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 30, 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: Carson Dimoff, forward, Aberdeen Wings
It was a huge weekend for the Aberdeen Wings as they picked up a two-game home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. Forward Carson Dimoff, 17, totaled six points during the weekend sweep, which included 2 goals and 4 assists. On Friday, the 5’10/183 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona had a goal and four assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he added another goal in a 4-3 overtime win. In 15 games played this season, Dimoff has 11 points. “Carson’s weekend is a testament to the way he prepares and works each day. He is one of the youngest players on the team, yet plays very mature. Carson’s performance was a big part of the Wings success this weekend,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jesse Farabee, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Parker Mismash, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jack Murphy, F, Minot Minotauros – Tim Nicksic, F, Minnesota Wilderness
East Division Star of the Week: Grant Valentine, goaltender, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights goalie Grant Valentine, 19, backstopped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Medina, Ohio, faced a total of 65 shots in the two games and came up with 62 saves, allowing just three goals in the two games. That included 32 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 win. Valetine ranks tied for 2nd in games played to date and 3rd in shots faced. “Grant 's play this past week was a big reason we came away with our first sweep of the season. As a veteran of this team and this league, we rely on him to give us minutes and saves. When he takes his game to that level, it goes a long way in helping us pick up wins. It's good to see Grant get the recognition he has worked so hard for,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.
2nd Star: Donovan Ott, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antonitsch, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Filips Buncis, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Dom Garcia, F, Aston Rebels – Brennan Kapcheck, D, Aston Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Todd Scott, goaltender, Coulee Region Chill
A new edition to the Chill in recent weeks, goaltender Todd Scott, 16, backstopped the Chill to two home wins this past weekend as they swept the defending Robertson Cup Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 6’1/200 lbs. native of Albertville, Minnesota, gave up just three goals on 61 shots, making 58 saves in the two wins. That included 30 saves in Friday’s 5-1 win. Scott began the season playing for the Omaha AAA 16U team in the NAPHL, where he led the team to an NAPHL 16U Championship last season. “Todd has been the shot of energy we have been looking for. He was impressive in his NAHL debut against a tough opponent. We expect great things from him moving forward,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
2nd Star: Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Bates, F, Janesville Jets – Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kevin Dineen, F, Coulee Region Chill – Robbie Goor, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kip Hoffman, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Leibold, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Benton Maass, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bailey Seagraves, G, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Erik Gordon, goaltender, Lone Star Brahmas
Thanks to three wins in Odessa this past week, the Lone Star Brahmas are not only leading the South Division, but statistically, now have the best winning percentage in the NAHL. Goalie Erik Gordon, 17, was between the pipes for two out of the three wins during the weekend and allowed just one goal on 51 shots, making 50 saves. That included a 25-save shutout on Saturday night for the 5’10/160 lbs. native of Duluth, Georgia. Gordon is a perfect 7-0-0 this season with a 1.51 goals against average and a 93.8% save percentage. “Erik was there to make the key saves. We had some breakdowns defensively this weekend and he made some big saves and stood tall when they had some quality opportunities. He was our rock back there this weekend and it was one of the big reasons we picked up three road wins against a very good Odessa team,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.
2nd Star: Ryan Orgel, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Bendorf, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Cam Burggrabe, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Carson Kelley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Mason Krueger, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Kosta Likourezos, F, Amarillo Bulls – Frankie Melton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Eriks Zohovs, F, Shreveport Mudbugs