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Stars of the Week Week of March 31, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Nick Lehr - Austin Bruins

Nick Lehr

The Austin Bruins secured their second straight Central Division title over the weekend and goaltender and University of Minnesota recruit Nick Lehr, 21, was there to backstop the wins as usual. The native of Roseville, Minnesota was as solid as ever as he stopped 50 of 52 shots in back-to-back 4-1 wins on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Lehr (6’0/185) made 14 saves in a 4-1 win over the Bobcats. Lehr was even better on Saturday as he made 30 saves in another 4-1 win. Lehr finished as the NAHL leader in wins (35) and was second in both games and minutes played this season. “Nick faced some quality shots both nights, but he just made the big saves when he had to and kept us in the game. He is mentally very tough and when he combines that with his technical skill, he is one tough goalie to beat,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok.

2nd Star: Russ Jordan, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bretner, D, Austin Bruins – Chad Catt, G, Aberdeen Wings – Henry Dill, G, Aberdeen Wings – Scott Dornbrock, D, Minot Minotauros – Casey Johnson, D, Minot Minotauros – Brandon Parker, D, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Lonnie Clary - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Lonnie Clary

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Lonnie Clary, 19, helped his team close out the regular season with a weekend sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The native of Riverside, California, played a big role in the wins as he combined for four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the pair of victories. On Friday, Clary (5’11/170) had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, Clary scored twice in a 7-3 win. He was also a +3 during the weekend. For the season, Clary, who is also an NAPHL graduate, has a career-high 35 points this season for the Ice Dogs, who had the NAHL’s top record during the regular season. “Lonnie plays with so much energy and never lets up. He brings a physical edge to the game and commands respect while he is out there. He found a way to put himself in areas where he had the best chance to score some goals,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Eetu Karvinen, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Deal, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Will Johnson, F, Minnesota Magicians – Duggie Lagrone, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Will Peterson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Darian Romanko, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Zack Zulkanycz, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Jordan Himley - Janesville Jets

Jordan Himley

Janesville Jets leading scorer and Air Force recruit Jordan Himley helped the Jets to a home weekend sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks this past weekend, as well as, a big road win in Springfield. The 20-year-old native of Mundelein, Illinois, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the three wins as the Jets secured the #3 seed for the upcoming North Division playoffs. After a 2-1 win on Tuesday in Springfield, Himley (5’8/165) had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Tomahawks on Friday. One night later, Himley scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win over Johnstown. For the season, Himley led the Jets in scoring with 49 points in 59 games played this season. “Jordan has been a go-to guy all season long and shows the leadership you want from a captain. He always seems to come up with a big goal that changes momentum. He is going to do well at the next level,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Logan Lambdin, F, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ian Janco, D, Janesville Jets – Max Kalter, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Max Milosek, G, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Mike Severson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – TJ Stuntz, F, Michigan Warriors

 

South Star of the Week: Mike Davis - Amarillo Bulls

Mike Davis

For the third year in a row, the Amarillo Bulls won the South Division regular season title and for all three of those years forward Mike Davis, 20, has been a part of the team. Davis (5’9/185) brought his ‘A’ game this weekend as the Bulls picked up a series sweep in Odessa. The native of Newark, Delaware had five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Davis had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-2 win. On Saturday, Davis scored again in a 3-2 win. For the season, Davis led the Bulls in scoring with 63 points in 60 games played. The 63 points ranked 3rd in the NAHL this season.” Mike is a great leader. He understands how to play under pressure. He took the team on his back this weekend and really showed what type of leader he is. He is the heart and soul of this team,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams.

2nd Star: Nick Schmit, G, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Bruneteau, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jasen Fernsler, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Kyle Gattelaro, F, Amarillo Bulls – Zach Glienke, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Todd Koritzinsky, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Wes Michaud, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Forbes Ploszaj, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Roman Uchyn, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 24, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Michael Louria - Minot Minotauros

Michael Louria

It was a big weekend for Minot forward Michael Louria, 20, as the UMASS-Lowell recruited helped the Minotauros to a weekend home split with the Brookings Blizzard. The native of Wexford, Pennsylvania, had four goals in the two games over the weekend and was also a +4. On Friday, Louria (5’11/185) scored all three of Minot’s goals in a close 4-3 loss to the Blizzard. The next night, he had the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win. For the season, Louria has 49 points in 52 games played and has nine points in the 11 games played with the Minotauros to date since his trade from Janesville. “Michael has been terrific and has added the offensive spark that we really needed the second half of the season. He took advantage of his chances this weekend and bared down to get some big goals,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Jake Horton, D, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Baskin, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Lehr, G, Austin Bruins – Jon Lizotte, D, Minot Minotauros – Wyatt Schmidt, D, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jakob Romo - Minnesota Wilderness

Jakob Romo

The Wilderness kept rolling towards the playoffs this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill and forward Jakob Romo, 18, was a big factor in both games. The native of Fullerton, California had three goals and an assist for a four-point weekend in the two Wilderness wins. Romo (5’10/175) also had the game-winning goals in both victories. On Friday, Romo had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 7-1 win. On Saturday, Romo scored twice including the game-winning goal in a 5-3 win in Coulee Region. For the season, the third-year veteran is 2nd in team scoring with 42 points in 56 games played. He is also a team best +30.

2nd Star: Thomas Lindstrom, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sebastian Fuchs, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brendan Harris, F, Wenatchee Wild – Joseph Kaszupski, F, Wenatchee Wild – Duggie Lagrone, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Doug Rose, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zack Zulkanycz, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Mitch Hall - Johnstown Tomahawks

Mitch Hall

With two games to go, the Johnstown Tomahawks find themselves in the 4th and final playoff spot in the North Division thanks to taking two of three games over the weekend at home against the Soo Eagles. 21-year-old defenseman Mitch Hall was the catalyst behind the success as the native of St. Cloud, Minnesota had seven points in the three games to help Johnstown earn some valuable points. On Friday, Hall (5’10/180) had a goal and three assists in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, he had two more assists in a 4-3 win.  On Sunday, Hall picked up another assist in a 4-3 loss. For the season, Hall is 2nd in team scoring with 43 points in 57 games played. His 37 assists is tied for the league among all NAHL defensemen and his 43 points ranks 3rd. “Mitch has the ability to keep any play alive. He is elusive with the puck and creates for his teammates. He can find the spots on the ice that give him the ability to make plays,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence.

2nd Star: Michael Sabatini, F, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Batis, F, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Robin Hoglund, F, Janesville Jets – Brock Kautz, G, Janesville Jets – Max Milosek, G, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Brandon Reinholz, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

South Star of the Week: Jake Kamrass - Topeka RoadRunners

Jake Kamrass

It has been quite the week for 19-year-old Topeka forward Jake Kamrass. First, Kamrass (6’1/180) led his team to three wins in four games last week. Next, the native of Norcross, Georgia announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at UMASS-Lowell next season. Now, Kamrass can add player of the week honors to that list thanks to his consistent performance last week in helping Topeka stay in the chase for the South title with four points in four games. Kamrass started the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win on Monday over the Amarillo Bulls. Kamrass then had an assist in a 3-2 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues on Friday, followed by a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Jr. Blues on Saturday. For the season, Kamrass is second on the team in scoring with 56 points in 58 games played. “Jake has been one of our most consistent players all season long. It starts in the lockerroom and transfers onto the ice. It allows him to be a difference maker,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Razmuz Waxin-Engback, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Kelly, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Forbes Ploszaj, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – James Ring, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Colin Staub, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Brett Szajner, D, Amarillo Bulls – David Zevnik, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 17, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Jay Dickman - Austin Bruins

Jay Dickman

It was a memorable week for Austin Bruins forward Jay Dickman. Earlier in the week, the 20-year-old native of Shoreview, Minnesota made his NCAA Division I commitment to Bemidji State University. That was followed up by Dickman (6’6/225) being dominant in a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Magicians in which Dickman had four goals and one assist in the two wins. On Friday, Dickman had two goals, an assist and was a +3 in a 5-3 win over the Magicians. On Saturday, Dickman scored two more goals in a 6-3 win. For the season, Dickman is 1st on the Bruins and 2nd in the NAHL in scoring with 60 points in 55 games played. “It was a big week for Jay. I know he felt great about his NCAA commitment and you could see it in his play. He made a big impact in the games.  Jay is really understanding how to use his body and size to generate offense and get to the net,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok.

2nd Star: Scott Albertoni, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Dietsch, F, Austin Bruins – Tyler Dunagan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jared Goudreau, F, Brookings Blizzard – Jordan Heller, F, Aberdeen Wings – TJ Roo, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Albin Karlsson - Kenai River Brown Bears

Albin Karlsson

Niagara University recruit Albin Karlsson, 20, helped the Brown Bears to a weekend road split in Wichita Falls to help his club stay in the thick of the Midwest Division playoff race. The native Uppsala, Sweden had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two games and was also a +2. On Friday, Karlsson (5’8/160) assisted on the lone Brown Bears goal in a 3-1 loss to the Wildcats. On Saturday, Karlsson had a goal and two assists, including an assist on the game-winning goal, as Kenai River pulled to within one point of a playoff spot with a 5-3 win. For the season, Karlsson is 2nd on the Brown Bears roster in scoring with 42 points in 54 games played.

2nd Star: Darian Romanko, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Butcher, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Dan Litchke, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

North Star of the Week: Bryan Yim - Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Bryan Yim

Port Huron forward Bryan Yim, 19, helped his team to three wins last week, putting the Fighting Falcons on the verge of winning the North Division regular season title. The native of Farmington, Michigan, racked up three goals and an assist in the three wins. After going scoreless in Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Michigan, Yim (5’8/172) had the game-winning goal and an assist in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Soo Eagles. On Sunday, Yim scored two more goals in a 3-1 win, which completed a weekend sweep of the Eagles. Yim is the Fighting Falcons leading scorer this season with 46 points in 53 games played. “Bryan really led the team this weekend and I thought he was the best player on the ice. His goals were hard-working and not fancy and best of all, he created opportunities for his teammates,” said Port Huron head coach Michael Gershon.

2nd Star: Logan Halladay, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vito Aluia, F, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Kristofers Bindulis, D, Soo Eagles – Stefanos Lekkas, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Smith, D, Janesville Jets – Oliver Takacsi-Nagy, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Chase Munroe - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Chase Munroe

It was a long, busy and successful week for Wichita Falls goalie Chase Munroe. The 19-year-old from Naperville, Illinois, appeared in all four Wildcats games last week, posting three wins. On Monday, Munroe (6’3/210) made 25 saves as the Wildcats defeated Topeka on the road, 3-2. On Tuesday, Munroe was even better as he made 29 saves in a 4-1 win, which completed a road sweep of Topeka. On Friday, Munroe made 30 saves in a 3-1 home win against Kenai River. On Saturday he stopped 13 out of 16 shots in a 5-3 loss, but for the week, Munroe faced 104 shots and stopped 97 of them. For the season, Munroe has a 12-10-2 record with a 2.32. goals against average and a 91.1% save percentage.

2nd Star: Sam Piazza, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 10, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Zach Doerring - Aberdeen Wings

Zach Doerring

The Aberdeen Wings kept their Central Division title hopes alive with three big road wins this past week. Wings forward Zach Doerring, 19, played a big role in all three wins as the Chanhassen, Minnesota native totaled two goals and three assists for five points in the three wins and was also a +5. The week started with a 5-4 win in Bismarck on Wednesday in which Doerring (6’4/190) scored the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period. It continued with a 7-0 win on Friday in Brookings against the Blizzard as Doerring had a goal and an assist. On Saturday, Doerring assisted twice more in a 6-0 win. For the season, Doerring has 19 points in 43 games played for the Wings. “Zach has been great for us the last few weeks. He was rewarded this weekend for his hard work put in. He is getting stronger, more confident and playing with a lot of energy right now. He has also shown great leadership qualities for us. He has been a big part of our recent success,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter.

2nd Star: Nick Lehr, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Baskin, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Donohue, F, Minot Minotauros – Brandon Wildung, G, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kevin Aldridge - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Kevin Aldridge

With two wins over the Wild in Wenatchee this past weekend, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs were able to secure the Midwest Division regular season title. Veteran goaltender and Lake Superior State recruit Kevin Aldridge, 20, was as solid as ever between the pipes. The native of Beverly Hills, Michigan shut the door on the Wild helped by an effective Ice Dogs defense as he allowed just two goals on 39 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Aldridge (5’8/150) made 16 saves for his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, Aldridge made 21 saves in a 5-2 win. For the season, Aldridge is second in the NAHL in wins with 29. “I think the entire team played really well all weekend, but Kevin was the catalyst,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “Wenatchee had several good scoring chances and he was there when we needed him to be with the big saves.”

2nd Star: Sebastian Fuchs, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eric Brenk, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Michael Covach, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nick Hinz, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Frankie Spellman, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Logan Halladay - Janesville Jets

Logan Halladay

With two wins in Johnstown this past weekend, the Janesville Jets find themselves in the 4th and final playoff spot in the North Division with just a few weeks to go. Rookie goaltender Logan Halladay, 17, was again spectacular in the series as he played in both wins and allowed just a single goal in the two games. Halladay (6’2/180) faced 53 shots and stopped 52 of them. On Friday, the Cary, North Carolina native stopped all 27 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. The next night, Halladay made 25 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Halladay has a 16-8-1 record with a 2.32 goals against average and a 93.1% save percentage, which ranks 7th in the NAHL. “Logan is so much further along in his development than his age indicates. He has no problem putting the team on his back and carrying the load. He is going to be fun to watch play at the next level,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Matt Menta, F, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Blankenburg, G, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Drew Callin, F, Janesville Jets – Tyger Howat, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Max Milosek, G, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Michael Sabatini, F, Soo Eagles – Trevor Stone, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Sean Mostrom - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Sean Mostrom

Although it came early in the week, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees defenseman and University of Denver recruit Sean Mostrom, 19, had a great couple of games as the Killer Bees took two wins in a weekday series against the Odessa Jackalopes. In the two wins the native of Wayzata, Minnesota totaled four points from the blueline, which included three goals and an assists, and was also a +4 in the two wins. On Monday, Mostrom (6’3/205) scored twice and added an assist in a 6-2 win. On Tuesday, Mostrom had Rio Grande Valley’s first goal in a 2-1 win over the Jacks. For the season, the second-year defenseman leads all Killer Bee blueliners in points with 18 in 40 games played. “Sean kept it simple and he is very effective as a player when he plays that way. He bounced back after a tough weekend and responded like a veteran leader should,” said Killer Bees head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: TJ Black, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): PJ Bridges, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Aleksi Luhtalampi, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Sam Piazza, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Daniel Rzavsky, F, Topeka RoadRunners – David Zevnik, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 3, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Henry Dill - Aberdeen Wings

Henry Dill

With a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats, the Aberdeen Wings moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the Central Division. 18-year-old goaltender Henry Dill played a key role in the weekend sweep as the netminder from Columbus, Ohio shut the door on the Bobcats. Dill (6’2/205) allowed just two goals in both games on 70 total shots. On Friday, Dill made 41 saves as Aberdeen picked up a 5-1 win in Bismarck. Upon returning home on Saturday, Dill made 27 saves in a 3-1 win.  Dill has allowed two goals or less in his last nine outings. For the season, Dill has a 15-7-1 record with a 2.29 goals against average and a 92.6% save percentage. “Henry has been very solid as of late, but we have great depth at the goaltending position. Both have played really well this year. Henry has come such a long way since the beginning of the season and will work very hard to try and earn that #1 spot as we inch towards the playoffs,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter.

2nd Star: Guillaume Leclerc, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Girard, G, Brookings Blizzard – Jonathan Grebosky, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Lehr, G, Austin Bruins – Michael Louria, F, Minot Minotauros – Wyatt Schmidt, D, Brookings Blizzard – Luke Voltin, F, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: David Powlowski - Wenatchee Wild

David Powlowski

Thanks to a three-game sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears, the Wenatchee Wild are not only in playoff position, but are now in 3rd place in the Midwest Division. 20-year-old forward David Powlowski was a big factor in all three wins as he scored in each game to lead the Wild to victory. The native of Rochester, New York totaled four goals in the three wins and was also a +2 in the series. In Thursday night’s opener, Powlowski (6’1/170) scored Wenatchee’s second goal in a 4-2 win. Two nights later, Powlowski had two power play goals in a 6-1 win and on Sunday, Powlowski had a shorthanded goal in a 4-3 win, which completed a three-game sweep. For the season, Powlowski has 23 points in 44 games with the Wild. In 64 career NAHL games, he has recorded 38 career points. “David has been expecting a big year and now that he is healthy he is being rewarded with success through his hard work. Every night is one of those games we are going to have to battle hard to try and make the playoffs, but we are playing some of our best hockey right now, so we are a confident group,” said Wild head coach Bliss Littler.

2nd Star: Parker Tuomie, F, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Gessert, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kasimir Kaskisuo, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Nolan Culver, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Rudin, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: TJ Stuntz - Michigan Warriors

TJ Stuntz

20-year-old Michigan forward TJ Stuntz helped the Warriors to a two-game weekend home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks to move back into sole possession of 2nd place in the North Division. The native of Round Rock, Texas piled on the points in the two-game series as he had a six-point weekend. On Friday, Stuntz (6’1/180) scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Johnstown. On Saturday, Stuntz had a hat-trick and added two assists for a five point game as Michigan claimed a 9-4 win. The nine goals helped tie a franchise record. This is Stuntz’s second year in the NAHL.  In 47 games played this season, Stuntz has 29 points. In 77 career NAHL games, he has recorded 37 points. “We are very excited for TJ and his success. Since Christmas, he has brought his game to different and better level. TJ works very hard and will be a key player for us in the playoff push,” said Warriors head coach Moe Mantha.

2nd Star: Jordan Himley, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Badalamenti, F, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Nik Dotolo, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Tyler Groat, F, Michigan Warriors – Logan Halladay, G, Janesville Jets – Nikita Prishyvalko, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Bryan Yim, F, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

 

South Star of the Week: Tyler Poulsen - Topeka RoadRunners

Tyler Poulsen

Topeka leading scorer Tyler Poulsen, 20, was dominant in a weekend home series sweep of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The forward from Arvada, Colorado and University of Alabama-Huntsville commit recorded eight points in the two wins as the RoadRunners distanced themselves from the Killer Bees for 2nd place in the South Division. On Friday, Poulsen (5’7/150) had a goal and four assists for a five-point night in an 8-0 win. On Saturday, Poulsen had another goal and two assists in a 3-1 win. For the season, Poulsen had 52 points in 46 games played and has 13 points in his last five games. “The leadership he showed on and off the ice this weekend was huge. His entire line with Jake Kamrass and Yu Hikosaka was clicking and you could just tell by the week of practice he had with his hard work and focus that he was going to do something pretty special,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Yu Hikosaka, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Bauman, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Brenden Dunning, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Marcus Ericsson, D, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Connor Kelly, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Chase Munroe, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 24, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Conor Andrle - Brookings Blizzard

Conor Andrle

In what can be described as a ‘must-win’ situation Conor Andrle and the Brookings Blizzard captured a pair of weekend games from the Bismarck Bobcats in a home-and-home series. The 20-year-old forward from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, had three goals and an assist and had a +2 rating in the two weekend wins as the Blizzard maintained their playoff hopes. On Friday, Andrle (5’9/175) had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 home win over the Bobcats. The next night, Andrle scored the game-tying goal and assisted on another in a 4-3 win in Bismarck. For the season, Andrle is second on the team in scoring with 31 points in 46 games. He also played in last week’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for Team Central. “It was a short week with Top Prospects, but Conor played well there and took that momentum into Bismarck series,” said Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin. “He scored some big goals in the series and he played hard in defensive zone that translated into offense.”

2nd Star: Nick Lehr, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Girard, G, Brookings Blizzard – Kyle Haak, F, Aberdeen Wings – Niko Hildenbrand, F, Austin Bruins – Jadin Martin, F, Minot Minotauros – TJ Roo, F, Aberdeen Wings – Brandon Wildung, G, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Parker Tuomie - Wenatchee Wild

Parker Tuomie

If the playoffs started today, the Wenatchee Wild would be in the mix in the Midwest Division. This past weekend, the Wild split their weekend series in Johnstown against the Tomahawks, but 18-year-old forward Parker Tuomie was a factor all weekend. The native of Biemerhaven, Germany had five points on the weekend, which included scoring four of Wenatchee’s six goals in the two game series and adding an assist. On Friday, Tuomie (5’9/178) had two goals and an assist and was +2 in a close 4-3 loss. On Saturday, Tuomie scored two more goals in a 3-2 win. For the season, Tuomie is second on the Wild roster in scoring with 42 points in 40 games played. Tuomie played in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament last week as a part of the NAHL 18U Selects team. “Parker has been one of our better players consistently and you need those type of players when you are playing in Johnstown,” said Wild head coach Bliss Littler.

2nd Star: Thomas Lindstrom, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Butcher, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nick Hinz, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kyle Lee, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Troy Loggins, F, Wenatchee Wild – Vincent Stefan, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Bryan Yim - Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Bryan Yim

Just a few weeks ago, the Port Huron lead in the North was down to just two points. However, after a four-game winning streak, which included a weekend sweep of the Janesville Jets, the Fighting Falcons lead is back to up eight points. 19-year-old captain Bryan Yim led the way this weekend with two goals and two assists in the two wins. Yim (5’8/172), who is the Fighting Falcons leading scorer this season with 38 points in 46 games, began his weekend with a goal and an assist in a 4-0 shutout on Saturday against the Jets. On Sunday, the Farmington, Michigan native scored the game-winning goal and had another assist in a 3-1 win. Yim also spent last week playing the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for Team North. “I thought Bryan was one of our best forwards this weekend. His play, his hockey sense and his ability to lead really stood out,” said Port Huron head coach Michael Gershon. “We got off to a slow start on Sunday and Bryan really gave us some momentum.”

2nd Star: Dakoda Menslage, D, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Jacques, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Max Kalter, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jonathan Kopacka, D, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Colin Larkin, F, Michigan Warriors – Jordan Watt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

South Star of the Week: Kyle Gattelaro - Amarillo Bulls

Kyle Gattelaro

The Amarillo Bulls crept closer to another South title with two wins past weekend in Corpus Christ and veteran NAHL forward Kyle Gatterlaro had a very productive weekend. The native of Delray Beach, Florida had four points in the two wins, which included three goals and an assist. Gattelaro, 20, started the weekend with two goals in a 3-0 shutout of the IceRays on Saturday. He continued on Sunday with another goal and an assist in a 6-1 win. For the season Gattelaro (6’0/185) has 36 points in 46 games played. He also participated in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament last week as a member of the South team. “I thought Kyle skated really well, tracked the puck at both ends of the ice and made things happen with his speed,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “Kyle used that speed to win puck battles and get to the puck first. His entire line played well last week.”

2nd Star: Kyle Bauman, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): PJ Bridges, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Yu Hikosaka, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Eric Purcell, F, Amarillo Bulls – David Zevnik, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 18, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Henry Dill - Aberdeen Wings

Henry Dill

Aberdeen goalie Henry Dill, 18, won both starts this past weekend as the Wings won two home games against Brookings on Friday night and Minot on Saturday night. The native of Columbus, Ohio faced 43 shots in the two games and stopped 40 of them. On Friday, Dill (6’2/205) made 17 saves in a 6-1 win over the Brookings Blizzard. On Saturday night, Dill was even better making 33 saves in a 3-2 win over the Minot Minotauros. To date, Dill has a 13-7 record with a 2.43 goals against average and a 92.1% save percentage. “Henry was great for us this past weekend. He has worked very hard and shown a lot of improvement. His award is well deserved,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter.

2nd Star: Drew Doyon, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kyle Lee - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Kyle Lee

The Ice Dogs have the NAHL’s best record and a 12 point lead atop of the Midwest Division and this past weekend they continued their winning ways with a sweep of the Austin Bruins. 20-year-old forward Kyle Lee had five points in the two wins to lead the Ice Dogs. On Friday, the native of Wausau, Wisconsin had the game-winning goal and three assists in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, Lee (5’8/170) picked up an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Lee is 4th in Ice Dogs scoring with 35 points in 49 games played. “I thought Kyle played really well last week. He is one of the leaders of our team and he seems to play his best hockey when the game is on the line,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Chase Perry, G, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Forbort, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Hart, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rivera, F, Wenatchee Wild – Colton Wolter, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Jordan Watt - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jordan Watt

20-year-old forward Jordan Watt helped the Tomahawks get back on track with a weekend home sweep of the Michigan Warriors.  Leading the way was Watt (5’11/180), who had four goals in the two wins and was also a +4. The native or Orange, California had a goal in Friday’s 5-0 shutout of Michigan. The next night, Watt had one of the best games of his career with a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in a 6-4 win over the Warriors. For the season, the three-year veteran has 25 points in 45 games played. “I am very happy for Jordan to have been honored because he has been working very hard. He is a pure goal scorer and really understands how to be a leader,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence.

2nd Star: Shane Bednard, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Kalter, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Austin Romzek, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Jack Sloan, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Bryce VanHorn, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

 

South Star of the Week: Mike Davis - Amarillo Bulls

Mike Davis

The reigning NAHL Forward of the Month Mike Davis, 20, had a great weekend to help the Amarillo Bulls stay on top in the South Division with a weekend home sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. Davis (5’9/185) tallied two goals and two assists and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday night, the native of Newark, Delaware had two assists in a 9-2 win. On Saturday, Davis scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-0 shutout win. For the season, Davis not only leads the Bulls in scoring, but the entire NAHL as well as he has 53 points in 48 games played. Mike is the ultimate competitor and warrior. He does the little things to make him and his team successful and it will make him a great NCAA Division I hockey player someday,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams.

2nd Star: Brenden Dunning, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): PJ Bridges, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Jared Dedenbach, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Cody Gylling, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Todd Koritzinsky, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – James Ring, forward, Topeka RoadRunners

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jake Horton - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Horton

Second-year defenseman Jake Horton, 19, had a bog impact in Aberdeen’s three wins this past week as the Wings picked up a win over Minot on Thursday and swept Brookings in a home-and-home series during the weekend. The native of Plymouth, Minnesota scored a goal in all three games and added an assist for a four-point week and +1 during the three wins. On Thursday, Horton (5’11/190) had the game-tying goal late in the 2nd period and an assist as the Wings came from 3-0 down to win 6-3. On Friday, Horton scored Aberdeen’s first goal in a 2-1 win in Brookings. On Saturday, Horton scored the game-winning goal in the 3rd period as the Wings beat the Blizzard, 3-2. Horton, who will play for the Central Division team at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, is 3rd in the NAHL in scoring for defensemen with 31 points in 45 games played and he leads all NAHL defensemen with 18 goals. “Jake was a difference-maker for us this weekend as he has been many times this year,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter. “He’s a great leader, he’s extremely competitive, and very coachable. He leads the way with his approach to getting better each day.”

2nd Star: Aaron Nelson, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Henry Dill, G, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Girard, G, Brookings Blizzard – Russ Jordan, F, Brookings Blizzard – Filip Starzynski, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Bryan Nies - Minnesota Magicians

Bryan Nies

For the second straight week, a Minnesota Magicians played has been honored as the Midwest Division’s Star of the Week and this week it is 20-year-old goaltender Bryan Nies. The native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, had his best weekend to date as he started in both wins as the Magicians ran their winning streak to a season-high three straight games with a weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. Nies (5’11/185) has been the starter in all three of those wins, including this past weekend when Minnesota beat Springfield 2-1 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. In the two wins, Nies faced a total of 62 shots and allowed just a single goal. He made 34 saves in Friday’s 2-1 overtime win and on Saturday, he stopped all 27 shots that came his way for his first career NAHL shutout in a 3-0 win. “Bryan has stepped in and played great. He also played well the weekend before,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer. “He made some huge saves and that really help the team build some momentum. He is in one of those zone and really feeling it right now and definitely playing the way he is capable of.”

2nd Star: Adam Carlson, G, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Willie Brooks, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Alec Butcher, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Gessert, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mac Jansen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Will Johnson, F, Minnesota Magicians – Alex Rauter, F, Wenatchee Wild – Ethan Somoza, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Alex Smith - Janesville Jets

Alex Smith

The recent addition of defenseman Alex Smith helped the Janesville Jets pick up a big weekend home sweep of the 1st place Port Huron Fighting Falcons this past weekend. Smith, 19, picked up four assists in the two wins as the Jets moved closer to the 4th and final playoff spot in the North Division. On Friday, the native of Brownstown, Michigan, assisted on all three Jets goals in a come-from-behind 3-2 win. On Saturday, Janesville again came from behind to beat the Fighting Falcons 4-3 in a shootout. After Port Huron had taken a 2-0 lead, Smith (6’1/180) assisted on the Jets first goal, which sparked another comeback. In nine games with the Jets this season, Smith has five points (all assists) with four of the points coming this past weekend. “Alex is a team-first type player. He is a very good skater and he can really shoot the puck,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble. “He makes great decisions with the puck in the defensive end, which allows him to join the rush and be a part of the offense. He is also very good on the power play and makes us much more effective when we have the man advantage.”

2nd Star: Josh Shellman, D, Michigan Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kristofers Bindulis, D, Soo Eagles – Tyler Groat, F, Michigan Warriors – Brock Kautz, G, Janesville Jets – Lester Lancaster, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Stefanos Lekkas, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Denver Pierce, F, Soo Eagles

 

South Star of the Week: Sly Sutter - Topeka RoadRunners

Sly Sutter

With two wins in Corpus Christi this past week, the Topeka RoadRunners climbed closer to 1st place in the South and continued their recent hot streak of going 11-1-2 in their last 14 games. 19-year-old forward Sly Sutter paced the offense this past weekend as the RoadRunners put up 11 goals in the two wins. On Thursday, the native of Warren, Michigan, scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-0 shutout of the IceRays. On Friday, Sutter (5’9/170) had two goals and assisted on Topeka’s game-tying goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation as Topeka grasped a 7-6 win in overtime. In the two wins, Sutter had three goals and two assists for five points and was also a +3. In 39 games this season, Sutter has 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists). “Sly has been one of those guys that has been consistently improved since day one of the season. He adds a lot to our offensive depth and he has been really good on the power play,” said RoadRunners head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Tyler Poulsen, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Croston, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jake Durflinger, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Kelly, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Evan Schmidbauer, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

 

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Central Star of the Week: Huba Sekesi - Bismarck Bobcats

Huba Sekesi

The Bismarck Bobcats picked up perhaps their biggest sweep of the year last weekend as they beat the Austin Bruins in Austin by scores of 4-2 and 7-0. 20-year-old forward Huba Sekesi led the charge offensively with four points in the two wins, which included three goals and an assist along with a +3 rating. On Friday, the native of Munich, Germany had Bismarck’s 4th goal helping to secure a 4-2 win. On Saturday night, Sekesi (6’1/200) had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a dominating 7-0 win. Sekesi is third in team scoring this season with 31 points in 43 games played and his 14 goals ranks 2nd. “I think once Huba got acclimated to the surroundings and the level of play in the NAHL, he really has been one of our more effective players. That was evident this weekend because at times he was dominating in his play and picking up four points in Austin is not an easy thing to do and hopefully we can build off the momentum from it,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Connor Girard, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Dunagan, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – Colton Kramer, forward, Minot Minotauros – Jon Lizotte, defenseman, Minot Minotauros – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Sam Becker - Minnesota Magicians

Sam Becker

It has only been five games since his trade from Wenatchee to Minnesota, but Magicians defenseman Sam Becker, 19, has fit right in with his new club, which included this past weekend in a series in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The native of Roseville, Minnesota, totaled five points as the Magicians snapped their losing streak and picked up a weekend split. In Friday’s 4-1 loss, Becker (6’0/170) assisted on the lone Magicians goal. On Saturday, Becker scored a power play goal and assisted on three others in a 7-1 win. Since joining the Magicians, Becker has six points in five games with his new club. “Sam was really good for us this weekend. It took a bit of time for him to get used to some new teammates and some new systems, but once he did he has really turned into an elite defenseman. He plays in all situations and since he used to be a forward, he understands where guys are going to be and how to create offense for our team,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Frank Oplinger, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Bleck, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Adam Carlson, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill – Alex Fredberg, defenseman, Minnesota Wilderness – Brett Gervais, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Troy Loggins, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Bryan Nies, goaltender, Minnesota Magicians – Chase Perry, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild – Colton Wolter, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Mitch Hall - Johnstown Tomahawks

Mitch Hall

The Johnstown Tomahawks stayed in the thick of the North Division playoff race by taking three of four points in Port Huron against the 1st place Fighting Falcons. 21-year-old defenseman Mitch Hall was true to form as he chimed in with three more assists during the weekend as he continued to pace the Tomahawks offense from the blueline. The native of St. Could, Minnesota had an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday and on Saturday, Hall (5’10/180) had two more assists as Johnstown beat Port Huron, 4-2.  Hall’s 33 points to date is not only 2nd on the Tomahawks roster in scoring, but ranks 2nd among all NAHL defensemen as well. “I think Mitch’s play mirrored that of the team. Port Huron is a very good team and to take three of four points there was good for our confidence. Mitch is the type of player that is effective at both ends of the ice and plays really hard,” said Johnstown head coach Jason Spence.

2nd Star: Tyler Groat, forward, Michigan Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vito Aluia, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Shane Bednard, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks - Max Kalter, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Chase Matson, forward, Soo Eagles – Max Milosek, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Mike Sabatini, forward, Soo Eagles – Jack Sloan, defenseman, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Will Vosejpka - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Will Vosejpka

In three games this past week, 19-year-old Wildcats forward and Air Force Academy recruit Will Vosejpka paced the Wildcats with seven points and helped his club win two out of three games. The native of Midland, Michigan began the week on a high note as he recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over the Lone Star Brahmas on Wednesday. Vosejpka (6’0/185) had one of the Wildcats two goals in a 9-2 loss on Friday against Odessa, and on Saturday he registered a goal and an assist as Wichita Falls got some revenge on the Jackalopes with a 7-5 win. For the 2013-14 season, Vosejpka ranks 2nd in Wildcats scoring with 30 points in 43 games played. “Will is going to be a very good NCAA Division I player at Air Force.  He understands and grasps the mental and physical toughness it takes to be successful on and off the ice,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter. “Will also does a good job of getting to the puck first.  Has a great shot and skates really well.”

2nd Star: Chad Guderian, forward, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Paul Berrafato, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Rudy Junda, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Brad LeLievre, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dan Rzavsky, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Malo Ville, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

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Central Star of the Week: Luke Dietsch - Austin Bruins

Luke Dietsch

It was two more wins and a weekend home-and-home sweep for the Austin Bruins this past weekend against the Brookings Blizzard and forward Luke Dietsch, 19, was at the forefront. The native of St. Paul, Minnesota had four points in the two wins as the Bruins increased their Central Division lead to five points. On Friday, Dietsch (6’1/200) had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he assisted on the game-tying goal as Austin came from behind in a 3-2 win. For the season, Deitsch is 4th in team scoring with 26 points in 38 games played. “Luke has found a home in the front of the net and he has had success there,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok. It is not an easy job and not many players are willing to pay the price and make the sacrifices that Luke has to stand in front and take the punishment in order to make sure the team succeeds.

2nd Star: Scott Dornbrock, defenseman, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Diver, defenseman, Bismarck Bobcats – Stanislav Dzakhov, forward, Bismark Bobcats – Jared Goudreau, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Jake Horton, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Merrick Madsen, goaltender, Minot Minotauros – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Frank Oplinger - Minnesota Wilderness

Frank Oplinger

Wilderness goalie Frank Oplinger, 19, has filled in remarkably for injured goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo. The native of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, showed this past week that he can handle the rigors of being a starting goalie in the NAHL by going 3-0 for the Wilderness in their three wins over the Minnesota Magicians. Oplinger (5’10/170) allowed just four goals in the three wins and stopped 75 of a combined 79 shots. On Wednesday, he made 29 saves in a 4-3 win. On Friday, he stopped all 23 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win and on Saturday he made 23 saves in a 4-1 win. “Frank really stepped it up for us and played very well,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen. “At this point in time, he gave us the ability to win games each and every night and that’s all we can ask.”

2nd Star: Brett Gervais, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lonnie Clary, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Thomas Lindstrom, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Nuttle, defenseman, Wenatchee Wild – Chase Perry, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild

 

North Star of the Week: Colin Larkin - Michigan Warriors

Colin Larkin

The Michigan Warriors moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the North Division with three wins on the road this past week. Out of the three wins, veteran forward Colin Larkin, 20, scored two of the three game-winners to help the Warriors win in Port Huron and in Johnstown. On Wednesday, Larkin (6’3/192) had the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win in Port Huron. On Saturday, the native of Waterford, Michigan had two goals in a 4-2 win in Johnstown against the Tomahawks. For the season, Larkin is 1st on the Warriors roster in goal with 16 and 2nd in points with 26. “Colin scored some big goals at big times for us, but he has been doing that all year,” said Warriors head coach Moe Mantha. “He has always been very talented offensively, but lately he has been doing a great job in the defensive end, which has translated into even more chances for him on the offensive end and made him a more complete player.”

2nd Star: Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Kalter, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – TJ Stuntz, forward, Michigan Warriors

 

South Star of the Week: Brendan Vetter - Amarillo Bulls

Brendan Vetter

Amarillo Bulls defenseman Brendan Vetter, 20, played a big role in helping the Bulls win two of three games against the Odessa Jackalopes this past weekend and had a hand in scoring in all three of the games, totaling five points and a +5 rating in the games. On Friday, Vetter (6’1/190) had an assist in a 3-2 loss. On Saturday, the native of North Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, had a goal and two assists in an 8-0 shuout. On Sunday, Vetter assisted on Amarillo’s first goal in a 4-1 win. With 25 points to date, Vetter is 2nd in the Bulls line-up in points for all defensemen. “Brendan is a solid veteran player and he has come in and shown great leadership,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “He has improved every game and logs a lot of ice time for us. He has played well at both ends of the ice and on special teams and is the kind of player that will be successful at the next level.”

2nd Star: Ben Myers, goaltender, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kevin Antipov, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Kyle Bauman, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Kyle Froese, defenseman, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Yoshihiro Kuroiwa, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes – Tyler Ledford, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Tyler Poulsen, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Nick Schmit, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 20, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Brandon Wildung - Minot Minotauros

Brandon Wildung

Minot goaltender Brandon Wildung, 20, was a wall this weekend as the Minotauros picked up home wins over Brookings and Bismarck. On Saturday, the native of Minneota, Minnesota stopped all 16 shots that came his way for third shutout of the season as Minot beat Brookings, 1-0. On Sunday, Wildung (6’0/170) made 17 saves as the Minotauros came fro behind to defeat the Bismarck Bobcats, 2-1. Wildung allowed just a single goal in the two games and finished with a save percentage of 97.1%.  For the season, Wildung has a record of 10-11-3, a goals against average of 2.38 and a save percentage of 92%.

2nd Star: Cory Dunn, defenseman, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Girard, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard – Kyle Haak, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Evan Hesse, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Alexander Kasitsyn, forward, Minot Minotauros – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Alec Butcher - Kenai River Brown Bears

Alec Butcher

The Brown Bears picked up a big weekend sweep of the Minnesota Magicians to get a firmer grasp of a playoff spot and forward Alec Butcher, 19, made a big difference in the series. The native of Anchorage, Alaska, had four points including the game-winning goal each night, while also picking up a pair of assists. In Friday’s 5-2 win, Butcher had an assist and scored the game-winning goals in the 2nd period. In Saturday’s 4-2 win, Butcher (5’11/175) had another game-winning goal and an assist. Butcher is currently the NAHL’s leading scorer with 48 points in 41 games played. “I thought Alec and his line was very consistent all weekend and did not make a lot of mistakes,” said Kenai River head coach Geoff Beauparlant. “He prepares very well. He had a solid week of practice and it showed in the games. He finds the areas in the offensive zone to create offense.”

2nd Star: Kevin Aldridge, goaltender, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Cates, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill – Gustaf Johansson, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild – Blake Kelley, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Duggie Lagrone, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Troy Loggins, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Matt Rudin, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Scott Cuthrell - Soo Eagles

Scott Cuthrell

Over the weekend, the Soo Eagles not only picked up a weekend road sweep in Janesville against the Jets, but they also moved into 3rd place in the North Division in the process. Newly acquired forward Scott Cuthrell, 20, had a pair of goals in the wins and now has 15 points in 12 games with the Eagles. On Friday, Cuthrell (5’9/160) scored a power play goal in the Eagles 3-2 win. On Saturday, the native of Waterford, Michigan scored again in a 3-2 shootout win.“Scott has been such a nice addition for us. He knows how to put the puck in the net. He has been nothing short of sensational,” said Eagles head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “I believe he is a NCAA Division I prospect because he knows how to score goals and is very smart.”

2nd Star: Max Milosek, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vito Aluia, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Nate Klebe, goaltender, Soo Eagles

 

South Star of the Week: PJ Bridges - Topeka RoadRunners

PJ Bridges

Topeka goalie PJ Bridges had a little extra motivation this past weekend as the RoadRunners picked up a weekend sweep in Springfield. Two weeks earlier, Bridges (6’0/185) lost his teammate and roommate Peter Halash to a tragic car accident. In the first games since Halash’s passing, Bridges was outstanding in the sweep as he stopped 59 of 60 shots in the two wins to remain the NAHL’s top goaltender statistically. On Friday, the native of Waterford, Michigan, stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his 6th shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, Bridges made 35 saves in a 6-1 win. “PJ put the team on his back and he showed it this weekend. I think he had Peter in the back of his mind and it gave him some motivation to perform well,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer. “I have had a lot of good goalies in my time in Topeka and Peter is special. He is such a solid goalie and one that is going to make an impact at the next level.”

2nd Star: Anthony Croston, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Davis, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Ben Greiner, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Cody Gylling, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Haverstrom, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Wes Michaud, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Forbes Ploszaj, goaltender, Corpus Christi IceRays – David Zevnik, goaltender, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 13, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Tyler Dunagan - Bismarck Bobcats

Tyler Dunagan

Bismarck forward Tyler Dunagan, 20, helped his team capture three of four points this weekend as they lost in a shootout at home to Aberdeen on Friday, 4-3 and rebounded for a 7-2 win at home over Brookings on Saturday. The native of Maple Grove, Minnesota contributed in both games totaling four assists along with a +3 rating. Dunagan (5’11/185) assisted on Bismarck’s first goal in Friday’s shootout loss. On Saturday, he had three assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in a 7-2 win over the Blizzard. In 36 games this season, Dunagan has 25 points. “Tyler has been a nice addition for us. We know he is talented offensive player with a lot of skill,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “He is really starting to produce offensive and when he is clicking, we are a much better team because of it.”

2nd Star: Jay Dickman, forward, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chad Catt, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings – Jacob McDowell, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Hinz - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Nick Hinz

The Ice Dogs lead in the Midwest Division increased to eight points thanks to their three-game weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Four-year veteran defenseman Nick Hinz, 20, was at his best in the three wins as the native of Oakdale, Minnesota was a +5 and had four points in the weekend sweep. On Thursday, Hinz (5’11/190) picked up two assists in a 4-1 win. He was +1 in the 6-5 win on Friday and on Saturday he had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win. In 38 games this season, Hinz has 14 points.  “Nick understands what it takes to be successful at this level and he doesn’t take a night off,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He is steady and consistent and will be very solid defenseman at the NCAA Division I level someday.”

2nd Star: Zach Quinn, goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Cates, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill – Nathan Colwell, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Blake Kelley, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Kyle Lee, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Troy Loggins, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Omar Mullan, forward, Wenatchee Wild

 

North Star of the Week: Sandis Zolmanis - Soo Eagles

Sandis Zolmanis

Thanks to their recent stretch of winning, the Soo Eagles are a playoff contender, which including taking three of four points this weekend at home against the 1st place Port Huron Fighting Falcons. With five points in his last five games, including three goals this past weekend, 19-year-old forward Sandis Zolmanis lead the way for the Eagles. On Saturday, the native of Riga, Latvia, scored the game-tying goal with :02 seconds to go in regulation and also scored in the shootout as the Eagles fell to the Fighting Falcons 3-2. On Sunday, Zolmanis (6’0/183) scored twice in a 5-2 win. After playing the first four games with the Minnesota Magicians, Zolmanis had scored 16 points in 20 games with the Eagles. “Sandis has been an impact player for us ever since he has joined the club,” said Eagles head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “He is a very skilled and smart player. He is unselfish with the puck and he settles us down and really helps the power play.”

2nd Star: Alex Baskakov, defenseman, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bednard, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alex Blankenburg, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Scott Cuthrell, forward, Soo Eagles – Trevor Stone, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Mike Davis - Amarillo Bulls

Mike Davis

The Bulls current seven-game winning streak has coincided with the recent good play of 20-year-old forward Mike Davis. The native of Newark, Delaware had six points in three games this past week to help the Bulls to a 10-point lead in the South Division. After being on the ice for the only Amarillo goal in a 1-0 overtime win over Odessa on Tuesday, Davis (5’9/185) was a major factor in Friday’s 4-2 win over Rio Grande Valley as he scored twice, including the game-winning goal, and assisted on the other two goals. On Saturday, Davis picked up two more assists in a 3-0 win. The three-year NAHL veteran now leads the Bulls in scoring with 42 points in 39 games played. His 42 points also ranks 2nd among all scorers in the NAHL. “Mike played really well this weekend.  His veteran leadership really has stood out lately and he rallied the team on Friday,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “Not only does he factor in the scoring, but he does the little things too. He leads our team in blocked shots and is one of the leaders in hits.  It goes hand in hand with how hard he works. He has the potential to be a solid NCAA Division I player.”

2nd Star: TJ Black, goaltender, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Monfils, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tony Roisum, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Alexey Solovyev, defenseman, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 6, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Dillon Eichstadt - Aberdeen Wings

Dillon Eichstadt

Aberdeen defenseman Dillon Eichstadt, 19, had a good week for the Wings, who picked up two wins in three games during the week. The native of Bemidji, Minnesota, had five points (all assists) in the three games and was a +1. On Tuesday night, Eichstadt (6’0/170) assisted on Aberdeen’s first goal in a 2-1 win at Bismarck. On Friday night, he picked up another assist on the Wings lone goal in a 4-1 home loss to Austin. On Saturday, Eichstadt saved his best game for last as he assisted on three of Aberdeen’s four goals in a 4-2 win over the Bruins. For the season, Eichstadt is second in team scoring for defensemen with 23 points. His 23 points ranks 7th among NAHL defensemen and his 22 assists ranks 3rd. “Dillon made some great plays in transition and also on the power play this past week. He has great vision and the ability to make plays. We look forward to his continued development,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter.

2nd Star: Aaron Nelson, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bretner, defenseman, Austin Bruins – Jeff Flicker, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Jake Horton, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Tayler Munson - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Tayler Munson

Fairbanks forward Tayler Munson, 20, has taken his torrid December and kept it going the first week of 2014 with four productive games this past week. The native of Fairbanks, Alaska, and recent recipient of the NAHL’s Forward of the Month Award for December had seven points in four games this past week as the Ice Dogs went 2-2 in four road games. Munson (6’1/195) had three goals and four assists and was +5 in the four games. His best game came this past Saturday as he had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win in Wenatchee. It extended Munson’s NAHL-high point streak to 14 straight games. His 35 points to date rank 1st on the Ice Dogs roster and 4th overall in the NAHL. “It is good to see Tayler healthy and producing at a level that we know he is capable of,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He has really taken on a leadership role this season on and off the ice and it has had a positive effect on our younger players. He is going to be a very solid NCAA Division I hockey player.”

2nd Star: Mike Coyne, forward, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hans Gorowsky, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Thomas Lindstrom, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Jaycob McCombs, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rivera, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Atte Tolvanen, goaltender, Minnesota Magicians

 

North Star of the Week: Jonathan Kopacka - Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Jonathan Kopacka

Port Huron defenseman Jonathan Kopacka, 20, helped the Fighting Falcons to a 3-1 record this past week with four productive games. The native of Metamora, Michigan, had six points in the four games and was a +1. Kopacka (6’1/185) had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Springfield on New Year’s Eve. On Friday night, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over Janesville and on Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-0 shutout of the Jets. Kopacka’s 25 points to date rank him tied for 4th among NAHL defensemen. “Jonathan has really improved during his time in the NAHL, but the difference was the work he put it this past summer. He has always been a good skater, but he had added strength and stamina to that and it has made him a complete defenseman,” said Fighting Falcons head coach Michael Gershon. “He is one of the leaders on our club and when he is playing his best we are a better team for it.”

2nd Star: Alex Okicki, goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Belger, forward, Soo Eagles – AJ Jarosz, forward, Soo Eagles – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matthew Meier, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kevin Shand, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Bryan Yim, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

 

South Star of the Week: Brady Fergsuon - Amarillo Bulls

Brady Fergsuon

For four straight games now, Amarillo forward Brady Ferguson, 19, has scored a goal and an assist. That trend continued this past week for the Lewisville, Texas native as the Bulls won three more games to increase their South Division lead to four points. Ferguson (6’0/190) totaled six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and was +5 in the three wins this past week. On New Year’s Eve, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over Lone Star. On Friday night, he added the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over Corpus Christi and on Saturday, he added another goal and an assist in a 6-2 win over the IceRays. In 36 games this season, Fergsuon has 24 points. “Brady has been playing really well and he has rededicated himself to have a better second half,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “He has been a big reason for our offensive production as of late and he has unlimited potential as a player and that is encouraging for the future.”

2nd Star: PJ Bridges, goaltender, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Halash, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Nick Monfils, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Sean Mostrom, defenseman, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Evan Schmidbauer, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Brett Szajner, defenseman, Amarillo Bulls – Malo Ville, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – David Zevnik, goaltender, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 30, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Bjorn Sigurdarson - Aberdeen Wings

Bjorn Sigurdarson

Icelandic-born forward Bjorn Sigurdarson, 19, will represent his home country at the Division II Group B IIHF World Junior Championships in Spain in a few weeks and he warmed up nicely as he helped the Aberdeen Wings to a weekend home and home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. Sigurdarson (5’11/175) had two goals and two assists in the two games and was +2. Both of his goals each night were the game-winners. On Friday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he added another game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-1 road win. For the season, Sigurdarson is second on the Wings in scoring with 23 points in 29 games. “Bjorn was great for us this past weekend. He’s a player that is really improving and has been one of our best players the last month or so,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter. “He has the ability to be a difference maker for us and we look forward to his continued growth.”

2nd Star: Conor Andrle, forward, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chad Catt, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kris Oldham - Kenai River Brown Bears

Kris Oldham

Although he played in just one game this past weekend, Brown Bears rookie netminder Kris Oldham made it count. The 16-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, posted his first career NAHL shutout on Saturday night as the Brown Bears blanked the Minnesota Wilderness, 3-0. Oldham (6’4/215) made 33 saves in the game, including 14 in the 3rd period when the Brown Bears were outshot, 14-2. For the season, Oldham has a 5-3-2 record with a 2.95 goals against average and a 91.1% save percentage. “We needed a lift this weekend and Kris came through with a great performance on Saturday night,” said Brown Bears head coach Geoff Beauparlant. “He was confident and focused all game long and saved his best hockey for the last period when we were shorthanded for a long period of time.”

2nd Star: Brett Gervais, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Bleck, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Ben Campbell, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kasimir Kaskisuo, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Rudin, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Stefanos Lekkas - Springfield Jr. Blues

Stefanos Lekkas

Springfield rookie goaltender Stefanos Lekkas, 17, helped his team to a weekend split in Topeka. On Friday night, the native of Elburn, Illinois made 46 saves in a 2-0 loss to the RoadRunners. On Saturday night, Lekkas (5’11/165) stopped all 45 shots that came his way in regulation and it overtime, and then he stopped all three shooters in the shootout for the 1-0 shutout win. It was his first career NAHL shutout. For the weekend, Lekkas faced 93 shots and stopped 91 of them. For the season, Lekkas is in the top 10 in NAHL goaltending statistics including wins (10), goals against average (2.17) and save percentage (93.4%). “Stefanos was great all weekend. All we ask is that he gives is a chance to win every night and that’s what he has done for us,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski. “His strength is his quickness and he manages to make the saves he probably shouldn’t make, which keeps us in the game.”

2nd Star: Logan Halladay, goaltender, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Avolio, forward, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Forbes Ploszaj - Corpus Christi IceRays

Forbes Ploszaj

Corpus Christi goaltender Forbes Ploszaj, who celebrates his 17th birthday today, helped the IceRays pick up a weekend home and home split with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. On Friday, the native of Gilbert, Arizona made 29 saves in a 2-1 loss at home to the Killer Bees. The next night, Ploszaj (6’0/180) stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his first career NAHL shutout in a 1-0 win over the Killer Bees. For the weekend, he stopped 49 of a possible 51 shots in the two games. For the season, Ploszaj has a 6-7-1 record with a 2.33 goals against average and a 91.1% save percentage.Forbes stepped up in a big way with Ben Myers out,” said IceRays head coach John Becanic. “He gave us an opportunity each night to get points and stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.”

2nd Star: Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): PJ Bridges, goaltender, Topeka RoadRunners – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Kyle Froese, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 23, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Luke Dietsch - Austin Bruins

Luke Dietsch

The Austin Bruins got back to the winning side of the things this past weekend as they captured two wins and moved back into sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. Forward Luke Dietsch, 19, paced the offense during the weekend as he recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, the native of St. Paul, Minnesota, had a goal and three assists, including an assist on the game-winning goal, in a 5-1 road win against the Minnesota Magicians. The next night in Austin, Dietsch (6’1/200) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wilderness. For the season, Dietsch has 16 points in 29 games played this year. “Luke got back to playing the game the way he is capable of,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok. “Luke plays with a lot of speed and did a great job of possessing the puck and driving to the net. We are playing him more on special teams and he has made an impact there as well.”

2nd Star: Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillon Eichstadt, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Evan Giesler, forward, Bismarck Bobcats - Russ Jordan, forward, Brookings Blizzard – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Eddie Matsushima - Coulee Region Chill

Eddie Matsushima

The Coulee Region Chill have been on fire as of late and even though the split with the surging Brookings Blizzard this past weekend, the Chill have a firm hold on 3rd place in the Midwest Division. 19-year-old forward Eddie Matsushima led the charge this weekend as he was a factor in both games, totaling three points during the weekend. On Friday, the native of Verona, Wisconsin had the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period as the Chill downed the Blizzard, 5-3. On Saturday, Matsushima (5’11/185) had a goal and an assist and was +2 in a 4-2 loss against the Blizzard. In 24 games played this season, Matsushima has 19 points, which ranks 5th on the Chill roster. “Eddie has had a great couple of weeks recently and this past weekend was no exception to that,” said Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt. “He works really hard to get chances and generate offense for he and his teammates.”

2nd Star: Chase Perry, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Exell, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rivera, forward, Wenatchee Wild

 

North Star of the Week: Scott Cuthrell - Soo Eagles

Scott Cuthrell

Soo Eagles forward Scott Cuthrell, 20, has been on fire since joining the club last week and this past weekend was no exception. The native of Waterford, Michigan, helped the Eagles take five of six points in three tough road games as Soo moved into 4th place in the North Division. Cuthrell (5’9/160) totaled five points in the three games and has registered at least a point in all five games played with Soo to date. On Thursday, Cuthrell had two goals and an assist against his old club as the Eagles defeated the Michigan Warriors, 4-2. On Friday, Cuthrell had a goal in a 3-2 shootout loss at Port Huron. A night later, he scored again in regulation and also added a shootout goal in a 4-3 shootout win against the Fighting Falcons. “Scott knows how to score goals and create offense. As long as he remains responsible on the defensive end, he is very effective as a hockey player,” said Eagles head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “He is blessed with some great talent and a scoring touch and I think he could be a future NCAA Division I player.”

2nd Star: Joe Drabin, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bednard, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Niko Coffman, defenseman, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Mitch Maloney, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Landon Trutt, goaltender, Soo Eagles

 

South Star of the Week: David Zevnik - Wichita Falls Wildcats

David Zevnik

There is a new top team in the South Division and it is the Wichita Falls Wildcats thanks to their weekend road sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. The wins were thanks in large part to goaltender David Zevnik, who shut the door on the Bulls. The 19-year-old from Lakeville, Minnesota allowed just three goals in the two wins and stopped 68 of a possible 71 shots in the two wins. On Friday night, Zevnik (5’11/160) made 35 saves in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, Zevnik was even better as he stopped 33 shots through overtime and regulation and then stopped two of four shooters in the shootout as the Wildcats won 2-1 in a shootout. Zevnik has won his last five starts and ranks in the Top 7 in all major NAHL goaltending statistics including goals against average (1.76), save percentage (93.2%) and wins (13). “I thought David was clutch all weekend. He was under control the entire time, showed a lot of poise and most importantly, he gave us a chance to win,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter. “He is a very solid person and athlete and will be a great NCAA Division I goalie in the future.”

2nd Star: Nick Farmer, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Roman Ammirato, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Joe Chitwood, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brady Ferguson, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Wes Michaud, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Pelkey, defenseman, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 16, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Connor Girard - Brookings Blizzard

Connor Girard

It looks as if the Central Division is going to be a five-horse race the remainder of the season thanks to the recent play of the Brookings Blizzard and newly acquired goaltender Connor Girard. The 20-year-old NAHL veteran and native of Edina, Minnesota was outstanding this past weekend as the Blizzard swept the 1st place Austin Bruins in a home-and-home series. Girard (6’2/201) stopped 75 of a possible 77 shots during the weekend series. On Friday in Austin, Girard made 35 saves in a 3-1 win over the Bruins. The next night in Brookings, Girard was even better as he made 40 saves and allowed just a single power play goal in a 4-1 win. Since joining the Blizzard earlier this month, Girard has played in four games and posted a 94% save percentage. “Connor has been professional, hard-working and everything we expected him to be,” said Brookings head coach Cory Laylin. “I think the team is playing with more confidence and there us a sense of urgency now and a feeling we are in this race for the rest of the season. We know it is not too late and that we can compete with anyone. Connor believes he can succeed here and take the next steps in his hockey career.”

2nd Star: Ryan Sete, forward, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Brettingen, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Kyle Haak, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Jake Johnson, forward, Minot Minotauros – Merrick Madsen, goaltender, Minot Minotauros – Aaron Nelson, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats – Nate Repensky, defenseman, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jacob Hetz - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jacob Hetz

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are back atop the Midwest Division and back to having the best record in the NAHL thanks to their weekend road sweep of in-state rival Kenai River. The Ice Dogs won two, one-goal games and were bolstered by the play of 19-year-old forward Jacob Hetz. The native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania factored in on three of the five Ice Dogs goals during the weekend sweep. On Friday, Hetz (6’1/195) had the game-winning goal in the 2nd period as Fairbanks edged the Brown Bears, 2-1. The next night, Hetz picked up two assists, including one on the game-winning goal as the Ice Dogs again edged the Brown Bears, 3-2. Fairbanks has won 11 of their last 12 games. To date, Hetz has 16 points in 27 games played this season. “Jacob had a great weekend for us. He brought a lot of energy to both games and he really skates hard when he is out there,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He was in on three of the five goals this weekend and really made an impact when we needed it.”

2nd Star: Blake Cates, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Becker, defenseman, Wenatchee Wild – Trey Bradley, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Nathan Colwell, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hans Gorowsky, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Eric Purcell, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Logan Halladay - Janesville Jets

Logan Halladay

In just a matter of weeks, the Janesville Jets have gone from being at the bottom of the North Division to now knocking on the door of a playoff spot thanks to a stretch of success that has seen them win six of their last seven games. Jets 17-year-old goaltender Logan Halladay has been front and center behind that success, which included a home sweep this past weekend of the Springfield Jr. Blues. In the two one-goal wins, the native of Cary, North Carolina gave up just three goals and stopped 83 of a combined 86 shots. On Friday, Halladay (6’2/180) made a career-high 51 saves in a 2-1 win and on Saturday, he stopped 32 shots in a 3-2 win.  Halladay’s 93.1% save percentage now ranks 7th in the NAHL and he hasn’t suffered a loss in a game since November 3rd. “Logan has been unbelievable. There is a lot of attention on him right now by NHL and NCAA scouts and he has handled it with maturity,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble. “He gave up some early goals in both games, but he immediately bounced back and maintained his focus. He plays hard and works hard for this team and that is very inspiring to his teammates.”

2nd Star: Matt Seidel, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Kalter, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nate Klebe, goaltender, Soo Eagles – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Michael Louria, forward, Janesville Jets – Mitch Maloney, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Trevor Recktenwald, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jordan Watt, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

South Star of the Week: PJ Bridges - Topeka RoadRunners

PJ Bridges

No division race is tighter among the top four teams that the South. That is thanks in large part to the Topeka RoadRunners weekend home sweep over the Amarillo Bulls this past weekend. 20-year-old netminder PJ Bridges started and won both games as the RoadRunners are now just two points out of the 1st place in the division as they shut one of the NAHL’s best offenses down. On Friday night, the native of Waterford, Michigan made 25 saves and lost his shutout bid with just four minutes to go in the game in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, Bridges (6’0/185) made 26 saves in a 4-1 win over the Bulls. For the weekend, Bridges stopped 51 of a combined 53 shots in the two wins. Since joining the RoadRunners in late October, Bridges has a 8-3-1 record. His 1.49 goals against average ranks 2nd in the NAHL and his 94.4% save percentage ranks 3rd. “Wanted to go into the break on a high note and get as close as we could to 1st place, so being able to accomplish that against a very good Amarillo team really gave us a lot of confidence in where we are right now,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer. ‘PH has been a very nice addition for us.  He is a leader in the lockerroom and a leader on the ice. He gives the team a chance to win every game and plays with a lot of composure.”

2nd Star: David Zevnik, goaltender, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Croston, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Josh Haverstrom, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Nick Schmit, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 9, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Aaron Nelson - Bismarck Bobcats

Aaron Nelson

Consistency has been the name of the game for Bismarck goalie Aaron Nelson over the course of his three-year career and this past weekend was another example of why he has the Bobcats alone in the 2nd place in the Central Division. The 20-year-old native of Bismarck, ND, has won his last five straight games, which include two this weekend in a home-and-home sweep against the Brookings Blizzard. On Friday, Nelson (5’9/170) made 22 saves in a 4-1 home win. On Saturday, Nelson was even better, making 33 saves in a 3-1 road win in Brookings. Nelson ranks in the Top 10 in NAHL goaltending statistics, including goals against average and save percentage, and ranks 2nd in wins with 15. “We finally gained some momentum as a team, but Aaron has been very consistent all year long,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “He doesn’t waver and he can steal you a game. He is the reason why we are doing so well and we are hopeful that a NCAA Division I commitment is coming soon because he deserves it.”

2nd Star: Brennan Sanford, forward, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chad Catt, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Girard, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard – Kyle Haak, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Jon Lizotte, defenseman, Minot Minotauros – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard – Brandon Wildung, goaltender, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Brogan Rafferty - Coulee Region Chill

Brogan Rafferty

Defenseman Brogan Rafferty, 18, helped the Coulee Region Chill snap out of their funk this past weekend as they swept a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Magicians. The native of West Dundee, Illinois, had a great weekend with two goals and two assists and a +4 rating in the two wins. On Friday, Rafferty (6’1/175) assisted on the Chill’s first goal as they won 4-1 in Minnesota. The next night in Coulee Region, Rafferty had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist for a three-point game in a 4-2 win. For the season, Rafferty leads all Chill defensemen in scoring with 16 points in 26 games played. Brogan has really adjusted well to this level of play. He is a very coachable kid who gets better every day,” said Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt.

2nd Star: Parker Tuomie, forward, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakob Ahlgren, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Mario Bianchi, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Gessert, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nick Hinz, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Eddie Matsushima, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Matt Rudin, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Colton Wolter, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Robin Hoglund - Janesville Jets

Robin Hoglund

Janesville forward Robin Hoglund, 20, continued his hot streak this weekend as the Jets split a weekend home series with the Soo Eagles. The native of Molndal, Sweden, extended his scoring streak to five straight games with another big weekend as he recorded two goals and two assists and was a +3 three in the two games. On Friday, Hoglund (6’3/205) had a goal and an assist and was +2 in a 4-3 loss. On Saturday, Hoglund repeated his one goal, one assist performance only this time his goal was the game-winner in a 4-1 win. For the season, Hoglund is 3rd on the Jets in scoring with 24 points in 25 games played. “Robin is a guy that has come in here with a great attitude and a work ethic that is contagious,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble. “The young guys really build off his leadership and he is going to be a very exciting NCAA Division I player someday.”

2nd Star: Mike Sabatini, forward, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bednard, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Patrick Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Taylor Fernandez, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Mitch Hall, defenseman, Johnstown Tomahawks – Logan Halladay, goaltender, Janesville Jets – Max Kalter, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: TJ Black - Lone Star Brahmas

TJ Black

The Lone Star Brahmas had their most successful weekend to date as they swept the 1st place Amarillo Bulls at home by a combined score of 8-1 in the two games. Giving up just one goal in two games against the NAHL’s #1 offense was newly acquired goaltender TJ Black. The 18-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, who joined the Brahmas in late November, has been a shot in the arm for Lone Star. On Friday, Black allowed just a single goal and made 26 saves in a 4-1 win over Amarillo. On Saturday, Black (5’8/165) was even better as he made 23 saves and posted his first career NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win over the Bulls. For the weekend, Black stopped 49 of 50 shots in the sweep. Since joinging the Brahmas, Black has not allowed more than three goals in his six appearances as has a save percentage of 92.9%. “We are really happy with the way TJ has played thus far. He is calm and composed and the guys play with a lot of confidence in front of him,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong. “Hopefully it is something we as a team can keep building upon.”

2nd Star: Martin Hojbjerg, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Olli Kalkaja, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Lison, forward, Lone Star Brahmas – Ben Myers, goaltender, Corpus Christi IceRays – James Ring, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Evan Schmidbauer, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – David Zevnik, goaltender, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 2, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Michael Bigelbach - Minot Minotauros

Michael Bigelbach

Winners of their last six in a row, the Minot Minotauros are positioning themselves for another run at one of the top two playoff spots in the Central Division. This weekend’s home sweep of the Aberdeen Wings and a pre-Thanksgiving win over Bismarck helped the cause and defenseman Michael Bigelbach, 18, led the charge.  The native of Red Wing, Minnesota totaled five points and was a +1 in the three wins this past week. He started the week with an assist on the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 4-3 win in Bismarck. Bigelbach (6’2/175) followed that up with a goal and two assist effort in a 4-3 win over Aberdeen on Friday, in which he again assisted on the game-winning goal. On Saturday, he picked up another assist in a 4-0 shutout win over the Wings. “Michael has so much potential and has been a real big asset for us,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray. “He is playing his best hockey as the situations get tougher and more challenging and that is very encouraging.”

2nd Star: Aaron Nelson, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick DeCenzo, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Jay Dickman, forward, Austin Bruins – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard – Brennan Sanford, forward, Austin Bruins – Brandon Wildung, goaltender, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Atte Tolvanen - Minnesota Magicians

Atte Tolvanen

The Magicians posted a couple of franchise firsts this past weekend as they picked up their first series sweep and also their first shutout. Goaltender Atte Tolvanen, 19, was in goal for both of the wins as the Magicians moved into 4th place in the Midwest Division. On Friday, the native of Vihti, Finland, made 29 saves in a 4-3 win over the Brookings Blizzard.  On Saturday, Tolvanen (5’11/187) stopped all 37 shots that came his way for his first and that Magicians first shutout in the NAHL by a 2-0 score.  For the weekend, Tolvanen stopped 66 of a combined 69 shots. Tolvanen ranked tied for 8th in the NAHL in save percentage with a 92.4% mark this season. “Atte is very talented and all we can ask is that he gives us a chance to win every night,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer. “This weekend, it kind of all came together where he got the support he needed and everyone put forth a solid effort all game long.”

2nd Star: Viktor Liljegren, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Butcher, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Chandler Madry, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matt Nuttle, defenseman, Wenatchee Wild – Matt Rudin, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Parker Tuomie, forward, Wenatchee Wild

 

North Star of the Week: Logan Halladay - Janesville Jets

Logan Halladay

Winners of their last three straight and four of their last five games, the Janesville Jets are climbing the standings in the North and are now just five points out of a playoff spot. This past week, the Jets won all three of their games and 17-year-old netminder Logan Halladay started and won all three games. The native of Cary, North Carolina, who is also an alum of the NAPHL, began his week with a 45-save effort in a 3-2 shootout win in Springfield on Wednesday. On Friday, Halladay (6’2/180) stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 5-1 home win over Coulee Region. On Saturday, Halladay shined again making 31 saves in a 4-3 road win at Coulee Region.  For the week, Halladay stopped 103 of 109 shots that came his way. “With Logan in the net, at times it is like a third defenseman on the ice because he moves the puck so well,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble. “I think everyone knows he is capable of playing at an elite level, but because that he is younger goalie we feel like the sky is the limit for him because he is improving every day.”

2nd Star: Robin Hoglund, forward, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Jones, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Logan Lambdin, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Okicki, goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

South Star of the Week: Will Vosejpka - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Will Vosejpka

Second year forward Will Vosejpka, 19, helped the Wichita Falls Wildcats to two wins in three games this past week as they maintained their spot tied for 2nd place in the South Division. On Wednesday, the native of Midland, Michigan started his week by picking up the game-winning goal and adding an assist in a 3-1 win at the Lone Star Brahmas. On Friday, Vosejpka (6’0/185) picked up two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win over the visiting Corpus Christi IceRays. On Saturday, Vosejpka assisted on one of the two Wichita Falls goals in a 4-2 loss at home to the IceRays.  For the week, the Air Force Academy recruit totaled five points and was a +2. He leads the Wildcats in goals this season with nine and is tied for 2nd in points with 17. “Will has developed into a real solid player. He has a great shot, great speed and has become a real impact player for us,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter.

2nd Star: Ben Greiner, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): PJ Bridges, goaltender, Topeka RoadRunners – Anthony Croston, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Wes Michaud, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nick Monfils, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tyler Poulsen, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Colin Staub, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 25, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Brandon Wildung - Minot Minotauros

Brandon Wildung

Minot Minotauros goalie Brandon Wildung, 19, helped his team pick up a weekend series sweep for the second time this season as the Minotauros took two games on the road against the Minnesota Magicians. On Friday, the native of Minneota, Minnesota made 26 saves in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, Wildung (6’0/170) was even better as he stopped all 22 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout victory. It was Wildung’s first shutout of the season. For the weekend, Wildung stopped 48 of a possible 51 shots. "Brandon has been very solid for us all season long and he turned in a very good weekend for us,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray. “He came up huge for us on Friday stopping a penalty shot to give our team a chance to win. On Saturday, I thought our team played very well in front of him, but he was very good when called upon. Both he and Merrick Madsen have been very good and are both a big part of our success as of late."

2nd Star: Nick Lehr, goaltender, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chad Catt, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings – Colton Kramer, forward, Minot Minotauros – Aaron Nelson, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats – Brandon Parker, defenseman, Brookings Blizzard – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Huba Sekesi, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – Drew Weigman, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Doug Rose - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Doug Rose

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs increased their winning streak to five straight games thanks to two home weekend wins over the Wichita Falls Wildcats by identical 3-1 wins. Ice Dogs defenseman Doug Rose, 20, not only helped hold the Wildcats to a goal each night, but he also contributed on the offensive end. For the weekend, Rose (5’11/190) had three goals and an assist for four points and was a +4 in the two wins. Both of Rose’s goals were the game-winners. On Friday, the native of Sewell, New Jersey had two goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, Rose had the game-winning goal and an assist in another 3- 1 win. Now in his third NAHL season, Rose leads all Ice Dogs defenseman in scoring with 13 points in 23 games played. “Doug had an exceptional weekend,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He defended well, moved the puck well, competed hard and jumped in to the offensive play at the appropriate times.”

2nd Star: Richard Zehnal, forward, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trey Bradley, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Alec Butcher, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Gessert, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Terry Leabo, defenseman, Minnesota Wilderness – Troy Loggins, forward, Wenatchee Wild – James McGing, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Jakob Romo, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Colton Wolter, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Stefanos Lekkas - Springfield Jr. Blues

Stefanos Lekkas

Springfield goalie Stefanos Lekkas, 17, had a great weekend for the Jr. Blues as they picked up three of four points in home series with the Janesville Jets. For the weekend, the native of Elburn, Illinois started in both games and stopped a combined 60 of 62 shots, good for a 96.8% save percentage. On Friday, Lekkas (5’11/165) made 38 saves through regulation and overtime and faced seven shooters in a 2-1 shootout loss. On Saturday, Lekkas made 22 saves in a 4-1 win over the Jets. For the season, Lekkas has a 2.36 goals against average and a 92.8% save percentage. “Stefanos has been solid all year for us,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski. “The team has a lot of confidence when he is in net and we have a chance to win any game we play. He makes all the saves you expect him to and some that you don’t.”

2nd Star: Bruno Birzitis, forward, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kevin Shand, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Zach Wallace, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jordan Watt, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

South Star of the Week: PJ Bridges - Topeka RoadRunners

PJ Bridges

It was a perfect week (literally) for Topeka goaltender PJ Bridges.  The 20-year-old from Waterford, Michigan, who was picked up by the RoadRunners in late October has really solidified the position for Topeka and this past week was another example of that as Bridges (6’0/185) posted two shutouts in two home starts over the Odessa Jackalopes. On Thursday night, Bridges stopped all 16 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win. On Friday, he made 15 saves in a 7-0 shutout of the Jackalopes. In seven starts this season, Bridges already has three shutouts, a goals against average of 1.27 and a save percentage of 95.1%. “PJ has been a huge addition to the team,” said RoadRunners head coach Scott Langer. “He is a leader and he comes to work everyday. His work ethic sets him apart and he is a player capable of being an NCAA Division I goalie someday.”

2nd Star: Maurin Bouvet, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Abood, defenseman, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Roman Ammirato, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Jake Durflinger, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jasen Fernsler, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Tyler Gernhofer, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Schmit, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Will Vosejpka, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 18, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Chad Catt - Aberdeen Wings

Chad Catt

The Aberdeen Wings moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the Central Division thanks to their weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Wings goaltender Chad Catt, 19, was in goal for both wins, in which he allowed just two goals in 123+ minutes of action. For the weekend, Catt (5’10/185) stopped 76 of 78 shots for a 97.4% save percentage and a goals against of just 0.98. On Friday, the native of Williamstown, Michigan, made 37 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped all four shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, Catt was even better as he stopped all 39 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout. For the season, Catt ranks tied for 2nd in the NAHL with a 95.5% save percentage and ranks in the top five in both shutouts and goals against average. “Chad was great for us this weekend,” said Aberdeen head coach Travis Winter. “Our guys played great in front of him and he make some big saves when we needed them.”

2nd Star: Jacob Howie, forward, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Kramer, forward, Minot Minotauros – Nick Lehr, goaltender, Austin Bruins – Michele Marchetti, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Austin Priebe, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Tanner Barnes - Wenatchee Wild

Tanner Barnes

It was a breakout weekend for newly acquired Wenatchee Wild forward Tanner Barnes. Since being picked up in a trade with Coulee Region, Barnes, 19, had yet to find his stride. However, he did this weekend as the Wild posted a weekend split in Johnstown against the Tomahawks. The native of Burnsville, Minnesota totaled six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games and was a +4. In Friday’s 6-4 loss, Barnes (6’1/170) chimed in on three of the four Wenatchee goals as he recorded a goal and two assists in the close loss. On Saturday, Barnes scored again and registered two more assists, including on the game-winning goal, in a 5-1 win. His six points in the two games represents all of his points to date this season. “This past weekend Tanner and his line were very solid. They played well in all areas of the ice and created a lot of our offensive production,” said Wenatchee head coach Bliss Littler. “Tanner brings some much needed experience to the team and he has been a welcome addition. He is a big player that skates very well.”

2nd Star: Kevin Aldridge, goaltender, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Colwell, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mike Coyne, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Jacob Hetz, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kris Oldham, goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Matt Seidel - Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Matt Seidel

Although he played in just one game this past weekend, it was hard to ignore the performance from Port Huron forward Matt Seidel. The 19-year-old forward from Troy, Michigan, had a career night as he scored four goals and added two assists and was a +3 in Port Huron’s 10-4 win in Janesville against the Jets on Saturday. The six points in one game in tops for a player in the NAHL this season and his four goals also equals a single-game high. Seidel (6’3/185) scored a goal in the 1st period and three more in the 3rd period. In 10 games with the Fighting Falcons this season, Seidel has seven points, six of which came on Saturday night. “I think there was a period to time that Matt needed to get himself acclimated with the team and now that he understands the system, he is a very important piece to our success,” said Port Huron head coach Michael Gershon. “When he is at his best, he is a pure goal scorer and Matt has a tremendous amount of talent.”

2nd Star: AJ Marcinek, forward, Michigan Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kristofers Bindulis, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Patrick Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jon Farkas, forward, Michigan Warriors – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Austin Romzek, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

 

South Star of the Week: Chase Munroe - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Chase Munroe

Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears in Alaska, the Wichita Falls Wildcats find themselves back on track and now in a 2nd place tie in the South Division. Rookie goaltender Chase Munroe, 18, arguably had his best weekend of the year as he started and won both games. The native of Naperville, Illinois, faced a total of 79 shots and stopped 76 of them, which was good for a 96.2% save percentage and 1.44 goals against average during the weekend. On Friday, Munroe (6’3/210) made 38 saves in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 38 saves through regulation and overtime, then he stopped all five Brown Bears shooters in the shootout in a 2-1 win. For the season, Munroe has a 7-4-2 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a 92.4% save percentage. “Chase made a lot of big saves when he had to and that’s what a contending team needs,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter. “We have great goaltending depth and it has made both of them better. Chase has good rebound control and the more he utilizes his size, the more effective he is in goal.” 

2nd Star: Eric Hancock, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Bennett, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jasen Fernsler, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Tyler Gernhofer, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Ben Greiner, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Lucas McDiarmid, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Sean Mostrom, defenseman, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Sam Piazza, defenseman, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Andrew Roye, defenseman, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Sieckhaus, forward, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 11, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Austin Priebe - Brookings Blizzard

Austin Priebe

The Brookings Blizzard took three of four points in a weekend series in Minot and 20-year-old goaltender Austin Priebe was very solid in both games. The native of Wausau, Wisconsin and Air Force recruit started the weekend with a 4-2 win on Friday against the Minotauros, making 24 saves. A night later, Priebe (6’4/210) was even better in a 2-1 shootout loss, where he made 25 saves through regulation and overtime and allowed just a single goal in the shootout. For the weekend, Priebe stopped 49 of 52 shots and helped the Blizzard come away with three valuable points. “Austin has found his groove, which is really helping us be a better team. I think he just needed to loosen up and play his game,” said Brookings head coach Cory Laylin. “He moves the puck well and with his size, it that lends itself well to his overall athleticism.”

2nd Star: Justin Quale, goaltender, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Andrle, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Trey Dodd, forward, Austin Bruins – Jake Howie, forward, Minot Minotauros – Merrick Madsen, goaltender, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kasimir Kaskisuo - Minnesota Wilderness

Kasimir Kaskisuo

If the NAHL had to name an MVP at this point of the season, Minnesota Wilderness goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo, 20, would probably lead the conversation. The native of Vantaa, Finland, was outstanding this past week as the Wilderness won three games and increased their win streak to 10 straight games. Kaskisuo (6’3/195) showed why he is the league’s top goaltender as he allowed just a single goal in the three wins. On Wednesday, Kaskisuo made 20 saves in a 2-0 home shutout of the 1st place Austin Bruins. Two nights later, he made 33 saves in a 1-0 shutout in Aberdeen against the Wings, which was his league-leading sixth shutout of the season. On Saturday, he made 26 saves in a 2-1 win in Aberdeen. For the season, Kaskisuo leads the NAHL in almost every single goaltending category including: wins (12), shutouts (6), goals against average (0.99) and save percentage (96.0%). “As the old saying goes, the best penalty killer is your goalie, which is one of the major reasons why our penalty kill has performed the way it has,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen. “We won in a very tough place against a very tough team in Aberdeen. I thought on Friday, Kasimir was outstanding. He remains calm and makes the saves we need him to make.  The entire team is playing well in front of him.”

2nd Star: Tayler Munson, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kevin Aldridge, goaltender, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jake Bushey, defenseman, Kenai River Brown Bears – Matt Colford, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Sean Kalbak, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Nick Kuchera, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Terry Leabo, defenseman, Minnesota Wilderness – Brogan Rafferty, defenseman, Coulee Region Chill – Zack Zulkanycz, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Shane Bednard - Johnstown Tomahawks

Shane Bednard

18-year-old Shane Bednard, helped the Johnstown Tomahawks pick up a weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues to keep pace in the North Division. The native of Macomb, Michigan, recorded five points in the two wins, which included three goals and two assists.  On Friday, Bednard (5’10/165) had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Jr. Blues. On Saturday, he had another goal and an assist in a 6-5 win over the Jr. Blues. Bednard was also a +2 during the weekend. In 20 games this season, Bednard has 13 points for the Tomahawks. “Shane is really starting to shoot the puck and keep things simple. He does a great job of going to the net for his scoring chances,” said Johnstown head coach Jason Spence. “I think he is the kind of player that never wants a day off, is always trying to improve and it rubs off on his teammates.”

2nd Star: Zach Badalamenti, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Darren Brady, defenseman, Soo Eagles – David Dekorte, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brandon Reinholz, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Mike Severson, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – TJ Stuntz, forward, Michigan Warriors – Zack Szajner, forward, Michigan Warriors – Bryan Yim, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

 

South Star of the Week: Tyler Gernhofer - Amarillo Bulls

Tyler Gernhofer

The defending champion Amarillo Bulls are right back to where they left off last season, at the top of the NAHL. Thanks to a week that featured four road wins, the Bulls lead the NAHL in wins and points. Forward Tyler Gernhofer, 18, had a huge week and now is tied for the NAHL scoring lead with 26 points and is leading the NAHL with 17 goals, which includes six game-winning goals. The Grapevine, Texas native had seven points this past week in Amarillo’s four wins, which included five goals. On Tuesday, Gernhofer (5’10/195) scored a goal in a 4-2 win against the Brahmas. Over the weekend in Corpus Christi, Gernhofer scored the game-winning goals in both wins, which included a two-point night on Friday and a four-point night on Sunday, which included a hat-trick. Gernhofer’s 26 points to date matches his season total from a year ago. “Tyler is a dynamite offensive threat and he has one of the best releases I have seen in my four years in the league,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “He is starting to play with much more confidence and is scoring goals at important times in the games, and he is responsible in all facets of the game.”

2nd Star: Joe Grabowski, defenseman, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maurin Bouvet, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nick Farmer, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Ben Kuchera, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Brad LeLievre, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Aleksi Luhtalampi, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Nick Schmit, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 4, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Guillaume Leclerc - Austin Bruins

Guillaume Leclerc

One of the early candidates for Rookie of the Year through the first two months of the season is Austin Bruins forward Guillaume Leclerc. The 17-year-old University of Massachusetts-Lowell recruit has lit the NAHL on fire since his debut in September and this past week was another example of his stellar play as the Bruins swept the Kenai River Brown Bears. The native of Franois, France, had two goals and an assist and was a +4 in the two wins. All of Leclerc’s (5’8/165) scoring came in Friday night’s 5-3 win. He was also a +1 in a 3-1 win on Saturday. For the season, Leclerc is second on the Bruins roster in scoring with 19 points and he ranks 2nd in the entire NAHL with 11 goals to date. “For his size, he does such a good job of getting in front of the net and he isn’t afraid to go in the tough areas,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok. “Guillaume has a tremendous amount of skill and will be a great NCAA Division I hockey player. He is just scratching the surface with his potential.”

2nd Star: Kyle Haak, forward, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Troy Delger, forward, Minot Minotauros – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Cameron Rowat, forward, Minot Minotauros

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Thomas Delaney - Minnesota Magicians

Thomas Delaney

New Minnesota Magicians defenseman Thomas Delaney, 18, has been a breath of fresh air for the Magicians. This past weekend, Delaney (6’2/195) was a major difference maker in Minnesota’s three-game series in Janesville. The native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota ended up with four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and a +3 rating as the Magicians took two of three games against the Jets. Delaney scored a goal in each game, which included a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss on Friday, a 4-2 win on Saturday and a 3-2 win on Sunday. His goal on Saturday ended up being the game-winner. “Thomas is a smooth skating and physical defenseman and he brings a lot to the offensive side,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer. “When you combine that with his physicality, he is a really special and talented player and he makes us a better team.”

2nd Star: Gustaf Johansson, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trey Bradley, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Lonnie Clary, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matt Colford, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Brett Gervais, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Albin Karlsson, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kasimir Kaskisuo, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness – Frank Oplinger, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness

 

North Star of the Week: Alex Archibald - Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Alex Archibald

One of the key pieces to the puzzle of the Fighting Falcons early season success is third-year veteran defenseman Alex Archibald. The 19-year-old Port Huron, Michigan native helped the Fighting Falcons take three of four points on the road this weekend against the Johnstown Tomahawks in a pair of games. On Friday, Archibald (6’0/175) had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he picked up another assist in a 4-3 overtime loss. Archibald was also a +4 during the weekend. For the season, Archibald ranks 4th among NAHL defensemen in scoring with 13 points and his +10 rating ranks him tied for 3rd among league defensemen. “Alex has played really well of late and for whatever reason, plays extraordinarily well against Johnstown,” said Fighting Falcons head coach Michael Gershon. “He initiated a lot of plays and he understands how to play at this level. He is a good skater and has put on some size, which helps him be a complete player.”

2nd Star: Jake Hopfner, forward, Michigan Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bednard, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alex Blankenburg, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Max Kalter, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Bradley Mueller, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Alec Pellegrino, forward, Michigan Warriors

 

South Star of the Week: Evan Schmidbauer - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Evan Schmidbauer

For the second week in a row, a Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees forward has been selected as the South’s #1 star and conversely in that time frame the Killer Bees have moved into a tie for the top spot in the division. This week, the honor went to 20-year-old veteran forward Evan Schmidbauer. The native of Surrey, British Columbia helped the Killer Bees pick up a weekend road sweep in Wichita Falls against a Wildcats team that began the weekend in 1st place. Schmidbauer (6’2/200) scored two goals, which the game-winners in both contests, and added an assist in the weekend wins. He was also a +2 in the two games. In Friday’s 4-1 win, Schmidbauer had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-1 win and on Saturday he scored the game-winning goal again in a 3-1 win. Schmidbauer, who has played in almost 200 career NAHL regular season and playoff games, has 10 points in 17 games played this season. “Evan brings a ton of valuable experience and leadership to our club,” said Killer Bees head coach Joe Coombs. “He was coming off an injury and didn’t miss a beat this past weekend. He played really well because picking up a sweep in Wichita Falls is a tough thing to do.”

2nd Star: Tyler Gernhofer, forward, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Paul Berrafato, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Haverstrom, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Olli Kalkaja, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Yoshihiro Kuroiwa, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes – Leo Lumm, forward, Odessa Jackalopes - Wes Michaud, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 28, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Huba Sekesi - Bismarck Bobcats

Huba Sekesi

The Bobcats are back on top of the Central Division as they share 1st place with the Austin Bruins and that is thanks to their hot play and a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minot Minotauros this past weekend. 20-year-old forward Huba Sekesi was the shining star for the Bobcats as the native of Munich, Germany registered two goals and two assists for four points in the two wins. Both of Sekesi’s (6’1/200) goals were game-winners. On Friday, Sekesi had the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win at home and on Saturday he had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-2 win in Minot. “I can’t say enough about Huba and his start this year,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “It has been huge for us to get that type of caliber of player on the team.  He has great skill and good size and they go hand in hand in his success.”

2nd Star: Nick Lehr, goaltender, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillon Eichstadt, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Evan Hesse, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Austin Priebe, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard – Filip Starzynski, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – Patrick Steinhauser, forward, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Albin Karlsson - Kenai River Brown Bears

Albin Karlsson

Kenai River second-year forward Albin Karlsson, 19, helped the Brown Bears to a three-game weekend road sweep in Wenatchee against the Wild this weekend and help the Brown Bears stay in the top spot in the Midwest Division. The forward from Uppsala, Sweden, totaled six points in the three wins and was remarkably consistent during the weekend. On Friday, Karlsson (5’8/160) had two assists and also scored in the shootout in a 4-3 shootout win. On Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, Karlsson scored the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period and added an assist in a 4-3 win. The most impressive stat for the weekend for Karlsson however, was that he was a +8 during the weekend. In 14 games played this season, Karlsson had 15 points.

2nd Star: Alec Butcher, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Cates, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill – Billy Exell, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Mac Jansen, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Eetu Karvinen, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Kyle Lee, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Thomas Lindstrom, forward, Minnesota Wilderness

 

North Star of the Week: Colin Brennan - Soo Eagles

Colin Brennan

Soo Eagles goaltender Colin Brennan, 20, had some extra incentive to play well this weekend. The native of Chester, New Jersey was in his old stomping grounds of Johnstown, playing his former Tomahawks team. Soo ended up winning two of the three weekend games, and both of those were the ones that Brennan (6’1/185) started in. On Thursday, Brennan made 19 saves in a 3-0 shutout of his former team.  On Saturday, Brennan got the start again and responded with 26 saves in a 4-3 win. For the weekend, Brennan stopped 45 of 48 shots for a 93.8% save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average. The shutout was Brennan’s second of his NAHL career. “I think Colin was really was looking forward to playing in Johnstown because he was calm and showed a lot composure,” said Eagles head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “He made some key saves at key times. It is a battle for starting time right now between him and Paige (Skoog), so it is good to see the guys push one another to be better each time they play.”

2nd Star: Mitch Maloney, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Blankenburg, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Patrick Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jake Hopfner, forward, Michigan Warriors – Colin Larkin, forward, Michigan Warriors – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Mike Sabatini, forward, Soo Eagles

 

South Star of the Week: Ben Greiner - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Ben Greiner

Without much pomp and circumstance the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees have moved themselves right into the South Division race for 1st place thanks to a good start and opportunistic play as of late. That was on display this weekend as they split a pair of home games with defending champion Amarillo. Forward Ben Greiner, 20, has been the model of consistency, which included this past weekend with a pair of goals and an assist and a +2 rating in the split. On Friday, the Newport Beach, California native had the lone goal in a close 2-1 loss.  On Saturday, Greiner (6’1/190) scored again and assisted on the first goal in a 4-1 win over the Bulls. For the season, Greiner leads the Killer Bees in scoring with 18 points and he is currently riding a 10-game point streak, which is second best in the NAHL this season. “Ben has been very dedicated and been a great leader in the lockerroom for this team,” said Rio Grande head coach Joe Coombs. “He works hard for every thing he gets.  He is playing well and staying consistent every game.”

2nd Star: David Zevnik, goaltender, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): JB Baker, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – PJ Bridges, goaltender, Topeka RoadRunners – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Jasen Fernsler, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Forbes Ploszaj, goaltender, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tony Roisum, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 21, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Aaron Nelson - Bismarck Bobcats

Aaron Nelson

Bismarck veteran goaltender Aaron Nelson, 20, has been busy this season and this weekend was another example of the Bobcats continued reliance on the North Dakota native. On Friday, Nelson (5’9/170) made 37 saves in a 3-2 road loss to Brookings.  On Saturday, Nelson and the Bobcats turned things around on the Blizzard with a 3-1 win, in which Nelson made 30 saves in the win. For the weekend, Nelson stopped 67 of 70 shots and allowed three goals in two games.  He ranks tied for first in wins in the NAHL with eight and ranks second in both games and minutes played. “Aaron has been a workhorse for us. He played really well on Friday and gave us a chance to win when we weren’t at our best,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “We are relying on him a little bit too much right now, but we know he can handle it.”

2nd Star: Josh Bretner, defenseman, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Cook, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings – Nick DeCenzo, forward, Brookings Blizzard – TJ Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Filip Starzynski, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – Drew Weigman, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Michael Covach - Minnesota Wilderness

Michael Covach

With a weekend home sweep over the Minot Minotauros, the Minnesota Wilderness closed to within one point of 1st place in the Midwest Division. After being injured since the beginning of the season, forward Michael Covach, 19, made his season debut with flying colors.  The native of Shillington, Pennsylvania, scored twice and added an assist as the Wilderness won two one-goal games over Minot.  On Friday, Covach (5’10/215) had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over the Minotauros. On Saturday, he scored again and added an assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win. He was also a +2 on the weekend as the Wilderness improved their record to 7-2-3. “Michael is an elite player and it was good to finally see him on the ice after working hard to get back from injuryMade a big impact this weekend.  Gifted skill set,  thinks the game well.

2nd Star: Trey Bradley, forward, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Colford, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Thomas Lindstrom, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Atte Tolvanen, goaltender, Minnesota Magicians – Parker Tuomie, forward, Wenatchee Wild

 

North Star of the Week: Michael Louria - Janesville Jets

Michael Louria

The Janesville Jets got back to the winning side of things with a weekend road sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. Leading the way offensively was 19-year-old forward Michael Louria. The native of Wexford, Pennsylvania recorded three goals and an assist in the two wins. On Friday, Louria (5’11/185) scored the game-winning goal with just over a minute left in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals and added an assist in a 4-1 win.  He was also a +3 in the game.  For the season, Louria leads the Jets in scoring with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in 10 games played. “Michael has come in and really brought that offensive firepower we lost from last season,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble. “He has an unbelievable work ethic on and off the ice and works very hard for every thing he gets.”

2nd Star: Denver Pierce, forward, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Farkas, forward, Michigan Warriors – Jake Hopfner, forward, Michigan Warriors – Brendan Jacques, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Carson Vance, defenseman, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Sieckhaus - Amarillo Bulls

Matt Sieckhaus

20-year-old forward Matt Sieckhaus is a big reason why the Amarillo Bulls were able to continue their winning streak this past weekend with a home sweep of Corpus Christi. The Bulls pushed their winning streak to eight straight with wins of 7-1 and 4-0.  Sieckhaus (5’10/175) recorded six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins and was also a +4. On Friday night, the Fenton, Missouri native had a hat-trick and an assist in a 7-1 win. On Saturday night, he added another goal and an assist in a 4-0 shutout win.  For the season, Sieckhaus is tied for the NAHL scoring lead with 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 12 games played. “Matt has been playing really well.  Has taken on a leadership role and he really leads by working hard,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “He is really dedicated this season to improving and does a good job at finishing.  He deservedly has some serious NCAA Division I interest right now.”

2nd Star: Colin Staub, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Paul Berrafato, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Tyler Bruneteau, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Ben Greiner, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jake Kamrass, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Tyler Poulsen, forward, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 14, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Chad Catt - Aberdeen Wings

Chad Catt

One quick glance at the current NAHL goaltending leaders to date will see Aberdeen Wings goaltender Chad Catt at the top of the table. That is because the 19-year-old native of Willliamstown, Michigan, was literally perfect this past weekend as he posted two shutouts in a weekend road sweep of the Minot Minotauros. Catt (5’10/185) stopped all 30 shots that came his way in Friday’s 3-0 win and did it again on Saturday, stopping another 30 shots in a 3-0 win. With the two shutouts, Catt has now not allowed a goal in regulation in 155 minutes and 29 seconds. His .80 goals against average and 97.4% save percentage lead in the NAHL. “Chad was great for us this past weekend and has done a nice job so far this season,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter. “Chad is an extremely hard worker and his efforts in practice are getting rewarded in games. He has given us a chance to win every night he has played for us.”

2nd Star: Jonathan Grebosky, forward, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mac Jansen - Coulee Region Chill

Mac Jansen

Anytime a team can go into Fairbanks, Alaska and take two of three games against the Ice Dogs, they should consider it a success. That’s exactly what the Coulee Region Chill did this past weekend as they kept pace in the Midwest Division. Leading the way this season has been 20-year-old veteran forward Mac Jansen. The native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, was paramount in the two Chill wins on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday, Jansen (5’10/185) scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win.  After being held scoreless on Friday in a 3-1 loss, Jansen was back at it on Saturday as he racked up another game-winning goal in a 2-1 win. For the season, Jansen leads the Chill in scoring with nine points in 11 games. “Mac really stepped it up this weekend and scored some timely goals,” said Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt. “He provides this team with great leadership and he really does a good job of finishing his chances and taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.”

2nd Star: Adam Carlson, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Albin Karlsson, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Eetu Karvinen, forward, Minnesota Magicians – Kasimir Kaskisuo, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness – Thomas Lindstrom, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Vincent Stefan, defenseman, Kenai River Brown Bears – Atte Tolvanen, goaltender, Minnesota Magicians – Parker Tuomie, forward, Wenatchee Wild

 

North Star of the Week: Nick Belger - Springfield Jr. Blues

Nick Belger

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Nick Belger, 19, broke out in a big way this weekend as he helped the Jr. Blues complete a weekend home sweep of the Soo Eagles. The Sacred Heart University commit and native of Yorktown Heights, New York, had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two wins and was also a +4. On Friday, Belger (6’0/180) assisted on the first two Springfield goals in a 3-2 win. The next night, Belger had a highlight reel goal and two more assists in a 7-4 win.  Five of his six points to date came this past weekend. “This weekend was great for us and Nick hasn’t slowed down and improved as a hockey players since his NCAA commitment,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski. “His entire line was great.  He is a great play-maker. The goal that he scored on Saturday was a example of his talent and ability.”

2nd Star: Logan Lambdin, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Loridon, forward, Soo Eagles – Mitch Maloney, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Trevor Stone, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Zach Szajner, forward, Michigan Warriors

 

South Star of the Week: Cody Gylling - Amarillo Bulls

Cody Gylling

It seemed like only a matter of time before another talented Bulls team was headed back up the standings after a slow start, but after Amarillo’s home sweep of Topeka this past weekend, the Bulls have now won six in a row and sit in 2nd place in the South Division. Newcomer Cody Gylling, 19, has made his mark with the Bulls since arriving in Amarillo a few weeks ago via a trade with Johnstown. This weekend was a perfect example for the native of Chandler, Arizona as he scored two goals and added two assists and was a +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Gylling (5’9/175) had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-0 shutout win. On Saturday, Gylling scored again and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win. Since joining the Bulls, Gylling has eight points in six games played. “Cody has fit in great with the team. He manages the puck well, but best of all is his play-making ability,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams. “He is a proven goal-scorer in this league and that is hard to come by so we feel fortunate to have a player of his ability and talent.”

2nd Star: Tyler Bruneteau, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Bauman, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Grant Hutton, defenseman, Corpus Christi IceRays – Aleksi Luhtalampi, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jesse Shelton, defenseman, Corpus Christi IceRays – Will Vosejpka, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 7, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Aaron Nelson - Bismarck Bobcats

Aaron Nelson

The Bismarck Bobcats hold sole possession of 2nd place the Central Division thanks to this weekend’s home-and-home sweep of the Aberdeen Wings. Third-year veteran goalie Aaron Nelson, 20, has played in every game to date, leading the Bobcats to a 6-2 record. This past weekend, Nelson (5’9/170) faced 69 shots and stopped 65 of them. The native of Bismarck, North Dakota, began the weekend making 40 saves in a 4-3 win in Aberdeen.  The next night, he made 25 saves in a 2-1 shootout win in Bismarck, in which he also stopped five of six shooters in the shootout. Nelson’s six wins is tied for the NAHL lead so far this season. “When you build your team each season, you start from the net out and Aaron was that guy for us this season,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “We feel he is an elite goaltender at this level and one of the best in the NAHL.”

2nd Star: Josh Bretner, defenseman, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chad Catt, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings – Jordan Heller, forward, Aberdeen Wings – Brennan Sanford, forward, Austin Bruins – Filip Starzynski, forward, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kasimir Kaskisuo - Minnesota Wilderness

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Minnesota Wilderness goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo, 20, had 119 minutes of perfection this weekend against in-state rival the Minnesota Magicians, but it was only good enough for a series split. Kaskisuo (6’3/195) did his part and was stellar stopped a combined 54 of 56 shots in the two games. On Friday, the native of Vantaa, Finland was perfect in a 4-0 shutout win, making 19 saves.  On Saturday, he stonewalled the Magicians for 59 minutes, but two goals in the final minutes sent the game to a shootout. In the shootout, he stopped 10 straight shooters before the 11th scored, winning the game for the Magicians. Kaskisuo’s goals against average of 1.30 ranks 2nd in the NAHL and his save percentage of 95% ranks tied for 3rd. “Our goaltending this year has been so solid and Kasimir is a huge part of the that,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen. “He stays square to the shooter, he is composed and doesn’t ever panic and plays very calm.”

2nd Star: Trey Bradley, forward, Wenatchee Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sebastian Fuchs, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kyle Lee, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Troy Loggins, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Eddie Matsushima, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Johno May, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Patrick Munson, goaltender, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zach Quinn, goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Omar Mullan - Johnstown Tomahawks

Omar Mullan

The Johnstown Tomahawks are 6-1 in their last seven games and that recent stretch of success has coincided with the arrival of forward Omar Mullan. The 20-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, as brought his winning ways from Amarillo to Johnstown, and this past weekend was a perfect example. Mullan (5’10/180) helped the Tomahawks to a weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues, which moved Johnstown into sole possession of 2nd place in the North Division. Out of Johnstown’s six goals during the weekend, Mullan had a hand in four of them, which included three goals and an assist. On Saturday, Mullan scored twice, including the game-winner in a 3-2 win.  On Sunday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win. Since coming over from Amarillo, Mullan has six points in five games. “Omar has been such a positive person for us the past few weeks and our leadership has improved since he arrived,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “He has fit right in and he is a hard-working player. He battles for everything he gets.”

2nd Star: Robin Hoglund, forward, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Blankenburg, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Michael Caruso, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Patrick Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Charlie Hemstrom, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Brock Kautz, goaltender, Janesville Jets – Stefanos Lekkas, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Okicki, goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks – Reed Scahill, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

 

South Star of the Week: Ben Myers - Corpus Christi IceRays

Ben Myers

Teams don’t win in Fairbanks too often, but on Friday night the Corpus Christi IceRays handed the Ice Dogs just their second loss of the season with a 3-2 win. It was thanks in large part to 20-year-old goaltender Ben Myers, who made 48 saves on the night. Myers (6’3/202) thought his weekend was over, until he was put into Saturday’s game after Fairbanks scored two early goals.  The native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, responded with another solid 45-minute effort through 2+ periods, as he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 4-1 loss. For the weekend, Myers went 1-0 with a 1.60 goals against average and a 96% save percentage. For the season, he ranks in the Top 10 in the NAHL in both goals against average and save percentage. “Ben was the main reason we won on Friday and he gave us a lift on Saturday,” said IceRays head coach Jon Becanic. “Fairbanks is a very good team and Ben gave us a chance to win both games.  He is very valuable to our team and brings a veteran presence.”

2nd Star: Nate Flynn, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathieu Briand, forward, Odessa Jackalopes – Anthony Croston, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Joe Grabowski, defenseman, Amarillo Bulls – Eric Purcell, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Max Reisinger, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Ryan Watson, forward, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 30, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Stanislav Dzakhov - Bismarck Bobcats

Stanislav Dzakhov

With their weekend home sweep of the Wenatchee Wild, the Bismarck Bobcats kept pace with Austin and Aberdeen in the Central Division race. Veteran forward Stanislav Dzakhov, 20, led the way for the Bobcats, as the native of Moscow, Russia, totaled five points (four goals, one assist) during the weekend series. Dzakhov (6’1/200) started the weekend with a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 win.  On Saturday, Dzakhov recorded a hat-trick and was on the ice for all five Bismarck goals in a 5-2 win. Dzakhov was also a +6 during the two wins.  For the year, Dzakhov is averaging a point per game with eight points in eight games and his six goals ranks tied for 2nd in the NAHL. “Stan put up points this past weekend, but he really hasn’t missed a beat since last year’s Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “He has proven to be a consistent scorer in this league and he did a great job this past weekend of playing at both ends of the ice.”

2nd Star: Dillon Eichstadt, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Donohue, forward, Minot Minotauros – Scott Dornbrock, defenseman, Minot Minotauros – Evan Giesler, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – Evan Hesse, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Bjorn Sigurdarson, forward, Aberdeen Wings.

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Alec Butcher - Kenai River Brown Bears

Alec Butcher

The Brown Bears ended their two-week long roadtrip through Minnesota with a 5-1 record, which included a split this past weekend with the Minnesota Magicians.  Forward Alec Butcher, 19, is the NAHL’s scoring leader thanks to another impressive weekend. The native of Anchorage, Alaska, had three points this weekend (two goals, one assist). On Saturday, he had a goal in a 3-2 loss and on Sunday, Butcher (5’11/175) had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win.  He also had 10 shots during the weekend. Butcher leads the NAHL in scoring this season with 11 points in eight games played. “Alec leads by example and played with a lot of confidence this weekend,” said Brown Bears head coach Geoff Beauparlant. “He has good vision and he is not afraid to take the shot when the pressure is on. He is the ultimate competitor and it shows in his consistency.”

2nd Star: Frank Oplinger, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Deal, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Billy Exell, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Kyle Lee, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

 

North Star of the Week: Alex Okicki - Johnstown Tomahawks

Alex Okicki

Returning from an injury that kept him out of the NAHL Showcase, Johnstown goaltender Alex Okicki, 20, played a role in all three games this past weekend as the Tomahawks traveled to Soo to take on the Eagles. In the two Tomahawks wins on Saturday and Sunday, Okicki started a won both games, which included his first shutout of the season on Sunday. Okicki made a relief appearance on Friday after Soo had taken a 3-0 lead. Okicki stopped 28 of 30 shots the rest of the game. The next night, the Concord, Ohio native made 26 saves in a 3-2 shootout win in which he stopped all seven Eagles shooters.  On Sunday, he made 28 saves in a 2-0 shutout. For the weekend, Okicki (6’1/175) stopped 82 of 86 shots (95.3%) and had a goals against average of 1.37. “Alex is such a great leader and it was important for him to play well coming off the injury,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “I saw it first-hand last year playing against him. He never gives up on a play and he works very hard. Has been a good mentor to our other goalies.”

2nd Star: Bryce VanHorn, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sandro Aeschlimann, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Archibald, defenseman, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Michael Caruso, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Pat Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brad Pung, forward, Soo Eagles – Jordan Watt, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks.

 

South Star of the Week: Jordan Jancze - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Jordan Jancze

It was quite the breakout weekend for 19-year-old Wildcats forward Jordan Jancze.  The native of Woodbury, Minnesota, helped the Wildcats sweep two close games on the road against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees to move into 1st place alone atop the South Division. For the weekend, Jancze (5’8/165) scored three goals and added an assist for four points. More impressively, Jancze scored both game-winning goals over the weekend and was a +4. On Saturday, Jancze scored twice including the game-winning goal in the 2nd period in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he had another game-winner with a short-handed goal in the 2nd period along with an assist in a 3-1 win. For the season, Jancze has six points in six games played. “Jordan plays with a lot of energy and has a lot of good leadership qualities to him,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter. “Has really adapted nicely to the junior game and we believe he has the potential to be a Division I caliber player.”

2nd Star: Eric Purcell, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Abood, defenseman, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Tyler Gernhofer, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Grant Hutton, defenseman, Corpus Christi IceRays – Andrew Kerr, defenseman, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Evan Schmidbauer, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Cash Seraphim, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Michal Uhrik, forward, Topeka RoadRunners.

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 23, 2013sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Jay Dickman - Austin Bruins

Jay Dickman

Veteran Austin Bruins forward Jay Dickman, 20, was a one-man wrecking crew at the NAHL Showcase this past week. The Shoreview, Minnesota native helped the Bruins to a perfect 4-0 record and a share of the Showcase title thanks to his eight-point (6 goals, 2 assists) week. Dickman (6’6/225) started the Showcase off with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over Port Huron. On Thursday, he had a goal in a 5-2 win over Lone Star.  Friday, Dickman had an assist in a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Michigan. He saved his best game for last on Saturday as he had four goals in a 5-1 win over Wichita Falls. He was also a remarkable +8 during the week.

2nd Star: Guillaume Leclerc, forward, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Henry Dill, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings – Dillon Eichstadt, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings.

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Zach Quinn - Kenai River Brown Bears

Zach Quinn

Of the three teams that went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase, the only one that had the same goaltender win all four games was Kenai River and goaltender Zach Quinn. The 19-year-old from Westland, Michigan, helped the Brown Bears to a perfect 4-0 record, which included two shootout wins. For the week, Quinn (6’2/175) faced a total of 85 shots in the four games and stopped 79 of them, good for a 92.9% save percentage and a goals against average of 1.51 during the week. His best performance of the Showcase came in a 4-1 win over the defending Robertson Cup Champion Amarillo Bulls, in which he made 28 saves. “Zach really provided a spark for the rest of the team because he plays with such confidence,” said Brown Bears head coach Geoff Beauparlant. “Zach doesn’t give up a lot of rebounds and makes the crucial saves when he needs to in all types of situations.”

2nd Star: Jake Bushey, defenseman, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chase Perry, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild – Doug Rose, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Colton Wolter, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Richard Zehnal, forward, Coulee Region Chill – Jake Zeleznikar, defenseman, Coulee Region Chill.

 

North Star of the Week: Joe Drabin - Johnstown Tomahawks

Joe Drabin

The Johnstown Tomahawks put together a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase and 18-year-old forward Joe Drabin led the way. The Rochester, New York native picked up a goal and five assists for a six-point week to lead the Tomahawks. Drabin (6’0/180) started the week with two assists in a 6-3 loss to Amarillo. The next night he had an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss to Topeka.  On Friday, Drabin had an assist in a 3-0 shutout of Aberdeen.  On the final day, Drabin had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Bismarck. He was also a +6 for the week. “Joe plays like a beast.  He is strong in the corners and really brings a physical presence to the team,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “It pays off for him because he works hard and his determination leads to some scoring opportunities.”

2nd Star: Robin Hoglund, forward, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sandro Aeschlimann, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues - Jordan Himley, forward, Janesville Jets - Mitch Maloney, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Max Milosek, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons - Brandon Reinholz, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Trevor Stone, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Mike Gornall - Topeka RoadRunners

Mike Gornall

The Topeka RoadRunners sit atop of the South Division thanks to a successful week in which they played five games, including four at the NAHL Showcase. Three of those games were wins and leading the way was 18-year-old rookie forward Mike Gornall. The Irwin, Pennsylvania native chimed in with five points (all assists) in the five games and was a +2 last week.  All of Gornall’s (5’11/200) points came in the three Topeka wins. He had two assists in Monday’s 6-0 home shutout of Odessa.  He had two more assists in a 6-5 win over Johnstown. He added another assist in a 2-1 win against the Soo Eagles. “Mike is a top athlete.  He works very hard on and off the ice,” said RoadRunners head coach Scott Langer. “He came to us as one of the top midget players in the country last season. Mike is of the hardest working guys and has unlimited potential to be a really special player.”

2nd Star: Olli Kalkaja, goaltender, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Roman Ammirato, forward, Amarillo Bulls - Maurin Bouvet, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays - Jake Durflinger, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ben Greiner, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Jake Kreutzer, forward, Odessa Jackalopes - Blake Wojtala, goaltender, Topeka RoadRunners.

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 16, 2013sponsored by Easton

Midwest Star of the Week: Duggie Lagrone - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Duggie Lagrone

It was a solid opening weekend for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, as they swept their weekend series in Kenai River against the Brown Bears and leading the charge was veteran 19-year-old defenseman Duggie Lagrone.  The Dallas, Texas native and Colorado College recruit totaled two goals over the weekend to help the Ice Dogs win by scores of 5-1 and 5-4. Lagrone (5’9/170) scored a goal in each of the two wins. His two goals already this season is just one why of the three goals he had last year. “Duggie used his feet well on the big ice sheet to be effective and contribute this weekend,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.  “He was rewarded on the scoresheet for his efforts. It was a good thing to see positive results early on in the season and also the players realizing that a lot still needs to be done for long-term success.”

2nd Star: Brett Gervais, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

North Star of the Week: Alex Archibald - Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Alex Archibald

Now in his third season in the NAHL, Port Huron Fighting Falcons defenseman Alex Archibald is hoping this is the breakout season he is looking for and if this past weekend was any indication, he is well on his way. Archibald, 19, led the Fighting Falcons to two wins in Johnstown against the Tomahawks, as the defense allowed just two goals in two games.  However, it was Archibald’s (6’0/175) offense that also shined during the sweep as the native of Port Huron, Michigan recorded a goal and three assists for a four point weekend. On Saturday, Archibald picked up two assists, including on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, he scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-1 win. “Alex plays really well against Johnstown. He did this same type of thing last year to start the season, said Fighting Falcons head coach Michael Gershon. “He did a great job of moving the puck up the ice and keeping his feet moving.  He was a big reason for our overall success.”

2nd Star: Max Milosek, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: Drew Vogler - Topeka RoadRunners

Drew Vogler

One of the bright, young prospects in the NAHL this year is likely to be Topeka RoadRunners goaltender Drew Vogler. Having just turned 17-years-old and already with an NCAA commitment to Merrimack, it was easy to see this weekend why scouts have been so high on the Florrisant, Missouri native.  In his first NAHL games, Vogler helped the RoadRunners to a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. On Friday in his NAHL debut, Vogler (6’1/207) made 32 saves as Topeka edged Corpus Christi, 2-1.  On Saturday, Vogler stopped all 16 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in just his second career game.  His save percentage during the weekend was an outstanding 98%. “For playing in his first NAHL games I thought Drew looked like a veteran out there,” said RoadRunners head coach Scott Langer. “He played with a lot of composure and was solid all weekend. He really utilizes his size well and doesn’t make the saves more difficult than they already are.”

2nd Star: Kyle Bauman, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Ledford, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Tyler Poulsen, forward, Topeka RoadRunners.

 
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