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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of April 19, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Oskar Spinnars Nordin - Bismarck Bobcats

Oskar Spinnars Nordin

Thanks in large part to a huge weekend from goalie Oskar Spinnars Nordin, 20, the Bismarck Bobcats were able to sweep their series against the Minot Minotauros and claim the final playoff spot in the Central Division. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Bollnas, Sweden, stopped 63 of 65 shots in the two wins. On Saturday, Spinnars Nordin made 28 saves in a 2-1 win at home against Minot. On Monday, he made 35 saves in a 5-1 win on road in Minot to help Bismarck clinch the final playoff spot in the Central Division. For the season, Spinnars Nordin finished with a 21-10-2 record in 34 appearances, which included 2.74 goals against average and .910 save percentage. “Oskar has been on an incredible run with his 28th consecutive start and 21 wins in that span. He's a huge reason this team has a chance. He gives us a chance to win every night and has made big saves when he needs to. He gives this group a lot of confidence with him in the net,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Blake Perbix, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tomas Bolo, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Devon Carlstrom, D, Aberdeen Wings – Xavier Jean-Louis, D, Austin Bruins – Anthony Menghini, F, Austin Bruins – Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls – Carter Rapalje, F, North Iowa Bulls – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Landry Schmuck, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Holt Oliphant - Johnstown Tomahawks

Holt Oliphant

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Holt Oliphant, 20, helped his team pick up a weekend home sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks to help secure 2nd place in the East Division and home ice in the opening round of the 2022 Robertson Cup Playoffs. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Northbrook, IL, had four points and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Oliphant had two goals, including the overtime-winner, in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he picked up a pair of assists in a 6-1 win. For the season, the Air Force recruit finished with 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 55 regular season games played. “Holt really put the team on his back this weekend especially on Friday night. We needed two wins badly, and you have to rely on your leadership and Holt delivered. He has been the backbone of our team all season long, and we will lean on him heavily as we begin playoffs this weekend. Holt is an exceptional person, and we are extremely lucky to have him as the captain of our team,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Cullen DeYoung, G, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Elliott Lareau, F, Maryland Black Bears – Jonny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques – Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears – Evan Orr, D, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Aiden Westin - Anchorage Wolverines

Aiden Westin

Anchorage Wolverines forward Aiden Westin, 20, helped his team secure a playoff spot this past weekend with a three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Anchorage, AK, had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins, which included multi-point games in all three contests. On Thursday, Westin had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 7-3 win. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he again had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. For the season, Westin, an Alaska-Fairbanks recruit, finished 3rd in team scoring with 51 points in 54 regular season games played. “Aiden has a mature and strong two-way game. He is a 200-foot player who plays well with and without the puck,” said Wolverines Director of Hockey Operations Keith Morris.

2nd Star: Zach Bade, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Crusberg-Roseen, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Cade DeStefani, F, Janesville Jets – Joey Dosan, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Croix Kochendorfer, G, Chippewa Steel – Jared Mangan, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Ryan Remick, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Nicholas Niemo - Lone Star Brahmas

Nicholas Niemo

Lone Star Brahmas forward Nicholas Niemo, 21, capped off a memorable regular season by helping the Brahmas pick up a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays and in the process, secure the NAHL’s #1 overall seed and 2021-22 regular season title. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Middlebury, VT, had seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Niemo had a goal and three assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 7-3 win. For the season, Niemo finished as the Brahmas leading scorer with 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) in 60 regular season games played. The Bentley University recruit was tied for 6th in league scoring and tied for 2nd in the NAHL with 38 goals this season. “Nick has become a guy who has developed his overall game to an incredible level. He really can do it all… from scoring, to play two-way hockey, to setting up his teammates. He is one of the best players in our league and is going to be an even better player in the NCAA and beyond,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Beerman, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Connor Gatto, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jude Kurtas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Cade Lemmer, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Charlie Merkley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Sully Scholle, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Burke Simpson, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cole Teleki, D, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 11, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Klayton Knapp - Austin Bruins

Klayton Knapp

Austin Bruins goalie Klayton Knapp, 18, had a big weekend as he helped his team move into a tie for 2nd place in the Central Division with a weekend home sweep of the Aberdeen Wings. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Waterville, OH, stopped 49 of 51 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Knapp stopped all 25 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout win over the Wings. On Saturday, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 win. For the season, the NAPHL grad has a 16-13-1 record in 30 games played with a 2.74 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.“Klayton was big for us last weekend and has been all year. He had to make a few key saves in both games or the results could have gone the other way. We expect Klayton to stay focused and follow it up again this weekend,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Ethan Dahlmeir, G, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Lajoie, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jake LaRusso, F, North Iowa Bulls – Anthony Menghini, F, Austin Bruins – Carter Rapalje, F, North Iowa Bulls – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jon Ziskie, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Zion Green - Maine Nordiques

Zion Green

Maine Nordiques forward Zion Green, 17, had a big week last week as the Nordiques played in three games. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Birmingham, MI, had six points in the three games, which included three goals and three assists. On Friday, Green had a goal and three assists in an 8-3 win over the Tomahawks. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 6-4 loss to Johnstown. On Sunday, Green had another goal in a close 4-3 road loss at Northeast. For the season, the Northern Michigan recruit is 2nd in team scoring with 47 points in 55 games played to date. “Zion loves getting better at the rink every day. He is a student of the game and seeks out development in all aspects of the game. He has had major growth this year as a productive winger and focusing on his complete game. His ability to create offense makes him a fun player to watch, and his linemates have a blast out there with him. We are very proud of Zion and are excited to continue helping him to become an outstanding Northern Michigan Wildcat in the future,” said Maine head coach Matt Pinchevsky.

2nd Star: Luca Di Pasquo, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans – Conor Cole, F, Maryland Black Bears – Brendan Gibbons, F, Maine Nordiques – John Lundy, F, Jamestown Rebels – Zach Murray, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Logan Nickerson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Nick Ring, F, New Jersey Titans – Luka Sukovic, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gunnar Thoreson - Minnesota Wilderness

Gunnar Thoreson

Wilderness forward Gunnar Thoreson, 20, had a big week last week, which began with an NCAA Division I commitment to St. Lawrence and was followed up by a productive weekend in a road series in Janesville. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Andover, MN, put up four points in the two games and was a +2. On Friday, Thoreson had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he had a shorthanded goal and an assist in a 6-3 loss. For the season, Thoreson is 2nd in team scoring with 59 points in 58 games played to date. “Gunnar had another great weekend for our team.  He brings everything every night and is a big factor in our continued success,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade DeStefani, F, Janesville Jets – Joseph Grainda, F, Chippewa Steel – William Gustavsson, F, Janesville Jets – Josh Langford, G, Minnesota Magicians – Bryant Marks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Ethan Wolthers, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Tanyon Bajzer - Odessa Jackalopes

Tanyon Bajzer

Odessa Jackalopes forward Tanyon Bajzer, 19, had a big weekend to help his Jackalopes pick up a weekend road sweep of the Amarillo Wranglers. The 6’1/170 lbs. native of Shaker Heights, OH, had four goals in the two wins and was a +4 in the series. On Friday, Bajzer had two goals in the 3rd period to help the Jacks pick up a 6-1 win. On Saturday, he had two more goals and then scored the shootout-winner in a 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Bajzer has 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) in 47 regular season games played to date. “Tanyon had a great weekend. Over the season, Tanyon has been growing and developing his game and we were glad to see him take off this weekend,” said Odessa head coach Scott Deur.

2nd Star: Cade Lemmer, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jake Keller, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Matt McQuade, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Hayden Nichol, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Joe Prouty, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Brandon Williams, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 4, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Blake Perbix - St. Cloud Norsemen

Blake Perbix

St. Cloud forward Blake Perbix, 20, had a big week to help the Central Division Champion Norsemen pick up three more wins in four games this past week. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Princeton, MN, had five points and was a +5 in the three games. The week began on Wednesday when Perbix had a pair of assists in a 4-3 overtime win in North Iowa. On Friday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 home win over the Bulls. On Sunday, he had a pair of assists in a 4-1 win in Janesville. For the season, the Northern Michigan recruit is tied for 4th in team scoring so far this season with 48 points in 53 games played. “Blake is a very smart player and has great offensive instincts. We need him to be a part of our scoring for success,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Jackson Yee, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tomas Bolo, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Klayton Knapp, G, Austin Bruins – Jack Mesic, D, North Iowa Bulls – Owen Michaels, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Carter Rapalje, F, North Iowa Bulls – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Egan Schmitt - Johnstown Tomahawks

Egan Schmitt

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Egan Schmitt, 20, had a big four-point weekend to help the Tomahawks pick up a weekend road sweep of the division-champion New Jersey Titans. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Cambridge, NY, began the weekend with two goals, including the overtime-winner, in a 4-3 win on Friday. On Saturday, he picked up a pair of assists in a 4-1 win in New Jersey. For the season, Schmitt has recorded 33 points in 41 games played to date. “Egan had a great weekend for us with offensive contributions and relentless play all over the ice. He has been such a valuable 200-foot player to our lineup this season, and he really delivered in a big weekend for us. We needed guys to step up, and he certainly was one of the guys that led the way. We will need that and more from him as we go forward. I am proud of the way he elevated his game and helped us pick up two crucial road wins in New Jersey,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Reid Lune, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Davies, D, Maryland Black Bears – Luca Di Pasquo, G, Maryland Black Bears – Brendan Gibbons, F, Maine Nordiques – Peter Lychnikoff, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Matthew O’Donnell, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques – Luka Sukovic, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jan Lasak - Janesville Jets

Jan Lasak

With two wins in three games this past weekend, the Janeville Jets and forward Jan Lasak, 19, stayed in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the Midwest. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia, had five point in the three games. On Friday, Lasak had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 road win against the Minnesota Magicians. On Saturday, he had an assist in an 8-3 win. On Sunday, he scored the lone goal for the Jets in a 4-1 home loss at St. Cloud. For the season, the St. Lawrence recruit in 2nd in team scoring to date with 50 points in 47 games played. “Jan was great for us this past weekend and has been all season long. He’s a leader and excellent teammate. We rely on him at both ends of the rink to provide offense while also being one of the most responsible and gifted defensive forwards in the division. He does so many things well and the attribute our staff appreciates the most from him is his consistency. Every single practice and game you can rely on him to do his job. We are very proud of him for being recognized for his play this weekend and all season long,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Frandina, D, Chippewa Steel – Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Barrett Hall, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mack Keryluk, F, Janesville Jets – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Carson Triggs, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Devon Bobak - Shreveport Mudbugs

Devon Bobak

Behind another big weekend performance from goalie Devon Bobak, 20, the Shreveport Mudbugs clinched the final playoff spot in the South Division with a weekend road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The 6’4/194 lbs. native of Northwood, OH, stopped 63 of 65 shots over the weekend, allowing just a single goal in each of the wins. On Friday, he made 33 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 2-1 win. Bobak is among the NAHL’s league leaders in goal as he ranks 2nd in goals against average (2.02), and ranks 3rd in save percentage (.924) and wins (27). “Our team needed another huge weekend and Devon came through for us once again.  We were fortunate enough to give him some good run support early in Friday’s game, then we leaned on him hard Saturday.  Our goaltending has been an integral part of our team’s turnaround and this past weekend was no different with Devon leading the way for us and helping us clinch a playoff spot,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Brandon Milberg, G, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Kyle Furey, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Jonathan Horn, F, El Paso Rhinos – Jeff Hutchinson, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves - Tony Leahy, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves - Jake Mack, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Colby Seitz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Oliver Stumpel, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jacob Zacharewicz, G, El Paso Rhinos

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 28, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Byron Hartley - North Iowa Bulls

Byron Hartley

North Iowa Bulls forward Byron Hartley, 19, had a big week to help the Bulls stay in the Central Division playoff race as they earned three of four points in a weekend home series against Minot. The 6’0/185 lbs. native Philadelphia, PA, had four points in the two games and was a +3. On Friday, the NAPHL grad had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, Hartley had an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. For the season, Hartley is currently tied for 3rd in team scoring with 35 points in 49 games played. “Byron is consistent in bringing us positive energy and has been a reliable player offensively.  We will not be surprised if he earns an NCAA Division 1 commitment soon,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Egan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Will Gilson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Jake McLean, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Blake Perbix, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Carter Rapalje, F, North Iowa Bulls – Nick Young, D, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Conor Cole - Maryland Black Bears

Conor Cole

Maryland Black Bears forward Conor Cole, 20, had a big week as the Black Bears brought home three of four points in a weekend road series in Maine. On Friday, the 5’10/183 lbs. St. John’s, NL, had two assists in regulation and then scored the shootout-winning goal in a 6-5 shootout win. On Saturday, Cole had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss. For the season, the Alaska-Anchorage recruit is 3rd in team scoring with 33 points in 49 games played. “Conor had a big week for us on the road and helped lead the way in an important weekend. As our captain, he really stepped up and took control and produced for us when it mattered most,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Bannister, F, New Jersey Titans – Elliot Lareau, F, Maryland Black Bears – Johnny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques – Michael Young, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Spencer Bellina - Chippewa Steel

Spencer Bellina

Chippewa Steel defenseman Spencer Bellina, 20, continued his hot play as he helped the Steel pick up a weekend split of their series in Fairbanks. On Friday, the 6’2/196 lbs. native of Medina, OH, had the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he scored another goal in a 6-3 loss, which extended his point streak to four straight games. Since joining the Steel, Bellina has eight points in 12 games played. “Spencer has been a welcomed addition to our group.  His leadership and character are top notch.  He is an extremely hard-nosed defender, who has made it a point to continue to improve the offensive side of his game, upon arriving here. It is great to see his hard work pay off and get rewarded with a few big goals for us this weekend. We are excited to see what the future holds for Spencer,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Haden Kruse, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leo Bacallao, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Noah Marino, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nick Sajevic, F, Chippewa Steel – Brady Welsch, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ethan Wolthers, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Matt McQuade - Lone Star Brahmas

Matt McQuade

Lone Star Brahmas forward Matt McQuade, 20, was able to help his team pick up a weekend home sweep of the El Paso Rhinos and in the process, clinch a spot in the 2022 Robertson Cup Playoffs. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Stittsville, ON, had three goals and was a +2 on the weekend. On Friday, McQuade had two goals in an 8-1 win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, McQuade has 37 points in 55 games, which includes 12 points in 23 games since joining the Brahmas. “Matt is playing great 200-foot hockey right now and scoring timely goals. We are excited for his future as he is playing like an NCAA Division I hockey player right now and only getting better,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Burke Simpson, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Davis Borozinskis, F, Corpus Christi IceRays - Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Michael Casey Jr., F, Corpus Christi IceRays – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Tony Leahy, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Carsen Stokes, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Logan Tobias, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Philip Tornqvist, D, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 21, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Will Gilson - Aberdeen Wings

Will Gilson

Aberdeen Wings defenseman Will Gilson, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the North Iowa Bulls to maintain their spot in 2nd place in the Central Division. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Old Greenwich, CT, had five points in the two wins, which included two goals and three assists. On Friday, the Alaska-Anchorage recruit had a pair of assists and the shootout-winning goal in a 4-3 shootout win. On Saturday, Gilson scored twice, which included the overtime-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. For the season, Gilson leads all Wings blueliners with 33 points in 51 games played. His 33 points ranks in the Top 10 among all NAHL defensemen. “Will had a strong weekend for us, delivering solid defensive performances while also leading our offense both nights. His play has been steadily improving all year and has taken a significant step forward in the second half.  He’s clearly established himself as a leader on the ice and in our room,” said Wings head coach Steve Jennings.

2nd Star: Blake Mesenburg, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Lassi Lehti, G, Minot Minotauros – Anthony Menghini, F, Austin Bruins – Sutter Muzzatti, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Adam Pietila, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Carter Rapalje, F, North Iowa Bulls – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Brendan Gibbons - Maine Nordiques

Brendan Gibbons

Maine Nordiques forward Brendan Gibbons, 19, had his best weekend of the 2021-22 for the Nordiques, who picked up five of a possible six points in a weekend home series against the Northeast Generals. The 6’2/205 lbs. native of South Kingston, RI, had seven points in the three games, which included five goals and two assists. On Friday, Gibbons was an offensive force with two goals and two assists in a 6-1 win. On Saturday, he had another goal in the 6-2 win. On Sunday, he had two more goals in a 7-6 overtime loss. For the season, Gibbons has recorded 21 points in 28 games played to date. “Brendan, simply put, loves to play the game of hockey. He is the last player off the ice every day after practice; he can’t get enough and takes pride in his development. Brendan started off the year, with some illness and injury which delayed his positive impact to the lineup. While working through the adversity he remained an outstanding teammate and put a huge focus on doing the most he could during that time. He is a gifted goal scorer with a tremendous frame that covers a lot of ice with his mobility. His character, Ivy level grades, and development in our league will have him prepared to compete and produce at the NCAA D1 level,” said Maine head coach Matt Pinchevsky.

2nd Star: Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Feczko, F, New Jersey Titans – Brad McNeil, F, Maryland Black Bears – Zach Murray, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques – Michael Young, F, New Jersey Titans – Tyler Young, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matthew Smith - Minnesota Wilderness

Matthew Smith

Wilderness goalie Matthew Smith, 19, continued his remarkable season by putting up two more wins over the weekend as the Wilderness completed a three-game sweep on the road against the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Fenton, MO, picked up two wins and stopped 63 of a possible 65 shots, allowing just two goals. On Thursday, Smith made 30 saves in the 3-1 win. On Friday, Smith didn’t start, but came into the game in the final period and did not allow a goal in a 7-1 win. On Saturday, he made 29 saves in another 3-1 win. For the season the NA3HL and NAPHL grad has been lights out for the Wilderness since coming up from the Granite City Lumberjacks. For the season, Smith has a 9-1-0 record with a 1.76 goals against average and .935 save percentage. “Matt has been a huge addition to our team since the holiday break. He shows up every night with the exact same demeanor and has been as consistent as any goalie we have had play for the Wilderness. He is one of the biggest factors for our success in the second half. He couldn't be more deserving of this award,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Ryan Remick, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): William Gustavsson, F, Janesville Jets – Cy LeClerc, F, Janesville Jets – Marcus Lund, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Aksel Reid, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nico Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ethan Roberts, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nick Sajevic, F, Chippewa Steel – Tristan Sarsland, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Danylo Korzhyletskyi - Amarillo Wranglers

Danylo Korzhyletskyi

It was a big weekend for the Amarillo Wranglers and forward Danylo Korzhyletskyi, 18, who stayed in the hunt for a playoff spot in the South Division with a weekend home sweep of the El Paso Rhinos. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Vinnytsia, Ukraine, had his best weekend to date in the NAHL with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins and was also a remarkable +6 on the weekend. On Friday, Korzhyletskyi had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win. For the season, Korzhyletskyi has record 13 points in 15 games played so far this season. “In my time as a Coach, I have never witnessed a more courageous performance from an 18-year-old young man, whose girlfriend and family are currently sheltering in Kyiv, Ukraine from the war around them. His play and strength of character has inspired us all these last weeks and given our group a heightened sense of gratitude for our life in this great country,” said Amarillo head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Devon Bobak, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Damon Beaver, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Michael Casey, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Vincent Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Tanner Daniels, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Matt McQuade, F, Lone Star Brahmas – J.R. Perdion, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Sully Scholle, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Lukas Sedlacek, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Kristaps Skrastins, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Brendan Williams, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 14, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan O'Neill - St. Cloud Norsemen

Ryan O'Neill

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Ryan O’Neill, 21, helped his club widen their lead atop the Central Division with a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Roseville, MN, recorded five points in the two wins and was a +6. On Friday, the St. Thomas recruit had a pair of assists in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, O’Neill had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, is 5th among all NAHL players in scoring with 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 45 games played to date. “Ryan had a nice weekend and gave us an offensive boost,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nico Chmelevski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Greg Japchen, D, North Iowa Bulls – Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Max Strand, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Ronan Walsh, F, Aberdeen Wings – Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Michael Young - New Jersey Titans

Michael Young

New Jersey Titans forward Michael Young, 19, had a big weekend to help the Titans pick up a weekend sweep of their road series against the Maine Nordiques. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Kings Park, NY, had five points in the two wins. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, Young had another goal and added two assists in a 7-6 overtime win. For the season, Young is currently 6th in team scoring with 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 45 games played to date. “Michael continued his strong play this past weekend. Michael has continued to grow and progress throughout his first season of junior hockey. He has really come on strong for our team and he is a big part of our group in all phases of the game. He had another big weekend for us in Maine as we had to battle from behind each night,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Maryland Black Bears – Ignat Belov, F, Maine Nordiques – Reese Farrell, F, Maine Nordiques – Levente Keresztes, F, New Jersey Titans – Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears – Evan Orr, D, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Josh Seeley - Minnesota Magicians

Josh Seeley

The Minnesota Magicians stayed in the Midwest Division playoff race thanks to a weekend sweep of their home-and-home series with the Chippewa Steel. In goal for both wins was 20-year-old netminder Josh Seeley. The 6’4/201 lbs. native of Trenton, MI, stopped 64 of 66 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Seeley mad 23 saves in a 4-2 road win. On Saturday, he posted his first shutout of the season and made 41 saves in a 4-0 win. Since joining the Magicians in February, Seeley has posted a 3-0-2 record with a 2.86 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. “Josh had a great weekend for us. We got Josh right before the trade deadline because we were looking for an experienced guy to come in for the playoff push and so far he’s been solid for us. We look to continue our success from this past weekend as a team and goaltending is obviously a big part of that. He’s been a good addition on the ice as well as off the ice. He likes to keep it loose, have fun and has fit right into the room like he’s been here all by year.

2nd Star: Alexander Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Crusberg-Roseen, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Chris Kernan, F, Minnesota Magicians – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jan Lasak, F, Janesville Jets – Bryant Marks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hunter Newhouse, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jackson Reineke, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines – Matthew Smith, G, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Devon Bobak - Shreveport Mudbugs

Devon Bobak

Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Devon Bobak, 20, helped his team pick up a weekend home sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas to stay in 4th place in the South Division and holding onto the final playoff spot. The 6’4/194 lbs. native of Northwood, OH, stopped 52 of 56 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Bobak made 28 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped seven of nine shooters in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he made 24 saves and then stopped two of three shooters in the shootout in another 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Bobak has a 22-9-4 record with a 2.08 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. “Devon’s play was crucial this past weekend. Our team needed 4 points and he was a big reason we accomplished that.  He made some big saves and really settled things down for us when we needed him too.  He stood poised and confident in a long shootout battle Friday night and bounced back with two big saves to help seal another shootout win Saturday night.  Both of our goaltenders have a great relationship, pushing each other to be better and it paid off for Devon and our team this weekend,” said Shreveport head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Rylan Brady, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Christopher Duclair, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jake Mack, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mike Manzo, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Matt McQuade, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 7, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Taylor - Bismarck Bobcats

Ryan Taylor

Bismarck Bobcats forward Ryan Taylor, 20, helped his team extend their winning streak to seven straight games with a home sweep of the North Iowa Bulls this past weekend. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of St. Louis, MO, had six points in the two wins, which included four goals and two assists. On Friday, Taylor had two goals and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he added two more goals and an assist in a 6-3 win. For the season, Taylor has 14 points in nine games played. “Ryan has been a big part of this team's recent success. He is one of the best goal scores in the league and he's proven that since his return to the line-up,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Brendan Lajoie, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jake LaRusso, F, North Iowa Bulls – Lassi Lehti, G, Minot Minotauros – Gramm McCormack, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jack Mesic, D, North Iowa Bulls – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Trevor Stachowiak, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Ryan Gordon - Northeast Generals

Ryan Gordon

It was a big week for Generals forward Ryan Gordon, 19, who helped his team to four straight wins last week as they moved into the 4th and final playoff spot in the East. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Stone Mountain, GA, 10 points in the four games, which included 3 goals and 7 assists. On Monday, Gordon had a goal and two assists and a shootout goal in a 7-6 shootout win over Maine. On Wednesday, he had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 3-2 win at Maine. On Saturday, he had two assists in a 2-1 home win over Johnstown. On Sunday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win over Johnstown. For the season, Gordon is 2nd in team scoring with 42 points in 45 games played to date. “Ryan has been nothing short of fantastic. We are at a crucial part of our season where wins are a premium, and Ryan has risen to the occasion and been a force in all three zones. He had a monster week on the scoresheet, but what doesn’t show there is his play in the defensive zone, huge face-off wins, and how excellent he has been on the penalty-kill. He is a player that hasn’t even reached his ceiling yet and is already one of the most sought-after players for NCAA D1 coaches,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Andrew Takacs, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Bannister, F, New Jersey Titans – Ignat Belov, F, Maine Nordiques - Jacob Brockman, F, Maryland Black Bears – Sean Kilcullen, D, Maryland Black Bears – Connor McDonough, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Evan Orr, D, Northeast Generals – Jacob Pellerin, D, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Will Troutwine - Janesville Jets

Will Troutwine

Janesville defenseman Will Troutwine, 19, helped his club to three more wins this past week as the Jets extended their winning streak to 10 straight games. The 6’3/215 lbs. native of Eveleth, MN, had five points in the three wins, which included a goal and four assists. On Friday, Troutwine had two assists in the Jets 8-3 home win over the Chippewa Steel. On Saturday, he collected two more assists, including one on the overtime-winning goal, as the Jets picked up a 3-2 overtime win in Chippewa. On Sunday, Troutwine scored the overtime-winning goal in a 4-3 road win in St. Cloud against the Norsemen. For the season, Troutwine is having a career-best season with 32 points in 45 games played to date. “Will was tremendous this weekend and has been all season. His combination as a relentless defender, and someone who can provide offense consistently makes him very valuable to our team. Will is a terrific player, teammate and high character young man. The Jets organization is proud of Will for earning this recognition,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Shane Soderwall, G, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brayden Cook, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Sam Frandina, D, Chippewa Steel – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Isaac Keller, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Joe Kelly, F, Chippewa Steel – Jack Larrigan, F, Janesville Jets – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Carter Clafton - Amarillo Wranglers

Carter Clafton

The Amarillo Wranglers stayed in the South Division playoff race with a weekend road sweep of the El Paso Rhinos. In goal for both wins was newly acquired netminder Carter Clafton. The 6’2/160 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, MN, stopped 60 of a possible 63 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Clafton, 19, made 30 saves in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he made another 30 saves in a 3-2 win. Since joining the Wranglers in February, Clafton had posted a 4-2-1 record in seven games with Amarillo, which includes a 2.28 goals against average and .933 save percentage. “Carter’s game and confidence has really grown in the last month and he has been quick to apply instruction from our Goalie Consultant Erik Schardt. His positive attitude and daily extra work has given our team a big boost of energy. Carter is a very humble young man and is most deserving of this recognition,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Burke Simpson, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Becker, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Michael Casey Jr., F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jack Collins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Tanner Daniels, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Connor Gatto, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Beni Halasz, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Colby Seitz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Kristaps Skrastins, F, Amarillo Wranglers

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 28, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Sean Vlasich - North Iowa Bulls

Sean Vlasich

North Iowa Bulls defenseman Sean Vlasich, 20, helped his club pick up two huge road wins this past weekend in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Upper Saddle River, NJ, put up three points and was a +3 in the two wins, which included scoring the game-winning goal in both contests. On Friday, the Army recruit had the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. The next night, he scored another game-winner and added an assist in a 5-3 win. For the season, Vlasich is currently 3rd among all NAHL defensemen with 32 points (7 goals, 25 assists) in 46 games played so far this season. “Sean has been a consistent positive for us on the blue line and a regular contributor,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Anton Castro, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Dylan Gajewski, F, North Iowa Bulls – Nik Hong, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Ben Johnson, D, Minot Minotauros – Connor McGrath, F, Minot Minotauros – Blake Mesenburg, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jake Black - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jake Black

Johnstown forward Jake Black, 19, had a big week as he helped his club move into 2nd place in the East Division by winning three of four games. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Pomfret, CT, had eight points in the four games during the week and scored at least a goal in all four. On Monday, the UConn recruit had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 road win in Jamestown. On Thursday, he had a goal in a 4-1 home win over Maryland. On Friday, Black had two goals in a 6-5 loss. To conclude the week on Saturday, he scored two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 win. For the season, Black currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 62 points and also with 34 goals. “This was a challenging week for us playing Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday against two very good, hard to play against opponents. As a team we were fortunate to grab wins in 3 of the 4 games in regulation and Jake was extremely involved in every game. Not only was he scoring, but it was also the timeliness of his scoring that was so important for us. He has a special ability to find ways to score, and it was on full display this week. As we continue to trek down the home stretch of the season our reliance on Jake will be even that much bigger for the success of our team going forward. I couldn't be prouder of his commitment this week to the success of our team and look forward to more to come from him,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Joshua Burke, D, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Blanchette, D, Maryland Black Bears – Jacob Brockman, F, Maryland Black Bears – Ben Charette, G, New Jersey Titans – Tyler Gaulin, F, Maine Nordiques – Gus Holt, G, Maine Nordiques – Stephen Kyrkostas, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Young, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cy LeClerc - Janesville Jets

Cy LeClerc

Janesville Jets forward Cy LeClerc, 19, helped his club extend their winning streak to seven straight games thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Brentwood, NH, had six points in the two wins, which included three goals and three assists. On Friday, LeClerc had three assists in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 6-2 win. For the season, the University of New Hampshire recruit leads the Jets in scoring with 55 points in 44 games played to date. “Cy had another tremendous weekend for us. He’s so gifted and creative with the puck that he is a threat to score every shift. His effort in all three zones was noticeable and allowed him to create turnovers that led to scoring chances for him and our team. He’s a lot of fun to coach and to be around. We’re proud of Cy for earning this recognition,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antenucci, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cole Crusberg-Roseen, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Sam Frandina, D, Chippewa Steel – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Bryce Monrean, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Evan Tanos, D, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Timofei Khokhlachev - Shreveport Mudbugs

Timofei Khokhlachev

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Timofei Khokhlachev, 20, had a big weekend to help the Mudbugs to a weekend road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Moscow, Russia, put up five points in the two wins as Shreveport continues to make a push for the playoffs. On Friday, Khokhlachev had a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, he had three assists in a 5-3 win. For the season, the American International College recruit has 19 points in 42 games played so far this season. “Tim had a great week of practice leading to him having a great weekend personally and helping our team pick up some big points. He played hard, physical, and fast this weekend which opened up some opportunity for him to showcase some of his skill and poise he has with the puck. His line was really clicking this weekend and he was a big part of that,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Logan Gotinsky, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanner Daniels, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Danylo Korzhyletskyi, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Braden Rourke, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Sully Scholle, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ben Zimmerman, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 21, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Brady Egan - Bismarck Bobcats

Brady Egan

Bismarck Bobcats forward Brady Egan, 20, helped his club stay in the thick of the playoff race in the Central with a weekend road sweep of the North Iowa Bulls. The 5’10/170 lbs, native of Carp, ON, picked up five points in the two wins, which included four goals and an assist. On Friday, the Clarkson recruit had a hat-trick and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he picked up another goal in a 4-0 win. For the season, Egan has recorded 15 points in 12 games since joining the Bobcats in mid-January. “Brady has been a great addition for us. He is definitely a natural goal scorer and has helped us stay in contention and make a playoff push,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Nik Hong, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brayden Beahm, F, Minot Minotauros – Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Will Gilson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Hunter Hanson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jake LaRusso, F, North Iowa Bulls – Oskar Spinnars Nordin, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Season Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls

 

East Star of the Week: Andrew Takacs - New Jersey Titans

Andrew Takacs

Led by the brilliant goaltending of Andrew Takacs, 20, the New Jersey Titans widened their lead in the East Division with a weekend road sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of Bowie, MD, allowed just a single goal in the two wins, stopping 58 of 59 shots. On Friday, the Colgate recruit made 33 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he was even better as he stopped all 25 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. Takacs currently leads the NAHL with 24 wins and ranks the Top 10 in both goals against average (2.47) and save percentage (.918). “Andrew has continued his strong play throughout the season. He was tremendous this weekend in Maryland both from a goaltending and puck handling standpoint.  He is our backbone, and we look forward to him leading us to the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Levente Keresztes, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler DesRochers, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luca Di Pasquo, G, Maryland Black Bears - Brad McNeil, F, Maryland Black Bears – Holt Oliphant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Evan Orloff, D, Maine Nordiques – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Owen Millward - Janesville Jets

Owen Millward

It was another solid weekend for Jets goalie Owen Millward, 18, who led his team to a weekend home sweep of the then Springfield Jr. Blues. The 6’3/205 lbs. native of Davis, CA, allowed just a single goal in the weekend series as he stopped 50 of a possible 51 shots. On Friday, Millward posted his second straight shutout as he made 22 saves in a 3-0 win. The next night, he made 28 saves in a 9-1 win. For the season, Millward has posted a 20-8-0 record with a 2.68 goals against average and .907 save percentage. “Owen was tremendous this weekend and has been the backbone of our team. He’s playing with confidence and composure. He is invested in his craft and has developed as a leader this season as well. This recognition is very well deserved, and our players and staff are very proud of him,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Alexander Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - William Gustavsson, F, Janesville Jets – Lucas Kanta, F, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Bryant Marks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brendan Miles, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Shane Soderwall, G, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Dillan Bentley - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Dillan Bentley

It was a big week for Ice Wolves leading scorer Dillan Bentley, 20, and his team as they widened their lead in the South Division with a three-game weekend road sweep of El Paso. The 6’4/195 lbs. native of Peoria, Illinois, had six points in the three wins, which included four goals and two assists. On Friday, the UMass-Lowell recruit and NA3HL and NAPHL grad had a goal in regulation and a shootout goal in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Sunday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-0 win. For the season, Bentley is in the Top 10 in NAHL scoring with 49 points in 43 games played.“Dillan had a great weekend for us. He scored some great goals at key moments for us in each game we had. I thought his line mates were great too, they created chances every game and Dillan finished them,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Brandon Milberg, G, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Damon Beaver, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Beni Halasz, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cade Lemmer, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Blake Lewis, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 14, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan O'Neill - St. Cloud Norsemen

Ryan O'Neill

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Ryan O’Neill, 20, helped his team move into sole possession of 1st place in the Central and run their winning streak to 10 straight games thanks to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Austin Bruins. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Roseville, MN, racked up four goals in the two wins. On Friday, O’Neill had a hat-trick in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he scored the overtime-winning goal in a 4-3 home win. For the season, the University of St. Thomas recruit leads the Norsemen in scoring with 48 points in 36 games played so far this season. “Ryan had a nice weekend.  We rely on him to provide offensive punch,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Will Gilson, D, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Campion, F, North Iowa Bulls – Chase Freiermuth, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jake McLean, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Anthony Menghini, F, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: John Lundy - Jamestown Rebels

John Lundy

Jamestown Rebels forward John Lundy, 20, had a huge weekend as he helped his club pick up a weekend home sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 5’9/164 lbs. native of Brooklyn, NY, put up seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Lundy had his most productive game of the season, as he recorded two goals and three assists in a 7-0 win over Danbury. The next night, he had two more goals in a 5-2 win. For the season, Lundy, who played for the East Division in the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, currently leads the Rebels in scoring with 37 points in 42 games played to date. “It was an awesome weekend by John. These games the rest of the way are huge and he certainly stepped it up this weekend and lead by example. He has been tremendous all year and it's why we gave him the Captaincy from Day 1. He’s a phenomenal player and person some school is going to get a future All-American,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Aidan Connolly, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Maryland Black Bears – Ryan Bottrill, F, Maryland Black Bears – Brendan Gibbons, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Stephen Kyrkostas, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Evan Orr, D, Northeast Generals – Egan Schmitt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Lucas Kanta - Minnesota Magicians

Lucas Kanta

Minnesota Magicians forward Lucas Kanta, 20, put up some points this weekend as the Magicians took three of four points in a weekend home series against Kenai River. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Grand Forks, ND, had three goals and an assist in the series. On Friday, Kanta scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he had another goal in a 4-3 overtime loss. For the season, Kanta, who played in the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team, is 4th in team scoring with 38 points in 40 games played thus far. “Lucas has been great for us all year. He’s a leader on and off the ice and a player you love to coach. He goes to the hard areas and is great down low. I know exactly what I’m getting from him day in and day out. He plays on our top line and in every situation. I look for him to continue his good play and whoever picks him up for next year is getting a heck of a player and an even better person,” said Magicians head coach Nick Bydal.

2nd Star: Aksel Reid, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Crusberg-Roseen, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Cole Dubicki, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Ford, F, Janesville Jets - Noah Holt, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kevin Marx-Noren, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets - William Persson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Will Svenddal, D, Minnesota Magicians – Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Beni Halasz - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Beni Halasz

It was another big weekend for New Mexico Ice Wolves goalie Beni Halasz, 20, who was in goal for two of his team’s three wins in a weekend home sweep of Amarillo. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Budapest, Hungary, allowed just a single goal in two starts this weekend, stopping 50 of 51 shots in the process. On Friday, Halasz stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his league-tying 5th shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. On Sunday, Halasz, who recently played for the South Division at the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, made 26 saves in a 5-1 win. For the season, Halasz currently leads the NAHL with a 1.85 goals against average and ranks 2nd in wins (21) and save percentage (.933). “Beni has been unbelievable for us all year. He’s been a huge part of our team’s success thus far and will continue to be. He was great last weekend. He made saves when we needed them and gave us a chance to win each night,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Riley Brueck, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nikolai Dulak, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Connor Gatto, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jude Kurtas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Cade Lemmer, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Logan Tobias, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Trey Zagrzebski, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 7, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Chase Freiermuth - St. Cloud Norsemen

Chase Freiermuth

The St. Cloud Norsemen moved their winning streak to eight straight games thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. 20-year-old forward Chase Freiermuth played a role in both wins. The 6’2/208 lbs. native of Hastings, MN, scored the game-winner in Friday’s 4-1 win, and then on Saturday, had another game-winning goal in a 1-0 win. For the season, Freiermuth has recorded 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 36 games played. “Chase has been working hard and it is great to see him get rewarded,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Ocean Wallace, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Bulger, F, North Iowa Bulls – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Payton Hanson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Huston Karpman, F, Minot Minotauros – Jake LaRusso, F, North Iowa Bulls – Connor McGrath, F, Minot Minotauros – Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins – Landry Schmuck, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: David Matousek - Johnstown Tomahawks

David Matousek

Johnstown Tomahawks forward David Matousek, 19, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of West Chester, PA, had seven points in two games, which included three goals and four assists. On Friday, he had two goals and three assists in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. For the season, Matousek has 26 points in 38 games played. “David was outstanding for us in both games this past weekend. He provided for us on the scoresheet but did a lot of good things without the puck that it takes to win. Even though he is a rookie, he can be an offensive difference maker for us with his knack for scoring. Our division is extremely tight right now, so we certainly need David to continue playing strong and impacting the game every weekend moving forward for us down the stretch,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Billy Feczko, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gabe Dombrowski, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jazz Krivtsov, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Elliott Lareau, F, Maryland Black Bears – Paul Minnehan, F, Northeast Generals – Holt Oliphant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Young, F, New Jersey Titans – Tyler Young, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Croix Kochendorfer - Chippewa Steel

Croix Kochendorfer

Chippewa Steel goaltender Croix Kochendorfer, 18, helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’4/220 lbs. native of St. Paul, MN, allowed just two goals in two wins, stopping 51 of 53 shots on the weekend. On Friday, he made 31 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he mad 20 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Kochendorfer has a 12-11-1 record in 27 games played, which includes a 2.68 goals against average .908 save percentage. “We are thrilled with Croix’s development this season. He has grown so much, both on and off the ice. He has taken his mental and physical preparation to the next level and is being rewarded with some good results,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alexander Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Sajevic, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Dylan Smith - Lone Star Brahmas

Dylan Smith

Lone Star Brahmas forward Dylan Smith, 20, had a big week as he helped the Brahmas to three wins and a tie for 1st place in the South Division. The 6’0/185 lbs native of Plainfield, IL, had six points in the three wins, which included five goals and an assist. On Thursday, Smith had a goal in a 4-3 shootout win in Odessa. On Friday, he had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win in El Paso. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win. For the season, Smith is 3rd in team scoring with 27 points in 38 games played. “Dylan is playing like an NCAA Division I hockey player. He competed hard on the defensive end and that translated into success in creating offense and getting some points this past weekend,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Dayne Hoyord, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Christopher Duclair, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Danylo Korzhyletskyi, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Jude Kurtas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Charlie Merkley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Joe Prouty, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kristaps Skrastins, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Logan Tobias, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 31, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tomas Bolo - St. Cloud Norsemen

Tomas Bolo

For the second straight week, St. Cloud Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo, 19, has been named Star of the Week. This past week, the 6’2/188 lbs. native of Zilina, Slovakia, allowed five goals in three starts, going a perfect 3-0 and stopping 90 of 95 shots in the process. On Thursday, Bolo made 30 saves in a 4-2 road win in North Iowa. On Friday, Bolo stopped all 35 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 home win over Minot. On Saturday, he made 25 saves in an 8-3 win over Minot. For the season, Bolo has a 15-6-0 record in 18 appearances with a 2.35 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. “Tomas has been very solid for us in net and is a big reason behind our recent success,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Jake McLean, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Seamus Campbell, F, Aberdeen Wings - Will Diamond, F, Aberdeen Wings - Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls - Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls - Blake Perbix, F, St. Cloud Norsemen - Ben Troumbly, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Aidan Connolly - Maine Nordiques

Aidan Connolly

Maine Nordiques forward and Sacred Heart recruit Aidan Connolly, 20, had a big weekend for his club, helping them take three of four points in a weekend road series against Jamestown. He 5’11/185 lbs. native of Marshfield, MA, had for points in the two games. On Friday, he had a goal in a 3-2 ovetime loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win. For the season, Connolly has 20 points in 21 games played. “Aidan is a team first player and leader. Right from the start of the year, during the time he was out with injury, and now in his return to the lineup, he always finds a way to make a positive impact for our team. His balanced production stems from his high hockey IQ and knack for the net. His development in our league will have him prepared to contribute at the NCAA D1 level for Sacred Heart in the fall of 2022. We are proud of him earning this honor,” said Maine head coach Matt Pinchevsky.

2nd Star: Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Black, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Jacob Brockman, F, Maryland Black Bears - Cullen DeYoung, G, Northeast Generals - Brendan Dumas, F, New Jersey Titans - Matt O'Donnell, G, Johnstown Brandon Piku Tomahawks -, F, Maryland Black Bears - Patrick Schmeidlin, F, Maine Nordiques - Joe Schubert, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Konrad Kausch - Minnesota Wilderness

Konrad Kausch

Minnesota Wilderness goalie Konrad Kausch, 19, helped his team extend their winning streak to six straight as they picked up a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Chippewa Stee. The 6’3/180 native of Duluth, MN, allowed just one goal in the two weekend games, stopping 52 of 53 shots. On Friday, he stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 5-1 road win. On Saturday, he stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 2-0 win at home. Kausch, who joined the Wilderness in mid-December has a 5-2-0  record to date with a 1.86 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. “Konrad has done an amazing job since joining the team right before the holiday break. He made several key saves to keep the team in position to be able to win both games over the weekend. He is one of the most determined athletes we have had here and deserves all the accolades that come his way,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Max Neill, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Bischoff, F, Anchorage Wolverines - Cole Dubicki, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Josh Langford, G, Minnesota Magicians - Jan Lasak, F, Janesville Jets - Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians - Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets - Cameron Ricotta, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Raythan Robbins, G Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Devon Bobak - Shreveport Mudbugs

Devon Bobak

Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Devon Bobak, 20, was sparkling in his team’s weekend home sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. The 6’4/194 lbs. native of Northwood, OH, was in goal for both wins and stopped 51 of 53 shots in the process. On Friday, Bobak made 25 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday, he posted his league-leading 5th shutout of the season, making 26 saves in a 2-0 win over the Brahmas. For the season, Bobak has a 14-7-4 record and ranks 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.98 goals against average. His save percentage of .922 ranks 4th.Devon is in a good place right now. He’s playing with confidence and continuing to work hard on his game on and off the ice. He made some big saves this past weekend that allowed us to get the wins we needed at this point of the season,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Trey Zagrzebski, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanyon Bajzer, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves - Gustav Blom, D, New Mexco Ice Wolves - Riley Brueck, F, Wichita Falls Warriors - Nathan Butler, F, Corpus Christi IceRays - Connor Gatto, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Brendan Williams, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 24, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tomas Bolo - St. Cloud Norsemen

Tomas Bolo

St. Cloud Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo, 19, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/188 lbs. native of Zilina, Slovakia, allowed just two goals in the two wins, stopped 39 of 41 shots. On Friday, Bolo made 17 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 22 saves in a 6-1 win. For the season, Bolo has a 12-6-0 record in 18 appearances with a 2.48 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. “Tomas has started to get back on track since coming back from the World Junior Championships. We will need solid performances from him the second half to have success as a team,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Klayton Knapp, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Catalano, F, Austin Bruins – Brady Egan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hugo Gustafson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jack Mesic, D, North Iowa Bulls – Evan Murr, D, St. Cloud Norsemen – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ronan Walsh, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Stephen Kyrkostas - Johnstown Tomahawks

Stephen Kyrkostas

Johnstown forward Stephen Kyrkostas, 20, helped the Tomahawks to a weekend road sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Long Island, NY, put up four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Kyrkostas had a goal in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win. For the season, Kyrkostas is 4th in team scoring with 28 points in 35 games played. “Stephen has been a key piece to our line-up this season. Using his speed while playing a full 200-foot game has made him a valuable weapon for us each night. Kyrkostas played a part of several big goals during this weekend’s sweep over Maine. We look forward to seeing him continue to elevate his game as the stakes get higher down the final stretch of the regular season,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: David Tolan, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aden Bruich, F, Maryland Black Bears – Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans – Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Brad McNeil, F, Maryland Black Bears – Patrick Schmeidlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Egan Schmitt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Theo Thrun, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Dubicki - Kenai River Brown Bears

Cole Dubicki

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cole Dubicki, 20, had nine points this past weekend in a three-game series against the Janesville Jets. The NAPHL alum and 5’9/170 lbs. native of Seattle, WA, began the weekend by assisting on the lone goal in a 4-1 loss on Friday. He then had a goal and three assists in a 6-4 win on Saturday. To conclude the weekend, Dubicki assisted on all four Brown Bears goals in a 4-2 win on Sunday. Dubicki currently leads in the NAHL in scoring with 51 points in 39 games played. “Cole once again led the charge for us this past weekend which allowed us to earn our first back-to-back wins of the season. He displayed his dynamic offensive skill set and his willingness to do whatever it takes to make the team successful. Cole is a leader and has the ability to make everyone around him better,” said Brown Bears interim head coach Taylor Shaw.

2nd Star: Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonah Aegerter, F, Janesville Jets – Noah Holt, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Kevin Marx Noren, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Max Neill, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Aksel Reid, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines – Matt Smith, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Brady Welsch, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Arthur Smith - Lone Star Brahmas

Arthur Smith

Lone Star Brahmas goalie Arthur Smith, 17, had a solid weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Amarillo Wranglers. In the two wins, the 6’3/195 lbs. native of Farmington, CT, stopped 46 of 47 possible shots. On Thursday, Smith stopped all 26 shots that came his way in his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over Amarillo. On Friday, he allowed just a single goal and made 20 saves in a 5-1 win. For the season, Smith has a 9-1-2 record with a 2.06 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. “Arthur is playing with a lot of confidence right now. He is getting better every game that he plays in and is a very good prospect,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Stefan Carney, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Hunter Jones, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Philip Tornqvist, D, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 17, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jake McLean - Bismarck Bobcats

Jake McLean

McLean, 19, had a big weekend for the Bobcats as they picked up a sweep of a home-and-home series against the Aberdeen Wings. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of North Vancouver, BC, had four points in the two wins, which included 3 goals and an assist and a +4 rating. On Friday, McLean had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 road win, and then on Saturday, he had a goal in a 4-1 win. For the season, McLean currently leads the Bobcats in scoring with 30 points in 34 games played. “Jake has been our most consistent player all year for us. He is an all-around 200-foot player and gets rewarded almost every night for it, and it's going to make him a very effective college player as well,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Oskar Spinnars Nordin, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Catalano, F, Austin Bruins – Owen DuBois, F, Aberdeen Wings – Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Colby Joseph, F, Minot Minotauros – Blake Mesenburg, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls – Austin Salani, F, Austin Bruins – Austin Zavoda, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Chris Carroll - New Jersey Titans

Chris Carroll

Titans forward Chris Carroll, 20, helped his club widen their lead in the East Division with a weekend home sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Islip, NY had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Carroll had two assists in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win. For the season, Carroll is 3rd in team scoring with 39 points in 33 NAHL games played this season. “Chris has been a consistent force for our club since being acquired shortly before Thanksgiving. He is a talented 200-foot hockey player, who had added veteran leadership to the dressing room as well. This past weekend he was able to contribute some big time points for us in two big home wins vs Maine. We look forward to Chris continuing his strong play as we continue to chase the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Salvatore Evola, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Gaulin, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Kyle Schroeder, F, Northeast Generals – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques – Andrew Takacz, G, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: William Persson - Minnesota Wilderness

William Persson

The Wilderness got back to the winning side of things this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. 20-year-old forward William Persson was an offense force in both wins, racking up five points (3 goals, 2 assists). On Friday, the 6’2/192 lbs. native of Bjorklinge, Sweden had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, he had another goal and an assist in a 5-4 road win. For the season, Persson is 2nd in team scoring with 33 points in 30 games played to date. “William is one of the most talented players in the league. His size strength and skill level are as good as we have ever had in our program. We are excited to see William get recognized for the outstanding play last weekend,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Ethan Benz, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mason Campbell, D, Minnesota Magicians – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cy LeClerc, F, Janesville Jets – Braden Lindstrom, F, Chippewa Steel – Connor Mahony, F, Minnesota – Cal Mell, D, Janesville Jets – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Beni Halasz - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Beni Halasz

New Mexico goalie Beni Halasz, 20, kept his MVP-caliber season going this past weekend, leading the 1st place Ice Wolves to a pair of wins in Amarillo against the Wranglers. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Budapest, Hungary, faced 65 shots on the weekend and allowed just one goal in each game, making 63 total saves. On Friday, Halasz made 34 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 29 saves in a 3-1 win. Halasz currently leads the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.98 mark and he is tied for 2nd in save percentage (.929) and wins (17). “Beni was huge for us last weekend. He made some big time saves at some big-time moments of the games. He’s been our rock all year and we’re happy to see him get recognized for his contributions,” said Ice Wolves head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Devon Bobak, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Riley Brueck, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jonathan Horn, F, El Paso Rhinos – Alex Krause, F, El Paso Rhinos – Ray Murakami, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 10, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Klayton Knapp - Austin Bruins

Klayton Knapp

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros, the Austin Bruins moved back into 1st place in the Central Division. Goalie Klayton Knapp, 18, started and won both games, allowing just a single goal as he stopped 49 of 50 shots on the weekend. On Friday, the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Waterville, OH, made 28 saves in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, the NAPHL grad posted his first NAHL shutout, stopping all 21 shots that came his way in a 1-0 win. For the season, Knapp has a 8-4-1 record in 13 appearances with a 2.00 goals against average and .926 save percentage. “Klayton was really good for us this weekend. He made some big saves and earned his first shutout in the NAHL. He’s always doing extra and as a coach you love to see your goaltender doing that daily. We are excited to watch Klayton continue to develop in the second half of the season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Owen DuBois, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Dahlmeir, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Peyton Hanson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jack Mesic, D, North Iowa Bulls – Ronan Walsh, F, Aberdeen Wings – Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Cullen DeYoung - Northeast Generals

Cullen DeYoung

6’0/165 lbs. native of Canton, MI, stopped 82 of 84 shots in almost seven periods of action. On Friday, DeYoung came into the game in relief and stopped all 14 shots that came his way in just under 10 minutes. On Saturday, DeYoung got the start and made 29 saves in the 4-1 win over Danbury. On Sunday, DeYoung was even better with 39 saves in another 4-1 win. For the season, DeYoung has a 8-4-1 record in 16 appearances with the Generals, which includes a 3.32 goals against average and .905 save percentage. “Cullen has been working very hard to improve his consistency and he did that this weekend. He was calm and focused in net. His compete level is off the charts as is his work ethic and we had crucial games that we needed to win. Cullen really put the boys on his back and helped us pick up a big four points,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Tyler Young, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ignat Belov, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Bottrill, F, Maryland Black Bears – Josh Burke, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Ryan Corcoran, F, Northeast Generals – Ryan Coughlin, F, New Jersey Titans – Tristan Fasig, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Johnson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Nick Ring, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Owen Millward - Janesville Jets

Owen Millward

Janesville Jets goalie Owen Millward, 18, helped his club to two wins over the weekend as the Jets swept a three-game series at home against the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’3/205 lbs. native of Davis, CA, won back-to-back starts allowing just two goals on 56 shots. On Friday, Millward posted his third shutout of the season, making 24 saves in a 6-0 win. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. For the season, Millward has a 13-7-0 record in 22 appearances to go along with a 3.05 goals against average and .897 save percentage. “Owen was terrific in the two games he started for us this weekend. He made every save he needed to and gave our players a ton of confidence knowing he was back there for us. He’s worked really hard on his game all season and is very invested in our culture and being a Jet so it is nice to see him get recognized for those efforts,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Zach Bade, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Croix Kochendorfer, G, Chippewa Steel – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cooper Morris, D, Anchorage Wolverines – Isaac Novak, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Danny Reis, D, Anchorage Wolverines – Nick Sajevic, F, Chippewa Steel – Will Troutwine, D, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Brandon Milberg - Wichita Falls Warriors

Brandon Milberg

For the second straight week, Wichita Falls goaltender Brandon Milberg, 20, was named the South Division Star of the Week, helping the Warriors to another series sweep. The 6’1/181 lbs. native of Thornhill, ON, stopped 49 of 52 shots in two road wins in Shreveport. On Friday, the Sacred Heart recruit made 34 saves in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he made 15 saves for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. For the season, Milberg has played in 17 NAHL games and recorded a 8-6-3 record with a 2.56 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. “Brandon had a couple bad bounces go in on him in the 1st period on Friday night. From that point on he shut the door for us to come out of the weekend with two wins. His calm demeanor and poise gave our group the confidence we needed moving forward on the weekend. He has played extremely well for us since joining our group and has proven he can handle a heavy workload. Brandon has continued to get better every game and we are really excited to see what he can help our team accomplish through the rest of the season,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Kristaps Skrastins, F, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Maksis Brimanis, F, El Paso Rhinos - Michael Casey, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Cameron Crolley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Beni Halasz, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Timofei Khokhlachev, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nate Mann, F, El Paso Rhinos - Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Lukas Sedlacek, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 3, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cole Mickel - Minot Minotauros

Cole Mickel

Minot defenseman Cole Mickel, 19, had a big weekend to help the Minotauros pick up a sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats in a home-and-home series and take over sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. The 5’11/191 lbs. native of Wheatridge, CO, had two goals and two assists in the two wins. On Friday, Mickel had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-1 home win. On Saturday, he again had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. For the season, Mickel leads all Minot defensemen in scoeing with 19 points in 32 games played. “Cole has continued to lead the way with our group. He is being rewarded offensively because of how sound he has been defending. We look forward to Cole continuing to set the tone within our team,” said Minotauros head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Dominik Wasik, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nico Chmelevski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jake McLean, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls – Sutter Muzzatti, F, Austin Bruins – Kade Nielsen, F, Minot Minotauros – Landry Schmuck, F, Aberdeen Wings – Sean Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls – Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Jazz Krivtsov - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Jazz Krivtsov

Danbury forward Jazz Krivtsov, 20, helped Danbury snap their losing streak over the weekend thanks to a series split in Maine against the Nordiques. The 6’0/182 lbs. native of Los Angeles, CA, had four goals in the two games, which included a hat-trick and the game-winning goal in Friday’s 9-4 win. He also scored a goal the next night in a 7-3 loss. For the season, Krivtsov has 18 points in 23 games played. “Jazz has seemed to take his game to another level as of late. He is always very reliable defensively and consequently is one of our top penalty killers. Offensively he finds a lot of his success from being strong on the wall, protecting pucks, and the one thing he has been showing here lately, is that he can really fire the puck. He shoots the puck like a pro and is creating more opportunities to utilize that asset. It’s great to see a hardworking, 200-foot player like Jazzy get rewarded with this honor,” said Danbury head coach Billy McCreary.

2nd Star: Ignat Belov, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Black, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tristan Fasig, F, Maine Nordiques – Sean Ramsay, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Boris Skalos, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kyle Kozma - Minnesota Magicians

Kyle Kozma

Magicians goalie Kyle Kozma, 20, played in his first games since late November and led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Vaughan, ON, stopped a total of 56 of 59 shots in the two wins. On Saturday, he made 37 saves in a 5-2 win, and then on Sunday, he made 19 saves in a 6-1 win. For the season, Kozma has a 5-6-1 record in 12 NAHL games with a 2.97 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. “Kyle had a great weekend. First games after break are hit and miss sometimes and he made some big saves when we needed it. He saw a lot of shots on Saturday and kept us in while we worked through something’s and Sunday he made a couple big saves when needed it,” said Magicians head coach Nick Bydal.

2nd Star: Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonah Aegerter, F, Janesville Jets – Ethan Begg, F, Janesville Jets – Nolan Cunningham, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Colton Friesen, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Konrad Kausch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Logan Kroyman, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Alexander Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Brandon Milberg - Wichita Falls Warriors

Brandon Milberg

Wichita Falls goaltender Brandon Milberg, 20, helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Wranglers. The 6’1/181 lbs. native of Thornhill, ON, stopped 44 of 47 shots in the two wins. On Friday, the Sacred Heart recruit made 19 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 25 saves in a 5-2 win. For the season, Milberg has played in 15 NAHL games and recorded a 6-6-3 record with a 2.70 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. “Brandon played really well for us and he was a big part of our success this past weekend. Since being acquired in late November he's continued to gain the teams confidence and has worked hard to give us a chance every night. Brandon made some big saves this weekend, which allowed us to keep gaining momentum through the weekend that delivered much needed points in the standings,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Trevor Taulien, D, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gustav Bloom, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Evan Carroll, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Juraj Elias, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dominic Foglia, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Gatto, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gunner Moore, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brendan Williams, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 20, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Michael Meumeier - Bismarck Bobcats

Michael Meumeier

Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Michael Neumeier, 18, had a big weekend to lead his team to a weekend home sweep of the North Iowa Bulls. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Kerrobert, SK, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was a +2 in the two wins. On Friday, he had two assists in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, Neumeier had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Bulls. For the season, Neumeier has 10 points in 26 games played so far this season. “Mike had a great weekend for us. Defensively, he did a great job and is a big reason we are starting to have success on the power play. He's starting to gain confidence and develop into a top defenseman in our league,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Ethan Dahlmeir, G, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick Catalano, F, Austin Bruins – Nakodan Greyeyes, F, Austin Bruins – Nik Hong, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Greg Japchen, D, North Iowa Bulls – Michael Mesic, F, North Iowa Bulls – Dean Schwenninger, F, Minot Minotauros – Ben Trombly, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Brendan Dumas - New Jersey Titans

Brendan Dumas

New Jersey Titans forward Brendan Dumas, 19, helped his team to another weekend sweep as they beat the Maine Nordiques twice to increase their lead in the East Division and move their winning streak to five straight games. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of North Attleboro, MA, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Dumas had a pair of assists in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he had two goals in a 5-2 win. For the season, Dumas is currently 2nd in team scoring with 38 points in 32 games played. “Brendan has continued his strong play for us throughout the first half of the season. Brendan has come into our culture and fit in and contributed from Day 1. He is a big part of our team on and off the ice. His energy and passion is infectious.  This kid is going to be a big time get for an NCAA Division 1 program. We look forward to him continuing to grow and develop and lead us towards the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Zach Stoner, D, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Botrill, F, Maryland Black Bears – Ryan Coughlin, F, New Jersey Titans – Zion Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Kyle Schroeder, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Van Why, D, Maryland Black Bears – Zach Whitehead, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Dubicki - Kenai River Brown Bears

Cole Dubicki

It was a busy weekend for the Kenai River Brown Bears and 20-year-old forward Cole Dubicki. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Seattle, WA, had seven points in three road games in Springfield as the Brown Bears picked up four of a possible six points. On Thursday, the NAPHL grad had two goals, including the game-winner, and added three assists in a 6-0 win. On Friday, he had another goal in a 4-3 shootout loss. On Saturday, he had an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss. For the season, Dubicki leads the Brown Bears in scoring with 37 points in 29 games played. “Cole is an awesome young man who has been an impact guy for us all year. He has really boughten into the little details that has given the team success as of late and as a result he has had a lot of success personally. We are very excited to watch what he can continue to do during the second half of the season.

2nd Star: Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Benz, F, Chippewa Steel – McCabe Dvorak, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Croix Kochendorfer, G, Chippewa Steel – Trevor Kukkonen, F, Minnesota Magicians – Henry Levy, G, Minnesota Magicians – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Isaac Novak, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jonathan Panisa, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Aaron Pionk, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cam Ricotta, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Nathan Butler - Corpus Christi IceRays

Nathan Butler

Corpus Christi IceRays forward Nathan Butler, 19, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes over the weekend. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Wylie, TX, had three goals and was +2 in the two wins. On Friday, he had a goal in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-2 win. For the season, Butler leads the IceRays in scoring with 19 points in 27 games played. “Obviously Nathan had a big weekend offensively for us. For me it was his play away from the puck and dedication to playing the right way that was really impressive. It led us to team success on the weekend. He’s been working hard at it and it is helping him show up in big moments for our team,” said IceRays head coach Mike Lysyj.

2nd Star: Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Benson, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Collins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Alex Gomez, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Braden Rourke, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Lukas Sedlacek, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Garrett Steele, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 13, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tomas Bolo - St. Cloud Norsemen

Tomas Bolo

St. Cloud Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo, 19, helped his team to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’2/188 lbs. native of Zilina, Slovakia, allowed just a single goal in the two wins as the Norsemen extended their winning streak to four straight games. On Friday, Bolo made 19 saves in a 5-1 road win and then on Saturday, he posted his second shutout of the season, making 23 saves in a 5-0 win. For the season, Bolo has a 9-3-0 record in 12 appearances with a 2.29 goals against average and .904 save percentage. “I feel Thomas has been getting more comfortable every week and it has translated in his results.  He has been a big contributor to our recent success,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Carter Clafton, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hugo Allais, D, Aberdeen Wings – Dylan Gajewski, F, North Iowa Bulls – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Huston Karpman, F, Minot Minotauros – Klayton Knapp, G, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins – Sean Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls – Jon Ziskie, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: David Posma - New Jersey Titans

David Posma

New Jersey Titans defenseman David Posma, 18, helped his team maintain their spot atop the East Division with a weekend road sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Pomona, NY, and Niagara University recruit put up four points in the two wins, which included a goal and three assists, along with a +4 rating. On Friday, Posma assisted on all three Titans goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 6-5 win. For the season, Posma leads all Titans defensemen in scoring with 18 points in 21 games played. “David has continued to progress throughout the season. Since returning to our club earlier in the year he has been unreal for us on a day in and day out basis. David’s ability defensively and offensively has enhanced our team greatly. We are so proud of David and look forward to him continuing to lead our team as we approach the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Kevin Scott, D, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Avesov, F, New Jersey Titans – Nicholas Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques – Reese Farrell, F, Maine Nordiques – Tyler Young, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Campbell Cichosz - Anchorage Wolverines

Campbell Cichosz

Anchorage Wolverines defenseman Campbell Cichosz, 20, had a bug weekend as his team split a weekend home series against the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Owatonna, MN, had his best weekend in an NAHL uniform, putting up six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games. On Friday, the NA3HL grad had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 overtime win. For the season, Cichosz has 14 points in 21 games played. “Campbell has been a top four guy for us all year. He’s competitive, skates very well, and provides leadership to our inexperienced team. He is another example of the ladder of development, making the jump from the National Champion North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL to now generating NCAA Division 1 interest in the NAHL,” said Wolverines head coach Mike Aikens.

2nd Star: Gramm McCormack, F, Kenai River Brown

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Bade, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cole Dubicki, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hagen Moe, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Glebs Prohorenkovs - Amarillo Wranglers

Glebs Prohorenkovs

Thanks to a road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Amarillo Wranglers regained the lead atop the South Division. Wranglers forward Glebs Prohorenkovs, 20, was a big contributor in the series with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games. On Thursday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of Riga, Latvia, assisted on both of his team’s goals in a 2-1 win. On Friday, he scored two goals and added two assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Prohorenkovs is 2nd in team scoring with 26 points in 25 games played to date. “Glebs is truly deserving of this recognition. He quietly goes about his business on a daily basis and does whatever is asked of him for the team. He is always sacrificing personal recognition or stats for the betterment of the team. Glebs is a player in our locker room that I point to every day and encourage others to follow his example. This young man will have a long career in hockey,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Alex Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanyon Bajzer, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Garrett Horsager, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – William Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Frankie Ireland, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brandon Milberg, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Garrett Steele, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 6, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Greg Orosz - Aberdeen Wings

Greg Orosz

Aberdeen Wings goalie Greg Orosz, 19, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the 1st place Austin Bruins. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Gyor, Hungary, stopped all 62 shots that came his way in the two shutouts, which were his first two in the NAHL. On Friday, Orosz stopped all 33 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win, and then on Saturday he stopped all 29 shots in a 5-0 win. For the season, Orosz has a 3-3-0 record in seven games played with a 2.49 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. “Greg was great this weekend. He played with poise and great focus. He settled the play and was an important part of our sweep this weekend,” said Wings head coach Steve Jennings.

2nd Star: Nik Hong, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Dylan Gajeweski, F, North Iowa Bulls – Blake Mesenburg, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Zach Sandy, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Jacob Badal - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jacob Badal

Johnstown forward Jacob Badal, 20, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 6’1/205 lbs. native of Flushing, MI had four points in the two wins, which included three goals and an assist. On Thursday, the Western Michigan University recruit had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 3-2 win. On Friday, he scored another game-winning goal in an 8-2 win. For the season, Badal is 2nd in team scoring with 25 points in 24 games played. “Jacob did this weekend what he has been doing all season and that’s being an effective 200-foot player while being a tremendous asset to our offensive attack. He has been such an important player for us this season and this weekend he delivered almost every shift. We will continue to lean on him even that much more as the season continues to get more challenging. He certainly deserves to be recognized for his efforts and his play,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Branden Piku, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans – Chris Carroll, F, New Jersey Titans – Frank Jenkins, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Van Why, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ethan Roberts - Springfield Jr. Blues

Ethan Roberts

Springfield Jr. Blues goalie and NAPHL grad Ethan Roberts, 19, had a memorable weekend as he helped his team to a two-game sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Cary, NC stopped 83 of 86 shots in the two games and scored a goal. On Friday, Roberts stopped all 36 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he made 47 saves in a 6-3 win and was also credited with an empty-net goal as he made a save and was the last Jr. Blues player to touch the puck before it went down the ice and into the empty-net. For the season, Roberts has a 13-5-1 record in 22 games played with a 2.41 goals against average and .926 save percentage. “Ethan has been a huge part of our success this season. He has made the big saves that are needed and gives us an opportunity to win each night,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Tyler Stewart, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Brown, F, Chippewa Steel – Robert Christy, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cole Dubicki, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – William Gustavsson, F, Janesville Jets – Lucas Kanta, F, Minnesota Magicians – Gramm McCormack, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hagen Moe, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – William Persson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cam Ricotta, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Ruoho, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Waltman, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Devon Bobak - Shreveport Mudbugs

Devon Bobak

Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Devon Bobak, 20, helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the then 1st place Amarillo Wranglers. The 6’4/194 lbs. native of Northwood, OH, posted back-to-back shutouts of the Wranglers, which were his second and third shutouts of the season. On Friday, he stopped all 20 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he stopped all 16 shots in a 4-0 win. For the season, the NA3HL grad has a 5-5-3 record in 13 games played with a 2.41 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. “Devon has grown as a goalie from Day 1. His willingness to be coached and continually work on his game set him up to have a great weekend. He will be a big part of any success we have.  We also expect him to continue progressing and giving our team the best chance possible to win hockey games,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Braden Rourke, D, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Riley Brueck, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Aiden Emerson, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Alex Gomez, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Alex Krause, F, El Paso Rhinos – Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Patrick Roginski, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Frank Tafelski, F, El Paso Rhinos – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Rylan Yates, F, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 29, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Michal Jasenec - Austin Bruins

Michal Jasenec

Austin Bruins forward Michal Jasenec, 19, helped his team take over the top spot in the Central Division with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the North Iowa Bulls this past weekend. The 6’3/187 lbs. native of Bratislava, Slovakia, had six points in the two wins and was +3. On Friday, Jasenec had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 5-3 home win. On Saturday, he had two more assists in a 4-1 road win in Mason City. For the season, Jasenec has 11 points in 17 games played. “Michal is really starting to play well for us. He’s battled a couple of injuries this season and it’s sidelined him a bit, but the more and more he plays, the better he gets. We are all happy that he’s finding his stride right now and we expect him to keep this up the rest of the season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Ben Behrens, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Simone Dadie, F, North Iowa Bulls – Damon Furuseth, F, Austin Bruins – Calvin Hanson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hunter Hanson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Duke Kiffin, D, St. Cloud Norsemen – Cole Mickel, D, Minot Minotauros – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Zack Simon, F, Minot Minotauros – Sean Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls

 

East Star of the Week: Anthony Mollica - New Jersey Titans

Anthony Mollica

New Jersey Titans defenseman Anthony Mollica, 20, helped his team move into 1st place in the East Division with a weekend home sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Hudsonville, MI, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Mollica had a goal and an assist in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, he had another goal and two more assists in an 8-2 win. For the season, Mollica currently has 12 points in 24 games played. “Anthony has continued his strong play and was big for us in our two victories over Maine. He was able to contribute big time offensively for us. Anthony was able to make some nice plays with pucks to the net and was able to find soft areas of ice both nights to find the back of the net. Anthony is a talented young man who has played a big role on our team since joining us last year. We look forward to Anthony continuing to help lead us in our pursuit of the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Jonny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gabe Dombrowski, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Zach Murray, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brandon Piku, F, Maryland Black Bears – Sean Ramsay, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Nick Ring, F, New Jersey Titans – Mike Salandra, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Patrick Schmiedlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Kevin Scott, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Dakota MacIntosh - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Dakota MacIntosh

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Dakota MacIntosh, 17, helped his team to a weekend sweep of the Anchorage Wolverines and move into sole possession of 1st place in the Midwest Division. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Winnipeg, MB, had five points in the two wins, including four goals and an assist. On Friday, MacIntosh had an assist in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he scored a career-high four goals in a 9-3 win. For the season MacIntosh has 15 points in 20 games played. “Dakota had a breakout weekend. He made some individual efforts that were quite special, and his teammates were good at distributing him the puck. He is a really strong prospect in our league,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Bischoff, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Jack Brown, F, Chippewa Steel – Joe Kelly, F, Chippewa Steel – Mack Keryluk, F, Janesville Jets – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Tyler Stewart, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: William Lawson-Body - Wichita Falls Warriors

William Lawson-Body

Wichita Falls Warriors forward William Lawson-Body, 19, had a big weekend as his team picked up three of four points in a road series against the Lone Star Brahmas. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Grand Forks, ND, put up five points in the two games. On Friday, Lawson-Body had a goal and three assists, which included an assist on the overtime-winner, in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss. For the season, Lawson-Body is 3rd in team scoring with 22 points in 17 games played. “William has had a great start to the season. His line with Carter Korpi and Ryan Robinson have been the driving force for our offense up to this point. His hockey IQ and ability to see the ice has been a huge reason why his line has had such a great start. His attention to detail and accountability has helped him become a player that is proving he deserves the NCAA Division I interest that has picked up recently,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vincent Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Chris Duclair, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Matt McDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Charlie Merkley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Will Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 22, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cade Neilson - Aberdeen Wings

Cade Neilson

Aberdeen Wings forward Cade Neilson, 20, had a big week as the Wings split a home-and-home series against Bismarck. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Nottingham, England, racked up six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games and extended his point streak to eight straight games. On Friday, Neilson had two assists in a 5-4 home loss. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and two more assists in a 5-3 road win. For the season, the Alaska-Fairbanks recruit is currently 2nd in NAHL scoring with 30 points in 20 games played. “Cade has been elevating his play through the season so far. This weekend was a strong step forward for him, offensively and defensively,” said Wings head coach Steve Jennings.

2nd Star: Sean Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings – Hunter Bulger, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jake McLean, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Evan Murr, D, St. Cloud Norsemen – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Westlund, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: David Andreychuk - Northeast Generals

David Andreychuk

Northeast Generals forward and captain David Andreychuk, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Jamestown Rebels. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Chatham, NJ, had four points and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Andreychuk had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he assisted on the overtime-winner in a 3-2 win. For the season, the St. Lawrence recruit is 3rd in team scoring with 22 points in 20 games played so far this season. “David had a monster weekend for us.  After we got swept in Johnstown last weekend, as the captain, he challenged the guys to be better and give a full 60-minute effort. When you do that, you need to lead by example, and he did just that.  He is a very gifted player, but he stepped up in a huge way as a leader and then produced on the ice. He was the catalyst for two big wins this weekend and has us focused on finishing strong headed into Thanksgiving.  He works so hard and sees the ice so well that when he is on, he is very hard to contain. We are proud of David for stepping up both vocally and on the ice. He is a true leader,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brendan Dumas, F, New Jersey Titans – Robert Hyde, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – David Posma, D, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Sam Livecchi - Minnesota Wilderness

Sam Livecchi

Minnesota Wilderness goalie Sam Livecchi, 19, helped his club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’0/160 lbs. native of Rochester, NY, stopped 59 of 61 shots in the two wins, which included his first career NAHL shutout. On Thursday, Livecchi made 33 saves through regulation and overtime, then stopped five of six shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he stopped all 26 shots that came his way for his first career NAHL shutout in a 6-0 win. For the season, Livecchi has a 5-4-0 record in nine appearances with a 3.07 goals against average and .907 save percentage. “We are really happy for Sam.  We brought him in two weeks ago and told him we thought he needed to be more intense every day in practice.  His response in practice has been outstanding and the results last week were direct result of his response.  Sam is a very good goalie and we expect we will see more of what we saw last weekend in future games,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Caden Triggs, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leo Bacallao, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – JJ Grainda, F, Chippewa Steel – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Carson Jones, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cy LeClerc, F, Janesville Jets – Connor Mahony, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Gunnar Thorson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Will Troutwine, D, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Max Gutjahr - Amarillo Wranglers

Max Gutjahr

Amarillo Wranglers goalie Max Gutjahr, 20, backstopped his team to two wins and a weekend sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays as the Wranglers moved back into 1st place in the South Division. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Appleton, WI, stopped 60 of 62 shots in the two wins, which also included his first shutout of the season. On Friday, Gutjahr stopped all 32 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win for his first shutout of the season. On Saturday, he made 28 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Gutjahr leads the NAHL with 12 wins and has a 2.45 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. “Max continues to provide our team with elite level goaltending each start that has given our team much needed confidence in our inaugural season. Max’s weekly preparation and work ethic have been the keys to his success.  Our players were excited to celebrate his first shutout of the season and have rallied around his inspired play each start,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Anderson, D, El Paso Rhinos – Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nathan Butler, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Davis Goukler, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Timofei Khoklachev, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carter Korpi, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Alex Krause, F, El Paso Rhinos – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Charlie Merkley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Glebs Prohorenkovs, F, Amarillo Wranglers

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 15, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Hunter Garvey - North Iowa Bulls

Hunter Garvey

North Iowa Bulls goalie Hunter Garvey, 19, led his team to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Austin Bruins to move into 1st place in the Central Division. The 6’1/160 lbs. native of San Diego, CA, stopped 64 of 69 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Garvey made 33 saves through regulation and OT, then stopped three of four shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 5-3 win. For the season, the NAPHL grad has a 8-2-2 record with 3.00 goals against average and .910 save percentage. “Through his solid play this season, Hunter has given us a chance every night to stay in and win games and this weekend was the perfect example. He made the key and necessary saves for us to pick up two big wins,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Ronan Walsh, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Dahlmeir, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Chase Freiermuth, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Sutter Muzzatti, F, Austin Bruins – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Zach Sandy, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Stephen Kyrkostas - Johnstown Tomahawks

Stephen Kyrkostas

East Division Star of the Week: Stephen Kyrkostas, Forward, Johnstown Tomahawks

Johnstown forward Stephen Kyrkostas, 20, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Selden, NY, had a goal in Friday’s 6-4 win and then on Saturday, scored again in a 3-2 win. For the season, Kyrkostas is 4th in team scoring with 13 points in 17 games played. “Stephen was outstanding for us this weekend in a much-needed bounce back set of games. He scored huge goals each night that were crucial momentum swingers for us. For me personally, I think his overall 200-foot game was as good as it’s been all season. He was dangerous with the puck and worked very hard without it. We needed a strong weekend, and he certainly delivered. We will count on him to continue to play at a high level in helping our team have success,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Miles Gunty, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Elliott Lareau, F, Maryland Black Bears – Jonny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Clay Allen - Anchorage Wolverines

Clay Allen

Anchorage defenseman and NAPHL grad Clay Allen, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Anchorage, AK, had four points, which included three goals and an assist. On Friday, Allen scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he scored his second straight game-winning goal in a 4-1 win. For the season, Allen is 2nd among Wolvernine defensemen in scoring with 11 points in 17 games played. “Clay is just starting to get comfortable at this level as a first year junior player. He is going to be a special player with his hockey sense and puck skills,” said Anchorage head coach Mike Aikens.

2nd Star: Jan Lasak, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Czarnecki, D, Minnesota Magicians – Sam Fradina, D, Chippewa Steel – JJ Grainda, F, Chippewa Steel – Cal Mell, D, Janesville Jets – Brandon Milberg, G, Minnesota Magicians – Nick Ostbloom, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bohdan Panasenko, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Aaron Pionk, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Stewart, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gunnar Thoreson, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Artur Turansky - Lone Star Brahmas

Artur Turansky

Lone Star Brahmas forward Artur Turansky, 20, helped his club pick up a weekend home sweep of the Shreveport Mudbugs. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Bratislava, Slovakia, had four points in the two wins and was +4. On Friday, he had an assist in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he recorded a hat-trick in a 9-2 win. For the season, Turansky is 2nd in team scoring with 20 points in 19 games played so far this season. “Artur is really fun to watch right now. He is playing very consistent hockey at a high level and we are hopeful that an NCAA Division I commitment is in his short-term future,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Ryan Robinson, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Damon Beaver, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tanner Daniels, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Graham Harris, F, El Paso Rhinos – William Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Ryan Kusler, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Stepan Kuznetsov, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Wilmer Svensson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

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Central Star of the Week: Carter Rapalje - North Iowa Bulls

Carter Rapalje

North Iowa forward Carter Rapalje, 20, helped the Bulls pick up a weekend home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Burlington, VT, had six points and was +5 in the two wins. On Friday, he scored a career-high four goals in a 6-4 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and assist in a 6-3 win. For the season, Rapalje leads the team in goals with 11 and is 5th in points with 15 so far in 16 games played. “Carter has been working very hard to create chances for himself and his line mates and it was good to see him get rewarded for those efforts by finding the back of the net,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Ronan Walsh, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brayden Beahm, F, Minot Minotauros – Tomas Bolo, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Damon Furuseth, F, Austin Bruins – Greg Japchen, F, North Iowa Bulls – Colby Joseph, F, Minot Minotauros – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Jared Scott - Northeast Generals

Jared Scott

Northeast Generals forward Jared Scott, 19, helped his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Jamestown Rebels. The 5’10/182 lbs. native of Kenosha, WI, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Scott had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win. For the season, Scott is 4th in team scoring with 12 points in 18 games played. “Jared has improved every game.  He possesses explosive speed and is really using it to get to the net. He has consistently been very good for us. He plays well on the defensive zone and is using his speed in transition to generate offensive opportunities for both himself and his teammates. He is another great signing by GM Matt Dibble as Jared has made an immense impact both on and off the ice,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Bannister, F, New Jersey Titans – Matt Connor, D, Maine Nordiques – Luca Di Pasquo, G, Maryland Black Bears - Gabe Dombrowski, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals – Sean Kilcullen, D, Maryland Black Bears – Jazz Krivitsov, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jonny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cy LeClerc - Janesville Jets

Cy LeClerc

Janesville forward Cy LeClerc, 19, helped the Jets pick up two wins in three-game road series in Fairbanks. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Brentwood, NH, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was +3 in the three-game series. On Thursday, he had an assist in a 5-2 loss. The next night, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and assist in a 5-3 win. For the season, the New Hampshire commit leads the Jets in scoring with 18 points in 17 games played. “Cy has been a consistent contributor to our group all season long. It’s great to see him be recognized for what he did this past weekend, but for Cy it really has been all year long. What we are encouraged to see is that Cy has complimented his offensive instincts with a well-rounded 200-foot game. He’s competing every shift, finishing checks, winning puck battles, and strong in the face-off circle. He’s taking on leadership responsibilities on and off the ice and is a really coachable young man. We are proud of Cy and this accomplishment and look forward to seeing him progress even further throughout the season,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Ethan Roberts, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Levi Gho, G, Chippewa Steel – Skylar Gutierrez, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Aaron Pionk, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Sam Rice, F, Chippewa Steel – Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines – Camden Shasby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Beni Halasz - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Beni Halasz

New Mexico goalie Beni Halasz, 20, put up some big numbers in two home wins this past weekend. The 6’0/180 native of Budapest, Hungary, stopped 54 of 57 shots in three appearances over the weekend, which included a shutout. On Friday, Halasz made 36 saves in a 4-2 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays. On Saturday, he came in just before halfway through the contest and stopped five of six shots in a 4-1 loss to the IceRays. On Sunday, he posted his second shutout of the season as he stopped all 13 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win over Amarillo. In nine games played this season, Halasz has a 7-1-0 record with a 1.63 goals against average and .929 save percentage. “I couldn’t be happier for Beni to get this honor. He’s been doing a great job for us all year and has shown he’s one of the best goalies in the league,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Stefan Carney, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitch Becker, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Riley Brueck, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Daniel Duris, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Frankie Ireland, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Alex Krause, F, El Paso Rhinos – Jude Kurtas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Garrett Steele, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Frank Tafelski, F, El Paso Rhinos

 

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Central Star of the Week: Brandon Lajoie - St. Cloud Norsemen

Brandon Lajoie

St. Cloud Norsemen veteran forward Brandon Lajoie, 20, was an offensive force in both games this past weekend as the Norsemen split a series against Minot. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Eagle River, AK, totaled five points in the two games, which included four goals. On Friday, the former Team NAHL member had two goals and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals in a 5-4 loss. For the season, Lajoie is 4th in team scoring with 10 points in 11 games played so far during the 2021-22 season. “Brandon has been a great addition to our program and brings a lot of experience. He is a great kid and teammate,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nik Hong, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Patrick O’Connell, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Trombley, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Andrew Takacs - New Jersey Titans

Andrew Takacs

New Jersey Titans goalie Andrew Takacs, 20, backstopped his team to two more wins this weekend in Johnstown against the Tomahawks. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of Bowie, MD, allowed just three goals in the two wins, stopping 51 of a combined 54 shots. On Friday, Takacs made 27 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped four of six shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 24 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season Takacs is tied for the NAHL lead with eight wins and ranks in the Top 8 in both save percentage (.926) and goals against average (2.23). “Andrew has been a stabilizing force for us since joining us after the NAHL Showcase. He is a veteran goaltender who has been a calming presence for our club. Andrew is an extremely talented young man who works hard each day to improve his craft. He was excellent for us this past weekend in Johnstown with timely saves each night. We look forward to him continuing his strong play for our hockey club,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: John Lundy, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bottrill, F, Maryland Black Bears – Luca Di Pasquo, G, Maryland Black Bears - Zion Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Jake Howard, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Brendan Kimball, D, Maine Nordiques – Nick Ring, F, New Jersey Titans - Mike Salandra, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ethan Benz - Chippewa Steel

Ethan Benz

Chippewa Steel forward Ethan Benz, 20, continued his impressive 2021-22 season with five more point in two games this past week. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Shakopee, MN, had three goals and two assists as he stay amongst the league leaders in scoring. On Thursday, Benz had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wilderness. On Saturday, he had two goals in a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Magicians. For the season, Benz is tied for 3rd in league scoring with 22 points in 18 games played. “Ethan has made some great strides early in the season. He has fully committed to playing a 200-foot game and getting to the hard areas, and it has shown in his production. He has the offensive ability to impact the game every night and has been. We look forward to continued success for Ethan the rest of the year,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Drake Albers, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Grayden Dahl, D, Janesville Jets – Sam Frandina, D, Chippewa Steel – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – William Persson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Will Schumacher, F, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Carter Korpi - Wichita Falls Warriors

Carter Korpi

Wichita Falls Warriors forward and Air Force recruit Carter Korpi, 20, had a productive weekend as his team took to the road and ended up with a weekend split against the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The 6’0/190 lbs. native of South Lyon, MI, had four points in the two games. On Friday, Korpi had an assist in a 6-2 loss. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal and had two assists in a 5-3 win. For the season, Korpi is 3rd in team scoring with 12 points in 12 games played. “It was great having Carter back in the lineup against a tough opponent this past weekend. He has been on the verge of breaking out offensively and he displayed this weekend how impactful he is to our team’s success. Saturday night was a big game for our team, and he played his best game of the season for us,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Tanner Daniels, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Devon Bobak, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Beni Halasz, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Frank Jenkins, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Kelly, F, Odessa Jackalopes – JD Metz, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Albin Persson, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Robinson, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Burke Simpson, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Zack Simon - Minot Minotauros

Zack Simon

Minot Minotauros forward Zack Simon, 19, helped his team to a big weekend home sweep of the Austin Bruins. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Orono, MN, had a four-point weekend, which included three goals, an assist, and a +4 rating. On Friday, Simon had two goals in a 6-5 shootout win, and then on Saturday, he added another goal and had an assist in a 3-1 win over the Bruins. For the season, Simon is 3rd in team scoring with 12 points in nine games played so far during the 2021-22 season. “Zack has been a consistent producer for us since he arrived. Along with his offensive production, he has brought great intensity to our penalty kill. We look forward to Zack continuing to improve and make a positive impact within our group,” said Minotauros head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Calvin Hanson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Brandon Lajoie, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Gavin Morrissey, F, Austin Bruins – Carter Rapalje, F, North Iowa Bulls – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Zach Sandy, G, Minot Minotauros – Max Scott, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jackson Yee, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Tommy Bannister - New Jersey Titans

Tommy Bannister

New Jersey forward Tommy Bannister, 20, had a big week as he helped his Titans squad continue their hot play and climb up the East Division standings. The 5’9/180 lbs. native of Clayton, NY, posted eight points in three games this past week, which included five goals, three assists, and a +7 rating. On Wednesday, Bannister had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in a 5-1 win in Danbury. On Friday, he had a pair of goals and an assist in a 12-5 home win over the Maine Nordiques. He concluded the week with two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Maine. For the season, Bannister currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 22 points in 16 games played so far this season. “Tommy has come back in year two for us and been a consistent offensive force. He has matured in his game and him and line mates have been consistently effective. He plays big minutes for us in all roles on the ice and I am extremely proud of his Tommy and the results of all of his hard work,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Maryland Black Bears – Gabe Dombrowski, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Brendan Dumas, F, New Jersey Titans – Tommy Heaney, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Adam Johnson, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals – TJ Koufis, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Paul Minnehan, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Croix Kochendorfer - Chippewa Steel

Croix Kochendorfer

Chippewa Steel goalie Croix Kochendorfer won both of his starts this past weekend as the Steel made a pass-through Kenai River for the three-game set against the Brown Bears. The 6’4/220 lbs. native of St. Paul, MN, stopped 58 of 61 shots in the two wins and extended his winning streak to three straight games. On Thursday, Kochendorfer opened the series with 18 saves in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he made a season-high 40 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, Kochendorfer has a 4-4-0 record in nine appearances with a 2.80 goals against average and .897 save percentage. “We are super pleased with Croix’s progression so far in this young season. He is a super talented goalie, that is starting to figure out what it takes to be successful at this level. His level of focus and preparation have gone up, and the results have followed. We are really proud of Croix and are looking forward to his continued growth throughout the rest of the season,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Sam Livecchi, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Dubicki, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Braden Lindstrom, F, Chippewa Steel – Alex Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – William Persson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Krause - El Paso Rhinos

Alex Krause

El Paso Rhinos forward Alex Krause, 20, helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Calabasas, CA, posted four points and was a +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Krause had three assists in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in the 3rd period in a 2-1 win. For the season, the Dartmouth recruit leads the Rhinos is scoring with 11 points in 12 games played so far this year. “Alex is our leader on and off the ice. He is a high-character person and he stepped up for us this weekend and was proud to see him get rewarded for all his work,” said Rhinos head coach Anthony Bohn.

2nd Star: Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Cleary, F, Amarillo Wranglers - Chris Duclair, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Frankie Ireland, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Lassi Lehti, G, El Paso Rhinos – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Matys Brassard - Austin Bruins

Matys Brassard

Austin Bruins forward Matys Brassard, 18, helped his club pick up a weekend home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Montreal, Quebec, posted three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Brassard had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 5-1 win. For the season, Brassard has six points in nine games played. “Matys and his linemates had a great weekend for us. Matys has been sidelined the last couple of weeks with a minor injury but he’s healthy now and playing very well. He keeps getting better each game and our staff is looking forward to watching his development continue to grow throughout the season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Zach Sandy, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Carroll, F, North Iowa Bulls – Drew Holt, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Huston Karpman, F, Minot Minotauros – John Larkin, D, Austin Bruins – Joey Potter, D, North Iowa Bulls

 

East Star of the Week: Jake Black - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jake Black

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Jake Black, 19, had a big pair of games as he helped the Tomahawks to a weekend home sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Pomfret, CT, exploded for five points in the two wins, which included four goals and an assist, to go along with a +5 rating. On Friday, Black had two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, he scored a pair of goals again, this time including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win. For the season, Black leads the Tomahawks in scoring with 17 points in 11 games played, which ranks him tied for 2nd in league scoring. “Jake continued to do this weekend what he has most of the season for us and that is produce offense. He was certainly a catalyst for us in our two wins. I think he has really started to understand the league and what it takes, and he is combining that with his great scoring touch. The NCAA Division 1 attention has been really picking up for him, and I believe he definitely deserves it,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Brendan Dumas, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tommy Bannister, F, New Jersey Titans – Aden Bruich, F, Maryland Black Bears – Conor Cole, F, Maryland Black Bears – Tristan Fasig, F, Maine Nordiques – Jonny Meiers, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Talon Sigurdson - Anchorage Wolverines

Talon Sigurdson

Anchorage Wolverines forward Talon Sigurdson, 19, continued his torrid goal-scoring pace this weekend as the Wolverines took two of three games in the home series against Springfield. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Sartell, MN, and NAPHL grad, had four goals in the three games. On Friday, he had two goals in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he scored a goal in a 5-2 loss. On Sunday, he scored another goal in a 4-1 win. For the season, Sigurdson leads the team in scoring with 17 points in 12 games played. His 13 goals currently leads the NAHL. “Talon is an incredible player and even a better person. He does things the right way and it is great to see him get rewarded for his efforts. He is leading the league in goals scored right now, but I guarantee he would say it’s all because of his teammates. He is a special kid who could play this game for a long time,” said Wolverines head coach Mike Aikens.

2nd Star: Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Benz, F, Chippewa Steel – Mason Campbell, D, Minnesota Magicians – Cole Crusberg-Roseen, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nolan Cunningham, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Croix Kochendorfer, G, Chippewa Steel – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Hagen Moe, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nicholas Rexine, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Max Gutjahr - Amarillo Wranglers

Max Gutjahr

Amarillo Wranglers goalie Max Gutjahr, 20, had a big weekend as he helped his team to a road sweep of the Shreveport Mudbugs. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Appleton, WI, stopped 64 of 67 shots in the pair of wins. On Friday, he made 36 saves in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he made 28 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped all five shooters in a shootout in a 3-2 win. For the season, Gutjahr has a 5-3-0 record with a 2.90 goals against average and .912 save percentage. “Max’s play, leadership, and temperament has given our team much needed confidence and inspiration early on this season. Max is a selfless player and his teammates are his biggest fans. It’s a well-deserved honor for a young man who battles every day for his team,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Will Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Damon Beaver, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Gatto, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Justin Hughes, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jeff Hutchinson, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nik Miller, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Matt O’Donnell, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Hunter Garvey - North Iowa Bulls

Hunter Garvey

North Iowa Bulls goalie Hunter Garvey, 19, led his team to a road sweep of the Minot Minotauros last weekend. The 6’1/160 lbs. native of San Diego, CA, won both of his starts, stopping 77 of 82 shots, to help the Bulls move into sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. On Friday, Garvey made 32 saves in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made a season-high 45 saves in a 6-3 win. For the season, Garvey has a 3-0-1 record to go along with a 2.45 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. “Hunter was great for us this weekend. He made a number big saves each night and gave our team an opportunity to win both nights,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Carroll, F, North Iowa Bulls – Erik Forss, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Isaac Novak, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Blake Perbix, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Alex Trombley, F, Austin Bruins – Dominik Wasik, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Gabe Dombrowski - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Gabe Dombrowski

Danbury forward Gabe Dombrowski, 19, helped his club pick up three of four points in a weekend home series against Jamestown. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Great Falls, VA, had five points in the two games, which included four goals and one assist. On Friday, Dombrowski had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he scored all three Hat Tricks’ goals in a 4-3 overtime loss. For the season, Dombrowski leads Danbury in scoring with nine points in nine games played. “Gabe was instrumental in our success last weekend. We rely heavily on his defensive abilities, so it was great to see his offensive efforts rewarded. What’s so special about Gabe is that he recognizes that the greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity. He not only embraces shorthanded situations more so than Power Play or 5 on 5, but he excels in those situations. As a team, we identified that last weekend was an opportunity for us to make a statement, so it was great to see Gabe be one of the driving forces behind our efforts,” said Danbury head coach Billy McCreary.

2nd Star: Jake Black, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – Conor Cole, F, Maryland Black Bears – Brendan Dumas, F, New Jersey Titans – Josh Seeley, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Adam Smith, D, Northeast Generals – Philip Tornqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears – Michael Young, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Joey Dosan - Springfield Jr. Blues

Joey Dosan

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Joey Dosan, 20, helped his team to a road sweep of the Chippewa Steel this past weekend, as the Jr. Blues now sit atop of the Midwest Division with an 8-2-0 record. The 6’6/215 lbs. native of Bloomington, MN, recorded six points (1 goals, 5 assists) in two wins over the weekend and was also a +4. On Friday, Dozan had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he assisted on all four of Springfield’s goals in a 4-1 win. For the season, Dosan is 3rd in NAHL scoring with 15 points in 10 games played. “Joey drives the offense for our team right now. He has been everything we expected on and off the ice. He has the ability to take over a game with his size and skill and is a huge part of why we are where we are right now as a team,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Benz, F, Chippewa Steel – Jack Brown, F, Chippewa Steel – Jan Lasak, F, Janesville Jets – Spencer Light, F, Minnesota Magicians – Ethan Robertson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Garrett Steele - Shreveport Mudbugs

Garrett Steele

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Garrett Steele, 19, had a breakout weekend as he helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the El Paso Rhinos. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Chelsea, MI, scored three goals in the two wins as the Mudbugs moved into 4th place in the South Division. On Friday, Steele had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he scored the lone goal of the game in the 2nd period, which stood as the game-winner, in a 1-0 win over the Rhinos. For the season, Steele had recorded five points in his first seven games. “Garrett has had a nice start to the season. Our Captain came through for us this weekend, as 2 of his 3 goals were game winners. One of the great things about him is his work ethic.  Nothing came easy this past weekend, so he worked for his opportunities and made the best of them.  Aside from the offensive production he also contributed with a strong physical brand of hockey all of over the ice,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Dayne Hoyord, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Simon Bucheler, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – William Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves - Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Huston Karpman - Minot Minotauros

Huston Karpman

Minot forward Huston Karpman, 20, had a big weekend as the Minotauros split with the Bismarck Bobcats in a home-and-home series. The 5’11/199 lbs. native of Manhattan Beach, CA, recorded five points in the two games, which included four goals and an assist. On Friday, Karpman had two goals in a 7-3 loss in Bismarck. On Saturday, he scored two more goals and added an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, Karpman leads the team in scoring with nine points in eight games played. “Huston had a great weekend for us. His individual effort level raised the rest of our team’s effort and he was rewarded for it,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Hunter Garvey, G, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Bulger, F, North Iowa Bulls – Owen DuBois, F, Aberdeen Wings – Sutter Muzzatti, F, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Ignat Belov - Maine Nordiques

Ignat Belov

Belov, 20, had five points in two games as the Nordiques picked up a weekend home sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The University of Connecticut recruit and 6’3/195 lbs. native of Minsk, Belarus, had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win on Friday, and then on Saturday, had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-4 win. For the season, Belov leads the Nordiques in scoring with 10 points in eight games played. “Iggy is a young man in his third season with our family who has worked incredibly hard during his time in the league, overcome many challenges, and matured into a very well-rounded hockey player that makes a huge impact for our club night in and night out in his final season as a Nordique. He has been a dominating force early this season thriving in all situations within the game, from the power play to the penalty kill, game-winning goals or defensive zone faceoffs late in games, he’s someone who is respected and trusted by his teammates and coaches. With his positive attitude and hard work on and off the ice, his early season success is no surprise and our organization is thrilled he was awarded with this honor,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Paul Minnehan, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bottrill, F, Maryland Black Bears – Tyler Gaulin, F, Maine Nordiques – Miles Harrington, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Stephen Kyrkostas, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears – Hunter Young, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ethan Wolthers - Minnesota Wilderness

Ethan Wolthers

Thanks to two more wins over the weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness extended their winning streak to five straight games. This past weekend, forward Ethan Wolthers, 20, was the big contributor as he put up six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in a sweep of the Janesville Jets. On Friday, the native of Valencia, CA, had a goal and an assist in a 6-5 win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists in another 6-5 win. For the season, Wolthers (5’8/170) leads the team in scoring with 11 points in eight games played. “Ethan was electric all weekend. When he plays fast like he did he is extremely difficult for opponents to contain. He has worked extremely hard and has been an outstanding leader for our team since the day he got arrived in Cloquet, which makes him extremely deserving of anything good that comes his way,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Alex Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Brown, F, Chippewa Steel – Patrick Czarnecki, D, Minnesota Magicians – Jan Lasak, F, Janesville Jets – Bobby Metz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Brandon Milberg, G, Minnesota Magicians – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Will Proctor - Odessa Jackalopes

Will Proctor

Proctor, 19, backstopped the Jackalopes to a weekend road sweep of the Shreveport Mudbugs. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Dallas, TX, allowed just two goals in two wins, stopping 63 of 65 total shots. On Friday, he stopped all 29 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 5-0 win. On Saturday, he made 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. For the season, Proctor is off to a great start with a 5-1-0 record, a 2.06 goals against average, and .935 save percentage. “Will had a great weekend and has been really good for us to start this year. He continues to get better every day and we look forward to seeing where he could take us this season,” said Odessa head coach Scott Deur.

2nd Star: Vincent Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Tim Khokhlachev, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 27, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan O'Neill - St. Cloud Norsemen

Ryan O'Neill

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Ryan O’Neill, 20, continued his hot start to the season with another big weekend as the Norsemen posted a weekend home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Roseville, MN, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins to help the Norsemen improve their record to 3-1-0 on the season. On Friday, had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had a power play goal and three assists in an 8-3 win. For the season, O’Neill is tied for the team lead with 8 points in four game played. “Ryan had a great weekend. He continues to get better, and we rely on his leadership,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Jackson Yee, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Simone Dadie, F, North Iowa Bulls – Logan Kittleson, F, St. Cloud  Norsemen – Kyle Kozma, G, Aberdeen Wings – Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins – Max Scott, F, North Iowa Bulls

 

East Star of the Week: Matt Boczar - Northeast Generals

Matt Boczar

Northeast Generals forward Matt Boczar, 20, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks and climb into first place in the East Division with a four-point weekend. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Sewell, NJ, had an assist in a 5-1 win and then on Saturday had a power play goal and added two assists in a 6-3 win. For the season, Boczar is tied for the team lead in scoring with 8 points in 8 games played. “Matt has been phenomenal all season. He has set the tone both on and off the ice and it was on full display this weekend. He set up a beautiful goal on Friday night that helped us get off to a hot start, and then on Saturday he had a great assist on the first goal and then finished of a perfect 3 on 2 for our second goal. He was dominant in the faceoff circle and in the defensive zone as well. He is a great Captain and has really stepped up his game,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Tommy Bannister, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gus Holt, G, Maine Nordiques – Dom Marcinkevics, F, Maine Nordiques – Martin Marnauzs, D, Northeast Generals – Andrew Takacs, G, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gunnar Thoreson - Minnesota Wilderness

Gunnar Thoreson

Minnesota Wilderness forward Gunnar Thoreson, 19, helped his team jump right back in the middle of the Midwest Division standings thanks to a weekend sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Andover, MN, had five points in the two wins. On Friday, Thoreson had a goal in a 5-2 win and then on Saturday, he scored a shorthanded goal and added three assists in an 8-4 win. Thoreson was also a +7 in the two wins. For the season, he is tied for the team lead with seven points in six games played. “Gunnar is the ultimate 200-foot player that played in all situations for us. As a result of his relentless effort and attention to detail, he was able to put up some very impressive offensive numbers this past weekend,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sam Jacobs, F, Minnesota Magicians – Lucas Kanta, F, Minnesota Magicians – Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets – Cam Morrison, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Max Ruoho, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Stewart, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Kristaps Skrastins - Amarillo Wranglers

Kristaps Skrastins

For the second straight week Amarillo Wranglers forward Kristaps Skrastins, 19, has been named the South Division Star of the Week. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Riga, Latvia, put up five points in two games as the Wranglers climbed to the top of the South Division standings thanks to a weekend sweep of El Paso. On Friday, Skrastins had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he had three assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Skrastins leads in the NAHL in scoring with 14 points in just six games played. “It was fantastic to see Kristaps continue his great start and not take his foot of the gas pedal. He not only is a great offense threat, but he plays with a lot of spirit and grit,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Damon Beaver, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antenucci, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Blake Benson, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Christopher Duclair, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Jude Kurtas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 20, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Carson Riddle - Austin Bruins

Carson Riddle

Austin Bruins veteran forward Carson Riddle, 20, had a big week as he helped the Bruins to the top record at the NAHL Showcase this past weekend. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Holly, MI, racked up nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in four games as the Bruins put together a 3-0-1 record. That included a four-point game in a win over Wichita Falls on Wednesday, a two-point effort in a win over Fairbanks on Thursday, and a three-point game in a win over New Jersey on Friday. His nine points are just one behind the league leaders. “Carson had a great week for us. It was nice to see him get rewarded for his hard work and effort. He is our captain and a true leader both on and off the ice. We expect him to keep this up and earn an NCAA Division I scholarship,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Cullen DeYoung, G, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jackson Bisson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Ryan Coughlin, F, North Iowa Bulls – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Luke Van Why - Maryland Black Bears

Luke Van Why

Maryland rookie defenseman Luke Van Why, 18, has made a huge impression in his first month in the NAHL, which included a big performance at the NAHL Showcase. The 5’10/163 lbs. native of Hatfield, PA, put up seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in four games during the event and he is currently tied for the NAHL scoring lead with 10 points. His output included two assists in a win over Corpus Christi on Wednesday and two goals and two assists in a win over Wichita Falls on Thursday. “Luke has quickly shown the ability to think the game and compete at an elite level. His puck moving abilities and his skating has certainly put him on the radar within the league, as well as some NCAA schools. The Showcase was a great event for NAHL players to display their talents, and he did a great job of making an impression. Congrats to Luke for being named East Division Star of the Week. No one will be happier for Luke's accomplishment, than his teammates,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Brandon Avezov, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Black, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Bottrill, F, Maryland Black Bears – Aidan Connolly, F, Maine Nordiques – Reese Farrell, F, Maine Nordiques – Jackson Hughes, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Adam Johnson, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals – Marty Marnauzs, D, Northeast Generals – Holt Oliphant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Smith - Springfield Jr. Blues

Connor Smith

Springfield Jr. Blues rookie forward Connor Smith, 18, had a big week at the NAHL Showcase, helping the Jr. Blues to a 3-1 record. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Hugo, MN, had six points in four games and recorded at least a point in all four outings. That included multi-point games in wins over Odessa and Bismarck. Smith currently leads the Jr. Blues in scoring with seven points in six games played. “Connor has been a real surprise for us. I knew he had the capability of being an offensive threat and has been one of our best players. He competes hard on pucks and isn’t afraid to get to the dirty areas of the ice to create. I’m really looking forward to watching him grow throughout the year,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cole Crusberg-Roseen, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nolan Cunningham, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Joey Dosan, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Joseph Grainda, F, Chippewa Steel – Mack Keryluk, F, Janesville Jets – Gramm McCormack, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Matt McQuade, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Zachary Murray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Sajevic, F, Chippewa Steel – Will Svenddahl, D, Minnesota Magicians – David Vieten, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Kristaps Skrastins - Amarillo Wranglers

Kristaps Skrastins

The NAHL Showcase was a coming out party for Amarillo Wranglers forward Kristaps Skrastins. The 19-year-old from Riga, Latvia, posted nine points at the event, which included eight goals. Skrastins (5’11/180) began the event with four goals in a win over New Jersey. The next day, he added a hat-trick, which included the overtime-winning goal. He then completed the event with another goal in a win over the Northeast Generals. “Kristaps has had an immediate impact on our team since the day he arrived in Amarillo. His positive attitude, spirited play, and timely scoring allowed us to win some closely contested games at the Showcase and it was exciting to see multiple NCAA Division I schools meet him after all 4 games and begin the recruiting process. Kristaps has the ability to be a great NCAA Division I player and will be an outstanding pro as well,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dilan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nathan Butler, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Emerson Goode, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Jude Kurtas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tony Leahy, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Matthew O’Donnell, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – William Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Artur Turansky, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 13, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Limesand - Northeast Generals

Carson Limesand

Northeast Generals rookie netminder Carson Limesand, 18, had a great NAHL debut this past week as he helped the Generals to a mid-week road sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Orono, MN, stopped 95 of 98 shots in a pair of wins. On Wednesday, he made 43 saves in his NAHL debut in a 3-1 win. On Thursday, he made 52 saves in a 6-2 win. “Carson came to us from Benilde-St. Margaret's School where he was the captain and had an outstanding career.  He has been great since the first day of camp. He is very calm in net. We played some very sloppy hockey to start the season and were badly out shot but Carson kept us in the game and continued to make big saves all series. Great kid who is working hard every day to improve,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Branden Piku, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Van Why, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Levi Gho - Chippewa Steel

Levi Gho

Chippewa Steel goalie Levi Gho, 19, made his first career NAHL starts count as he helped the Steel to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’4/190 lbs. native of Fairbanks, AK, allowed just a single goal in the two games and stopped 47 of 48 shots in the two wins. That included a 22-save shutout in a 4-0 win on Saturday. The NA3HL alum has yet to lose a junior game as he went 8-0 last season with the Texas Brahmas. “Levi had a great weekend. He was extremely calm in the net, made all of the saves he should have and a few outstanding ones to keep them games close.  We are really pleased with his play and excited to see him continue to play well,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Ethan Roberts, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Benz, F, Chippewa Steel – Alex Malinowski, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cole Schneider, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 
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