NAHL announces Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 9, 2016. The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2016-17 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.
Central Division Star of the Week: Carter Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings
The Aberdeen Wings got back on track with two big home wins this past weekend. Forward Carter Roo, 19, had a great couple of games as the native of Champlin, MN, racked up six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins and was also a +5. Roo (5’8/185) had a hand in all four goals scored in Friday’s 4-1 win over Minot. For the season, Roo has 8 points in 9 games played. “Carter supplied the veteran leadership that was needed to take two wins against very good opponents this weekend. Carter is a very determined player that has the ability to affect the outcome of a game,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Kevin Fitzgerald, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Barry, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jiei Halliday, D, Bismarck Bobcats
East Division Star of the Week: Donovan Ott, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks
Johnstown forward Donovan Ott, 19, led his club to a weekend road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 6’1/200 lbs native of Lebanon, PA, had five points in the two wins, which included four goals and a +3 rating. His 15 points to date currently ranks 4th in NAHL scoring. “Donovan has been great for us since the season has started. He’s played consistent hockey and has been a 200-foot player game in and game out. With the road schedule we have had to start the season, we have counted on him so much to lead on and off the ice and he has not disappointed one bit. This week he stepped up his game even more leading the way for us with a big number of points including timely goals and multiple point games. He knows how to use his size to his advantage and make his opportunities count when he gets them. I really look forward to his continued success hopefully leading him to a NCAA Division I commitment that I firmly believe he is deserving of,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: Gvido Jansons, D, Aston Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Filips Buncis, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jordan Kaplan, F, New Jersey Titans – Matt Kidney, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Paul Maust, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Ryan Solomon, D, Aston Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Marshall Plunkett, defenseman, Coulee Region Chill
The Coulee Region Chill picked up a weekend road sweep in Springfield against the Jr. Blues and defenseman Marshall Plunkett, 17, played a big role in the team’s success. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of West Salem, WI, had three points in the two wins. That included two assists in Friday’s 5-3 win and a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win. In eight games this season, Plunkett has six points. “Marshall had a great weekend in Springfield on both sides of the puck and has played a large part in our recent success. He is averaging almost a point per game and is one of our go too guys in all defensive situations. His work ethic and maturity on the ice will be a huge asset for us throughout the rest of our season,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
2nd Star: Mitchel Slattery, F, Minnesota Magicians
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Travis Brown, D, Minnesota Magicians – Colton Fletcher, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Taylor Trapp, F, Coulee Region Chill
South Division Star of the Week: Nathan Bryer, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays
Of the 10 points that Corpus Christi IceRays forward Nathan Bryer, 20, has to date this season, nine of those 10 points game in the three-game road series this past weekend in Topeka as the IceRays brought home five of a possible six points. The 5’6/168 lbs. native of Clarkston, MI, was an offensive factor in all three games as he totaled 4 goals, 5 assists and a +4 rating. That included factoring in on all four goals scored in Thursday’s 4-3 win. "We are very proud of Nathan. As a veteran 20-year-old, Nathan has made a seamless transition from center to the wing. He is a high character, hard-working player andn it's always great to see someone like to Nathan to be rewarded on the scoresheet from his hard work and more importantly, being a big contributor to our team’s success this weekend,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.
2nd Star: Andy McGlynn, F, Corpus Christi IceRays
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): DJ Busdeker, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Jonathan Dagnal, F, Amarillo Bulls – Kieran Durgan, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Andrew Hart, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Jonny Hogue, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Frankie Melton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carson Moniz, D, Amarillo Bulls – Ilya Skvortsov, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Cooper Zech, D, Odessa Jackalopes