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Bauer's Stars of the Week Week of February 26, 2024sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Michael Coleman - St. Cloud Norsemen

Michael Coleman

Central Division Star of the Week: Michael Coleman, Forward, St. Cloud Norsemen

St. Cloud forward Michael Coleman had a huge weekend for the Norsemen. The Grand Forks, ND native added an assist in the game's first goal. On Saturday night’s 9-1 win, Coleman lit up the scoresheet with a hat-trick and an assist. The 2024 NAHL Top Prospect Selects Gold rostered forward has played in 46 games this year where he has totalled 37 points. "We've been pleasantly surprised with Micheals seasonal development and production," Associate Head Coach John Mitchel said. "It can sometimes be a question mark when it comes to the youth in this league. The league is so competitive, heavy and hard that young players have a tough time acclimating. Micheal has earned his success this season through rounding out his play in the defensive zone and the passion for the game that he brings to the rink everyday. We are excited to see where his continued development brings him."

2nd Star: Tommy Cronin, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Croix Kochendorfer, G, Aberdeen Wings – Reilley Kotai, F, Austin Bruins – Alexandr Kim, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Peyton Mithmuangneau, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Wes Turner, D, Aberdeen Wings 

 

East Star of the Week: Logan Renkowski - New Jersey Titans

Logan Renkowski

East Division Star of the Week: Logan Renkowski, Forward, New Jersey Titans 

Titans forward Logan Renkowski was fantastic for New Jersey in their weekend sweep over Danbury. The Nesconset, NY native had a quiet night on Friday, then outshined the competition on Saturday. In the 10-1 win, Renkowski added a hat-trick and dished out an assist. So far this season, the Harvard commit has played in 39 games this season where he has combined for 19 points. "It was another positive step for Logan this past weekend,” Head Coach Craig Doremus said. “Logan has worked long and hard since joining us earlier in the year.  His game continues to get better and better so it's great to see him get rewarded on the scoresheet for his efforts.  He was able to have a very effective weekend with his linemates Dom Rivelli and Ryan Novo.  We want Logan to use this success to help propel him and our team as we approach a critical string of games here in late February and early March." 

2nd Star: Michael Sandruck, F, Rochester Jr. Americans 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Reece Brednich, F, New Jersey Titans – Dylan Gordon, D, Maryland Black Bears – Toby Hopp, G, Northeast Generals – Brendan Kimball, D, Northeast Generals – Lukas Klemm, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke Minard, F, Philadelphia Rebels 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Liam Beerman - Anchorage Wolverines

Liam Beerman

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Liam Beerman, Goalie, Anchorage Wolverines

Anchorage goaltender Liam Beerman was elite over the weekend picking up back-to-back wins including a shutout. In a two game sweep over the Chippewa Steel, the Marquette, MI native turned away 97 of 100 shots, earned a 33 shot shutout win, posted a 1.50 GAA and a .956 SV%. This season, Beerman holds a 19-9-1-2 record with a 2.51 GAA and a .921 SV%. “Liam has been an absolute workhorse for us,” Head Coach Nick Walters said. “With some early season injuries, we have leaned on him a lot and he has proven to be the backbone of the team. I truly believe that teams are only as good as their goaltending, and he is a big reason we are having team success. When you have a guy that makes that timely save, it brings a certain calm to the rest of the group. A gesture of “I got your back” when maybe some mistakes are made up-ice, and he certainly demonstrated that this past weekend.”

2nd Star: Connor Brown, D, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kole Altergott, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Brady Engelkes, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Logan Ganz, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Tyler Grahme, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Tyler Krivstov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jackson Lackas, F, Chippewa Steel – Alessandro Lurati, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Riley Mullens, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kyle Rohrer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Sajevic, F, Janesville Jets – Connor Schneider, F, Chippewa Steel – Landry Schmuck, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Will Schumacher, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Taisetsu Ushio, F, Anchorage Wolverines 

 

South Star of the Week: Ivan Zhigalov - Odessa Jackalopes

Ivan Zhigalov

South Division Star of the Week: Ivan Zhigalov, Goalie, Odessa Jackalopes

Jackalopes netminder Ivan Zhigalov was tremendous in net picking up a pair of wins including a shutout. In a weekend showdown against the Amarillo Wranglers, Zhigalov was strong in the crease on Friday stopping 30 of 33 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. Zhigalov picked up where he left off on Friday in Saturday night's game, stopping all 18 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout victory. His two nights in net was good for a 1.50 GAA and a .954 SV%. The Minsk, BEL native has played in seven games this season where he has a 4-3 record. “Ivan has been good since he got to Odessa and this weekend just shows how good he can be,” Head Coach Scott Deur said. “He’s calm and composed in the net and gives us a chance to win night in and night out.” 

2nd Star: Jacob MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Yusaku Ando, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Camden Bajzer, F, El Paso Rhinos – Cameron Dunn, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Nikola Goich, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Owen Kerr, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Hayden Nichol, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Connor Smith, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Andy Vlaha, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Bradley Walker, F, El Paso Rhinos

 

Bauer's Stars of the Week Week of February 12, 2024sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matthew Wisener - Aberdeen Wings

Matthew Wisener

Central Division Star of the Week: Matthew Wisener, Forward, Aberdeen Wings

Wings forward Matthew Wisener was a key in the Wings weekend sweep over North Iowa where he played in two games. Wisener, a native of Winnipeg, AK, started the weekend series off by adding an assist in three Aberdeen goals for a 6-2 final. On Saturday, Wisner scored a third period goal in the Wing’s 3-1 victory. Wisener has played in 39 games this season where he has totalled 25 points. “Matt has a high end skill set that allows him to be a difference maker night in and night out for this team,” Head Coach Scott Langer said. “His work ethic and ability to put the team first fits right into what we want in a Wing “ 

2nd Star: Stephen Peck, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leo Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Damon Furuseth, F, Austin Bruins – Alexandr Kim, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jackson Luther, F, Austin Bruins – Nicholas Sewecke, F, Minot Minotauros – Lukas Swedin, G, Minot Minotauros – Max Weilandt, G, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Massimo Gentile - Rochester Jr. Americans

Massimo Gentile

East Division Star of the Week: Massimo Gentile, Forward, Rochester Jr. Americans

Rochester Jr. Americans forward Massimo Gentile was outstanding for his squad over a two game series against the New Hampshire Jr. Mountain Kings. The Montreal, Quebec native added two goals and handed out two assists in the Jr. Americans 6-4 victory on Friday night. On Saturday, Gentile added an assist on the game-tying goal as Rochester won, 2-1. Gentile is the second leading scorer on the Jr. Americans roster with 53 points and is fifth in the NAHL. “Massimo came up big offensively and defensively for us in key moments this past weekend,” Head Coach Francois Methot said. “From day one he has been one of our leaders on and off the ice. His infectious compete level is as high as can be every single day. We can trust that Massimo will show up every weekend ready to play, any school who gets him next year will have a great player.”

2nd Star: Charles Panchisin, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Stefan Carney, G, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Sonny DiNubile, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Lukas Fursten, G, Danbury Hat Tricks – David Helledy, D, Maine Nordiques – Jaden Johnson, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tommy McDonough, D, New Hampshire Mountain Kings 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Erickson - Minnesota Wilderness

Nick Erickson

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Nick Erickson, Goalie, Minnesota Wilderness

Wilderness netminder Nick Erickson stood tall between the pipes picking up back-to-back wins against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Erickson, a native of Apple Valley, MN, started the weekend with a 25 shot shutout win. Saturday night saw an overtime game where Erickson stopped 30 shots and the Wilderness were victorious, 3-2. Nick has played in 19 games this season where he has a record of 11-7, a 2.14 GAA and a .932 SV%. “As a team we are very proud of Nick earning the award for star of the week,” Head Coach Colten St. Clair said. “He has gone through a lot of adversity in his young career and throughout the last couple of months we have seen tremendous growth in his maturity as a person and as a player. This just shows the strides he is taking throughout the process.” 

2nd Star: Will Schumacher, F, Wisconsin Windigo 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Linards Lipskis, G, Wisconsin Windigo – Nate Murray, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nick Sajevic, F, Janesville Jets – Tomas Trunda, F, Chippewa Steel – Carter Wishart, G, Chippewa Steel 

 

South Star of the Week: Yusaku Ando - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Yusaku Ando

South Division Star of the Week: Yusaku Ando, Forward, New Mexico Ice Wolves

New Mexico forward Yusaku Ando lit up the scoresheet for the Ice Wolves over a three game series against Odessa. Ando, a native of Tomakomai, Japan, found the scoresheet on Thursday night's 5-4 win adding a goal and an assist. On Friday night’s 3-2 overtime loss, Yusaku dished out an assist, and followed that performance up with a four point night on Sunday with a hat-trick and an assist in a 5-2 win. Ando leads the Ice Wolves in points with 49 in 45 games. “Yusaku has been outstanding for us all year,” Head Coach Phil Fox said. “He's been one of our most consistent forwards all season. It's great to see his consistency get noticed this week. It started with his Top Prospect performance and carried into a big weekend for our group. He's leading by example on the ice every night and we look forward to seeing him help lead this group for the rest of the year."

2nd Star: Brayden Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Micheal Kadlecik, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Owen Kerr, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Oliver Lamonthe, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nick Marino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Luke Morris, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Topi Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Ivan Zadvemyuk, F, Lone Star Brahmas 

 

Bauer's Stars of the Week Week of February 5, 2024sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Stephen Peck - Bismarck Bobcats

 Stephen Peck

Central Division Star of the Week: Stephen Peck, Goalie, Bismarck Bobcats

Bismarck goaltender Stephen Peck added back-to-back wins on to his 14-5-0-1 record after a sweep against the North Iowa Bulls, including a 12 shot shutout win. The University of Michigan committed netminder allowed only one goal off of 31 shots. The New York, NY native combined for a .500 GAA and a .968 SV%. This season, Peck holds a 2.26 GAA and a .912 SV%. “Stephen had a great weekend for us,” Head Coach Layne Sedevie said. “I think his game has really hit its peak, which is very key for us going forward. When we needed a big save this weekend, he was there with the answer for our squad.” 

2nd Star: Trent Wiemken, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Dysart, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Damon Furuseth, F, Austin Bruins – Alexandr Kim, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Bennett Koupal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Kyle Miller, D, St. Cloud Norsemen – Riley Sahrun, F, Aberdeen Wings 

 

East Star of the Week: Will Moore - Johnstown Tomahawks

Will Moore

East Division Star of the Week: Will Moore, Forward, Johnstown Tomahawks

Johnstown forward Will Moore was a huge key in the Tomahawks weekend sweep with four points. The Westfield, IN native added two assists in a 6-1 win over Danbury. On Saturday, Moore added an assist in the Tomahawks first goal of the game and then added one of his own in a 4-1 win. The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) commit has played in 25 games this season where he’s totalled 28 points. “Will had a great two games for us leading us offensively to two very important home wins,” Head Coach Mike Letizia said. “He was creative all weekend every time he touched the ice. He has a strong knack to be able to impact the game every night for us. As we move forward down the home stretch of the season, and push for the playoffs, Will is going to be an extremely vital part of our team in all ways.”

2nd Star: Dom Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bunting, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Ben Campeau, F, Northeast Generals – Sonny Diubile, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Owen Lepak, G, Maryland Black Bears – Ryder Nienhuis, F, Maryland Black Bears – Dom Rivelli, F, New Jersey Titans – Dave Tolan, F, Danbury Hat Tricks 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Haden Kruse - Janesville Jets

Haden Kruse

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Haden Kruse, Forward, Janesville Jets

Forward Hayden Kruse came up big for the Janesville Jets in a weekend sweep where he totaled five points. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks commit added a goal and two assists in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against Springfield. The following night, the Nisswas, MN native tallied a goal and an assist where the Jets won 7-2. Kruse has played in 38 games this season where he leads the team in scoring with 51 points. “Hayden continues to lead our group every night,” Head Coach Joe Dibble said. “His productivity, work ethic has been contagious around the room.”

2nd Star: Talan Blanck, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braydon Beahm, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Conner Brown, Defense, Janesville Jets – Andy Larson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Carter McCormick, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Scotty Miner, D, Chippewa Steel 

 

South Star of the Week: Jakub Jerman - El Paso Rhinos

Jakub Jerman

South Division Star of the Week: Jakub Jerman, Defenseman, El Paso Rhinos 

El Paso defenseman Jakub Jerman found his offensive skill as he combined for five points over two games. The Hradec Kralove, CZE native was a major factor in the Rhino’s sweep over the Colorado Grit. Jerman kicked off Friday night's game by adding two assists in a 3-0 win. In Saturday night’s contest, Jerman scored two goals and dished out an assist. This season, Jerman has played in 39 games and has totalled 20 points. “He’s a really great player, and a division one school is going to get an amazing player with him on their roster,” Head Coach Joe Coombs said. “Had an amazing weekend, it was great to see a defenseman find the back of the net. He’s very deserving of this honor.” 

2nd Star: Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Cafarelli, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Bryce Ingles, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Bryce Johnson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ryan Johnson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Justin Kerr, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Luke Morris, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Frank Tafelski, F, El Paso Rhinos –  Colin Vassalio, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Roman Zapp, F, Amarillo Wranglers 

 

Bauer's Stars of the Week Week of January 29, 2024sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Kie Vahakanga - Aberdeen Wings

Kie Vahakanga

Central Division Star of the Week: Kie Vahakangas, Forward, Aberdeen Wings

Aberdeen Wings forward Kie Vahakangas was a key factor in the Wings success over a weekend sweep against the North Iowa Bulls. The Helsinki, Finland native totalled 3 points in friday’s 8-3 win with two goals and an assist. In the following showing, Vahakangas dished out an assist in the Wings 4-1 victory. This season, Vahakangas has appeared in 24 games where he has combined for 19 points. “Kie has been an intricate part of our recent success,” Head Coach Scott Langer said. “His tools and size allow him to be a completely impactful player. Kie’s maturity on and off the ice has brought additional leadership to this team.”

2nd Star: Brady James, Goalie, Minot Minotauros 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sangyeob Kim, F, North Iowa Bulls -- Chad Muller, F, Minot Minotauros -- Stephen Peck, G, Bismarck Bobcats -- Riley Sharun, F, Aberdeen Wings -- Tamas Toth, F, Bismarck Bobcats -- Max Weilandt, G, St. Cloud Norsemen 

 

East Star of the Week: David Utkin - Maryland Black Bears

David Utkin

East Division Star of the Week: David Utkin, Forward, Maryland Black Bears

In his NAHL debut weekend, Maryland forward David Utkin combined for six points over two games. The Murmansk, RUS native made his debut against the New Jersey Titans where he handed out an assist in the Black Bears 4-2 win. In game two of the weekend, Utkin found his confidence on the ice adding two goals and two assists with the Black Bears winning 6-3. “David has been a welcomed addition to our lineup, and more importantly, has done a great job fitting in with his teammates, on and off the ice” Head Coach Clint Mylymok said. “He has gotten off to a great start and we look forward to seeing just how good of a hockey player he can become.”

2nd Star: Zack Ferris, Goalie, Johnstown Tomahawks 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke Janus, F, Maryland Black Bears – Brock Jones, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Ivan Korodiuk, D, Danbury Hat Tricks 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Max Martin - Wisconsin Windigo

Max Martin

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Max Martin, Forward, Wisconsin Windigo 

Wisconsin forward Max Martin posted six points over three games in the Windigo’s sweep in Fairbanks Alaska. Martin, a native of Tawas City, MI, kicked off his trip to Alaska with a three point game, adding a goal and two assists in the Windigo’s 3-1 win. In a 6-1 victory the following night, Martin added two points that included a goal and an assist. In the final matchup of the three game series sweep, Martin added an assist in the Wisconsin win, 6-3. Max has played in 40 games this season for the Windigo, where he has netted 31 goals and handed out 38 assists for 69 points on the season. “Max had another great weekend for us and demonstrated why he’s one of the best players in the league,” Head Coach Blake Hietala said. “He has come up big for us all year in tough situations and did so again in Fairbanks which can be a very hard place to play.” 

2nd Star: Reece Cordray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erick Comstock, D, Wisconsin Windigo – Nick Erickson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Hadley Hudak, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel – Connor Sullivan, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Joey Sylvester, D, Chippewa Steel –Jack Thomas, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs –  Roope Tuomioska, F, Kenai River Brown Bears 

 

South Star of the Week: Bryant Marks - Corpus Christi IceRays

Bryant Marks

South Division Star of the Week: Bryant Marks, Goalie, Corpus Christi IceRays

Corpus netminder Bryant Marks earned the South Division Star of the Week after his two game showing over the weekend. In a high shooting afair on Friday, the Wasilla, AK native turned away 46 of the 48 shots he faced in a close 2-1 loss to Amarillo. Marks followed up the next night with a 35 shot shutout win. The University of Alaska-Anchorage commit has played in 22 games for the IceRays this season where he has combined for a 3.307 GAA and a .902 SV%. “He (Marks) was unbelievable this weekend,” Head Coach Sylvain Cloutier. “I’m so happy for him with all the hard work he’s put in. It's paying off. "

2nd Star: Eliot Segun-Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burke, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Hayden Demars, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nolan Gagnon, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Ryan Hintz, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jack Ivey, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Brock James, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Johnson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Geno McEnery, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Drew Sutton, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Andy Vlaha, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jack Wieneke, G, Lone Star Brahmas 

 

Bauer's Stars of the Week Week of January 22, 2024sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Central Division Star of the Week: Jack Seaverson, Forward, North Iowa Bulls - North Iowa Bulls

Central Division Star of the Week: Jack Seaverson, Forward, North Iowa Bulls

North Iowa forward Jack Seaverson had a productive weekend as the Bulls picked up all four points up for grabs in a weekend series against the Springfield Jr. Blues. The Chaska, MN native totalled four points in two games. On Friday night, Seaverson scored two goals, including the overtime game winner, in the Bulls 4-3 victory. In the following contest, Seaverson netted two goals in the Bulls 5-1 win. This season, Seaverson has played in 36 games for Mason City, where he has combined for 17 points. “Jack has been one of our most consistent players all season,” Head Coach Nick Bruneteau said. “He’s constantly one of our top defensive forwards night in and night out, and has excelled as a leader within our locker. It was great to see him get rewarded with four goals. His offensive production has really taken off since break, and we expect him to have a big finish to the season.” 

2nd Star: Stephen Peck, Goalie, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Simon Pollock, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ocean Wallace, F, Austin Bruins – Trent Wiemken, G, Austin Bruins – Blake Ulve, F, North Iowa Bulls 

 

East Star of the Week: East Division Star of the Week: Lukas Fursten, Goalie, Danbury Hat Tricks - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

East Division Star of the Week: Lukas Fursten, Goalie, Danbury Hat Tricks

Danbury goaltender Lukas Fursten was fantastic in net for the Hat Tricks picking up back-to-back wins, including a shutout, against the Northeast Generals. The Trencin, AK native started the weekend off with a 4-3 shootout victory where he stopped 39 shots. Fursten gave an encore performance the following night posting a 21 shot shutout win, where the Hat Tricks were victorious, 4-0. Fursten has played in three games with the Hat Tricks this season with a perfect 3-0 record, 1.29 GAA and a .955 SV%. “Lukas came in and wanted to prove he can be one of the better goalies in the league,” Head Coach Patrik Stefan said. “His commitment on and off the ice plus his drive to get better is outstanding which is showing already in just a few games he has been in Danbury.” 

2nd Star: Matteo Disipio, F, Rochester Jr. Americans 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dom Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans – Grant Dietz, F, Danbury Hat Tricks – Jesse Horacek, F, Maryland Black Bears – Dimitry Kebreau, F, Maryland Black Bears Carter Richardson, G, Maine Nordiques – Dom Rivelli, F, New Jersey Titans – Charles Tardif, F, Maine Nordiques 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Midwest Division Star of the Week: Bryce Monrean, Forward, Anchorage Wolverines  - Anchorage Wolverines

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Bryce Monrean, Forward, Anchorage Wolverines 

Anchorage forward Bryce Monrean was instrumental in the Wolverines weekend sweep over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs totalling five points over two games. Monrean, an Anchorage, AK native, had a two point night to start the weekend with a goal and an assist in the Wolverines 5-1 win. Monrean picked up right where he left off the night before, dishing out three assists in Saturday’s 7-3 win for Anchorage. This season, Monrean has played in 34 games where he has scored 14 goals and handed out 24 assists for 38 points. “Bryce has continued his hot streak as of late,” Head Coach Nick Walters said. “I give a lot of credit to him for doing the right things on and off the ice. When you’re doing those right things on a daily basis, I believe that you get rewarded when it matters. As a local boy, he always seems to rise to the occasion when we play our in-state rivals. For him to have that success, at home in front of our fans, and against our rivals, makes it that much more special.”

2nd Star: Peteris Purmalis, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ashton Astashevich, F, Chippewa Steel – Max Beckford, G, Wisconsin Windigo – Noah Gibbs, F, Janesville Jets – Jacob Ligi, F, Chippewa Steel – Linards Lipskis, G, Wisconsin Windigo –  Fyodor Nikolayenya, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Max Wagener, F, Janesville Jets 

 

South Star of the Week: South Division Star of the Week: Louie Kamienski, Forward, Oklahoma Warriors - Oklahoma Warriors

South Division Star of the Week: Louie Kamienski, Forward, Oklahoma Warriors

Oklahoma forward Louie Kamienski is making his offensive skills known in the South division after combining for four points over two games. Kamienksi, a native of Elmhurst, IL, has only played in three NAHL games in his career. Louie was a big piece of the Warriors success over the weekend in a sweep against the Odessa Jackalopes. On friday, Kamienski dished out an assist in Oklahoma's 5-2 win. Saturday night, Kamienski scored his first NAHL goal of his career, then followed up by netting two more for a hat-trick in the Warriors 5-1 win. “We were able to bring Louie onboard for the 2nd half of the season and felt he did a great job getting himself ready for his first full weekend of games,” Head Coach Garrett Roth said. “Louie had an excellent weekend for us and showed the caliber of player he can be in this league. He adds a lot to our group on and off the ice and we are really excited to see his continued growth and development here in Oklahoma.”

2nd Star: Niko Goich, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Antti Autere, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Connor Bergeron, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Burke, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mason LeBel, F, El Paso Rhinos – Tory Lund, F, El Paso Rhinos – Drew Sutton, F, Oklahoma Warriors 

 

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Central Star of the Week: Adam Dybal - Aberdeen Wings

Adam Dybal

Aberdeen goalie Adam Dybal, 18, was rock solid this weekend as the Wings picked up a weekend sweep of their series in Austin. The 6’1/170 lbs native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, stopped 94 of 100 shots in two road wins over the weekend. On Friday, Dybal made 42 saves in a 6-5 win, and then on Saturday was even better, making 52 saves in a 5-1 win. For the season, Dybal has a 14-7-1 record in 24 appearances with a 2.78 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. “Adam’s been a workhorse for this team as of late. He gives us a chance to win and that’s all we can ask for. He has a high end compete level and his tools speak for themself. Adam’s going to make a very good college hockey goaltender,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer. 

2nd Star: Tommy Cronin, F, Bismarck Bobcats 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Dylan Cook, F, Austin Bruins – Stephen Peck, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins 

 

East Star of the Week: Luca Leighton - Rochester Jr. Americans

Luca Leighton

Rochester forward Luca Leighton, 20, had a productive weekend as the Jr. Americans picked up three of a possible four points in their weekend home series against Philadelphia. The 5’9/170 lbs native of Old Brooklyn, NY, totaled four points in the two games. On Friday, Leighton scored a goal and assisted on another in a 3-2 shootout loss. The next night, he scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-0 win. For the season, Leighton is currently fourth in team scoring with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games played to date. “It’s great to see Luca getting this recognition for the weekend he just had but he’s been as consistent as can be. What I’m most impressed about is how good he is defensively while being a constant threat on offense. We utilize him in every situation and he’s been excellent for us,” said Rochester head coach Francois Methot. 

2nd Star: Kellen Murphy, F, Maine Nordiques 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Grant Dietz, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Thomas Heaney, G, Maine Nordiques – Toby Hopp, G, Northeast Generals – Reid Lune, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Joseph McGraw, F, Northeast Generals – Justin Rapp, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Evan Sofikitis, D, Maryland Black Bears – Tyler Stern, F, Maryland Black Bears 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Vaughn Makar - Anchorage Wolverines

Vaughn Makar

Makar, 19, led the Wolverines to a weekend road sweep against in-state rival Fairbanks this past weekend. The 5’11/180 lbs native of Anchorage, AK, was in goal for both wins, stopping 75 of a possible 78 shots in the process. Makar made 41 saves on Friday in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he made 34 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, Makar has appeared in four games, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.22 goals against average and .914 save percentage. “Vaughn has been the definition of patience, persistence, and resilience. I know he’s been chomping at the bit to get an opportunity in net after coming back from an injury. Watching from the sidelines didn’t detour his attitude or work ethic on and off the ice. Starting him in Fairbanks against an in-state rival and in front of the Fairbanks crowd is no easy task. Especially when it’s your first game since mid-November. He made big time saves when we were getting out shot and in penalty trouble. His play had a calming effect to the rest of our team that allowed us to settle in and battle back from a 2-0 deficit Friday night and play with a lead Saturday night. Vaughn has earned this opportunity and star of the week in every right,” said Wolverines head coach Nick Walters. 

2nd Star: Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Quinn Disher, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Hudley Hudak, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Fyodor Nikolayenya, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Mason Peapenburg, D, Chippewa Steel – Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel 

 

South Star of the Week: Jack McDonald - Amarillo Wranglers

Jack McDonald

Amarillo forward Jack McDonald, 20, had a big weekend as the Wranglers posted a three-game weekend home sweep of the Colorado Grit. The 6’1/185 lbs native of East Aurora, NY, had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and was a +6 in the three wins. On Friday, McDonald picked up three assists in a 6-1 win. On Saturday, he scored two goals in a 6-2 win. On Sunday, he scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 6-4 win. For the season, McDonald is currently 4th in team scoring with 34 points in 39 games played. “Jack has been playing phenomenal hockey for us the entire month of January. Each and every shift, he is creating chances for his linemates and himself. It is great to see the 2nd and 3rd efforts that he puts in get rewarded on the scoresheet. He has been a leader on and off the ice for our team all season long. Jack is playing at an NCAA Division 1 level and like Topi Puikkonen last week, this award should garner Jack interest because he deserves the opportunity,” said Wranglers head coach Ryan Anderson. 

2nd Star: Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): William Ahlrik, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Zach Boren, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nolan Gagnon, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Kyan Haldenby, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Keskintepe, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Olivier Lamothe, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nick Marino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – James Richman, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes – David Skuhrovec, F, Lone Star Brahmas 

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jack O'Hanisain - Minot Minotauros

Jack O'Hanisain

Minot forward Jack O’Hanisain, 19, helped his team to another weekend sweep as the 1st place Minotauros pushed their current winning streak to nine straight games. The 5’11/175 lbs native of Troy, MI, had five points in the two wins. On Friday, O’Hanisain had a goal in a 7-1 win at St. Cloud against the Norsemen. On Saturday, he recorded two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win. For the season, O’Hanisain is currently 2nd in team scoring with 36 points in 33 games played, which includes a team-leading 19 goals. “Jack had a great weekend of production for us and played a key role in our team's success this weekend. He continues to be a 200-foot player that is consistently providing offense in a variety of different ways. We look forward to Jack continuing to play at a high level as he pursues a NCAA Division I opportunity,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell. 

2nd Star: Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Beaumont, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Connor Beckwith, F, Austin Bruins – Michael Coleman, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Tyler Dysart, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Klayton Knapp, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins – Weston Turner, D, Aberdeen Wings 

 

East Star of the Week: Charles Panchisin - Philadelphia Rebels

Charles Panchisin

Philadelphia forward Charles Panchisin, 19, continued his hot play over the weekend as the Rebels split a road series against the Northeast Generals. The 5’7/150 lbs native of Vernon Hills, IL, had five points in the two games. On Friday, Panchisin had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win. On Saturday, he had two of Philadelphia’s three goals in a 6-3 loss. For the season, Panchisin currently leads the Rebels in scoring with 30 points in 32 games played. “We are excited for Charles. He’s steadily improving as the season progresses. Night in and night out, we know what we’re going to get. This is a well-deserved honor after a strong showing this past weekend,” said Rebels head coach Justin Hale. 

2nd Star: Owen Lepak, G, Maryland Black Bears 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matteo Disipio, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Cole Hipkin, F, Maine Nordiques – Luke Janus, F, Maryland Black Bears – Joey McGraw, F, Northeast Generals – Jacob Osborne, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Carter Richardson, G, Maine Nordiques – Thomas Rockey, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Jacob Wilson, F, Northeast Generals 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jacob Jastrzebski - Wisconsin Windigo

Jacob Jastrzebski

Windigo forward Jacob Jastrzebski, 18, put up some big numbers this past weekend as Wisconsin picked up a weekend home sweep over the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’0/180 lbs native of Chicago, IL, posted seven points and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Jastrzebski assisted on both Windigo goals in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and four assists in a 7-4 win. For the season, Jastrzebski is currently 4th in team scoring with 31 points in 33 games played. “Jacob has been a huge part of our success this season and it’s great to see him rewarded for another great weekend. He plays a very honest and mature game for a first-year player and helps us in all situations. He’s got a bright future and we’re happy to be a part of his development,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala. 

2nd Star: Haden Kruse, F, Janesville Jets and Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conner Brown, D, Janesville Jets – Brock Devlin, D, Anchorage Wolverines – Nick Erickson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Luke Hause, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bryce Monrean, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Ian Norkevicus, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mason Peapenburg, D, Chippewa Steel – Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel – Peteris Purmalis, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Stevens, F, Kenai River Brown Bears 

 

South Star of the Week: Topi Puikkonen - Amarillo Wranglers

Topi Puikkonen

Amarillo forward Topi Puikkonen, 20, helped his club pick up five of a possible six points in a three-game weekend road series in Colorado against the Grit. The 6’3/205 lbs native of Tampere, Finland, racked up seven points in the three games. On Friday, Puikkonen had a goal and an assist in a 7-6 overtime win. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win. On Sunday, he scored two more goals and had a shootout goal in a 6-5 shootout loss. For the season, Puikkonen currently leads the Wranglers in scoring with 33 points in 36 games played. “It is fantastic to see that Topi's hard work and play has earned him this award. Topi has great hockey sense and puck protection abilities. Off the ice he conducts himself in a professional manner and does not shy away from doing the extra work required to get to the next level. In my mind, he is ready to play at the NCAA Division I level, and hopefully this award helps him on his path because he is very deserving of the chance,” said Wranglers head coach Ryan Anderson. 

2nd Star: Brad Walker, F, El Paso Rhinos 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Carlile, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Dominic Elliott, D, Oklahoma Warriors – Graham Harris, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Justin Kerr, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Tory Lund, F, El Paso Rhinos – Jack McDonald, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Hayden Nichol, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Michael Schermerhorn, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jack Wieneke, G, Lone Star Brahmas 

 

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Central Star of the Week: Kaden Muir - Austin Bruins

Kaden Muir

Austin defenseman Kaden Muir, 19, helped the Bruins get back on track with a weekend sweep of their home-and-and home series against the North Iowa Bulls. The 6’2/190 lbs native of Toronto, ON, recorded four points in the two wins and was a +1. On Friday, Muir had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 home win. On Saturday, he had two assists in a 5-2 road win. For the season, Muir has recorded 9 points in 16 games played. “Kaden has been playing really well despite having a few injuries earlier in the season. He’s a difference maker for us on the backend and we are a much better team when he is in the line-up. Our entire staff is extremely proud that Kaden has been recognized for his recent play and we look forward to him following that up,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard. 

2nd Star: Hagen Moe, F, St. Cloud Norsemen 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Isaak Brassard, F, Austin Bruins – Adam Dybal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Logan Gravink, F, Aberdeen Wings – Max Weilandt, G, St. Cloud Norsemen 

 

East Star of the Week: Jacob Osborne - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jacob Osborne

Johnstown goalie Jacob Osborne, 20, picked up a pair of wins to help the Tomahawks pick up a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’1/190 lbs native of Ottawa, ON, stopped 56 of 59 shots in the two wins. On Saturday, Osborne made 32 saves in a 2-1 win. On Sunday, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 win. For the season, Osborne has a 14-4-1 record with a 3.07 goals against average and .911 save percentage. “Jacob was at the top of his game for us this weekend like we really needed him to be given the two challenging games we had. He was up to the task both nights making some spectacular saves when needed, and made the confident routine saves. Our team needed two wins at home, and he certainly stepped up and led the way. With his strong academic background coupled with this type of strong play, Jacob is showing that he is fully capable of being an NCAA Division 1 goaltender,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia. 

2nd Star: Charles Panchisin, F, Philadelphia Rebels 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke deVries, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Nils Forselius, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Panico, F, Maine Nordiques 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Bryce Monrean - Anchorage Wolverines

Bryce Monrean

Anchorage forward Bryce Monrean, piled up the points as the Wolverines picked up a weekend road sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’1/180 lbs native of Anchorage, AK, racked up seven points and was a +8 in the two wins. On Friday, Monrean scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 7-2 win. For the season, Monrean is currently tied for 3rd in team scoring with 28 points in 28 games played. “Bryce is always someone we look to in all situations on the ice especially on the offensive side of things. We’ve been talking about shooting more to generate chances, so it’s great to see him get rewarded this past weekend by playing to our team’s identity,” said Wolverines head coach Nick Walters. 

2nd Star: Matthew Alberti, G, Janesville Jets 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Middendorf, F, Chippewa Steel – Oliver Salo, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Cam Springer, F, Chippewa Steel – Max Wagener, F, Janesville Jets 

 

South Star of the Week: Bryant Marks - Corpus Christi IceRays

Bryant Marks

Corpus Christi goalie Bryant Marks, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The 5’11/170 lbs native of Wasilla, AK, stopped 66 of 71 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Marks made 30 saves in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 36 saves in a 4-3 win. For the season, Marks has a 7-8-1 record with a 3.42 goals against avergae and an .894 save percentage. “Bryant had a solid weekend for us. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have gotten the two wins and four points. He was outstanding. I’m very proud of him,” said IceRays head coach Sylvain Cloutier. 

2nd Star: Ben Ivey, F, Amarillo Wranglers 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Biedermann, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Cameron Dunn, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jackson Fuller, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jack Ivey, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Brent Litchard, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jacob MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Tim Mathys, D, El Paso Rhinos – AJ Reed, F, El Paso Rhinos – Michael Schermerhorn, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – David Skuhrovec, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Billy Stuski, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Max Vig, D, Oklahoma Warriors 

 

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Central Star of the Week: Trevor Stachowiak - Minot Minotauros

Trevor Stachowiak

Minot forward and captain Trevor Stachowiak, 20, had a big weekend as Minot widened their lead atop the Central Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of North Iowa. The 6’1/196 lbs. native Santa Barbara, CA, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 9-1 win. For the season, Stachowiak is 3rd in team scoring with 26 points in 28 games played. “Trevor had a great weekend for us. As always, his play was hard and consistent. This weekend he was rewarded for that with offensively pointing. Because of that he also broke our organizations all time assists record. Trevor has been a leader and the driver of this team all year long. We are happy he is being recognized for his play this past weekend and look forward to him continuing to perform at a high level as he pursues an extremely well-deserved opportunity at the NCAA D1 level,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Adam Dybal, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Cronin, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins – Riley Sharun, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Luke Janus - Maryland Black Bears

Luke Janus

Janus, 19, helped the Black Bears to a three-game weekend road sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Winnipeg, MB, had five points in the three wins, including two goals and three assists. On Friday, he had a pair of assists in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he picked up another assist in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, he had two goals in a 4-2 win. For the season, the RPI commit has recorded 15 points in 32 games played to date. “Luke has really started coming along nicely and being named the star of the week is certainly well deserved. We feel his best hockey is yet to come and cannot wait to see what he has in store for us in the second half of the season,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Luke Amell, D, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zakari Brice, G, New Jersey Titans – Matteo Disipio, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Jack Hillier, F, New Jersey Titans – CJ Kier, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Matthew Lewis, F, Maine Nordiques – Carter Richardson, G, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matthew Alberti - Janesville Jets

Matthew Alberti

Janesville goalie Matthew Alberti, 19, had a big weekend in helping the Jets pick up a weekend home sweep of Kenai River. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Hamburg, NY, stopped 72 of 74 shots, allowing just two goals in the two wins. On Friday, Alberti made 36 saves in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he stopped all 36 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout. For the season, Alberti has a 14-3-3 record in 21 gamed played with a 2.62 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. “Matthew was outstanding again for us this past weekend and continues to prove he is one of the top goalies in our league. He made key saves throughout the weekend which was a huge reason for our success. He just continues to get better every day and I look forward to continuing to watch his progress,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Danny Bagnole, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Astapovich, F, Minnesota Wilderness - Liam Beerman, G, Anchorage Wolverines – Adam Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Everett Pietila, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel – Jack Thomas, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tomas Trunda, F, Chippewa Steel – Max Wagener, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Rasmus Leijonhielm - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Rasmus Leijonhielm

New Mexico forward Rasmus Leijonhielm, 20, had a productive offensive weekend to help his team post a weekend home sweep over the Oklahoma Warriors. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Taby, Sweden, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he posted a goal and two assists in a 7-4 win. For the season, he has recorded 14 points in 28 games played. “It's great to see Rasmus have success on the scoresheet this past weekend after a couple big team wins. He's been working hard and continually developing his game, which is fun to see. It was a matter of time before he had a weekend like this for us. I expect to see more of this for Rasmus the second half of the year,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Jack Wieneke, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Dunn, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nikola Goich, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Zach Homer, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Olivier Lamothe, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Brent Litchard, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Alexander Papaspryopoulos, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Topi Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes - David Skuhrovec, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Nikolai Tishkevich - Aberdeen Wings

Nikolai Tishkevich

Aberdeen forward Nikolai Tishkevich, 19, helped his team pick up their first weekend sweep of the season as the Wings picked up two wins in St. Cloud against the Norsemen. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Minsk, Belarus, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two road wins. On Friday, he had a goal in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he recorded two more goals and added an assist in a 4-3 win. For the season, Tishkevich has recorded 16 points in 22 games played to date. “Niko’s play this weekend is indicative of how much he works on his game. He loves the game, and it shows daily. This weekend his leadership came through and allowed us to win two games against a very good opponent,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Colby Woogk, D, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Cronin, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Adam Dybal, G, Aberdeen Wings – John Emmons, F, Minot Minotauros – Matthew Rafalski, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jacob Osborne - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jacob Osborne

Johnstown goalie Jacob Osborne, 20, helped the Tomahawks pick up a weekend road sweep of the New Hampshire Mountain Kings. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Ottawa, ON, stopped 88 of 91 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Osborne posted a 44-save shutout in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made 44 saves on 47 shots in a 6-3 win. For the season, Osborne has a 12-3-1 record in 17 games played with a 3.15 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. “Jacob was a rock for us in net this past weekend helping our team to two very important road wins. He made routine saves as well as big saves when needed.  He was competing all weekend long like he does every night for us when he is in net. The shutout Friday was a big way to kick off the weekend for us, and then Saturday the 1st period was a little chaotic, and he calmed the game down helping us to our second win of the weekend. As we wrap up the first half of the season, and move towards the back half, it will be imperative for us to have Jacob continue to play at a very high level for our team,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Shane Kozlina, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Arnell, D, Maryland Black Bears – Jack Fialkoff, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Brendan Kimball, D, Northeast Generals – Will Moore, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Charles Panchisin, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Nick Reif, F, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Colin Ronan, G, Maryland Black Bears – Landon Steffen, F, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Charles Tardif, F, Maine Nordiques – Jacob Wilson, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Erickson - Minnesota Wilderness

Nick Erickson

Minnesota Wilderness goalie Nick Erickson, 19, helped his team to two home wins over the weekend in their three-game series against Fairbanks. The 6’3/180 lbs. native of Apple Valley, MN, posted back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Saturday, stopping all 74 shots that cam his way. On Friday, he made 35 saves in a 5-0 win, and then on Saturday, he stopped all 39 shots through regulation and overtime, and then stopped all four Ice Dogs shooters in a 1-0 shootout win. For the season, Erickson has a 5-2-1 record in 8 games played with a 1.67 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. “Nick has done an outstanding job for our organization so far. It’s great to see him gain some confidence before we head into break. We couldn’t be prouder of the compete that he played with over the weekend. Nick is a great goalie, and we are very happy to see him get rewarded for the work that he has put in,” said Wilderness head coach Colten St. Clair.

2nd Star: Everett Pietila, F, Wisconsin Windigo

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Liam Beerman, G, Anchorage Wolverines – JJ Cataldo, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Tyler Grahme, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jackson Lackas, F, Chippewa Steel – Marc Lund, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Alessandro Lurati, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel – Nick Sajevic, F, Janesville Jets – Oliver Salo, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Nicholas Stevens, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Christian Venticinque, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Frank Tafelski - El Paso Rhinos

Frank Tafelski

El Paso forward Frank Tafelski, 20, helped his club pick up a three-game weekend home sweep over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Troy, MI, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins. On Friday, Tafelski had an assist in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he had two assists in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, he had two goals in another 5-1 win. For the season, Tafelski currently leads the Rhinos in scoring with 25 points in 28 games played. “Frank has really stepped to the plate in a lot of faucets for our team. I am proud of how far he has come in the last year. This is a deserved reignition and there is more to come from Frank,” said Rhinos head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bryce Boucher, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Graham Harris, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Michael Kadlecik, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Luke Lindsay, D, El Paso Rhinos – Jacob MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack McDonald, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Henry McRoberts, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Wil Murphy, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Michael Schermerhorn, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ivan Zadvernyuk, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Dylan Cook - Austin Bruins

Dylan Cook

Austin forward Dylan Cook, 20, helped his team get back on track with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the North Iowa Bulls. The 6’0/190 lbs. native of Princeton, MN, posted four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Cook had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 road win in Mason City. On Saturday, he posted another goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, the UMass-Lowell commit is 3rd in team scoring with 22 points in 24 games played to date. “Dylan played great for us this weekend and stepped up when we needed him to. We recently challenged him to be more consistent and he responded well. He is a very coachable kid that wants to win every night and we are looking forward to watching him follow this up Friday Night,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Julian Beaumont, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Keanu Krenn, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jordan Newpower, F, North Iowa Bulls – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins – John Small, F, Minot Minotauros – Joe Sweeney, D, North Iowa Bulls – Weston Turner, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Nils Forselius - Maine Nordiques

Nils Forselius

Maine forward Nils Forselius, 20, had a big week helping the Nordiques to a weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Guilford, CT, racked up eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Forselius had two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he picked up another goal and added three assists in a 5-2 win. Since joining the Nordiques in late October, Forselius has 18 points in 14 games played in Maine. “Nils has an extreme skill set and feeds off of his teammates. He has four points in four-on-four situations in the last three consecutive games. It’s impressive and it’s fun to watch,” said Maine head coach Nick Skerlick.

2nd Star: David Helledy, D, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Fialkoff, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Alexios Georgaklis, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Luca Leighton, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Max Marquette, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Tommy McDonough, D, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Riley Ruh, F, Maryland Black Bears – Aiden Wright, G, New Hampshire Mountain Kings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jake Merens - Janesville Jets

Jake Merens

Janesville forward Jake Merens, 17, had a big weekend as the Jets picked up a weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. The 5’9/161 lbs. native of Highland Park, IL, totaled four points on the weekend, which included three goals and an assist. On Friday, Merens had a goal in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win. For the season, the rookie forward has 17 points in 19 games played to date. “Jake is a phenomenal young player that is getting better every day. He has an ultra-high compete level with a skill set to match it. He makes everyone around him better. We look forward to Jake continuing his production and pushing our group forward. He may be the youngest player on our team, but he’s playing like a veteran. Jake has a very bright future in this game and is going to be a great addition to a NCAA Division I program in the future,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Elliott Gulley, F, Wisconsin Windigo

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Hause, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ikki Kogawa, F, Janesville Jets – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Caden Morgan, D, Chippewa Steel – Oliver Salo, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Cam Springer, F, Chippewa Steel – Nicholas Stevens, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jackson Stimple, D, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Kyan Haldenby - Shreveport Mudbugs

Kyan Haldenby

Shreveport forward Kyan Haldenby, 19, helped his team pick up five of a possible six points in three road games in Corpus Christi this past weekend. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Toronto, ON, totaled six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the three games. On Friday, Haldenby had a goal in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss. On Sunday, he had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win. For the season, Haldenby is currently 3rd in team scoring with 20 points in 25 games played. “Kyan has adjusted well to being in Louisiana and playing in the NAHL. He’s had a strong game since day one but now he’s finding ways to put the puck in the net or contribute to putting the puck in the net on a consistent basis. His game is growing, his confidence is growing, and he’s preparing to be better every week. As we forecast ahead, we feel Kyan will continue to build on his game and not only contribute to the Mudbugs but contribute at the NCAA level once done here,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Boren, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Tommy Chunchukov, F, Amarillo Wranglers - Dominic Elliott, D, Oklahoma Warriors – Jacob MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Luke Morris, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Deivs Rolovs, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Schermerhorn, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes

 

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Central Star of the Week: Ryan Manzella - St. Cloud Norsemen

Ryan Manzella

St. Cloud goalie Ryan Manzella, 19, picked up a pair of road wins this past weekend as the Norsemen moved into 2nd place in the Central Division. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Egan, MN, allowed just two goals in two games stopping 38 of 40 shots. On Friday, Manzella made 25 saves in a 5-1 win in Austin against the Bruins. The next night, he made 13 saves in a 3-1 road win at North Iowa. For the season, Manzella has a sparkling 9-1-5 record with a 1.42 goals against average and .942 save percentage. “Our goaltending has been solid all year. Ryan has done a good job of consistent play,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Lucca Munoz, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Cronin, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Croix Kochendorfer, G, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Laurenza, F, Austin Bruins – Kie Vahakangas, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Miles Roberts - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Miles Roberts

Danbury goalie Miles Roberts, 18, gave up just two goals as the Jr. Hat Tricks took three of four points in their weekend road series against the 1st place Maryland Black Bears. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Costa Mesa, CA, stopped 72 of 74 shots in the two games. On Friday, Roberts made 42 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. On Saturday, he made 30 saves through regulation and overtime in a 2-1 shootout loss. For the season, Roberts has a 5-8-3 record, which includes a 2.93 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. “Miles has been tremendous in the net for us. He put in a lot of work on and off the ice to improve his game,” said Danbury head coach Patrik Stefan.

2nd Star: Jake Gutwirth, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dominik Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans – Ben Campeau, F, Northeast Generals – Justin Gibson, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Charles Panchisin, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Shawn Ramsey, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Justin Rapp, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Adam Schankula, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Wyatt Carlson - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Wyatt Carlson

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Wyatt Carlson, 19, came through in the clutch this past weekend, leading his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 5’8/165 lbs. native of Hermantown, MN, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Carlson had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including his second consecutive game-winner in a 3-2 win. For the season, Carlson has recorded 12 points in 17 games played. “We are excited for Wyatt and his accomplishments so far but not surprised with his team first mentality, work ethic on and off the ice and how he carries himself like a pro. He brings a lot of energy and a great attitude day in and day out for the team. We are looking forward to his continued development and success through the season,” said Ice Dogs head coach Ryan Theros.

2nd Star: Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Grahme, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Noah Grolnic, F, Chippewa Steel – Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Oliver Stumpel, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Joey Sylvester, D, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau - Shreveport Mudbugs

Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau

Shreveport goalie Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, 18, posted a pair of road wins in Odessa as the Mudbugs swept the Jackalopes. The 6’3/180 lbs. native of Saint-Jerome, QC, stopped 57 of 60 shots in the two road wins. On Friday, Seguin-Lescarbeau stopped all 30 shots that came his way through regulation and overtime, and then stopped all three shooters in a 1-0 shootout win. On Saturday, he made 27 saves in a 4-3 win. For the season, Seguin-Lescarbeau has a 9-3-1 record, which includes a 2.44 goals against average and .914 save percentage. “Eliot has been great for us this year coming in as a younger goalie he has shown maturity consistency and his work ethic has been great. He’s been getting better every week, and we are excited about his growth on and off the ice,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Jack Wieneke, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Bergeron, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Billy Biedermann, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Medrick Bolduc, F, El Paso Rhinos – Kael DePape, G, El Paso Rhinos – Cameron Dunn, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Kyan Haldenby, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Max Lacroix, G, Colorado Grit – Connor McDonough, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors – James Richman, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Pierson Sobush, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Roman Zap, F, Amarillo Wranglers

 

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Central Star of the Week: Tyler Dysart - St. Cloud Norsemen

Tyler Dysart

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Tyler Dysart, 19, had a big weekend as the Norsemen took three of four points in a weekend road series in Bismarck. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Sunnyvale, CA, totaled six points in the two games. On Friday, Dysart had an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, he exploded for a hat-trick and two assists for a five-point night in a 6-1 win. For the season, Dysart currently leads the team in scoring with 16 points in 17 games played.Tyler has been moving his feet better the last few weeks and it’s beginning to translate on the scoreboard. He has the ability to be an impact guy,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tommy Cronin, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kai Dunits, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joel Lehtinen, F, Minot Minotauros – Jack O’Hanisain, F, Minot Minotauros – Simon Pollock, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ocean Wallace, F, Austin Bruins – Wyatt Wurst, D, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Grant Dietz - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Grant Dietz

Danbury forward Grant Dietz, 19, helped his club pick up a weekend home split of their home series against Philadelphia this past weekend. Th 5’9/175 lbs. native of Chicago, IL, had five points in the two games. On Friday, Dietz had a shorthanded goal and two assists in a 6-4 win. On Saturday, Dietz scored a power play goal and added an assist in a 7-4 loss. For the season, Dietz has recorded eight points in eight games played with Danbury and 14 points in 18 games overall. “Grant has been contributing on both ends of the puck and had a great weekend producing five points in two games while also scoring on the PP and shorthanded situation,” said Danbury head coach Patrik Stefan.

2nd Star: Charles Panchisin, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Croxall, F, Maryland Black Bears – Sonny Dinubile, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Justin Rapp, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Carter Richardson, G, Maine Nordiques – Thomas Rockey, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Charles Tardif, F, Maine Nordiques – Jeremi Tremblay, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Adam Prokop - Minnesota Wilderness

Adam Prokop

The Minnesota Wilderness widened their lead atop the Midwest Division thanks to a weekend sweep of the 2nd place Wisconsin Windigo. In goal both nights for Minnesota was 19-year-old Adam Prokop. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Wausau, WI, started and won both games over the weekend, allowing just two goals on 70 shots. On Friday, Prokop made 30 saves in a 4-1 win and then on Saturday, he made 38 saves and then stopped 5 of 6 in the shootout in a 2-1 shootout win. For the season, Prokop has a 6-2-0 record with the Wilderness, which includes a 1.44 goals against average a .950 save percentage. “Adam is a great human being that prepares like each game is his last. His work ethic and determination is what separates him from a lot of other goalies and couldn’t be more proud of him earning this award,” said Wilderness head coach Colten St. Clair.

2nd Star: Cole Christian, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Alberti, G, Janesville Jets - Anton Astashevich, F, Chippewa Steel – Nick Blood, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jacob Ligi, F, Chippewa Steel – Trenton Powell, D, Anchorage Wolverines – Ryan Williams, D, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Andy Vlaha - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Andy Vlaha

New Mexico goalie Andy Vlaha, 20, won both his starts last week to help the Ice Wolves end the week with a four-game winning streak. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Snohomish, WA, posted back-to-back wins on Wednesday and Friday, allowing just one goal on 52 shots. On Wednesday, Vlaha stopped all 26 shots that came his way in an 8-0 shutout of El Paso. On Friday, he allowed just a single goal in a 5-1 home win over the Colorado Grit. Vlaha, who has won his last five starts, has a 7-2-1 record with a 2.08 goals against average and a .934 save percentage so far this season. “We are very happy for Andy to receive this honor. He has been rock-solid for us in his last six starts. It's great to see him get recognized for his stellar play as of late. He's always working, been a great teammate and a pleasure to coach,” said Ice Wolves head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Ryan Johnson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathieu Bourgault, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Cameron Dunn, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Max Dronen, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Nolan Gagnon, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Kyan Haldenby, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Max Hamstad, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Bryce Ingles, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Bryant Marks, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors - Hayden Nichol, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Topi Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes

 

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Central Star of the Week: Colby Woogk - Minot Minotauros

Colby Woogk

Minot defenseman Colby Woogk, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Austin Bruins and move into 1st place in the Central Division. The 6’2/193 lbs. native of Ft. Worth, TX, had three points in the two wins. On Friday, Woogk had a goal in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. For the season, Woogk has seven points in 15 games played. “Colby has been extremely solid for us all season long. It was great to see him get rewarded for his efforts with some offensive production this past weekend. His play at both ends of the rink, along with his leadership and experience has played a big role in our team’s success thus far this season. We look forward to Colby continuing to play at a high level as his pursues an NCAA DI opportunity,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Tyson Smith, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jackson Anderson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Trent Anfinson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Andrew Cumming, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Grant Kohnen, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Manzella, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Kaden Muir, D, Austin Bruins – Trevor Stachowiak, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Will Moore - Johnstown Tomahawks

Will Moore

Johnstown forward Will Moore, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep over the Philadelphia Rebels. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Westfield, IN, had three points in the two wins. On Friday, Moore had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in another 4-1. For the season, Moore has recorded 11 points in 10 games played. “Will stepped up in a strong way for us this weekend being a big part of two home wins for us. He has a great ability to impact the game every time he touches the ice and did so both nights. Will was also a big part of a successful penalty kill performance by our group. We look forward to Will continuing to be a major factor for our team moving forward,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Magnus Gadowsky, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Campeau, F, Northeast Generals – Cam Charron, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jack Hillier, F, New Jersey Titans – Chase Sandhu, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah Von Scheidt, F, Rochester Jr. Americans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Max Martin - Wisconsin Windigo

Max Martin

Wisconsin Windigo forward Max Martin, 20, had a big weekend as the Windigo took three of four points in their weekend series against Springfield. The 5’11/190 lbs. native Tawas City, MI had four points in the two games, which included three goals and an assist. On Friday, he had two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. For the season, Martin currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 38 points in 21 games played. “Max is playing at a really high level right now and his consistency has been impressive. He is finding a way to have an impact every night and has been a big part of our success so far,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.

2nd Star: Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conner Brown, D, Janesville Jets – Wyatt Carlson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Reece Cordray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Fyodor Nikolayenya, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Lukas Peterson, D, Chippewa Steel – Everett Pietila, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Trenton Powell, D, Anchorage Wolverines – Adam Prokop, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Peter Purmalis, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Marks Slavinskis-Repe, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nick Stevens, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Christian Venticinque, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Brock James - Lone Star Brahmas

 Brock James

Lone Star Brahmas forward Brock James, 19, continued his recent hot play this past weekend as he helped the Brahmas widened their lead atop of the South with a weekend home sweep of the El Paso Rhinos. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Falmouth, ME, recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, James had a hat-trick and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he had two assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, the University of Maine recruit leads the team in scoring with 25 points in 16 games played. “Brock was a force this weekend and because he has elevated his play at both ends of the ice. It has translated into more offensive opportunities, and he is converting on his chances. He is going to be a great player at the NCAA Division I level,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cooper Boulanger, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Anthony Cappello, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Hayden DeMars, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Vilgot Holm, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jack Ivey, F, Connor McDonough, G, Amarillo Wranglers - Gage Parillo, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

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Central Star of the Week: Ryan Manzella - St. Cloud Norsemen

Ryan Manzella

St. Cloud goaltender Ryan Manzella, 19, started and won both games this past weekend as the Norsemen posted a weekend sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Eagan, MN, posted shutouts in back-to-back games, stopping all 62 shots that came his way in the process. On Friday, Manzella made 32 saves in a 4-0 home shutout of the Wilderness. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a road shutout. For the season, Manzella has a 6-0-4 record with a 1.02 goals against average and a .959 save percentage. “Ryan has been very good for us all year and certainly had a big impact on our success this past weekend,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hudson Blue, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kyle Doll, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Adam Dybal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Joel Lehtinen, F, Minot Minotauros – Jack O’Hanisain, F, Minot Minotauros – Tamas Toth, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Zach Aben - Johnstown Tomahawks

Zach Aben

Johnstown forward Zach Aben, 19, had a big weekend as the Tomahawks picked up a weekend road sweep of the Northeast Generals to move into 4th place in the East Division. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of Shavertown, PA, recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the two wins. On Saturday, Aben had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win. On Sunday, he recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. For the season, leads the Tomahawks in scoring with 21 points in 18 games played. “Zach had a great weekend for us on the road leading our team to two very important road wins. He contributes offensively, as well as plays a great 200-foot game. He has been the ultimate leader for us and his production over the last few weeks has taken off tremendously, which is a testament to his unwavering drive to succeed. Zach is an exceptional person that will no question be a great add to an NCAA Division I program in the future,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Nick Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Grant Dietz, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Trayce Johnson, D, Maryland Black Bears – Charles Tardif, F, Maine Nordiques – Jeremi Tremblay, F, Maryland Black Bears – Nick White, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jake Cameron - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jake Cameron

Fairbanks veteran forward Jake Cameron, 19, helped his club to a weekend road split in Kenai River against the Brown Bears. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Victoria, MN, totaled five points in the two games, including three goals and two assists. On Friday, Cameron had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he factored in on all three goals, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 6-3 loss. For the season, Cameron currently has 11 points in 18 games played. “Jake had a great week and really is a player that looks to make plays and possesses the puck well. We are looking forward to his continued success and leadership out of him,” said Ice Dogs head coach Ryan Theros.

2nd Star: Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Blood, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Marko Giourot, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Zach Howard, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Joe Manning, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Caden Morgan, D, Chippewa Steel – Zephyr Tangri, D, Wisconsin Windigo

 

South Star of the Week: Ivan Zadvernyuk - Lone Star Brahmas

Ivan Zadvernyuk

Lone Star Brahmas forward Ivan Zadvernyuk, 19, had a good weekend as the Brahmas split their road series against the El Paso Rhinos. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Moskva, Russia, had three goals in the two games. On Friday, Zadvernyuk had the lone goal in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he scored two goals in a 5-0 win. For the season, Zadvernyuk is tied for the team scoring lead with 17 points in 19 games played. “Ivan is putting himself in great position to score goals because of his skating and skill set, and he had a great weekend on converting on his chances and making his shots count,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Zach Boren, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Bergeron, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Tommy Chunchukov, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Lucas Deeb, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carson Dorfman, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Tory Lund, F, El Paso Rhinos – Michael Manzi, G, El Paso Rhinos – Connor McNaughton, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Andy Vlaha, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

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Central Star of the Week: Justin Mexico - North Iowa Bulls

Justin Mexico

North Iowa Bulls forward Justin Mexico, 19, had a big role in the Bulls weekend home-and-home sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of Madison Heights, MI, had a shootout goal to go along with two goals and an assist in the two wins. On Friday, Mexico had a shootout goal in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win on the road. For the season, Mexico leads the Bulls in scoring ith 12 points in 13 games played. “Justin has been our best player this season. He’s been an offensive threat every night and his high-end IQ allows him to contribute in all situations. He’s been a great mentor for our younger players, and we look forward to his continued success,” said Bulls head coach Nick Bruneteau.

2nd Star: Klayton Knapp, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Beaumont, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Will Diamond, F, Austin Bruins – Tyler Dysart, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Ethan Lindahl, F, North Iowa Bulls – Trent Wiemken, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Dimitry Kebreau - Maryland Black Bears

Dimitry Kebreau

Maryland Black Bears forward Dimitry Kebreau, 20, had a big weekend to help the Black Bears stay in 1st place with a weekend road sweep in Danbury. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Silver Spring, MD, totaled six points in the two wins (all assists). On Friday, Kebreau assisted on three of four Maryland goals in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he picked up three more assists in a 7-3 win. For the season, the Alaska-Anchorage commit leads the Black Bears in scoring with 23 points in 17 games played. “To see how far Dimitry’s game has evolved over the past few years has been impressive. His passion for the game, competitive drive, and leadership has been a huge reason for our early success. As our team captain, he really epitomizes how we want to play, and leads the way every practice and game. No one works harder than Dimitry,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Luke Amell, D, Maryland Black Bears – Matej Teply, D, New Jersey Titans – Liam Varmecky, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Ethan Wongus, F, New Jersey Titans

 

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

Kyle Rohrer

Fairbanks forward Kyle Rohrer, 18, helped his team pick up two wins in a three-game home series against the Janesville Jets this past weekend. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Oregon, WI, had six points in the three games, which included three goals and three assists. On Thursday, Rohrer had one of two goals in an 8-2 loss. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win. On Saturday, Rohrer had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. For the season, is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 17 games played. “We are excited for Kyle’s recent success lately and it’s well-deserved as he keeps working hard for his teammates. He has a team first attitude and we’re looking forward to his success going forward,” said Ice Dogs head coach Ryan Theros.

2nd Star: Nick Erickson, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Barcik, F, Chippewa Steel – Reece Cordray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jackson Ebbott, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Grady Gallatin, D, Janesville Jets - Matt Grannan, F, Chippewa Steel – Jacob Jastrzebski, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Maxwell Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Kade Shea, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Merril Steenari, F, Janesville Jets – Taisetsu Ushio, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Owen Zenone, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Liam Fleet - Shreveport Mudbugs

Liam Fleet

Fleet, 19, helped the Mudbugs to a weekend road sweep of the Colorado Grit. The 6’2/205 lbs. native of Denver, CO, had five points (all assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Fleet picked up three assists in a 6-4 win. On Saturday, he assisted two more times in an 8-3 win. For the season, Fleet is 2nd among Mudbugs defensemen in scoring with 10 points in 16 gamed played. “Liam has been a very solid and consistent defenseman for us so far this year. He has earned the right to be one of our leaders with his actions on and off the ice. Liam led us again this weekend with a strong defensive game but also having a breakout weekend offensively,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Ryan Burke, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Kadlecik, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jacob MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Manzi, G, El Paso Rhinos – Connor McDonough, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Alexander Papaspryopoulos, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Eddie Shepler, F, El Paso Rhinos - Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Ivan Zadvernyuk, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Brady James - Minot Minotauros

Brady James

Minot goalie Brady James, 20, was solid in a pair of wins this past weekend as the Minotauros picked up a home sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. The 6’1/182 lbs. native of Beaconsfiled, PQ, allowed just a single goal in the two wins, stopping 41 of 42 shots. On Friday, James made 21 saves and stopped all three Norsmen shooters in the shootout in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 1-0 shutout win. For the season, James has a 4-1-0 record with the Minotauros with a 1.35 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. “Brady was very solid in the two games he played this weekend. He made some very important saves down the stretch for us each night and was key to our group’s success this weekend. We look forward to Brady continuing his solid play as he pursues an opportunity at the next levels of hockey,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Trent Wiemken, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Beaumont, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Carter Cormier, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Niklas Ketonen, F, Minot Minotauros – Alex Laurenza, F, Austin Bruins – Justin Mexico, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jackson Schouten, D, North Iowa Bulls – Riley Sharun, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Dominik Bartecko - New Jersey Titans

Dominik Bartecko

New Jersey forward Dominik Bartecko, 19, had a big weekend to help the Titans pick up a road sweep of the Rochester Jr. Americans. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Brentwood, TN, had four points in the two wins, including two goals and two assists. On Friday, Bartecko picked up a pair of assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 win. For the season, Bartecko leads the Titans in scoring with 17 points in 16 games played. “Dominik continues to pace our team offensively. Since joining our club early last season, he has really shown his ability to score and make others around him more dangerous. His compete level coupled with his skill were on full display this past weekend against Rochester. We look forward to Dominik’s continued strong play as we prepare for Johnstown this upcoming weekend,” said New Jersey head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Carter Richardson, G, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kareem El-Bashir, F, Maryland Black Bears – David Helledy, D, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Remick, F, Northeast Generals – Noah Ziskie, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Isaac Keller - Springfield Jr. Blues

Isaac Keller

Led by forward Isaac Keller, 20, the Springfield Jr. Blues picked up a sweep in two games in Fairbanks against the Ice Dogs. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, MI, recorded eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Keller had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, he assisted on all five goals in a 5-1 win. For the season, Keller leads the Jr. Blues in scoring with 11 points in 14 games played. “Isaac brings a lot of energy that the rest of guys feed off. Not only has he been great for us on the offensive side, but he’s also been great defensively so we’re very pleased with his play,” said Jr. Blues head coach Todd Pococke.

2nd Star: Maxwell Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conner Brown, D, Janesville Jets – JJ Cataldo, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nick Erickson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Haden Kruse, F, Janesville Jets – Andy Larson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Fyodor Nikolayenya, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Will Schumacher, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Taisetsu Ushio, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Kael DePape - El Paso Rhinos

Kael DePape

El Paso goalie Kael DePape, 20, helped the Rhinos pick up five of a possible six points this past week thanks to two wins and a shootout loss. The 6’0/168 lbs. native of Yorkton, SK, stopped 66 of 69 shots during the week in the three games. On Tuesday, DePape made 14 saves in a 5-2 home win over New Mexico. On Friday, he stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to Odessa. On Saturday, he stopped all 22 shots that came his way for a 3-0 shutout over Odessa. Since joining the Rhinos a few weeks ago, DePape has a 4-0-1 record with a 0.78 goals against average and a .968 save percentage. “Kael has been outstanding since we acquired him two weeks ago. He is a great young man who has fit into our team seamlessly. We knew we acquired a quality player, but he has been far beyond quality he has been tremendous. He gives us a legitimate opportunity to win every game and we are lucky to have him,” said Rhinos head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Connor McNaughton, F, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Yusaku Ando, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Connor Bergeron, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Matthieu Borgault, F, Corpus Christi IceRays - Ryan Burke, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Graham Harris, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ben Ivey, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Brock James, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Alex Park, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Frank Tafelski, F, El Paso Rhinos

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jack O'Hanisain - Minot Minotauros

Jack O'Hanisain

Minot forward Jack O’Hanisain, 19, played a big role in helping his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the North Iowa Bulls this past weekend. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Troy, MI, put up four points (all goals) in the two wins. On Friday, O’Hanisain scored two goals in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals in a 4-1 win. For the season, O’Hanisain is tied for the team scoring lead with eight points in eight games played. “Jack had a very solid weekend for us in both ends of the rink. His play without the puck got rewarded and his linemates did a great job of creating opportunities offensively that Jack capitalized on. We are excited for Jack to continue his production from this past weekend as he continues to pursue an NCAA Division I opportunity,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Joel Lehtinen, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Beaumont, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Michael Coleman, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Adam Dybal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Kade Kohanski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ryan Manzella, G, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Nick Romeo - Maine Nordiques

Nick Romeo

recorded nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in three games during the weekend as Maine put together a 2-1 record. Romeo (6’1/180) started the weekend with two goals and an assist in Friday’s 4-1 win over Maryland. On Saturday, he recorded the overtime-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, Romeo had two goals and two assists in a 6-5 loss against the New Hampshire Mountain Kings. For the season, Romeo is tied for the team scoring lead with 18 points and his 12 goals currently leads the NAHL. “It was a bounce back weekend for the team as a group and as individuals. It just seemed that every game Nick was scoring multiple points at the biggest times. With this our hockey team was able to overcome a two-goal deficit in back-to-back games,” said Maine head coach Nick Skerlick.

2nd Star: Tommy McDonough, D, New Hampshire Mountain Kings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Frank D’Ancona, F, Northeast Generals – Toby Hopp, G, Northeast Generals – Jesse Horacek F, Maryland Black Bears – Klaus Jogi, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nikita Meshcheryakov, F, New Jersey Titans – Charles Tardif, F, Maine Nordiques – Aiden Wright, G, New Hampshire Mountain Kings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Peyton Platter - Chippewa Steel

Peyton Platter

Chippewa forward Peyton Platter, 19, had a big weekend as the Steel moved into 1st place in the Midwest Division and extended their winning streak to seven straight games with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Eau Claire, WI, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Platter scored two goals in a 4-3 home win over the Jets. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 road win in Janesville. For the season, Platter is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 13 points in 11 games played. “Peyton has been a great leader on and off the ice this season. He has been working hard and the last two weekends has elevated his game. This past weekend he led us to a couple of big wins not only with his scoring but his defensive play including a huge backcheck on a Janesville breakaway late in the game Saturday. We love seeing him take his game to a higher level and look forward to seeing him and the rest of the Steel’s continued development throughout the remainder of the season,” said Steel head coach Chris Ratzloff.

2nd Star: JJ Cataldo, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Howard, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Joe Kelly, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Vilgot Holm - Corpus Christi IceRays

Vilgot Holm

Corpus Christi goaltender Vilgot Holm, 20, helped his team pick up three of four possible points in a weekend road series in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. The 6’3/175 lbs. native of Ljunby, Sweden, stopped 70 of 75 shots on the weekend and posted a 1-0-1 record. On Friday, Holm made 37 saves in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 33 saves in a close 3-2 loss in overtime. For the season, Holm has a 2-3-2 record with a 3.41 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. “Vilgot had an unbelievable weekend for us. He’s such a calming influence in net for our group. We can see his confidence building in his game,” said IceRays head coach Sylvain Cloutier.

2nd Star: Ray Murakami, D, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Cafarelli, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Hayden DeMars, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Nolan Gagnon, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Wil Murphy, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Topi Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Drew Sutton, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Saxton Tess, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Collin Vassallo, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

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Central Star of the Week: Trent Wiemken - Austin Bruins

Trent Wiemken

Austin goalie Trent Wiemken, 19, started and won both games this past weekend as the Bruins moved to 7-1-0 on the season with a sweep of St. Cloud. The 6’2/170 lbs. native of Fargo, ND, stopped 50 of 54 shots in the two wins. On Friday, he made 23 saves and stopped all three shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 27 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Wiemken is 5-1-0 with a 1.95 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. “Trent was outstanding this weekend. He made some key saves at big moments in both games that sparked us. He’s the backbone of this team and we are hopeful that a division one school will see what he is (and has been) doing for us,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Grant Kohnen, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Croix Kochendorfer, G, Aberdeen Wings – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Adam Gionta - Rochester Jr. Americans

Adam Gionta

Rochester forward Adam Gionta, 18, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of Johnstown with a four-point weekend. The 5’81/62 lbs. native of Clarence Center, NY, had three goals and an assist in the two wins, which included a pair of goals in a 3-2 win on Friday and a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday. For the season, Gionta has recorded eight points in 11 games played to date. “Adam has been getting better every day and adjusting rapidly to the pace of the league. He is now starting to get rewarded for the effort he has put in on a daily basis,” said Rochester head coach Francois Methot.

2nd Star: Jeremi Tremblay, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke deVries, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Josh Doolan, D, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Miles Roberts, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Colin Ronan, G, Maryland Black Bears – Kris Samitis, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Aidan Wright, G, New Hampshire Mountain Kings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Haden Kruse - Janesville Jets

Haden Kruse

Janesville forward Haden Kruse, 20, had a six-point weekend as the Jets split a road series against the Wisconsin Windigo. The 6’1/172 lbs. native of Nisswa, MN, had an assist in Friday’s 4-3 loss, and then turned around on Saturday and had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win on Saturday. For the season, Kruse leads the Jets in scoring so far with 18 points in 11 games played. “Haden had another strong weekend for us against a very tough opponent in a tough environment. He is showing he can consistently create offense for us every weekend. He shows up every night with the mindset of doing whatever it takes to help us have success. It’s very exciting to watch firsthand on the type of player and person he is becoming. Whatever NCAA program that lands Haden is going to be absolutely thrilled with him in every aspect of a student athlete,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Liam Beerman, G, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Talan Blanck, F, Chippewa Steel – Ashton Dahms, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Noah Gibbs, F, Janesville Jets – Bryce Monrean, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Gustav Ozolins, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Daniel Duris - Oklahoma Warriors

Daniel Duris

Oklahoma goalie Daniel Duris, 20, helped the Warriors pick up a weekend road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays this past weekend. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Martin, Slovakia, stopped 69 of 72 shots in the two wins. On Friday, he made 32 saves in a 5-1 win, and then on Saturday, he made 37 saves in a 6-2 win. For the season, Duris has a 5-2-0 record with a 1.99 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. “Daniel played excellent for us this past weekend and continues to prove he is an elite goaltender in our league. He has picked up where he left off last year as a goalie that can steal us a game if we are off and that has given our guys the confidence to make plays and develop in front of him. Daniel made some timely saves in big moments for us this past weekend which propelled us to get two much needed wins on the road,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Brock James, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Yusaku Ando, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Billy Biedermann, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brady Borgestad, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kael DePape, G, El Paso Rhinos – Logan Heroux, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ryan Hintz, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Justin Kerr, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Tory Lund, F, El Paso Rhinos – Nick Marino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Klayton Knapp - Bismarck Bobcats

Klayton Knapp

Bismarck Bobcats goalie Klayton Knapp, 19, was lights out during the Bobcats weekend home sweep of the North Iowa Bulls. The NAPHL grad and native of Sylvania, OH, posted back-to-back shutouts in two wins. Knapp (6’0/190) made 22 saves in a 1-0 win on Friday and 21 saves in a 5-0 win. For the season, Knapp is 4-1-0 with a 1.80 goals against average and .929 save percentage. “Klayton was exceptional all weekend. He made big saves when we needed them all weekend, and to go 120 minutes without giving up a goal is a huge accomplishment,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Lucca Munoz, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Dybal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ryan Mazella, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Kareem El-Bashir - Maryland Black Bears

Kareem El-Bashir

Maryland forward Kareem El-Bashir, 19, helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 5’10/176 lbs. native of Reston, VA, had five points in the two wins. On Friday, El-Bashir had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 6-0 win. For the season, El-Bashir is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 13 points in 10 games played. “Kareem has taken huge strides this season, and his growth has been meteoric. Based on how much effort this kid puts into the weight room, and his off-season training, as well as his willingness to learn, this is not a surprise to be coaching staff. Not only is he a great teammate and high-level hockey player, but his academic profile is elite as well. He will be a very nice NCAA Division I student/athlete,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Colin Ronan, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Bernadet, F, Maine Nordiques – Zack Ferris, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Dexter Kichline, D, Rochester Jr. Americans – Jeremy LaCroix, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Arseni Vorobyov, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Will Schumacher - Wisconsin Windigo

Will Schumacher

Wisconsin forward Will Schumacher, 19, had a weekend to remember as he lit up the scoreboard in a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Prior Lake, MN, had eight points in the two wins, which included an amazing seven goals and an assist. On Friday, Schumacher had a hat-trick and an assist in a 9-2 win. On Saturday, he scored four goals in a 10-3 win. For the season, Schumacher is 3rd in team scoring with 11 points in six games played and his 10 goals is currently tops in the NAHL. “Our team had breakthrough weekend offensively and Will led the way. He’s added layers to his game this season and it’s nice to see him rewarded on the scoresheet and with this award,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.

2nd Star: Max Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Blood, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Reece Cordray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cam Davis, F, Chippewa Steel – Ajay White, G, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Jack Ivey - Amarillo Wranglers

Jack Ivey

Amarillo forward Jack Ivey, 19, had a big weekend as the Wranglers split a home-opening series with the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Army recruit and native of San Diego, CA, totaled six points on the weekend. On Friday, Ivey (6’3/200) had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, he added another goal and two more assists in an 8-5 loss. For the season, Ivey is tied for the team scoring lead with 11 points in six games played. “Jack is having a breakout season after the dedicated work he put in last season, and during the summer. Jack is beloved by his teammates and is quickly becoming one of the fan favorites in Amarillo. It will be exciting to watch his continued growth this season and how it impacts our team daily,” said Wranglers head coach Ryan Anderson.

2nd Star: Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Cafarelli, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Hayden DeMars, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jack Erickson, G, Colorado Grit – Luca Fasciano, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ben Ivey, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Brock James, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Kadlecik, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Dillon Kuntz, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Olivier Lamothe, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Hayden Nichol, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nathan Rickey, D, Oklahoma Warriors – Deivs Rolovs, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Eliot Seguin Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

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Central Star of the Week: Julian Beaumont - Bismarck Bobcats

Julian Beaumont

Bismarck forward Julian Beaumont, 19, had a big weekend to help the Bobcats pick up a weekend road sweep of the Aberdeen Wings. The 5’8/161 lbs. native of Allen, TX, had five points in the two wins. On Friday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he added another goal and two assists in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Beaumont leads the Bobcats in scoring with nine points in six games played. “Julian had a great weekend for us on the road in a tough environment. When we needed a big play or a goal he stepped up for the team,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Gustav Noren, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leonid Bulgakov, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ian Engel, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Isak Holmstrom, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Laurenza, F, Austin Bruins – Justin Mexico, F, North Iowa Bulls – Carter Theissen, D, North Iowa Bulls

 

East Star of the Week: Adam Schankula - Maryland Black Bears

Adam Schankula

Maryland forward and NAPHL alum Adam Schankula, 20, had a good weekend as the Black Bears picked up three of four possible points in a weekend series in Rochester against the Jr. Americans. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Newmarket, ON, had four points in the two games, including two goals and two assists. On Friday, Schankula had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. For the season, Schankula leads the Black Bears in scoring with 12 points in eight games played. “Adam is a player we felt from day one had NCAA Division I talent, an elite Hockey IQ, and the skill set to progress rapidly. He has not disappointed. He shows up for every game and every practice with the same mindset: to improve, be impactful, and lead us to success. Whatever NCAA school steps up to get him, will be more than thankful they have added him to their program/locker room,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Miles Roberts, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dominik Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans – Reece Brednich, F, New Jersey Titans – Matteo Disipio, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Josh Doolan, D, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Zack Ferris, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Lukas Fursten, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Max Marquette, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Joey McGraw, F, Northeast Generals – Ryan Panico, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nick ReCupero, D, Northeast Generals – Florian Wade, G, Rochester Jr. Americans – Aiden Wright, G, New Hampshire Mountain Kings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Haden Kruse - Janesville Jets

Haden Kruse

Haden Kruse, 20, and the Janesville Jets stayed in 1st place in the Midwest Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Anchorage Wolverines. The 6’1/172 lbs. native of Nisswa, MN, had four points in the two wins. On Friday, Kruse had three assists in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, he added a goal in a 5-4 overtime win. For the season, Kruse leads the Jets in scoring with 11 points in eight games played. “Haden has been a great addition to our club this season. Not just on the ice, but in a leadership role as well. His consistency this past weekend was a big part of our team success. He continues to be a scoring threat every time he’s on the ice. He is creating scoring chances in even strength and power play which is giving our team a lot of confidence. Haden is proving everyday he can be a contributor every night. We are excited to be a part of helping Haden achieve his goal of earning an NCAA Division I scholarship,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Lance Mengel, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Alberti, G, Janesville Jets – Cade Baker, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Erick Comstock, D, Wisconsin Windigo – Reece Cordray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Andy Larson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jacob Ligi, F, Chippewa Steel – Michael Marquez, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Maxwell Martin, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Tomas Trunda, F, Chippewa Steel – Taisetsu Ushio, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Brayden Cook - Shreveport Mudbugs

Brayden Cook

Shreveport forward Brayden Cook, 20, helped his team continue their hot 5-1-0 start thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Shreveport, LA, had four points in the weekend sweep. On Friday, Cook had two assists in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist and also scored in the shootout in a 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Cook is tied for the Mudbugs lead in scoring with eight points in six games played. “When you think of Brayden Cook you may think small, speedy, and skilled forward. Yes, he is all that but he has also brought a great work ethic and commitment to the defensive side of the game as well. His willingness to eat pucks and be detailed orientated has provided him more opportunity on our PK and our PP.  Due to his well-rounded game, he has found himself in some good offensive situations that he has been able to capitalize on,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Mathieu Bourgault, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Dorfman, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jack Erickson, G, Colorado Grit – Jack Fuller, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Rasmus Leijonhielm, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Tory Lund, F, El Paso Rhinos – Charlie Masek, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Nathan Rickey, D, Oklahoma Warriors – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Frank Tafelski, F, El Paso Rhinos – Ivan Zadvernyuk, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Alex Laurenza - Austin Bruins

Alex Laurenza

Austin Bruins forward Alex Laurenza, 18, made quite the NAHL debut as the native of Woodbridge, ON, helped Austin get off to a 3-1 start at the NAHL Showcase. Laurenza (5’9/150) put up five points in the four games, which included two goals and three assists. He recorded at least a point in all four games. “Alex has been a great addition to our organization. He is smart player that will be all situations for us this season. Our staff is excited to be a part of his development and we are looking forward to helping him earn a scholarship to an NCAA Division I school,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Isak Holmstrom, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Beaumont, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ashton Bynum, F, Austin Bruins – Logan Gravnik, F, Aberdeen Wings – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Justin Mexico, F, North Iowa Bulls – Braden Panzer, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Max Weilandt, G, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Toby Hopp - Northeast Generals

Toby Hopp

Northeast Generals goalie Toby Hopp, 19, played a big part in helping his club go undefated at the NAHL Showcase. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Maple Grove, MN, felt right at home in his home state as he posted wins in his three starts, allowing just seven goals. Hopp stopped 99 of a possible 106 shots in the three wins, which came against Wisconsin, St. Cloud, and Janesville. “Toby is a very talented goalie that has big expectations for himself and our team. On the biggest stage he performed at a very high level winning all three of his starts.  We have a great 1-2 punch in net and Toby has been nothing short of spectacular early in the season. We look forward to Toby continuing his hot play,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Dimitry Kebreau, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Frank D’Ancona, F, Northeast Generals – Hunter Fetterolf, F, New Hampshire Mountain Kings – Justin Gibson, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kim Hilmersson, F, Maine Nordiques – Ivam Korodiuk, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Reid Lune, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Max Marquette, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Tyler Procious, D, Rochester Jr. Americans – Shawn Ramsey, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Jacob Roberson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Nick Romeo, F, Maine Nordiques – Jack Wieneke, G, Maryland Black Bears – Aiden Wright, G, New Hampshire Mountain Kings

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Fyodor Nikolayenya - Anchorage Wolverines

Fyodor Nikolayenya

Anchorage Wolverines forward Fyodor Nikolayenya, 20, helped the Wolverines to a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase by recording seven points in the four games. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Minsk, Belarus, had five goals and two assists, which included a hat-trick in a 5-4 overtime loss against Rochester. “Coming into the season we knew Fyodor was going to play a big role for us offensively and he has not disappointed out of the gate. He’s had a big summer on and off the ice and it has and will continue to pay dividends for him and our team as a whole,” said Wolverines head coach Nick Walters.

2nd Star: Liam Beerman, G, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Talan Blanek, F, Chippewa Steel – Conner Brown, D, Janesville Jets – Jake Cameron, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – David Clarke, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Erick Comstock, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Dylan Contreras, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Tyler Grahme, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Nick Sajevic, F, Janesville Jets – Nick Stevens, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Oliver Stumpel, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ajay White, G, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Hayden Nichol - Shreveport Mudbugs

Hayden Nichol

The Shreveport Mudbugs got off to a 3-1 start at the NAHL Showcase thanks to a great performance from veteran forward Hayden Nichol. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Brentwood, TN, had five points in the four games, which included four goals. Nichol, 20, scored goals in three of the four games and had two goals in a win over Rochester. “We were expecting big things from Hayden this year and he has started off on the right foot. His production offensively was great over the showcase. He’s always been a very responsible player at both ends of the rink and he didn’t compromise anything for his offensive output. He was rewarded this week for simply staying true to his identity and trying to lead by example for his teammates,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Jack Ivey, F, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Camden Bajzer, F, El Paso Rhinos – Anthony Cafarelli, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Logan Heroux, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jakub Jerman, D, El Paso Rhinos – Michael Kadlecik, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Topi Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Deivs Rolovs, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Quentin Sigurdson, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Pierson Sobush, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ivan Zadvernyck, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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East Star of the Week: Massimo Gentile - Rochester Jr. Americans

Massimo Gentile

Rochester forward Massimo Gentile, 20, had an impressive NAHL debut helping his team to a weekend split with the Philadelphia Rebels. The 5’9/162 lbs. native of Montreal, PQ, had six points in the two games. On Friday, Gentile had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss. On Saturday, he duplicated his effort from Friday with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. “As a new franchise, our early focus has been to create team chemistry on and off the ice. Massimo’s strong two-way game and leadership has helped start the season on a positive note,” said Rochester head coach Francois Methot.

2nd Star: Dominik Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Toby Hopp, G, Northeast Generals – Will Lawrence, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Reid Lune, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kellen Murphy, F, Maine Nordiques – Tyler Procious, F, Rochester Jr. Americans – Ryan Remick, F, Northeast Generals – Arhip Sidarovich, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matthew Alberti - Janesville Jets

Matthew Alberti

Janesville Jets goalie Matthew Alberti, 19, picked up the win in both games this past weekend as the Jets swept the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a home series. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Hamburg, NY, won his first NAHL start on Saturday, as he made 35 saves in a 52 win. On Friday, Alberti came in relief in the 3rd period as the Jets trailed 4-2. He didn’t allow a goal in the 3rd period, and the Jets came back to win 5-4. “Matthew is very deserving of this recognition after the performance he put out this past weekend helping us get the sweep in our home opener. He plays with a high level of confidence that becomes contagious with the rest of our team,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.

2nd Star: Dylan Contreras, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Thomas Belzil, F, Janesville Jets – Cole Christian, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Cam Davis, F, Chippewa Steel – Joe Kelly, F, Chippewa Steel – Conor Sullivan, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Josef Zilinec, G, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Frank Tafelski - El Paso Rhinos

Frank Tafelski

El Paso Rhinos forward Frank Tafelski, 20, racked up five points in a three-game weekend road sweep in Colorado against the Grit. The 6’1/181 lbs. native of Troy, Michigan, recorded four goals and an assist in the three wins. On Friday, Tafelski had a goal in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 3-2 win, which included the game-winning goal. On Sunday, he picked up an assist in a 4-2 win.

2nd Star: Joey LoVollo, G, El Paso Rhinos

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Fuller, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ryan Johnson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 
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