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Stars of the Week Week of November 11, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nate Horn - Minnesota Wilderness

Nate Horn

Minnesota Wilderness forward and leading scorer Nate Horn, 20, helped his team pick up one win in two games this past week. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Elk River, Minnesota, and former Team NAHL forward had three points in two games. On Wednesday, Horn, who is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Air Force, assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over the St. Cloud Blizzard. On Saturday, he scored two of the three Wilderness goals in a close 4-3 loss in Austin. For the season, Horn leads the Wilderness in scoring with 20 points in 20 games played. “Nate has been excellent for our club. His commitment and compete is a leading factor to our success as a team. We love his intensity and ability to create plays in small areas,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Luke Aquaro, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Carl Fish, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Blake Holmes, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Huston Karpman, F, Aberdeen Wings – Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – AJ Ruskowski, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Noah Basarab - Johnstown Tomahawks

Noah Basarab

Basarab, 20, put up some big numbers as the Tomahawks took five of six points in a three-game weekend series against the Jamestown Rebels. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Gimli, Manitoba, recorded seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, Basarab had both of Johnstown’s goals in a 2-1 win. On Friday, he had three assists in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had two more goals in a 6-5 shootout loss. For the season, Basarab is 4th in team scoring with 19 points in 19 games played. “Noah played a huge role in us being able to pick up 5 of 6 points this weekend in a tough three games in three days. He has been such a vital part of our team this season in so many ways. He stepped up big time for us this past weekend, and he is very deserving of this recognition in which we are very proud of him,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Joey Stanizzi, G, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques - Tyler German, F, Jamestown Rebels – Liam Haslam, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Filip Jakobsson, F, Maryland Black Bears – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Cole Ouellette, D, Maine Nordiques – Cameron Recchi, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Nardella - Janesville Jets

Nick Nardella

The Janesville Jets got right back in the playoff picture thanks to their weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Forward and captain Nick Nardella, 20, had a big weekend as he put up eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, the 5’10/175 lbs. native of Rosemount, Illinois, had two assists in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, the Michigan Tech recruit had two goals and four assists in a 7-5 win. For the season, Nardella leads the Jets in scoring with 21 points in 19 games played. “Nick was recently named team captain and has been leading by example on and off the ice all year. It’s great to see a player get rewarded for his effort and competitiveness,” said Jets head coach Corey Leivermann.

2nd Star: Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Eisele, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Helgeson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Charlie Schoen, F, Janesville Jets – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Allen - Amarillo Bulls

Matt Allen

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Amarillo Bulls moved into a tie for 3rd place in the South and are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Forward and leading scorer Matt Allen, 19, had three points in the weekend sweep, which included a +3 rating and a game-winning goal. On Thursday, Allen assisted on the lone Bulls goal in regulation in a 2-1 shootout win. On Friday, the 5’10/165 lbs. native of Minco, Oklahoma, had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 win. For the season, Allen leads the Bulls with 19 points in 18 games played. “Matt was excellent this weekend. He scored two big goals on Saturday and carried us offensively, but more importantly he does the little things that go unnoticed. He blocks shots, makes good decisions with the puck, and sacrifices his body to defend night after night. He is a true leader and sets a great example for his teammates,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Richie Parent, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bulls – Ryan Dickinson, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Henrik Laursen, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Dominic Sandoval, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 4, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Tim Piechowski - Bismarck Bobcats

Tim Piechowski

Led by forward Tim Piechowski, 18, the Bismarck Bobcats kept their hot streak going this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep over the Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/210 lbs. native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins and was a +4. On Friday, Piechowski had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he scored another game-winner in a 5-1 win. For the season, Piechowski has eight points in 13 games played. “Tim had a great weekend for us. He was a big part of our team last year and he played like it this weekend. He’s a big power forward that can skate and has good skill. It was nice to see him get rewarded for his hard work,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brock Daeger, D, St. Cloud Blizzard – Blake Holmes, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins – Natan Vertes, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Valerii Rykov - Jamestown Rebels

Valerii Rykov

The Jamestown Rebels picked up their first sweep of the season this past weekend as they posted two home wins over the visiting Maine Nordiques. Forward and former NA3HL’er Valerii Rykov, 18, had a big weekend as the 6’3/205 lbs. native of Moscow, Russia, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Rykov had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 5-3 win. In 11 games with the Rebels this season, Rykov has put up nine points. “We have a young hockey and Valerii is part of that. He is a part of the growth we are experiencing and it is nice to see players improving. He is someone we believe can be a dynamic player after Christmas and into next year. He is a great person and an NCAA Division 1 prospect,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Gavin Gulash, F, New Jersey Titans – David Tomeo, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Theo Thrun - Kenai River Brown Bears

Theo Thrun

The Kenai River Brown Bears got back on track this past weekend with a weekend road sweep of the Northeast Generals to end their Eastern road swing. Forward and leading scorer Theo Thrun, 18, came up big with three goals in the series, including the game-winner in each game. On Friday, the 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, scored two goals, including the overtime-winner, in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, Thrun added another game-winner in a 5-3 win. Thrun’s 20 points in 17 games played leads all Brown Bears players in scoring. “Theo played very well for us this past weekend and has played well all season. Theo’s consistency and daily work ethic is really paying off for him. He has a knack for putting himself in a position to score goals and it’s great to see him rewarded for his efforts,” said Brown Bears Head Coach Kevin Murdock.

2nd Star: Hunter Longhi, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sam Evola, G, Janesville Jets – Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Cameron Wuesthoff, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Jordan Venegoni - Amarillo Bulls

Jordan Venegoni

Amarillo Bulls forward Jordan Venegoni, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays with a total of four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. The 6’0/183 lbs. native of Livonia, Michigan, had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win on Friday, and another goal and an assist in a 2-0 win on Saturday. For the season, Venegoni is 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 16 games played. “Jordan has been excellent for us this season. After playing in a supporting role last season, he has taken a big step and now is a leader both on the ice and in the locker room for us. He impacts the game in all situations and has a knack for scoring big goals. This weekend he showed he can be a force offensively, while still making his defensive obligations a priority. I think he just scratching the surface of what he is capable of,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Lauri Sertii, D, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Josh Graziano, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – AJ Martinelli, D, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 28, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nico Appendino - Bismarck Bobcats

Nico Appendino

20-year-old Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Nico Appendino helped his club pick up three of four points this weekend in a road series in St. Cloud to maintain their lead atop the Central Division. The 5’7/171 lbs. native of Kempten, Germany, totaled four points in the two games, which included one goal and three assists. On Friday, Appendino had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. On Saturday, he had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 5-1 win. “Nico has done a great job for this team. His play-making ability and hockey sense are at the forefront of his game. His compete level is what makes him a great defenseman,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

 

2nd Star: Braeden Bartoo, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakub Breault, F, Aberdeen Wings – Chikara Hanzawa, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – TJ Irey, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan O’Neil, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Tiernan Shoudy, F, Austin Bruins – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Hampus Rydqvist - Maryland Black Bears

Hampus Rydqvist

Maryland Black Bears defenseman Hampus Rydqvist, 20, had a great weekend, which helped his club to a weekend home split against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 5’9/190 lbs. native of Gothenburg, Sweden put up four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two games and was also a +2. On Friday, Rydqvist had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, he scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 5-2 win, helping Maryland pick up three of four points during the weekend. “Hampus is a highly competitive individual and gives his full effort each and every time he steps on the ice. It is nice to see such a good person, and good player, be rewarded.  I know his teammates are very happy for him, as are our fans,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

 

2nd Star: Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer DenBeste, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cam Gendron, F, New Jersey Titans – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Mick Heneghan, D, Northeast Generals – Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels – Johnny Kaljian, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Joey Mancuso, F, Northeast Generals – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Wilmer Skoog, F, Maryland Black Bears – David Tomeo, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Trent Burnham - Chippewa Steel

Trent Burnham

Chippewa Steel goalie Trent Burnham, 19, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Janesville Jets, which helped the Steel extend their winning streak to a league-best eight straight games. The 6’0/163 lbs. native of Eagle River, Alaska, allowed just two goals in the two wins, stopping 50 of 52 shots during the weekend. On Friday, Burnham made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win, and then on Saturday he made 18 saves in a 4-1 win. With a 5-1 record this season, Burnham ranks 3rd in the NAHL in goals against average (1.32) and 4th in save percentage (.954). “Trent has been very good for us so far this season. He's made some big saves when we need him to and kept us steady when the other team makes a push,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

 

2nd Star: Jake Seitz, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Longhi, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Marko Reifenberger, F, Minnesota Magicians – Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets – Cam Wuesthoff, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Eric Huss - Lone Star Brahmas

Eric Huss

Lone Star Brahmas forward and Army commit Eric Huss, 20, had a big weekend against his former team. The 5’11/181 lbs. native of Dallas, Texas put up six points in a three-game road sweep against the Odessa Jackalopes. That included one goal and five assists for a total of six points and a +4 rating. Huss scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win on Thursday, had three assists in a 4-0 win on Friday, and two more assists in a 7-4 win on Saturday. “It was good for Eric to go back to Odessa and have success this past weekend. He has put in a lot of hard work on and off the ice to improve as a player and that is definitely having an impact on his production and offensive output,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

 

2nd Star: Ludvig Persson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Shane Bull, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Philip Ekberg, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Emil Gabrielson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Kaiden Scott, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 21, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Riley Murphy - Aberdeen Wings

Riley Murphy

Aberdeen Wings forward Riley Murphy, 19, helped his team pick up four big points in the weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Rockford, Michigan, posted four points in the two wins and was a +4. On Friday, Murphy had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 4-0 win.“Riley has matured a lot from his time in the NAHL, and he has become a big leader to this year’s group. He has the ability to be a difference maker each night. This weekend was a great example of the elite hockey style he can play,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

 

2nd Star: Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade, F, Minot Minotauros – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Josef Glamos - New Jersey Titans

Josef Glamos

The 1st place New Jersey Titans rolled to a weekend sweep and extended their winning streak to five straight games. Helping lead the way offensively was 20-year-old forward Josef Glamos. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Baldwinsville, New York, had three points in the two wins over the Maine Nordiques. On Friday, Glamos had two goals in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 5-2 win. “Joe has really continued to grow as a player. He and his line mates have worked really hard on their identity and embraced what makes them successful. Joe has really worked hard on and off the ice to become a consistent player in our lineup. This past weekend he was able to be a big part of our offensive attack and also played a big role on the penalty kill. Joe was named one of our assistant captains this past weekend and we look forward to him continuing to lead our team and we strive to qualify for the Robertson Cup playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

 

2nd Star: Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin - Kenai River Brown Bears

Landon Pavlisin

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, helped his team move into 1st place in the Midwest Division by picking up three of four points in a weekend home series against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, allowed just a single goal on 68 shots in the two games. On Friday, Pavlisin stopped all 35 shots in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Magicians. On Saturday, he allowed just a single goal and made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. “Landon was excellent this past weekend, coming up with a number of big saves both nights. In two low scoring games he was a big reason why our team was able to get points out of both nights. He’s been a calming influence for us all season,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

 

2nd Star: Wes Mankowski, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Isaak Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Reid, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner - Amarillo Bulls

Charlie Glockner

The Amarillo Bulls ran their winning streak to five straight games thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. 19-year-old Bulls netminder Charlie Glockner started and won both games, allowing just two goals in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, made 21 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped all three Brahmas shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he posted his first career NAHL shutout, making nine saves in a 1-0 win over the Brahmas. “Charlie had a great bounce-back weekend for us. He battled through some adversity the previous weekend and responded in a big way. He was excellent on Friday, making some very big saves, especially in OT. Saturday was a tough game, not facing many shots, but he had to stay mentally focused and prepared when he was challenged. He definitely earned that shutout,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

 

2nd Star: Sam Miller, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Nick Dineen, D, Amarillo Bulls – Matt Hutton, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Nardecchia, F, Topeka Pilots – Richie Parent, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Aaron Randazzo, G, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 14, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jack Suchy - St. Cloud Blizzard

Jack Suchy

Although he played in just one game over the weekend, St. Cloud Blizzard forward Jack Suchy, 19, made it count. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Medina, Minnesota, posted a career-best five point game, which included two goals and three assists in a 6-5 win over the visiting Minnesota Wilderness on Friday night. That also included the game-winning goal and a +4 rating in the game. For the season, Suchy, who began the season with the Wilderness, but was traded to the Blizzard, has seven points in seven games played. “Jack used his size and offensive talent in our game to show off what his true capabilities are. We were very happy with the way he played this weekend,” said Blizzard head coach Moe Mantha.

 

2nd Star: Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Kimball Johnson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: David Tomeo - Johnstown Tomahawks

David Tomeo

Newly acquired Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender David Tomeo, 20, made an immediate impact against his old team in Maryland this weekend. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, started and won both road games against the Black Bears this weekend, stopping 75 of a possible 77 shots. That included 42 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday and 33 saves in a 4-1 win on Saturday. “We were fortunate to pick up a two-game sweep on the road against a strong Maryland team. Our offense was able to find some success, but limiting their good offense to one goal each night was big for our team as we try to find consistency. David was outstanding both nights for us. He made big saves at key times, and was in control of the game both nights. With the amount of special teams in both games there were a fair amount of looks on the power play in which he came up big. I am very proud of the way he came in and performed for us in his first two games with our team,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

 

2nd Star: Ethan Destefani, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer Cosway, D, Jamestown Rebels – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques – Trent Grimshaw, F, Maine Nordiques – Kasyn Kruse, F, Jamestown Rebels – Jared Lambright, D, Northeast Generals – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Spencer Oyler - Chippewa Steel

Spencer Oyler

Chippewa Steel defenseman Spencer Oyler, 19, helped his club widen their lead in the Midwest Division and run their winning streak to six straight games with the home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. The 6’0/176 lbs. native of Howell, Michigan, recorded four points in two games and extending his point streak to four straight games. That included a one goal, two assist effort in a 7-2 win on Saturday. For the season, Oyler has eight points in 10 games played. “Spencer has been a rock for us on the back end to start the season. His poise on the ice has helped our defensive corps become a big part of our early success. He has taken a big step forward with his play and contributes to our team in all situations. Earning a letter this season also shows the amount of respect his teammates have for him,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

 

2nd Star: Landon Pavlisin, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Dunlap, F, Janesville Jets – Grant Hindman, D, Janesville Jets – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel – Theo Thrun, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Nick Trela - Amarillo Bulls

Nick Trela

The Amarillo Bulls swept the previously undefeated Lone Star Brahmas at home this weekend in Amarillo and forward Nick Trela, 20, played a big role in the sweep. The 6’2/176 lbs. native of Trenton, Michigan, recorded four points in the two wins, which included two goals and two assists to go along with a +3 rating. On Friday, Trela had a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday, he had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win. For the season, the Team NAHL forward is 2nd in team scoring with eight points in 10 games played. “Nick had an excellent weekend for our team. He was an offense catalyst and also played in all situations and defended very well. He has a knack for coming up big in the clutch and his game-winning, power-play goal on Saturday night was a perfect example of that. Nick will be a tremendous addition to which, ever NCAA Division I program he ultimately commits to,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

 

2nd Star: Erik Bargholtz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Coughlin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jakub Dobes, G, Topeka Pilots – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Bulls – Shawn Kennedy, F, Topeka Pilots – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 7, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nick Portz - Minnesota Wilderness

Nick Portz

The Minnesota Wilderness picked up a big weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros this past weekend and forward Nick Portz, 19, put up some big numbers. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, recorded six points in the two wins. That included four points in a 7-6 shootout win on Friday and a two points in a 5-1 win on Saturday. For the season, Portz leads the Wilderness in scoring with seven points in four games played. “I’ve been very impressed with Nick’s professionalism in our community and at the rink. We chose him as part of our leadership group because he embodies the hard work ethic mentality that we believe in.  He plays with tremendous tenacity around the puck and his commitment to the fine details of the game is excellent. He has the ability to make players around him better and isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body to help the team win. He was able to bring all those aspect of his game last weekend and it showed in our clubs success,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

 

2nd Star: Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Britt League, G, St. Cloud Blizzard – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Jack Powell, D, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Tilmon, F, Austin Bruins – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Kyle Jeffers - New Jersey Titans

Kyle Jeffers

The 1st place New Jersey Titans widened their lead in the East Division this past weekend with a road sweep of the Northeast Generals. Forward and American International College recruit Kyle Jeffers, 20, put on a scoring clinic over the weekend, which included five points in the two wins. On Friday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Oviedo, Florida, had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, the NAPHL grad has another goal in a 4-3 shootout win. Jeffers is currently 2nd on the team in scoring with 15 points in 10 games played. “Kyle was a force for us throughout the weekend.  He shifted to a new line for this weekend and him and his line mates really responded well.  Kyle moved his feet and played with consistent pace and was rewarded for his work with an impressive offensive weekend.  Kyle is a big part of our hockey club and we will need him to continue to contribute in all areas of the ice if our hockey team is going to be successful,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

 

2nd Star: Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans – Jordan Cormier, F, Jamestown Rebels – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Johnny Kaljian, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Max Kouznetsov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Szmul - Chippewa Steel

Connor Szmul

Chippewa Steel forward Connor Szmul, 20, led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears and move into sole possession of 1st place in the Midwest Division. The 5’8/155 lbs. native of Castle Rock, Colorado, recorded six points in the two wins. On Friday, Szmul had five assists in an 8-2 win, and then on Saturday, he had a power play goal in a 5-0 win. For the season, Szmul leads the Steel in scoring with 12 points in 8 games played. “We have put a lot of responsibility on Connor early on this season and he has exceeded expectations. From his performance on the ice to his buy-in as a leader, we're happy to see him get rewarded for his efforts,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

 

2nd Star: Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Schwab, D, Chippewa Steel – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Wilson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Jakub Dobes - Topeka Pilots

Jakub Dobes

It was a big week for Topeka Pilots goalie Jakub Dobes. The 19-year-old native of Vitkovice, Czech Republic, won both of his starts this past week, allowing just a single goal on 72 shots in the process. Dobes (6’4/200), who was named to the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list for the 2020 NHL Draft, made 24 saves in a 2-1 home win on Thursday over the Amarillo Bulls. On Friday, Dobes made a season-high 47 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Bulls. To date, Dobes has a 5-2 record for the 1st place Pilots with a 1.56 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. “Jakub has been a steady performer for us thus far. His poise and patience in high-pressure situations has helped our team succeed in close hockey games. Jakub has an extremely bright future, and we couldn’t be happier for his success,” said Pilots head coach Simon Watson.

 

2nd Star: Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 30, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Lars Rødne - Bismarck Bobcats

Lars Rødne

The Bismarck Bobcats ran their winning streak to three straight games with a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Newly acquired forward Lars Rødne, 19, made a big impact in his NAHL debut as the 6’0/183 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, recorded five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Rødne had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-3 win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win. “Lars is a great addition to our forward group. His hockey IQ is very good and he brings a pure goal scorer touch to our line-up. When we needed a big goal he stepped up in both games this past weekend,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kevin Ness, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings – Bud Winter, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Jackson Sterrett - Maryland Black Bears

Jackson Sterrett

UMass-Lowell recruit and Maryland Black Bears forward Jackson Sterrett, 20, had a productive weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, he had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win, and then on Saturday, Sterrett had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, Sterrett is 2nd in team scoring with 11 points in eight games. “Jackson came out flying this weekend, bringing us energy and strong play in all three zones. Not only did he chip in offensively, but also showed some strong defensive play on the penalty kill as well. He plays the right way away from the puck and is being rewarded offensively because of it,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Wilmer Skoog, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals - Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matt Hubbarde, F, Jamestown Rebels – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Tristan Poissant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Charlie Reid, F, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jack Johnston - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jack Johnston

Third-year veteran forward Jack Johnston, 20, helped the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to a weekend road sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Johnston had two assists in a 5-3 win, and then on Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win. For the season, Johnston leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with six points in six games played. “Jack plays with constant energy and he keeps a lot of plays alive for his team. He is a leader and we look forward to his continued growth as he prepares for NCAA hockey,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Michael Spinner, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Theo Thrun, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Austin McCarthy - Topeka Pilots

Austin McCarthy

Topeka Pilots forward Austin McCarthy, 20, helped his club to a weekend road split in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of Ludington, Michigan, had three goals and was a +2 in the two games. On Friday, McCarthy, who was the Pilots representative on Team NAHL earlier this summer, had a goal in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he scored twice in a 5-4 win. For the season, McCarthy is tied for 2nd in team scoring with nine points in nine games played. “After representing the NAHL and the United States in Russia in August, Austin has displayed a new level of confidence in training camp and pre-season. He took another step this weekend and saw some rewards in the goal-scoring department. His overall game has been excellent lately and we look for him to continue to grow as a hockey player and as the leader of this hockey club,” said Pilots head coach Simon Watson.

2nd Star: Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Cayden Bailey, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Max Miller, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Scahill, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Aaron White, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 23, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Ullan - Bismarck Bobcats

Ryan Ullan

It was an impressive return to the NAHL for Bismarck Bobcats goalie Ryan Ullan. The 19-year-old native of Hibbing, Minnesota, made his return to the Bobcats cage during the NAHL Showcase and put up some outstanding stats. Ullan (6’2/185) posted a 2-0 record and allowed just a single goal in three appearances, stopped 55 of 56 shots for a .40 goals against average and .982 save percentage. On Wednesday, the Northern Michigan commit stopped 17 of 18 shots in a 5-1 win over New Mexico. Two days later, he came in relief to stop all 15 shots he saw in a 4-0 loss to Lone Star. On the final day, he posted a 23-save shutout against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. “It is great to have Ryan back in Bismarck. He has proven he can be a great goalie in this league and he is showing what he is capable of again. He a big addition after losing Johnny Roberts from last year to the NCAA Division 1 level,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Ryan Green, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakon Breault, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros – Natan Vertes, F, Aberdeen Wings – Brady Hunter, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ryan Ouellette, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Sam Skinner, D, Minot Minotauros – Ben Ward, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Noah Kane - Maine Nordiques

Noah Kane

Maine Nordiques forward Noah Kane, 19, continued his hot start to the season by leading the Nords to a 2-2 record at the NAHL Showcase and record at least a point in all four games. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of South Buffalo, New York, had six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the four games. That included a three-point effort in a 5-3 loss to St. Cloud. For the season, Kane is 2nd in league scoring to date with 10 points in six games. “Noah exemplifies everything it means to be a Nordique, and we are proud of him for being recognized as the division’s player of the week. Not only did Noah produce offensively for our team, he was a key contributor on our penalty kill and excelled in all areas of the game. His competitiveness and leadership on and off the ice were also key contributing factors in Noah being named the first ever Nordique Captain, something I know he takes great pride in. We look forward to his continued development and success with our Organization as the season continues,” said Nordiques head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cooper Black, G, Maryland Black Bears – Nate Clark, D, Jamestown Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kyler Head, F, New Jersey Titans – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Brayden Stannard, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Grant Riley - Janesville Jets

Grant Riley

It was a breakout Showcase for Janesville Jets rookie netminder Grant Riley. The 17-year-old from Rochester, New York, posted a 2-0-0 record in the event and allowed just a single goal. On Thursday, Riley (6’4/195) posted his first career NAHL shutout as he made 16 saves in a 4-0 win over the Austin Bruins. On Saturday, he stopped 17 of 18 shots in a 2-1 overtime win against the St. Cloud Blizzard. “Grant had an excellent showing at the 2019 NAHL showcase. He showed his ability to be a great future NCAA Division 1 and NHL goalie as 2002 birth year. Lastly, what struck me most was how calm and confident he played under pressure,” said Jets head coach Corey Leivermann.

2nd Star: Grant Boldt, G, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adisen Brueck, F, Springfield Jr. Blues - Jimmy Doyle, F, Minnesota Magicians – Lucas Erickson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Marko Reitenberger, F, Minnesota Magicians – Austin Ryman, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

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

Matt Rickard

The Lone Star Brahmas put together the top record at the 2019 NAHL Showcase, posting a perfect 4-0 mark in four games. Defenseman Matt Rickard, 20, got his season off to a great start by posting five points in the four wins, which included a point in at least every game. On Wednesday, the 6’1/180 lbs native of Coventry, Rhode Island, had a goal in a 5-4 win over Aberdeen. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the WBS Knights. “I think Matt is a defenseman that a lot of NCAA Division 1 schools are taking an interest in because of his skating and offensive ability, which he showed off at the Showcase. We are very excited to watch his progression and development throughout the year,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Jacob Smith, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Erik Bargholtz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays - Ryan Coughlin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Bulls – Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 16, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Mitch Matchlitt - New Jersey Titans

Mitch Matchlitt

It was a big opening weekend for the New Jersey Titans, who went on the road and picked up a sweep of the Maryland Black Bears in both team’s 2019-20 regular season openers. New Jersey forward Mitch Matchlitt, 20, put up a pile of points in the two wins. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Maple Grove, Minnesota recorded seven assists in the two wins. Matchlitt, who is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Army, had three assists in a 7-5 win on Friday and four assists in an 8-5 win on Saturday. “Mitch is a returning veteran player who we have high expectations of.  He’s a mature young man who had a great off-season of training and has really been good for us during camp. His offensive presence is critical to our success.  Him and his line mates got off to a good start in Maryland and we will need them to continue their play throughout the season if we are going to have sustained success,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Basarab, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyler Cooper, F, Northeast Generals – Liam Haslam, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Kyler Head, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Wilmer Skoog, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jacob Dirks - Chippewa Steel

Jacob Dirks

The Chippewa Steel had an impressive opening weekend of the 2019-20 season as they picked up a home-and-home sweep of the Janesville Jets. Veteran forward Jacob Dirks, 20, had five points in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/190 lbs. native of Windoro, Wisconsin, had a hat-trick in a 5-2 road win in Janesville. On Saturday, he added two more assists in a 5-3 home win over the Jets.  “Jacob is a great teammate who has taken on a leadership role for our team. It's nice to see him rewarded for his hard work and dedication on and off the ice early in the season,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Lindauer, F, Janesville Jets – Jackson Sabo, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Shane Bull - Corpus Christi IceRays

Shane Bull

It was an impressive NAHL debut for Corpus Christi forward Shane Bull, 20. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Whitby, Ontario, helped the IceRays pick up three of four points in a weekend road series in Topeka. On Friday, Bull had a hat-trick, including the overtime-winner and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday night, Bull added another goal in a 4-3 shootout loss. “Shane has stepped in and been everything we’ve needed from him and more. We’ve got a bunch of new faces here in Corpus and he obviously led the way for us and played liked the veteran we needed, and our staff couldn’t be happier for him because he put the work in all through training camp so it was great to see the work pay off for both him and his teammates. He still hasn’t reached his ceiling yet either so we expect this just to be a start for him to bigger and better things,” said IceRays head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Bost, G, Topeka Pilots – Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

 
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