Monday, March 5, 2012

NA3HL names MacKinnon top player for February

The North American 3 Hockey League today announced the Combat Hockey Player of the Month and the Brian’s Custom Sports Goaltender of the Month for February.

The honors were awarded to Metro Jets forward Mike MacKinnon as the Combat Hockey Player of the Month and Granite City Lumberjacks goaltender Matt Grove as the Brian’s Custom Sports Goaltender of the Month.

MacKinnon, 19, was dominant during the month of February, recording 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games played. Nine of those points came at the 3HL East Showcase in Troy, which is ironically MacKinnon’s hometown.

MacKinnon’s best game of the month came back on February 19 when he had a six-point game in a 6-3 win against the Michigan Mountain Cats. He also recorded six points during a weekend sweep of Pittsburgh during the final weekend in February. He also recorded two game-winning goals during the month. MacKinnon is tied for the team lead in points with 67 and he ranks 2nd in the 3HL in both points and assists this season.

“Mike and his entire line have been great all month long,” said Jets coach Jason Cirone. “He produces, puts up big numbers and scores the big goals. I think he definitely has the ability to play at the next level. Mike is smart and understands the game. He has goals and is focused on accomplishing them.”

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