Easton's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of October 27, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Jacob Kullberg - Austin Bruins

Jacob Kullberg

It was a big weekend for the Bruins and forward Jacob Kullberg as the 20-year-old forward from Kallered, Sweden, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats.  In the two wins, Kullberg (5’9/180) had five points, which included three goals and two assists. On Friday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal and also had an assist in a 4-2 win over the Bobcats. On Saturday, he added another goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. He was also a +4 for the weekend. For the season, Kullberg is tied for the team scoring lead with 12 points. “Jacob has really played well the last few weeks. He now understands the style of hockey in the NAHL. He is a fun guy to coach. He is creative, plays hard and scores all kinds of goals.”

2nd Star: Eric Hancock, G, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Bitsakis, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Blake Lizotte, F, Minot Minotauros – Jon Lizotte, D, Minot Minotauros – Matt Perry, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ian Scheid, D, Austin Bruins - Andrew Shortridge, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Chris Amsden - Minnesota Magicians

Chris Amsden

Minnesota Magicians goalie Chris Amsden, 20, played a big part in the team’s sweep of Aberdeen this weekend. The 6’4/185 lbs. native of St. Peter, Minnesota got the start in both games and gave up just a single goal in the two contests. On Friday, he made 24 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, Amsden posted his first career NAHL shutout with 18 saves in a 2-0 win over the Wings. For the weekend, Amsden stopped 42 of 43 shots that came his way. Last year, Amsden played in the NA3HL for the North Iowa Bulls, leading them to the Silver Cup Championship and was named to the NA3HL All-Rookie Team. "Chris was an important factor in our teams success this past weekend. To allow only 1 goal against in 2 games against a veteran and very good Aberdeen team speaks highly of his ability. He is a fierce competitor who expects the best out of himself every day. We saw that competitive drive out of him both nights and we are proud of his accomplishment,” said Magicians head coach Tom Upton.

2nd Star: Niklas Lehtimaki, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ivan Chukarov, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Colford, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Gessert, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hans Gorowsky, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tanner Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Somoza, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Sean Keating - Soo Eagles

Sean Keating

After being swept at home the weekend before, the Soo Eagles were on a mission this weekend as they beat their in-state rivals on the road in a sweep over the Michigan Warriors. Veteran goalie Sean Keating, 20, stepped up in a big way to spark his club to the sweep. The native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, wasn’t the original starter on Friday night, but after the Warriors scored three early 1st period goals, Keating (5’11/178) was inserted and stopped all 26 shots that came his way in 52+ minutes to get the 4-3 win. On Saturday, Keating made 19 saves in a 4-1 win. For the weekend, Keating stopped 45 of 46 shots. “This weekend he stepped in a played really well. It is always a tough situation to come in cold, but on Friday he gave us a spark. He made the saves he needed to keep the momentum going for us,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo.

2nd Star: Ian Janco, D, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Batis, F, Keystone Ice Miners – Casey Linkenheld, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Lucas Little, D, Keystone Ice Miners – Chase Matson, F, Soo Eagles – Andrew Romano, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Zach Yoder, D, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Sebastian Vidmar - Lone Star Brahmas

Sebastian Vidmar

Now the NAHL’s goals leader, Lone Star Brahmas forward Sebastian Vidmar had another memorable weekend as the 20-year-old from Malmo, Sweden put up another five points, including four goals, in the Brahmas home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. On Friday, Vidmar (6’2/190) recorded a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Vidmar had another goal and added an assist in a 6-3 win. His 18 points leads the Brahmas in scoring and his 13 goals is tops in the NAHL. “Sebastian is really on a roll right now and because of it there has been a lot of interest from the NCAA. There was an initial adjustment to the NAHL style, but he has figured it out and is playing at an elite level,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Wes Michaud, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Cusin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Polin, D, Topeka RoadRunners – Cam Strong, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Alex Bitsakis - Bismarck Bobcats

Alex Bitsakis

The Bismarck Bobcats got back on track with a pair of important wins last weekend as they beat two top clubs in the Central Division. Goalie Alex Bitsakis, 20, was in goal for both big wins. The native of Montreal, Quebec got the start on Friday night at home as the Bobcats shutout the Austin Bruins 3-0. Bitsakis (6’0/190) stopped all 33 shots that came his way. On Saturday night, Bitsakis made 27 saves in a 2-1 win in Aberdeen. For the weekend, Bitsakis stopped 60 of 61 shots that he faced. His 1.29 GAA and 95.2% save percentage both rank 3rd in the NAHL. “Alex has been very good for us all year. We played against some the best our division had to offer last weekend and he made some huge saves. I thought it was important for him to play well in back-to-back games and give everyone some much needed momentum,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Beau Michaud, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Brandt, D, Minot Minotauros – Zach Glienke, F, Brookings Blizzard – Alexander Kasitsyn, F, Minot Minotauros – Johnny Witzke, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Sam Becker - Minnesota Magicians

Sam Becker

Veteran defenseman Sam Becker, 19, played in two of the three Magicians games last week, but made his presence known as he racked up six assists in a split with Brookings. On Friday, the native of Roseville, MN totaled four assists in a 6-5 shootout win. On Saturday, Becker picked up two more assists in a 5-4 loss. He was also +3 during the two games. For the season, Becker (6’0/175) is 2nd on the Magicians in scoring with 13 points, which are all assists. His 13 points is tops for all NAHL defensemen. “Sam has grown quite a bit as a person and a player. He can move the puck, make plays and he has been playing very well.  He plays to his strengths and works on his weaknesses,” said Magicians head coach Tom Upton.

2nd Star: Yannick Vedel, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Krusko, F, Minnesota Magicians – Sean Lang, D, Coulee Region Chill – Adam Lovick, F, Coulee Region Chill – Jakob Stridsberg, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Adam Winborg - Janesville Jets

Adam Winborg

After a couple of losses the week before, the Jets got back on track with an important sweep of the Soo Eagles on the road last weekend. 19-year-old forward Adam Winborg (6’2/200) played very well in the two wins, totaling six points (4 goals, 2 assists). On Friday, the native of Stockholm, Sweden had two goals and an assist in a big 9-1 win over the Eagles. On Saturday, Winborg duplicated his two goal, one assist effort from the night before, but this time included the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, Winborg is tied for 3rd on the team in scoring with 12 points. “Adam’s entire line played great last weekend. He provides the instant spark we need and is a real threat, especially below the face-off dots. He pays the price both on and off the ice and his game has been taken to a better level because of it,” said Janesville head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Zach Lavalle, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Niko Dellamaggorie, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Kyle Meeh, D, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Daniel Rzavsky - Topeka RoadRunners

Daniel Rzavsky

Topeka leading scorer Daniel Rzavsky, 20, helped the 1st place RoadRunners capture three of four points this past weekend in a road series in Corpus Christi.  The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Bratislava, Slovakia, recorded two points in each of the games and had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in total over the weekend. Rzavsky was also a +4 during the two games. On Friday night, Rzavsky picked up a pair of assists in a 4-3 overtime loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and added an assist as Topeka beat the IceRays, 5-2.  His 14 points to date is tied for the team lead in scoring. “Daniel is one of our hardest workers, so it is no surprise that scoring production is a result of that. His competitiveness is what sets him apart and allows him to make a difference on a nightly basis,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Ludvig Larsson, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Brickley, D, Topeka RoadRunners – Eric Carreras, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Logan Gestro, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nikita Litviak, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Wes Michaud, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Evan Okeley, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Blake Lizotte - Minot Minotauros

Blake Lizotte

For the second weekend in a row, the Minot Minotauros picked up a weekend split in Alaska, this time against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. 16-year-old forward Blake Lizotte (5’7/140) made an impact in both games. On Friday, the Lindstrom, Minnesota native had an assist in a close 3-2 loss. On Saturday, Lizotte had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Ice Dogs. He was also a +3 on the weekend. Lizotte is tied for the team scoring lead with 10 points this season, which includes a goal and nine assists. “Blake has been really good so far this season and as a younger player, he competes really well.  Has a high hockey IQ and has a bright future ahead of him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Zach Driscoll, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Bitsakis, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Nick Monfils, F, Minot Minotauros – Tanner Okeson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Michael Soucier, F, Aberdeen Wings – Cullen Willox, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Adam Carlson - Coulee Region Chill

Adam Carlson

20-year-old goaltender Adam Carlson helped the Coulee Region Chill to a weekend sweep of the Jets in Janesville this past weekend. The native of Edina, Minnesota, played in both games this weekend as the Chill picked up two big wins. On Friday, Carlson (6’3/180) had a career night as he stopped all 56 shots that came his way in a 2-0 shutout of the Jets. On Saturday, Carlson made 31 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped four of six shooters in the shootout in a 4-3 win. For the weekend, Carlson stopped 87 of 90 shots. Carlson has a 4-1-1 record this season with a 1.93 GAA and a 93.9% save percentage. “Adam won us both games this weekend. We did not play as good as we hoped, but he was there every time to bail us out and sometimes when you are not playing your best, that’s exactly what you need from your goalie,” said Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt.

2nd Star: Lukas Laub, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vaughan Ahrens, G, Minnesota Magicians – Maurin Bouvet, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Gessert, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Adam Lovick, F, Coulee Region Chill – Ethan Somoza, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Yannick Vedel, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Nick Belger - Soo Eagles

Nick Belger

Coming off an injury, Soo forward Nick Belger, 20, returned with a big statement this past weekend as the Yorktown Heights, New York native helped the Eagles sweep a home series from the Minnesota Wilderness. Belger (6’0/182) totaled eight goals in the two wins, which included a goal and seven assists. On Friday, Belger had four assists, including on the game-winning goal in a 7-2 win over the Wilderness. On Saturday, Belger scored a goals and assisted on the three other goals, including assisting again on the game-winner, in a 4-3 win over Minnesota. “Nick was coming off a small injury and their line really clicked. He just worked hard to put himself in the right spots and if he keeps his game in focus, he should be able to have a lot of success this year and beyond,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo.

2nd Star: Keegan Miller, F, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Kossoff, G, Keystone Ice Miners – Lucas Little, D, Keystone Ice Miners – Joey Lupo, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Dryden McKay, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Sebastian Vidmar - Lone Star Brahmas

Sebastian Vidmar

For the second week in the row, Lone Star forward Sebastian Vidmar is the South Division Star of the Week. Vidmar, 20, was again outstanding as the Brahmas completed a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. The native of Malmo, Sweden, scored half of the Brahmas goals over the weekend, which included both game-winners.  On Friday, Vidmar (6’2/190) scored twice including the overtime winner in a 3-2 win and on Saturday he added two more goals in a 5-2 win. In nine games this season, Vidmar has 11 points, including nine goals, which ranks 2nd in the NAHL “Sebastian had another great weekend and is on a roll right now. So much about playing good hockey is about momentum and developing the right habits and he has taken advantage of both. He is reading plays nicely and works hard and as a result he is playing great hockey,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Carlos Fornaris, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Burston, F, Wenatchee Wild – Brendan Harris, F, Wenatchee Wild – Tyler Irvine, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Max Reisinger, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jake Townsend, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Atte Tolvanen - Minot Minotauros

Atte Tolvanen

The Minot Minotauros picked up three of a possible four valuable points last weekend on the road in Kenai River and helping lead the way was goaltender Atte Tolvanen.  The 19-year-old from Vihti, Finland, played in both games over the weekend and allowed just two goals in the two games. On Friday night, Tolvanen (6’0/188) made 37 saves through regulation and overtime, only to see the Minotauros fall in a shooutout, 2-1. On Saturday, Tolvanen stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 6-1 win. For the weekend, Tolvanen stopped 58 of 60 shots that came his way for a 96.7% save percentage. “Atte was solid in both games and it was a great goalie battle to watch on Friday night. Every point helps and he kept us in both games and allowed us to earn those valuable points in the standings,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Zach Glienke, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Bitsakis, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Christian Mohs, F, Minot Minotauros – Andrew Shortridge, G, Aberdeen Wings – Michael Soucier, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Strand, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

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

Patrick Munson

The Ice Dogs were looking to get back on track after a four-game losing streak and they turned to veteran goaltender Patrick Munson, 19, to try and get back on the winning side of things. The native of Hugo, MN, got the start and won both weekend home games in a sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. On Friday, Munson (6’3/190) made 23 saves in a 3-1 win over the Bobcats. On Saturday, Munson stopped 24 of 26 shots that came his way in a 3-2 win. For the weekend, Munson stopped 47 of 50 shots, good for a 94% save percentage.  “Patrick was very solid in goal for us last weekend. In close games like that, it was important to come up with the big saves during the times that the team needed it,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Sandis Zolmanis, F, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Carlson, G, Coulee Region Chill – Sam Carlson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Josh Creelman, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brock Kautz, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Johnny Mueller, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Trevor Gorsuch - Michigan Warriors

Trevor Gorsuch

With the Warriors needing to get their season headed back in the right direction, they turned to veteran goalie Trevor Gorsuch. The native of St. Charles, Missouri, playing a big role in leading the Warriors to the Robertson Cup Semi-Finals last year and at was that form that helped Michigan capture a weekend road sweep of the Keystone Ice Miners in Connellsville this past weekend. On Saturday night, Gorsuch (6’2/205) made 32 saves in a 3-2 win. On Sunday afternoon, the 20-year-old posted his first shutout of the season, stopping all 21 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win. For the weekend, Gorsuch stopped 53 of 55 shots, good for a 96.4% save percentage. “Trevor was the main reason why we were able to win the games in Keystone. Our guys responded to each save he made and that gave us some much needed momentum,” said Michigan head coach Moe Mantha.

2nd Star: AJ Marcinek, F, Michigan Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trevor Cope, F, Soo Eagles – Joey Lupo, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Dryden McKay, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Sandis Zolmanis, F, Soo Eagles

 

South Star of the Week: Sebastian Vidmar - Lone Star Brahmas

Sebastian Vidmar

The Lone Star Brahmas picked up three valuable points in two games last weekend in Wichita Falls and in the process, snapped the Wildcats five-game winning streak. 20-year-old forward Sebastian Vidmar made his presence felt with a four-point weekend, which included two points in each of the games. On Friday, the native of Malmo, Sweden, had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wildcats. On Saturday, Vidmar (6’2/190) had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over Wichita Falls. He was also a +4 during the two games. “Sebastian is playing some of the best hockey of his career.  He does the little things that lead to the bigger things and that’s exactly what happened this past weekend,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Willie Brown, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nate Colwell, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Anthony Cortese, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Mike Gornall, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 29, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Ronnie Hein - Aberdeen Wings

Ronnie Hein

Aberdeen Wings forward Ronnie Hein, 17, helped the Wings to a weekend split to keep the team in 2nd place in the Central Division. The native of Chelsea, MI and Ferris State University recruit had three goals in two games this weekend as the Wings fell on Friday at home to Bismarck, but rebounded with a 4-1 win in Brookings on Saturday. Hein (6’0/165) had the lone goal in Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Bobcats.  On Saturday, Hein had two goals in the 4-1 win at Brookings. The rookie forward currently leads Aberdeen in scoring with eight points in his first six NAHL games. “Ronnie has a lot of talent, but he gets to the next level because he plays and works extremely hard,” said Wings head coach Francis Anzalone. “He goes into the areas that very few players like to go into.  He is on a great line that is clicking right now.”

2nd Star: Atte Tolvanen, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Howie, F, Minot Minotauros – Andrew Shortridge, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Tobias Bjorklund - Minnesota Wilderness

Tobias Bjorklund

The Minnesota Wilderness find themselves in 1st place in the Midwest Division thanks to their weekend home sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. 19-year-old defenseman Tobia Bjorklund (5’10/180) was a big contributor at both ends of the ice as he ended up with a +2 rating and four points in the two wins. On Friday, the native of Filipstad, Sweden, assisted on the second Wilderness goal in a 4-3 win over Fairbanks. On Saturday, Bjorklund assisted on the first goal and then scored the next two goals in a 5-3 win. He is tied for second in scoring on the Wilderness roster and leads all defensemen with five points. “Tobias had a fantastic weekend. He is very skilled, he sees the ice well and he makes sure he takes care of things defensively as well,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Tyler Andrews, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maurin Bouvet, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kane Durment, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Forbort, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jacob Hetz, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Marc Michaelis, F, Minnesota Magicians - Caleb Schroer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Alex Blankenburg - Keystone Ice Miners

Alex Blankenburg

The Keystone Ice Miners are right back on top of the North Division thanks to three road wins this past weekend, including a sweep of the Soo Eagles and a win over the Michigan Warriors. Third-year netminder Alex Blankenburg, 20, got back to his old form with two great performances on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, the native of Washington, MI, made 31 saves in a 6-3 win against the Eagles.  On Sunday, Blankenburg (5’9/167) made 46 saves in a 2-1 win over the Warriors. For the weekend, Blankenburg stopped 77 of the 81 total shots that came his way. For the season, Blankenburg has a 4-1-1 record with a 2.76 goals against average and a 91.2% save percentage. “We allowed a lot more shots than we wanted to, but Alex was equal to the challenge.  He is back to the guy we saw last year in net.  He is very calm, cool and collected and that allows us to play a little more freely knowing he is behind us and able to handle the odd man situations,” said Keystone head coach Michael Gershon.

2nd Star: Alex Smith, D, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Gwillim, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nick Kossoff, G, Keystone Ice Miners – Dryden McKay, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brian Rigali, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brandon Schultz, F, Janesville Jets.

 

South Star of the Week: Austin Beaulieu - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Austin Beaulieu

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners, the Wichita Falls Wildcats moved into 2nd place in the South Division and leading the way was rookie forward Austin Beaulieu. The 18-year-old from Coral Springs, FL, had a great weekend as he contributed five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins and was a +4. The University of Alabama-Huntsville recruit scored the game-winning goal in both victories. On Friday, Beaulieu (5’9/170) had two of the Wildcats three goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals and added an assist in a 5-1 win. Beaulieu not only leads the Wildcats in scoring with eight points in seven games, but he also leads the NAHL with three game-winning goals. “Austin continues to get better each week. His goals were very timely and came against a good opponent,” said Wildcats head coach John LaFontaine. “They were very tight games and he made the difference.  Austin has a real ability to make plays and can score.”

2nd Star: Austin Shaw, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Ahlgren, F, Wenatchee Wild – Nathan Bryer, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Andrew Lindgren, G, Corpus Christi IceRays - Andre Pison, F, Wenatchee Wild

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 22, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Trevor Boyd - Austin Bruins

Trevor Boyd

For the second year in a row, the Austin Bruins were crowned NAHL Showcase Champions. Leading the way for the Bruins was forward Trevor Boyd.  Now in his third NAHL season, Boyd (6’3/200) is a playmaker from Muskegon, Michigan.  The 20-year-old racked up seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in the four wins and was a +7. Boyd registered multiple points in three of the four wins, which included a goal and assist in an 8-2 win over Johnstown. He also had games with multiple assists in wins over Fairbanks and Michigan. “Trevor is a very good position player and tends to find himself in the right areas,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok. “He has had a long road to this point, but the success he has had is because of hard work and persistence.”

2nd Star: Beau Michaud, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Bitsakis, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle Haak, F, Aberdeen Wings - Ronnie Hein, F, Aberdeen Wings – Blake Lizotte, D, Minot Minotauros – Christian Mohs, F, Minot Minotauros - Cullen Willox, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Adam Lovick - Coulee Region Chill

Adam Lovick

Now in his third season in the NAHL, Chill forward Adam Lovick, 20, helped the Chill to a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota totaled eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in the four games and was a +4. Lovick (6’0/185) began the event in style with a five point game in a 5-2 win over Odessa. He had a multiple point game in the next contest, a win against Rio Grande Valley. He also chipped in a goal in a 3-2 shootout loss on the final day against Aberdeen. “Adam was awesome at the Showcase and really has become a leader of this team,” said Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt. “I think he has gotten to the point where he is in his development because he is a very hard worker.”

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Andrews, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nick Klishko, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

North Star of the Week: Jack Berry - Soo Eagles

Jack Berry

The Soo Eagles may have found themselves a keeper in 18-year-old goalie Jack Berry. The rookie and native of Holly, Michigan played very well at the NAHL Showcase, helping the Eagles to a 3-1 record and 1st place in the North Division. Berry started in two games and made an appearance in a third. Berry (6’2/185) won his first NAHL start as he stopped 19 of 20 shots that came his way in a 3-1 win over Minot. After posting a perfect period against Brookings in a relief role, Berry then made 20 saves in a 5-0 shutout win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. He has allowed just one goal on 43 shots to date. “Jack has looked good in practice and we were eager to see what he could do. I thought he got stronger as the games went along. He players under control and mature for a younger goalie,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo.

2nd Star: Sandis Zolmanis, F, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Coleman, F, Keystone Ice Miners – Joe Drabin, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matt Jones, F, Keystone Ice Miners – Matt Jurusik, G, Janesville Jets – Zach Lavalle, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Matej Tomek - Topeka RoadRunners

Matej Tomek

Every NAHL Showcase seems to produce breakout stars and such was the case for 17-year-old goalie Matej Tomek of the Topeka RoadRunners. Topeka went undefeated in the event thanks in large part to Tomek (6’3/180), who posted shutouts in both of his starts. On Thursday, the native of Bratislava, Slovakia made 27 saves in a 4-0 win against Johnstown. The next day, Tomek made 19 saves in a 4-0 win over the Michigan Warriors. Tomek’s save percentage of 97.3% and goals against average of .67 rank 2nd in both catagories in NAHL goaltending. “Matej may be young, but he is a very mature, very composed and very calm goalie for someone who is just 17-years-old,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer. “He has great rebound control and he is a tremendous competitor when he steps onto that ice.”

2nd Star: Derek Brown, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kevin Charyszyn, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Anthony Cortese, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jasen Fernsler, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Kenny Hausinger, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Connor Kelly, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Austin Shaw, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 16, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jesper Ohrvall - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jesper Ohrvall

It was quite the NAHL debut for 19-year-old Swedish forward Jesper Ohrvall.  The native of Halmstad, Sweden, helped the Ice Dogs split their opening series in Kenai River last weekend.  In the two road games, Ohrvall (5’9/170) had four of Fairbanks’ six goals on the weekend. On Friday night, Ohrvall scored twice including the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. On Saturday night, Ohrvall scored two more goals in a 5-3 loss. “Jesper is a highly skilled forward and really has a knack for the net,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He played very well this weekend against a very good Brown Bears team.”

2nd Star: Matt Rudin, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sean Healy, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Chandler Madry, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

North Star of the Week: Bruno Birzitis - Soo Eagles

Bruno Birzitis

The Soo Eagles ended up with a weekend home split with the Janesville Jets this past weekend and leading the way was forward Bruno Birzitis. The 19-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, registered four points, which included two goals and two assists. He was also a +3. On Friday night, Birzitis (6’0/182) scored twice including the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Jets. On Saturday night, he assisted on two of the Eagles three goals in a 4-3 loss. Last season, Birzitis had 26 points in 50 games played. “We expect big things out of the Bruno this season and he really rose to the occasion this past weekend,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “He has a lot of skill and can put the puck in the net, so it was a great start to the season for him.”

2nd Star: Jacob Coleman, F, Keystone Ice Miners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Bender, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Drew Callin, F, Janesville Jets – Jake Houston, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kyle Patava, F, Janesville Jets – Sandis Zolmanis, F, Soo Eagles

 

South Star of the Week: Daniel Rzavsky - Topeka RoadRunners

Daniel Rzavsky

The Topeka RoadRunners got the 2014-15 season started on the right foot with a sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. 20-year-old forward Daniel Rzavsky was a big factor in both of the wins as the native of Bratislava, Slovakia racked up three points during the weekend, which included two goals and an assist.  On Friday night, Rzavsky (6’1/190) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. On Sunday, he had the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win. “The success was a pleasant surprise against a good team,” said Topeka head coach Scott Langer. “Dan is capable being on the scoresheet every night and plays extremely hard.”

2nd Star: Kenny Hausinger, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Falconer, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Jasen Fernsler, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Robin Johansson, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Tanner Lomsnes, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Wes Michaud, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Max Reisinger, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats

 
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