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Stars of the Week Week of December 11, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alex Adams - Minot Minotauros

Alex Adams

This past weekend, the Minot Minotauros helped out their cause taking three of a possible four points in a home-and-home series against Bismarck. Forward Alex Adams, 19, continued his hot play as the native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two games over the weekend. Adams (6’1/200) had three assists in a 6-2 home win on Friday night. On Saturday night in Bismarck, Adams had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. Adams is currently riding a six-game point streak and has 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 19 regular season games played so far this season. “Alex had another strong weekend for our club. After coming off injury, he’s back to the level of being a premier power forward. As our captain, he’s led by example over the last few weeks and been a major contributor to our team’s success,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Altmann, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Patrick O’Connor, D, Bismarck Bobcats - Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Nolan Swachuk, D, Minot Minotauros – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Kade Phipps - Johnstown Tomahawks

Kade Phipps

Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Kade Phipps, 19, stopped 44 of 46 shots this past weekend as the Tomahawks posted a weekend home split against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Perrysburg, Ohio, began the weekend making 19 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Knights on Friday. On Saturday, he rebounded to stop all 25 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. Since joined the Tomahawks in early December, Phipps has been lights out, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.51 goals against average and 95.1% save percentage. “We had a tight and low scoring series this weekend with Wilkes-Barre and Kade was very solid in net for us keeping the game in a position for us to get wins on both nights. Friday he was very solid when we may not have been at our best and we dropped a tight 2-1 game. He and the team bounced back with a 2-0 shutout on Saturday night where he came up with some big stops, especially on our penalty kill. He is a very strong competitor but also very composed in the net and has been really good for our team over the last two weekends since arriving in Johnstown,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Donovan Ott, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Samuel Ruffin - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Samuel Ruffin

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs continued to widen their Midwest Division lead this weekend with a convincing road sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Recent Alaska-Fairbanks commit Samuel Ruffin, 19, was all over the ice for the Ice Dogs during the weekend as the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Westfield, Indiana, recorded seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Ruffin had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win, and then on Saturday, Ruffin had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-3 win. For the season, Ruffin is tied for the team lead in team scoring with 27 points in 27 games played. “Sam was all over the ice this weekend. He had good jump and made plays at high speeds,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Evan Fear, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kasey Fitzjerrells, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Sacha Guillemain, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Matt Hines, D, Coulee Region Chill – Jax Murray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Colin Price, F, Coulee Region Chill – Gabe Wahl, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Kieran Durgan - Shreveport Mudbugs

Kieran Durgan

In a weekend that featured several notable performances in the South Division, Shreveport Mudbugs forward Kieran Durgan’s performance over the weekend stood out as the Mudbugs widened their lead in the South Division with a weekend road sweep in Amarillo against the Bulls. The Air Force recruit and native of St. John’s, Michigan, scored four goals, including both game-winners over the weekend and was also a +3. On Friday, Durgan (6’1/190) scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 win. The next night, Durgan had a hat-trick, which also included the game-winning goal in a 5-0 shutout win. In 15 games played so far this season, Durgan has 17 points (13 goals, 4 assists). “We are very happy for Kieran to earn this award.  He has provided great leadership since returning to our team in late October.  Kieran is a responsible two-way player and it is nice that he is being rewarded for it offensively,” said Mudbugs assistant coach Casey Kirley.

2nd Star: Chad Veltri, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burnett, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Evan Somoza, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Rylee St. Onge, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 4, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jaden Shields - Austin Bruins

Jaden Shields

One of the big reasons behind the continued success of the Austin Bruins this weekend was defenseman Jaden Shields. The 17-year-old native of Royal Oak, Michigan, was a force from the blueline scoring four goals in a weekend road sweep in Bismarck to move the Bruins into sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division. Shields (5’10/185) scored his first two goals of the season, including the game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 win. The on Saturday, he added two more goals, including another game-winner, in an 8-6 win. Shields leads all Austin defensemen with 15 points in 23 games played so far this season. “Jaden has been really playing great hockey for us. He plays big minutes for us and it was nice to see him get rewarded with his first goal, and that lead to him getting four goals this weekend. He stepped up big for us in both games and we look for him to do more of the same, the rest of the way,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ondrej Pavel, F, Minot Minotauros – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Michael Talbot, F, Minot Minotauros – Ondrej Trejhal, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Andy Nedeljkovic - Johnstown Tomahawks

Andy Nedeljkovic

Johnstown forward Andy Nedeljkovic, 18, helped his team to two wins in a three game series against the visiting New Jersey Titans. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Canton, Michigan, made his presence felt in each game as he recorded three goals and added two assists for five points. That included a goal in each game, including his three-point performance in a 5-1 win in the series finale on Sunday. In just 12 games with the Tomahawks this season, Nedeljkovic has 10 points. “We were fortunate to take 2 out of 3 games against a very good New Jersey team this weekend, and Andy was a huge factor to our success. It wasn’t just the offensive production, but also his play away from the puck, physicality and contributions on our penalty kill as well and winning timely face-offs. Andy has been a vital part to our team since arriving in Johnstown, and he has maturity and leadership beyond his age in my opinion. The combination of his hockey abilities, high-end character, and very strong academics make him an extremely attractive NCAA Division I prospect,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Gavin Gulash, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Philadelphia Rebels - Ben Schmidling, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kip Hoffman - Janesville Jets

Kip Hoffman

Janesville Jets forward Kip Hoffman was all over this ice this weekend as the Jets picked up a weekend home sweep of the Brookings Blizzard. The 20-year-old native of Huntley, Illinois, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Hoffman (5’11/185) had two goals, including a highlight reel overtime-winner, and an assist in a 6-5 overtime win. On Saturday, Hoffman scored again in a 2-1 win over the Blizzard. Hoffman currently ranks in the Top 8 in NAHL scoring this season with 27 points in 25 games played. “Kip lead by example and made key plays when we needed them. He got the tying goal and then an unbelievable goal in OT on Friday and continued his strong play for us on Saturday with another big goal. His play has been outstanding for us this season,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

 

2nd Star: Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Jarrett Lee, F, Minnesota Magicians – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Magicians - Jeff Skinner, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Hunter Wendt, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Blake Bride - Odessa Jackalopes

Blake Bride

Now 3-0-1 in their last four games, the Odessa Jackalopes took three of a possible four points during their weekend series at Lone Star last week. Forward Blake Bride, 19, had a big weekend as the native of Broomfield, Colorado, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was +3 in the two games. On Friday, Bride (5’11/166) had two goals in a 5-1 win and on Saturday, he had another goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss. For the season, Bride has 16 points in 20 NAHL games. “Blake has been a great addition and gives us a lot of energy every shift. That was evident this past weekend in an important road series at Lone Star,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Bottrell, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls - Matt Brown, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Alexei Mansanko, G, Amarillo Bulls – Sam Martel, D, Topeka RoadRunners – Dominick Procopio, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 27, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Fanti - Minnesota Wilderness

Ryan Fanti

It was a 3-0 week for the Minnesota Wilderness this past week and goaltender Ryan Fanti, 18, was in goal for all three wins. The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and NAPHL alum gave up just four goals in the three wins, stopping 90 of a possible 94 shots in the process. That included 30 saves in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Magicians on Wednesday, 32 saves in a 3-0 shutout win in Janesville over the Jets on Friday, and 28 saves in a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday against the Jets. Fanti (6’2/190) has a 5-2-0 record this season with a 2.57 GAA and a 92.5% save percentage. “Ryan gave us a chance to win each night, and that’s all you can ask for out of your goaltender. He is a talented goaltender with a lot of confidence right now,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Grant Loven, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Adams, F, Minot Minotauros – Josh Fricks, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Chase Pilawski, D, Austin Bruins – Adam Pitters, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Nick Boyagian - New Jersey Titans

Nick Boyagian

Sacred Heart recruit and New Jersey Titans forward Nick Boyagian, 20, led his team during a weekend split with the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of East Greenbush, New York, racked up five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was a +4 in the two games. On Friday, Boyagian had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he recorded another goal and had an assist in a 5-4 loss. For the season, Boyagian is tied for the team scoring lead with 20 points in just 18 games played. “Nick has been a consistent threat for us since returning from injury.  As a veteran returning player with a year of experience, Nick knows what the expectations are both on and off the ice. He worked hard this off-season to get ready and we are thrilled he has seen the results of his hard work. We look forward to Nick continuing to lead our club throughout the rest of the playoffs and into the Robertson Cup playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Demelis, F, Northeast Generals – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Christian Stoever, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Orysiuk - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Luke Orysiuk

Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman Luke Orysiuk, 20, kept his recent hot play going this past weekend as he helped his club pick up a weekend road sweep in Kenai River against the Brown Bears. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta, had four assists in the two wins and was also +2. He ran his point streak to four straight games. On Friday, Orysiuk chimed in with three assists in a 7-0 win and on Saturday, he had another assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, the veteran defenseman has nine points in 22 games played. “Luke has been a solid leader for our hockey club this year. He was rewarded on the score sheet for his efforts this weekend and we look for his continued development as he prepares for college hockey,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Connor Poczos, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cam McDonald, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Ricky Carballo - Odessa Jackalopes

Ricky Carballo

In his first two games of the season with his new team, the Odessa Jackalopes, veteran forward Ricky Carballo, 20, made his impact felt right away as he helped the Jackalopes get back on track with a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. The native of Keller, Texas, got things started on the right foot on Friday night as he scored the overtime-winning goal and added two assists in a 5-4 OT win. On Saturday, Carballo (5’10/185) added his second straight game-winning goal of the weekend as he scored in the 3rd period to give the Jackalopes a 2-1 win. In 22 games played this season between Odessa and Aberdeen, Carballo has 15 points. “Ricky is hard on the puck and goes to the dirty areas to score goals. We are very excited to have him, as he fits in well in the South Division and the style of play,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Dominick Procopio, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Addamo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Clement, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Peyton Frantii, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jon Russell, F, Amarillo Bulls – Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 20, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alex Mella - Austin Bruins

Alex Mella

The Austin Bruins kept their hot play going this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Bruins forward Alex Mella, 18, had his best weekend in a Bruins uniform as the native of Stamford, Connecticut, recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Mella (6’0/187) chimed in with a pair of assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 road win in Cloquet. On Saturday, he posted his first career NAHL hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 5-3 home win to complete the weekend sweep. In 13 games with the Bruins so far this season, the Northeastern commit has nine points. “Alex has been getting a lot of chances but the bounces haven’t been going his way. It’s good to see him get rewarded this past weekend. We expect him to keep up his hard work and continue to make good things happen,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jimmy Elser, F, Brookings Blizzard – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Doug Larson, F, Brookings Blizzard – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Samu Lonkila, G, Minot Minotauros – Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Zach Noble, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Donovan Ott - Johnstown Tomahawks

Donovan Ott

Since his return to Johnstown, forward Donovan Ott, 20, had his best weekend of the 2017-18 season as he racked up five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 as the Tomahawks split a weekend road series with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 6’1/204 lbs. native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, had a hat-trick in Friday’s 6-4 loss and picked up two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 win. Since joining the Tomahawks back in late November, Ott has eight points in nine games. “Donovan showed up in a big way to help us split a road weekend with Wilkes-Barre. He was making plays all weekend, while making his teammates around him better and being hard to defend. Additionally, he was very responsible in all three zones with his great hockey sense, smart 200-foot play, and helping to preserve our lead at the end of Saturday’s game. Since he has returned to Johnstown, he has really helped our offense as a whole and has provided veteran leadership for our group on and off the ice. We will definitely need to continue to count on his play and leadership as we progress and battle in our very tough, competitive division,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mat Demelis, F, Northeast Generals – Aaron Maguyon, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Ryan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Bowman - Coulee Region Chill

Nick Bowman

The Coulee Region Chill are unbeaten in regulation in their last eight games and that included a win and a shootout loss this past weekend in a road series against the Springfield Jr. Blues. Forward Nick Bowman, 19, was one of the main contributors as the native of Shelby Township, Michigan, had six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in the two games. On Friday, Bowman (6’0/195) had three assists in a 7-1 win on Friday night. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss. For the season, Bowman is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points in 14 games played to date. “We are excited for Nick. He has been a spark for us since he arrived in Coulee and has been very consistent in his play,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Kaplan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jarrett Lee, F, Minnesota Magicians – Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Tomas Vochozka, F, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Acciaioli - Corpus Christi IceRays

Matt Acciaioli

Thanks to taking three of four points during their weekend home series against the Lone Star Brahmas, the Corpus Christi IceRays are now 5-0-1 in their last six games. Defenseman Matt Acciaioli, 20, continues his hot play as he piled up six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in the two games. On Friday, the 5’9/163 lbs. native of Rochester Hills, Michigan had three assists in a 4-2 win over the Brahmas. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss. For the season, Acciaioli is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 21 games played. “We as an organization are extremely happy and proud of Matt to be the recipient of this weekly award. This is Matt’s third year in the league and he has improved every year into a bigger role. Matt is a great role model as a 20-year-old assistant captain for our younger as he is one of the last guys off the ice everyday and his hard work has paid off. This weekend was a big series for the team and I felt he did a great job leading by example, ”said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Will Schlagenhauf, F, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Kimball Johnson, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Larry Jungwirth, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Stuart, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 13, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Miroslav Mucha - Minot Minotauros

Miroslav Mucha

Minot Minotauros forward Miroslav Mucha, 20, had a big weekend for the Minotauros in their weekend split in Alaska against Kenai River. The 6’0/160 lbs. native of Bytca, Slovakia, scored three goals in the two games to lead the Minotauros offensively. On Friday, Mucha scored two goals in a 6-3 win, and on Saturday, he recorded Minot’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss. For the season, Mucha leads the Minotauros in scoring with 18 points in 17 games played. “Miroslav has had an exceptional season for us thus far. I thought he really came on at the end of last season and the confidence he gained has carried into this season. He works extremely hard in both practice and games and has established as a premier power forward in the Central Division. He’s become a consistent goal scorer every night and someone we lean on in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings - Rykr Cole, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Britt League - Johnstown Tomahawks

Britt League

Johnstown got back on track this weekend by taking three of four point in their home series against the 1st place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Goaltender Britt League, 18, started in both games and played very well. On Friday, the 6’0/165 lbs. native of Chesapeake, Virginia, made 35 saves through regulation and overtime, and then stopped 5 of 7 shooters in a 3-2 shootout loss. On Saturday, League posted his first shutout of the season, stopping all 28 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. For the weekend, he stopped 63 of 65 shots. “We were able to pick up 3 out of 4 points this weekend against a really good offensive Wilkes-Barre team, who had been playing very well. Britt was very strong in both games for us. Friday night he gave us a really strong chance to win, where we unfortunately fell short in a shootout, but he bounced back Saturday with a shutout in our 3-0 win. He has gained more and more confidence everyday and showed that this weekend. Every point we can pick up for us is big, and having two games from him like that was a big part of us being able to take 3 of 4 points,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Isaiah Saville - Minnesota Magicians

Isaiah Saville

University of Nebraska-Omaha commit Isaiah Saville, 17, was rock solid again this past weekend as he helped the Magicians keep pace in the Midwest Division. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Anchorage, Alaska, stopped 67 of a possible 70 shots in two games over the weekend. On Friday, Saville made 32 saves in a close 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wilderness. On Saturday, he was even better as he made 35 saves in a 4-1 win. Saville is having a torrid month of November and has allowed just eight goals in his last five starts. “Isaiah has been very solid for us this season. He is becoming very consistent in practice and that has translated well to his game over the last month,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bowman, F, Coulee Region Chill – Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Daniel Lebedeff, G, Janesville Jets – Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – George McBey, G, Minnesota Magicians – Andy McGlynn, F, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Patrick Smyth, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Erkka Vanska, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Larry Jungwirth - Corpus Christi IceRays

Larry Jungwirth

For the second straight week, Corpus Christi IceRays forward Larry Jungwirth, 20, has been named the South Division Star of the Week. This past week, Jungwirth (5’11/170) recorded 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist) and was +2 in a weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners. On Friday, the native of Bloomington, Minnesota, had a hat-trick and an assist, which also included the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Jungwirth scored again in a 4-3 overtime win. He currently leads the IceRays in scoring with 17 points in 18 games played. “Larry had an extremely large weekend for us offensively in helping our team get big points in the standings. Although he is winning this award for his offensive contributions, I think those are rewards for the defensive details he has been working very hard at without the puck. Larry has evolved his game from being strictly an offensive player to a responsible player doing the little things well without the puck to get the puck back and have more time playing offense,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Gustav Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Martel, D, Topeka RoadRunners - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Orgel, D, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 6, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nathan Burke - Aberdeen Wings

Nathan Burke

Aberdeen Wings forward Nathan Burke, 18, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of their series in Minot against the Minotauros. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, was a big contributor as he recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was +4 in the weekend sweep. On Friday, Burke had the game-winning goal in the 3rd period in a close 2-1 win, and on Saturday he had his best career game in a Wings uniform as he exploded for two goals and two assists in a 7-1 win. Burke currently leads the Wings in scoring this season with 16 points in 16 games. “Nathan has been an exceptional first-year player to date. He comes to work every day and plays with a very high hockey IQ. Nathan played at a very high level over the weekend, proving that hard work throughout the week can pay off,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Alex Schilling, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jaden Shields, D, Austin Bruins – Gabe Vinal, G, Aberdeen Wings – Garrett Worth, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Olmstead - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jack Olmstead

Thanks to a 7-0-2 run in their last nine games, which included a three-game weekend sweep of the 1st place Northeast Generals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are the NAHL’s hottest team. One of the many standouts this past weekend was 19-year-old forward Jack Olmstead. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Troy, Michigan, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +2 in the three wins. Olmstead recorded a goal in Friday’s 5-3 win. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he picked up a pair of assists in a 4-1 win to complete the sweep. Olmstead’s 21 points currently leads the Knights in scoring. “Jack had a big weekend for us and we find ourselves saying that a lot this season. He comes up with big plays in crucial situations, which is a product of his talent and his work ethic. No moment is too big for Jack, and he’s been a big part of our success so far. The Knights are happy he’s being recognized for his success this past weekend,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Aaron Maguyon, F, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Diarmad Dimurro, D, Philadelphia Rebels - Mike Egan, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Perunovich, D, Northeast Generals – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Szmul - Coulee Region Chill

Connor Szmul

The Coulee Region Chill got back on track this past weekend with an important home sweep of the 1st place team from the Central Division, the Brookings Blizzard. 18-year-old rookie forward Connor Szmul (5’8/150) had the best weekend of his early NAHL career as the native of Castle Rock, Colorado recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Szmul had an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, he had his first career NAHL hat-trick and scored three of the Chill’s four goals in a 4-2 win. For the season, Szmul has six points in 13 games played. “We are very excited for Connor. He shows up everyday with a great attitude and desire to get better. It is great to see him get rewarded for his hard work,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Benson, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chase Mickelson, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jeff Skinner, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Gabe Wahl, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Larry Jungwirth - Corpus Christi IceRays

Larry Jungwirth

The Corpus Christi IceRays picked up an important weekend road sweep in Topeka this past weekend, which got them out of last place as they concluded their one-month, 10-game road trip. Veteran forward Larry Jungwirth, 20, was a key contributor as the Bloomington, Minnesota native had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Saturday, Jungwirth (5’11/170) had a goal in a 4-1 win, and on Sunday, he had two goals and an assist in a 6-1 win. For the season, Jungwirth leads the IceRays in scoring with 12 points in 16 games played. “We are very happy that Larry worked himself into a position to win this award. As a veteran player in junior hockey, he has taken another step this season in terms of being more vocal and buying into our team structure and identity. Larry’s work ethic and attention to details were very good this weekend and he was rewarded with points to help our team win,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: C.J. Regula, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: Benjamin Beck - Brookings Blizzard

Benjamin Beck

Thanks to three wins this past week, the Brookings Blizzard moved back into a tie for 1st place in the Central Division. In between the pipes for the majority of those three games was first year goaltender Benjamin Beck. The 18-year-old from Landsberg am Lech, Germany, faced a total of 85 shots in about 2 ½ games this past week and allowed just four goals in the three appearances, making 81 saves. Beck’s (6’9/210) week started with 30 saves in a 7-1 road win in Austin on Wednesday. His good play against the Bruins continued on Friday, as the Maine recruit made 32 saves in a 4-2 home win. On Saturday, Beck didn’t start, but came into the game about midway through, and then stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 4-2 win. “Ben was very good this past week and a very good confidence builder for him. I think as the season has gone along he has gotten better. He practiced well, is tracking the puck well, and that translated into some great performances in the games. He is making big saves at key times in the game,” said Blizzard head coach Moe Mantha.

2nd Star: Jack Robbel, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Anderson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins – Andriy Denyskin, F, Brookings Blizzard – Colton Fletcher, F, Aberdeen Wings – Andrew Kangas, F, Minot Minotauros – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Michael Mahan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Colin Bilek - Northeast Generals

Colin Bilek

The Northeast Generals got back on track this weekend with a weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Forward and NAHL leading-scorer Colin Bilek, 20, had another productive weekend, accumulating four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating in the wins. On Friday, the 5’10/177 lbs. native of Brighton, Michigan, scored twice in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Bilek had a pair of assists in a 4-3 shootout win to complete the sweep. Bilek’s current total of 24 points leads the NAHL. “Colin has been amazing all year.  We hit our first losing streak of the season and he did what great players and captains do, and put us on his back, contributing in all three zones.  As usual, he was our emotional leader both on and off of the ice,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Engelkes, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Luke Perunovich, D, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jeff Skinner - Springfield Jr. Blues

Jeff Skinner

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Jeff Skinner, 19, led his team to a pair of important home wins this past weekend against the Topeka RoadRunners. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Katy, Texas, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Skinner had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 5-2 win. To date, Skinner has seven points in 12 games played. “Jeff really stepped up his game this weekend. We had a few key players out of the line-up and he stepped up and helped lead us to two wins. He has a ton of offensive ability and when he competes at a high level, he can be a top player in this league,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: John Keranen, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues - Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs - Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

 

South Star of the Week: Jason Grande - Amarillo Bulls

Jason Grande

It was literally a perfect weekend for the Amarillo Bulls and Jason Grande. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, posted a shutout in both of Amarillo’s home wins over the Corpus Christi IceRays this past weekend. In total, Grande, 18, stopped all 66 shots that came his way in the two wins. On Friday, Grande stopped a season-high 39 shots in a 4-0 win and on Saturday, he stopped all 27 shots that came his way in a 1-0 win. Grande now has three shutouts on the season to go along with a 6-2-0 record and a 2.13 goals against average and a 93.4% save percentage. “Jason has been excellent for us and the big reason for our early season success. He is patient and poised in the net and that gives our team a strong sense of confidence. I am very confident that he is going to be an impact player at the NCAA Division I level and beyond,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Kyle Hallbauer, D, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Simon Morberg, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jake Rosenbaum, D, Topeka RoadRunners

 

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Central Star of the Week: Ryan Ullan - Bismarck Bobcats

Ryan Ullan

It was a perfect three-win week for the 1st place Bismarck Bobcats, who extended their winning streak to six straight games. In goal for two of the three wins was 17-year-old rookie netminder Ryan Ullan. The 6’2/189 lbs. native of Hibbing, Minnesota, won both of his starts and in the process stopped 55 of a possible 57 shots in the process, giving up just a single goal in each of the wins. On Thursday, Ullan made 24 saves in a 4-1 road win in Minot and the next night, he made 31 saves in a 3-1 road win in Brookings. For the season, Ullan has a 5-3-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a 93.0% save percentage. “Ryan has been a huge part of our success this year. He is technically sound, tall and athletic, and is going to be an elite goaltender in this league. Those are the reasons I believe he has a chance to get drafted in the National Hockey League,” said Bismark head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Adam Pitters, F, Aberdeen Wings – Benito Posa, F, Austin Bruins – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Brandon Perrone - New Jersey Titans

Brandon Perrone

The New Jersey Titans made a climb up the East Division standings this past week thanks to three wins in three games, which included two wins over the Northeast Generals and another over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Titans goalie Brandon Perrone, 18, started and won two of the games, as he faced a total of 85 shots and made 81 saves in the two wins. On Friday, the native of Smithtown, New York, made 42 saves in a 5-2 home win over the Generals. On Sunday, Perrone (5’10/160) made 39 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The former NA3HL netminder has a 4-2-1 record this season with a 2.25 goals against average and a 93.3% save percentage. “Brandon has been part of an extremely solid goaltending duo for us all year. Brandon is a relentless worker and wants to be the best at his position.  This past weekend was just a small sample of what him and Matthew Ladd have provided for us all year.  Brandon played extremely well in both games and we rode his back on Sunday afternoon for the win,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Alden, F, New Jersey Titans – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Matt Wiesner, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jakov Novak - Janesville Jets

Jakov Novak

Veteran Janesville Jets forward and Bentley University recruit Jakov Novak, 19, celebrated his birthday weekend in style as he helped his 1st place Jets pick up a weekend road sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. On Saturday, the native of Windsor, Ontario had on the Jets game-winning goal in the 3rd period and on Sunday, which was his 19th birthday, Novak (6’3/201) had a goal and three assists in a come-from-behind 6-4 win to complete the weekend sweep. For the season, Novak is 2nd in team scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 11 games played. “It was a great way for Jakov to celebrate his birthday on Sunday with four points in our come-from-behind win. Jakov has been a leader on and off ice for us, and it showed this weekend in Coulee Region,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jacob Dirks, F, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Marshal Plunkett, D, Coulee Region Chill – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Carter Wade, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Camarre - Odessa Jackalopes

Alex Camarre

The Odessa Jackalopes got back on track with an important three-game weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners this past weekend. Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre, 18, started and won two of the three games for his club, allowing just two goals on 77 shots in the two wins. On Thursday, the 5’8/155 lbs. native of North Tonawanda, New York, posted his first shutout of the season, stopping all 36 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made a season-high 39 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Camarre has a 4-1-0 record with a 1.64 goals against average and a 94.7% save percentage. “Alex managed both games really well and he is a guy that battles extremely hard. He has a great work ethic that our guys follow and respect,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Peyton Frantii, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Chad Hillebrand, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Andrew Lane, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Rauh, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

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Central Star of the Week: Gabe Vinal - Aberdeen Wings

Gabe Vinal

Behind newly acquired goaltender Gabe Vinal, 18, the Aberdeen Wings picked up an important home sweep this past weekend over the visiting Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Syracuse, New York, won his first two starts of the season, facing 73 shots and making 69 saves in the process, which was good for a 94.5% save percentage. On Friday, Vinal made his Wings debut by making 28 saves in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he made 41 saves in a 5-2 win to complete the weekend sweep. “Gabe came in with a very workman-like attitude and his week of preparation translated into the weekend. He made some timely saves when we needed them against a very good team in Minot,” said Aberdeen head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Matej Murin, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Fletcher, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Northeast Generals

Louis Boudon

In three road games this past weekend, Northeast Generals forward Louis Boudon, 19, scored a whopping six goals and took over the NAHL scoring lead. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France, and former NA3HL player (Metro Jets), recorded at least a goal in all three games as the Generals took two of three games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. That included three goals in Sunday’s 6-5 overtime win. Boudon leads the NAHL with 19 points. “Louis has been great from Day 1. He works real hard and is a dynamic player.  We challenged him to put up some goals this past week and he answered,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell. Generals GM Bryan Erikson added, “Coming in as our NA3HL tender from the Metro Jets we knew he had great development, and that has shown all season. He made big plays in big moments this weekend.”

2nd Star: Ryan Keane, G, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals – Curtis Carlson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: George McBey - Minnesota Magicians

George McBey

Getting both Magicians wins this past weekend in their three-game home set with the Springfield Jr. Blues was 19-year-old netminder George McBey. The 6’0/160 lbs. native from Dallas, Texas, faced a total of 61 shots in the two wins and made 59 saves, which was good for a 96.7% save percentage. McBey came into the game on Thursday after Springfield had built a 3-0 lead. He stopped 28 of 29 shots leading the Magicians comeback to a 5-4 win in overtime. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, the former NAPHL’er has a 2-1 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a 94.3% save percentage. “George has been solid for us all year. He gave us a chance to win in some very close games this past weekend,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Andy McGlynn, F, Coulee Region Chill – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Magicians – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Justin Addamo - Lone Star Brahmas

Justin Addamo

Veteran Lone Star Brahmas forward Justin Addamo, 19, was captain clutch this past weekend as the Brahmas got back on track with a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The 6’6/225 lbs. native of Clermont-Ferrand, France, scored three goals and was a +2 in the two wins, which included scoring the game-winning goal each night. On Friday, Addamo scored the game-winner in a 4-1 win and on Saturday, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in a 3-1 win. In 12 games this season, Addamo has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists). “I thought Justin really stepped up and scored some nice goals for us this weekend. He has really been working hard to find the back of the net and create some offense for us, so it was nice to see that rewarded in the two wins,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Brenden Michaelian, D, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Grant Loven - Minot Minotauros

Grant Loven

Minot Mintauros forward Grant Loven, 19, helped his team to a weekend home split against the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, totaled three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and was a +2 in two games. On Friday, Loven scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 4-2 win and on Saturday he picked up another assist in a 4-3 loss. Loven is tied for the team lead in scoring with six points to date. “I've been nothing but impressed with Grant since he joined us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His work ethic and compete level are extraordinary, and for his teammates to vote him in as one of our captains, speaks volumes about his character. He plays a complete 200-foot game and is a guy we lean on in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Andriy Denyskin, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Anthony Quatieri - Northeast Generals

Anthony Quatieri

It was three more wins this past weekend for the Northeast Generals as they completed a three-game home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. Forward Anthony Quatieri, 19, had a huge weekend with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins. On Friday, the native of Saugus, Massachusetts, had two assists in the 5-2 win. On Saturday, Quatieri (5’10/174) had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win and on Sunday, he added another goal in a 4-1 win. In 12 games played to date, Quatieri has 13 points. “Anthony came to us undrafted as a main camp invite and has impressed us every day since.  His speed and compete level are elite and have allowed him to have a great start to the season and a huge weekend in our sweep of Johnstown,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Diarmad Dimurro, D, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, F, Philadelphia Rebels – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Mike Gelatt, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matt Denman - Minnesota Magicians

Matt Denman

Minnesota Magicians defenseman Matt Denman, 19, helped his squad to a weekend home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill on Friday and Saturday. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Prior Lake, Minnesota, had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Deman had the game-tying goal and an assist, along with the shootout-winning goal in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, Denman had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. Denman is tied for the team points lead with five points in six games played. “Matt had a great weekend and has provided offensive spark and great leadership early in the season,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Posner, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Marcus Walter, D, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Chad Veltri - Corpus Christi IceRays

Chad Veltri

Corpus Christi IceRays goalie Chad Veltri, 19, had a huge weekend to help his team pick up a important weekend road sweep in Amarillo against the Bulls. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, faced 88 shots in the two wins and made a total of 84 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage. On Saturday, Veltri made 35 saves in a 5-3 win and on Sunday, he made 49 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. The wins were the first two for Veltri this season. “We are very happy for Chad winning this award especially in our division as a rookie. He is a quiet player off the ice, but on the ice he is an intense competitor. Chad played very well and gave us a chance to win each game last weekend by making the saves that he should of and a few he shouldn't of had to make,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.

2nd Star: Connor Murphy, G, Topeka RoadRunners

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Trevor Wilhelm, D, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 2, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gino Lucia - Minnesota Wilderness

Gino Lucia

In their lone game of the weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness picked up their first win of the season with a 4-2 win in Austin against the Bruins on Saturday night. Wilderness forward Gino Lucia, 19, had two goals in the win, including the game-winner, and was also a +1. The 5’11/180 lbs. forward from St. Cloud, Minnesota has five points, including four goals, in his team’s first five games of the season. “Gino played exceptional hockey on the defensive side of the puck, which translated into opportunities on the offensive side of the puck. We look for him to continue his production on both ends of the ice,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.

2nd Star: Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Carter Wooley - Philadelphia Rebels

Carter Wooley

The Philadelphia Rebels remained the lone unbeaten team in the NAHL with a weekend sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks as the Rebels opened up play in their new home at the Class of 1923 Arena. Forward Carter Wooley, 20, played a big role in the sweep with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) during the weekend. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, had an assist in Saturday’s 3-1 win and on Sunday he had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. The points were Wooley’s first of the season. “Carter has been a great player for two years and it’s nice for him to finally be getting some recognition for his hard work,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bogan, D, Northeast Generals – Justin Smith, D, Philadelphia Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Blake Ripley - Janesville Jets

Blake Ripley

Janesville Jets forward Blake Ripley, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians to remain in 1st place in the Midwest Division with a 6-1 record. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Waunakee, Wisconsin, had a goal in regulation and then the shootout winner in Friday’s come-from-behind 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, Ripley scored another goal in a 4-2 win. The goals were Ripley’s first of the season. “Blake really stepped it up and played very well this weekend. He played in key situations when I needed him to and he responded in a very positive way this past weekend.  From scoring on the power play to blocking shots on the penalty kill,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Luke Posner, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jordan Muzzillo, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Erkka Vanska, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Brett Epp - Odessa Jackalopes

Brett Epp

The Odessa Jackalopes moved into 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend road sweep in Corpus Christi. Goaltender Brett Epp, 19, started and won both games for the Jacks in the series. The 6’1/182 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta, began the weekend with 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime win on Friday and followed that up with a 30-save performance in a 5-3 win on Saturday. For the weekend, Epp stopped 65 of a possible 69 shots and improved his season record to 3-2-0 overall. “Winning in a tough place like Corpus Christi this past weekend was great for the team and Brett had great weekend for us. He has given our team a lot of confidence so far this season,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Jon Russell, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Nigel Nelson, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Austin O’Rourke, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Cole Quisenberry, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Evan Rochowiak, F, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 25, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Colby Enns - Minot Minotauros

Colby Enns

Minot defenseman Colby Enns, 18, had a tremendous start to the 2017-18 regular season, leading the Minotauros to a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The native of Minot, North Dakota, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +2 in four games at the NAHL Showcase.  Enns (6’1/175) scored both of Minot’s game-winning goals during the event, which included a 4-3 overtime win over Coulee Region and a 5-4 win over the Topeka RoadRunners. “Colby had an exceptional week. I think having him play games with us last season helped him know what to expect at the Showcase. He made some big plays and scored some timely goals for us this week. With that, he garnered a lot of interest from NCAA Division I scouts. With his ability to skate, the sky is the limit for him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Luke Millen, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Daniel Pavlicko, G, Aberdeen Wings – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Mike Egan - Northeast Generals

Mike Egan

One of the three teams that went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase was the Northeast Generals, who were paced by forward Mike Egan, who is currently 2nd in scoring in the NAHL. The 20-year-old native of Billerica, Massachusetts, was great in the Generals four wins as he totaled six points, which including 3 goals and 3 assists along with a +5 rating. Egan (5’11/175) had the game-winning goal in a 5-4 win over Kenai River and had a three-point game on the final day, which was a 3-2 overtime win over the Amarillo Bulls. “Mike worked so hard last year and this off-season to improve.  It was great to see him rewarded on the NAHL’s biggest stage. He is a great leader who put up points in pressure situations and he had a hand in all four wins this past week at the NAHL Showcase,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jurja Ovecka - Springfield Jr. Blues

Jurja Ovecka

Springfield Jr. Blues goalie Jurja Ovecka, 18, was in net for all three of the Jr. Blues wins during the NAHL Showcase as they posted a 3-1 record at the event. The rookie netminder from Skalica, Slovakia, went a perfect 3-0-0, picking up wins over Aberdeen, Bismarck and Austin at the event. Ovecka (6’6/197) faced a total of 109 shots in the three games and made 104 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average. That included 40 saves in his NAHL debut, which was a 2-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings. “Juraj was a big reason we had a good record at the NAHL Showcase. He is big and plays very calm in the net and showed he has next level ability,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Duma, F, Coulee Region Chill - Gil Garcia, F, Kenai River – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brenden MacLaren, F, Janesville Jets – Bradley Marek, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Artur Pavliukov, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Gustavs Grigals - Shreveport Mudbugs

Gustavs Grigals

Another one of the three teams to go undefeated at the NAHL Showcase was the Shreveport Mudbugs. Goaltender Gustavs Grigals was in net for three of those four wins, posting a perfect 3-0 record. The 19-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, stopped 56 of a possible 60 shots in the three wins, which was good for a 93.3% save percentage. That included wins over Minot, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Brookings. Grigals (6’0/185) currently leads in the NAHL in wins with four. “We brag about Gustavs all the time, especially about how he competes in practice every day. No doubt, the Star of the Week is a direct correlation to the effort he puts forth in practice and then in a game,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Zac Herrmann, D, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Jordan Fader, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Novo, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Collin Price, F, Amarillo Bulls – Angus Scott, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 18, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Tyrone Bronte - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Tyrone Bronte

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights opened their season with a weekend sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Rookie forward and NAPHL alumni Tyrone Bronte, 18, showed why he was one of the top players in the NAPHL last season as he racked up four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and was +3 in the two wins. The native of Melbourne, Australia, had an assist on Friday night and a goal and an assist on Saturday night. “Tyrone was a player that stood out to our staff each time we evaluated him. He's a really talented forward that has speed and hands, but most importantly he's a really smart hockey player. Tyrone is already playing big minutes and made big plays on the game winning goals in both our victories over the weekend. We're excited that he's off to a fast start for us. He brings a lot to our lineup, and the faster he gets acclimated to this level of play the better we'll be. He truly deserves this recognition after a great start to the season,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Harrington, D, Northeast Generals - Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matt Hanewall - Janesville Jets

Matt Hanewall

In the Janesville Jets season opener in Springfield on Saturday, forward Matt Hanewall, 19, had a huge game as the native of Lombard, Illinois recorded two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win. Hanewall (6’0/175), who played in the NAHL last season for both the Wichita Falls Wildcats and Brookings Blizzard, recorded both his goals in the 2nd period and assisted on Janesville’s first and fifth goal during the win. “Matt is a very smart player.  He compliments his linemates very well and we got a lot of production from that line on Saturday. Hemis not afraid to go into the tough areas of the ice and uses his speed very effectively,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Shane Haviland, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Corson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues - Kip Hoffman, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Mitchell Gibson - Lone Star Brahmas

Mitchell Gibson

New Lone Star Brahmas goalie Mitchell Gibson was literally perfect this past weekend as the Brahmas picked up three of four points on the road in their opening series in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. The 18-year-old native of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, made his NAHL debut on Friday with a 18-save shutout in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, the Harvard commit stopped all 28 shots in regulation and in overtime to force a scoreless shootout where the Mudbugs ultimately picked up the extra point. In 125 minutes of NAHL action, Gibson (6’3/186) still has yet to allow a goal. “I thought Mitchell was our best player on the ice for both games. He played with a lot of confidence and made some really nice saves. Consistency is a big thing in our league. It's definitely a great start to his NAHL career,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 
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