Frank rejected 22 shots on goal for Bozeman. Bozeman incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.

Bozeman falls to Great Falls in overtime, 2-1 (OT)

Great Falls pulled out a 2-1 (OT) overtime victory over Bozeman on a clutch goal by Ricards Bernhards.

After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Bozeman faces elimination next time out.

Great Falls\’ Jake Stephan was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 40 saves and let only one puck past him. Despite the solid performance, Stephan will actually see his goals against average rise, as it stood at 0.74 entering the contest.

Great Falls was paced by Bernhards, who tallied one goal. Bernhards scored 1:29 into to make the score 2-1 Great Falls. Jesse Johnson picked up the assist.

Great Falls forced Bozeman goalie Stephen Frank to work between the pipes, taking 63 shots.

Great Falls also got a goal from Brendan Jester as well. More assists for Great Falls came via Stevan Goran, Josh Larson, and Miles Giorgione, who each chipped in one.

Bozeman\’s offense rang up 41 shots on Great Falls\’ net.

Bozeman was led by Zach Frasier, who scored the team\’s only goal. Frasier scored 5:14 into the third period to make the score 1-0 Bozeman. Steven Nisbet assisted on the tally.

Great Falls incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Bozeman\’s Frank stopped 61 shots out of the 63 that he faced. Bozeman incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.

Gillette squeaks by Bozeman, 3-2

Gillette gutted out a close 3-2 win against Bozeman.

Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Jack Oberg secured the win for Gillette with a goal in the third period.

Gillette was led by Oberg, who tallied one goal. Oberg scored 4:39 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Gillette.

Gillette kept Bozeman\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Stephen Frank made 38 saves on 41 shots.

Gillette also had goals scored by Riley Holwegner and Michael Doyle, who scored one goal each. In addition, Gillette received assists from Nick Scherbinin, Colt Johnson, and Kyle Traux, who each chipped in one.

Bozeman\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Gillette power plays. Bozeman did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Bozeman averages 4.1 goals per game. Gillette was unable to stop Bozeman from sending pucks towards the net, and Bozeman eventually piled up 37 shots on goal.

Bozeman was helped by Nicholas Thompson, who had one goal. Thompson scored 48 seconds into the third period to make the score 2-2. Kegan Couture picked up the assist. Bozeman additionally got points from Steven Nisbet, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. More assists for Bozeman came via Ryan Peterson and Austin Charnholm, who contributed one each.

Alex Feese made 35 saves for Gillette on 37 shots. Gillette ended with 19 minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major. Gillette ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Adam Maxfield was ejected from the game. Bozeman incurred 32 minutes in penalty time with six minors. For Bozeman, Dylan Michaud was ejected from the game.

Gillette’s Holwegner deadly on offense in 6-4 win against Bozeman

Gillette pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 31 penalty minutes.

Gillette bested their season scoring average. Gillette has scored at the pace of 3.8 goals per game during the current campaign.Gillette kept Bozeman\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Benjamin Sakaria made 15 saves on 53 shots.

Gillette also got points from Nick Stockert, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Gillette included Michael Doyle, Tyler Reble, and Cade Boreing, who scored one each. More assists for Gillette came via Tristen Leberknight, Gennadi Zabeline, Alex King, Tyler Tennant, Garrett Medina, Jack Oberg, and Preston Fuller, who contributed one apiece.

Bozeman\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Bozeman were helped by Ryan Peterson, who racked up one goal.Peterson scored on the power play in the first period to make the score 2-1 Gillette. Elliott Hopkins provided the assist.Bozeman additionally got points from Steven Nisbet, who also registered one goal and one assist. Bozeman also had goals scored by Dalton Rickard, Dylan Michaud, and Peterson, who each put in one. In addition, Bozeman received assists from Liam Millar, who had two and Casey Gobel, Kegan Couture, Hopkins, and Nicholas Thompson, who each chipped in one.

Alex Feese recorded 26 saves for Gillette. Gillette totaled 31 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Bozeman incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.