NAHL announces Bauer Hockey 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 November 28, 2021. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2021-22 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: Michal Jasenec, Forward, Austin Bruins
Austin Bruins forward Michal Jasenec, 19, helped his team take over the top spot in the Central Division with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the North Iowa Bulls this past weekend. The 6’3/187 lbs. native of Bratislava, Slovakia, had six points in the two wins and was +3. On Friday, Jasenec had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 5-3 home win. On Saturday, he had two more assists in a 4-1 road win in Mason City. For the season, Jasenec has 11 points in 17 games played. “Michal is really starting to play well for us. He’s battled a couple of injuries this season and it’s sidelined him a bit, but the more and more he plays, the better he gets. We are all happy that he’s finding his stride right now and we expect him to keep this up the rest of the season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.
2nd Star: Ben Behrens, G, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Simone Dadie, F, North Iowa Bulls – Damon Furuseth, F, Austin Bruins – Calvin Hanson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hunter Hanson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Duke Kiffin, D, St. Cloud Norsemen – Cole Mickel, D, Minot Minotauros – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Zack Simon, F, Minot Minotauros – Sean Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls
East Division Star of the Week: Anthony Mollica, Defenseman, New Jersey Titans
New Jersey Titans defenseman Anthony Mollica, 20, helped his team move into 1st place in the East Division with a weekend home sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Hudsonville, MI, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Mollica had a goal and an assist in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, he had another goal and two more assists in an 8-2 win. For the season, Mollica currently has 12 points in 24 games played. “Anthony has continued his strong play and was big for us in our two victories over Maine. He was able to contribute big time offensively for us. Anthony was able to make some nice plays with pucks to the net and was able to find soft areas of ice both nights to find the back of the net. Anthony is a talented young man who has played a big role on our team since joining us last year. We look forward to Anthony continuing to help lead us in our pursuit of the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Jonny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gabe Dombrowski, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Zach Murray, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brandon Piku, F, Maryland Black Bears – Sean Ramsay, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nick Ring, F, New Jersey Titans – Mike Salandra, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Patrick Schmiedlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Kevin Scott, F, Maryland Black Bears
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Dakota MacIntosh, Forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Dakota MacIntosh, 17, helped his team to a weekend sweep of the Anchorage Wolverines and move into sole possession of 1st place in the Midwest Division. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Winnipeg, MB, had five points in the two wins, including four goals and an assist. On Friday, MacIntosh had an assist in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he scored a career-high four goals in a 9-3 win. For the season MacIntosh has 15 points in 20 games played. “Dakota had a breakout weekend. He made some individual efforts that were quite special, and his teammates were good at distributing him the puck. He is a really strong prospect in our league,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Bischoff, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Jack Brown, F, Chippewa Steel – Joe Kelly, F, Chippewa Steel – Mack Keryluk, F, Janesville Jets – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Tyler Stewart, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
South Division Star of the Week: William Lawson-Body, Forward, Wichita Falls Warriors
Wichita Falls Warriors forward William Lawson-Body, 19, had a big weekend as his team picked up three of four points in a road series against the Lone Star Brahmas. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Grand Forks, ND, put up five points in the two games. On Friday, Lawson-Body had a goal and three assists, which included an assist on the overtime-winner, in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss. For the season, Lawson-Body is 3rd in team scoring with 22 points in 17 games played. “William has had a great start to the season. His line with Carter Korpi and Ryan Robinson have been the driving force for our offense up to this point. His hockey IQ and ability to see the ice has been a huge reason why his line has had such a great start. His attention to detail and accountability has helped him become a player that is proving he deserves the NCAA Division I interest that has picked up recently,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.
2nd Star: Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vincent Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Chris Duclair, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Matt McDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Charlie Merkley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Will Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas