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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of May 17, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Natan Vertes - Aberdeen Wings

Natan Vertes

Aberdeen Wings forward and Alaska-Fairbanks recruit Natan Vertes, 20, had a big final weekend to help the Wings to a weekend home sweep of Minot and in the process help his team establish new single-season records for wins and points. On Friday, the 5’10/165 lbs. native of Budapest, Hungary, had four goals and an assist in a 10-1 win. On Saturday, he potted another goal for a six-point weekend in a 4-1 win. For the season, Vertes was 4th in team scoring with 47 points in 56 games played and his 28 goals led the team. “Natan has been playing some of his best hockey as of late. He possesses the ability to be a game changer, while being an outstanding teammate. Natan’s weekend is a byproduct of how hard he has been continually working on his game,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Jacob Zacharewicz, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nico Chmelevski, F, Bismarck Bobcats - Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings – Braden Costello, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Christian Galatz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Peter Jacobs, F, Austin Bruins – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Valentino Passarelli - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Valentino Passarelli

In five games this past week, Danbury forward Valetino Passarelli, 21, made his final junior games count as he put up nine points during the week. The 5’9/180 lbs. native of Macomb, MI, who finished his career with 178 career games played in the NAHL, was held scoreless in the first game of the week, but the next day he posted two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Northeast Generals. He then posted an assist in a 2-1 loss at Johnstown on Friday, which was followed by a goal an assist in a 6-5 OT loss on Saturday and a hat-trick in his final junior game on Sunday in a 5-4 loss. For the season, Passarelli led the Jr. Hat Tricks in scoring with 35 points in 52 games played. “We are thrilled that Valentino was able to finish off his junior career on a positive note. Even though we found ourselves out of the playoff picture, he was determined to finish the season the right way. He is an honest player and has been a tremendous leader for us all year. It was great to see him play with confidence, speed and tenacity down the stretch.  He set a great example for our younger players and that is a testament to the type of person he is and how valuable he was to our team,” said Danbury head coach Billy McCreary.

2nd Star: Daniel Tkac, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gabe Dombrowski, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Hugo Haas, G, Northeast Generals – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: James Miller - Chippewa Steel

James Miller

Chippewa Steel defenseman James Miller, 19, had his best week in a Steel uniform as the 5’10/180 lbs. native of Shorewood, MN, put up five points in three games during the week. On Wednesday, Miller assisted on three of four Steel goals in a 4-2 win over the Magicians. On Sunday, he had a goal and an assist in his team’s regular season finale as Chippewa beat Janesville, 4-3. For the season, Miller finished with seven points in 31 games played. “James has been very good for us of late and was rewarded for his hard work on and off with ice this past week. He has battled some adversity this year and I am really proud of the way he finished the year for us as we gain momentum going into next season,” said Steel head coach Mike Janda.

2nd Star: Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Brendan Murphy, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Weiss, D, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Cole Hanson - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Cole Hanson

Hanson, 20, closed out his junior career in style with one of his most productive weekends of the year as the Ice Wolves took two of three games in their weekend home series against Wichita Falls. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Grand Forks, ND, had eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in three games. On Thursday, the Colgate University recruit picked up two assists in a 5-3 win. On Friday, he had an assist in a 5-3 loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and four assists in a 6-3 win. For the season, Hanson finished tied for 3rd in league scoring with 60 points in 53 games played. “I’m extremely happy for Cole. He had a great year for us and ended his junior hockey career on a great weekend. We are excited for him to start his next journey at Colgate University,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Joey Larson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Jack Collins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Nick Lanigan, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Jake Mack, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nick Martino, F, Amarillo Bulls – Giovanni Procopio, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Andrew Takacs, G, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of May 10, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Lars Rodne - Bismarck Bobcats

Lars Rodne

The Bismarck Bobcats secured 2nd place in the Central Division with a big weekend road sweep in Minot. Bobcats veteran forward and Niagara University recruit Lars Rodne, 20, had his best weekend of the 2020-21 season in the two wins. The 6’1/184 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, had six points, including five goals in the two wins. On Friday, Rodne had two goals, including the overtime-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 6-3 win. Rodne was also a +6 during the weekend. For the season, Rodne has 26 points in 38 games played. “Lars had a great weekend for us. We needed guys to step up and he definitely did that for us this last weekend in the biggest series of the year. It was nice to see him get back to his scoring ways,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Jake Goldowski, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Barrett Brooks, F, Austin Bruins – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Donte Lawson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Joey Pierce, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Jack Reimann, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Spencer Schneider, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

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

Nick Seitz

New Jersey Titans leading scorer and Princeton University recruit Nick Seitz, 21, had a big week as the Titans won two of three games. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of New York, NY, had six points and was a +3 in the three games. On Tuesday, Seitz had a goal and an assist and also a shootout goal in a 5-4 shootout win in Danbury. On Friday, he put up another goal and assist in a 4-3 road loss against the Northeast Generals. On Saturday, he picked up two assists, including on the game-winnin goal in a 5-3 win against the Generals. For the season, Seitz leads the Titans 47 points in 43 games played so far this season. “Nick has been a driving force for us since his return from injury earlier this year. His play this past week helped us get four important points. We look forward to him continuing his strong play as we head into the first round of the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Biester, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks - Tyler Cooper, F, Northeast Generals – Mark D’Agostino, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jake Dunlap, F, Northeast Generals – Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jack Suede, F, New Jersey Titans – Daniel Tkac, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Tommy Middleton - Janesville Jets

Tommy Middleton

Janesville forward Tommy Middleton, 20, had a productive week as the Jets took two of three games in their three-game set against the Chippewa Steel. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Midland, MI, had at least a point in all three games and totaled five points for the week. On Thursday, Middleton picked up an assist in a 3-0 road win. On Friday, he assisted on Janesville’s only goal in a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 6-3 win. For the season, Middleton ranks 3rd in Jets scoring with 33 points in 31 games played so far this season. “I am very excited and proud of Tommy for earning this distinction. He had a week where he had to overcome some uncontrollable adversity and did so with maturity and resilience. He led our group all weekend and has been doing so all year long. Tommy’s talent, work ethic and leadership qualities make him a highly attractive NCAA Division I prospect. Whatever team jumps on him will not be disappointed. He will be a contributor for four years on and off the ice. He’s a culture builder. The Jets staff and players couldn’t be happier for Tommy,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Morgan Winters, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Harrison Scott - Amarillo Bulls

Harrison Scott

Amarillo forward Harrison Scott, 20, was a one-man offensive show this past weekend in the Bulls series in Shreveport. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of San Jose, CA, and Bentley University recruit had five points, including four goals in the two games. On Friday, Scott had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick and provided all of Amarillo’s goals in a 5-3 loss. For the season, Scott in 2nd in team scoring for the Bulls with 38 points in 53 games played. “Harrison has been one of our most consistent players all season. He brings energy to our bench and our locker room and has been able to score big goals for us when we need them. After a very difficult start for our team on Saturday, he was instrumental in leading the effort for our comeback, which unfortunately fell just a bit short. He will be relied on as we enter the playoffs to be a difference maker game in and game out,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Anderson, Odessa Jackalopes - Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Mitchell Digby, D, Lone Star Brahmas - Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Hunter Jones, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Adam Kolcon, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Joey Larson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jimmy Rayhill, D, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of May 3, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Payton Matsui - Aberdeen Wings

Payton Matsui

The NAHL’s leading scorer, Aberdeen Wings forward Payton Matsui, 21, was at it again this past weekend as the Wings picked up a road sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. The 5’8/160 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, had two goals and an assist in the series, bringing his league-leading point total to 60. On Friday, the Alaska-Fairbanks recruit had an assist in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winning goal, in a 3-2 win. “Payton has been a big-time gamer this season. His passion and enthusiasm is contagious throughout our dressing room. This week Payton elevated his game once again to help us achieve four points. We’ll look to him to keep the momentum going in this final stretch of the season,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Grant Ahcan, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle Gaffney, F, Aberdeen Wings – Christian Galatz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Peter Jacobs, F, Austin Bruins – Hudson Hodges, G, Austin Bruins – Donte Lawson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Stoever - New Jersey Titans

Christian Stoever

New Jersey Titans goalie Christian Stoever, 21, was solid between the pipes during a weekend series in Maryland against the Black Bears. The 6’3/165 lbs. native of Northville, MI, allowed just two goals on 62 shots during the weekend split. On Friday, the Bowling Green recruit made 25 saves in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he stopped all 35 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 win. For the year, Stoever has posted a 13-5-2 record for the Titans, with a 2.53 goals against average and .933 save percentage, which currently ranks 3rd among NAHL goaltenders. “Christian has continued his strong play for our team. He has been a stabilizing force since joining us in February. He was stellar all weekend in Maryland for us and helped secure two critical points,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Aidan Connolly, F, Maine Nordiques – Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Liam Gross, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Edvard Nordlund, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Zach Murray - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Zach Murray

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs continued their home stand this past weekend in a series split against the Chippewa Steel. Rookie forward Zach Murray, 19, was a factor in both games. On Friday, the 6’2/165 lbs. native of Arlington, VA, and NAPHL grad, scored the game-winning goal in a 6-0 shutout win. On Saturday, Murray had his team’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss. For the season, Murray has recorded 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 36 games played to date. “Zach provided energy throughout the weekend. He was strong in the face off dot and provided offensive support. We need players like him to step up at this time of the year,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Brandon Lajoie, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Lucas Wahlin, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Joe Mack - Shreveport Mudbugs

Joe Mack

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Joe Mack, 21, had a busy and productive week, appearing in four games and recording six points. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of New Hudson, MI, had three goals and three assists in the four games and was also a +2. On Tuesday, Mack had an assist in a 4-1 road win in Amarillo. The next night against the Bulls, Mack had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win. Then in a weekend road series against the Lone Star Brahmas, Mack had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-3 win on Saturday, which put Shreveport on the brink of winning the South Division regular season title. For the season, Mack is currently tied for 3rd in team scoring with 35 points in 42 games played. “Joe’s been firing on all cylinders lately. With limited practice for our team lately he’s managed to find a way to stay hot.  His line mates compliment him well and they are contributing in all areas of the game. His commitment to doing extra work with everything we do has been paying off for him,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 26, 2021sponsored by Bauer

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

Ryan O'Neill

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Ryan O’Neill, 20, helped his club extend their winning streak with three wins this past week to stay in the thick of the playoff race. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Roseville, MN, racked up six points in the three wins, which included a consistent effort of two points in each game. On Thursday, O’Neill had two assists in a 4-2 road win against the Minnesota Wilderness. On Friday, he scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 5-2 home win over the Wilderness. On Saturday, O’Neill had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 road win in Austin. For the season, O’Neill is currently 2nd in team scoring with 32 points in 43 games played thus far. “Ryan has really been playing well and been a big part of our offense,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Jordan Randall, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bohlin, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Grant Docter, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Paxton Geisel, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jake Goldowski, F, Aberdeen Wings – Travis Shoudy, D, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Jake LaRusso - New Jersey Titans

Jake LaRusso

Colorado College recruit and New Jersey Titans forward Jake LaRusso, 19, had a big weekend as the Titans exploded for 14 goals in a two-game home sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Colts Neck, NJ, had six points in the two wins, which included two goals and four assists. On Friday, LaRusso had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he again had a goal and two assists in a 9-2 win. For the season, LaRusso is currently tied for the team scoring lead with 41 points in 47 games played so far this season. “Jake has continued his strong play for us as of late. Jake has really come along and rounded out his game offensively this year. He is a huge part of our forward group and his strong play has really helped our team throughout the year. We look forward to taking even another step now as we head towards the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Jake Dunlap, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Evola, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Dylan Finlay, D, Maryland Black Bears – Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques – Matt Iasenza, F, New Jersey Titans – Paul Minnehan, F, Northeast Generals – Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – Philip Tornqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cade Destefani - Janesville Jets

Cade Destefani

Thanks to taking five of a possible six points in a weekend road series in Fairbanks, the Janesville Jets widened their lead atop of the Midwest Division. Forward and Western Michigan University recruit Cade Destefani, 19, was the offensive catalyst for his club in the series. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Bedford, NH, had six points, including four goals, in the three-game set. On Thursday, Destefani had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win. On Friday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, he scored the overtime-winner in a 4-3 win. For the season Destefani leads the Jets in scoring with 41 points in 37 games played to date. “Fairbanks is a hard team to play against and even harder up in Alaska. It’s not an easy task to give maximum effort up here for nine periods in three days. Cade showed a lot of resolve and resilience this weekend being an offensive threat in all three games. He worked hard all weekend for his chances, he was checked closely and took some physical punishment, but again he worked through it and found a way to deliver. It was pretty impressive to watch. We are pumped for Cade being recognized for his efforts,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Lucas Wahlin, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andy Beran, G, Minnesota Magicians – Jacob Conrad, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Liam Hansson, F, Chippewa Steel – Luc Laylin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Ty Naaykens, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Reid, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Arseni Sergeyev - Shreveport Mudbugs

Arseni Sergeyev

The Shreveport Mudbugs widened their lead atop the South Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. Mudbugs goaltender Arseni Sergeyev, 18, started and won both games, stopping 65 of 68 shots in the process. On Friday, the 6’3/190 lbs. native of Yaroslavl, Russia, made 30 saves and stopped three of four shooters in a 2-1 shootout win. On Saturday, he made 35 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Sergeyev ranks 2nd in the NAHL in both goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.943). “With very limited practice time leading up to the Amarillo weekend, Arseni did a great job keeping us in the game in the 1st period and ultimately made the timely saves in the shootout to help us get back in the win column. I thought he came out poised and confident Saturday night and it’s a good thing as I thought we had to rely on him a little too much. He was a huge part of us being able to grab four huge points on the weekend,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Cooper Black, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler German, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Dawson Sciarrino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brady Smith, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 19, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Brett Chorske - St. Cloud Norsemen

Brett Chorske

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Brett Chorske, 19, had a big week to help his club pick up two wins in three games. The 6’6/195 lbs. native of Edina, MN, had eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, the Colorado College commit had two goals and two assists in a 5-1 home win over the Minnesota Magicians. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 road win against the Minnesota Wilderness. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 5-3 home loss against the Wilderness. For the season, Chorske leads the Norsemen in scoring with 37 points in 39 games played so far this season. “Brett has been a big part of our offense all season long and continues to get better every day,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Jack Suchy, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Allard, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Josh Bohlin, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Reggie Millette, F, Austin Bruins – Michael Reed, F, Aberdeen Wings – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Michael Morelli - Maryland Black Bears

Michael Morelli

Maryland Black Bears goalie Michael Morelli, 19, helped his team stay in playoff position with a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Arvada, CO, started and won both games, stopping 67 of 69 shots during the weekend. On Friday, Morelli stopped all 36 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 3-2 shootout win, also stopping three of four shooters in the shootout. For the season, Morelli has a 13-11-5 record with a 2.59 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. “What can you say about Michael? He has been an ultimate competitor every time he steps into the net for us, and always gives a chance to win. He is not only a talented goaltender, but is also a very strong leader for us, and ultimate "team-first" player. There is no one mentally tougher, and we can't say enough good things about Michael and his work ethic. One of the most committed athletes I have ever been around,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Clark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – Patrick Schmeidlin, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Charlie Schoen - Janesville Jets

Charlie Schoen

Janesville Jets forward and Arizona State recruit Charlie Schoen, 19, continued his hot play as he helped his team to a three-game weekend sweep of the Chippewa Steek. The 5’7/155 lbs. native of Andover, MN, had five points (all goals) in the three wins and a +5 rating. On Thursday, Schoen scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 7-0 win. The next night, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 road win in Chippewa. On Saturday, he had two more goals in a 3-2 win. For the season, Schoen leads the Jets in scoring with 36 points in 30 games played so far this season. “Charlie has been a catalyst for us all season and had another tremendous weekend. Charlie has worked extremely hard this season developing all aspects of his game, with a major focus on his habits and details. He has also taken on a leadership role, helping mentor some of our younger players, while leading by example every day at the rink. Our players gravitate toward Charlie, and he is embracing that role and flourishing in it. Charlie is so dynamic offensively and instinctual that sometimes as coaches we just get to sit back and enjoy what he does as fans. He's a special player and a special young man,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Owen Millward G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: Owen Parker - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Owen Parker

New Mexico Ice Wolves goalie Owen Parker, 19, helped his club to a huge three-game home sweep of the division-leading Shreveport Mudbugs. The 6’6/225 lbs. native of Buffalo, NY, was in goal for two of the three wins and stopped a total of 67 of 71 shots. On Friday, Parker made 26 saves and then stopped five of six Mudbugs shooters in the shootout to pick up a 4-3 shootout win. On Sunday, Parker made 41 saves in the 4-1 win. For the season, Parker has an 8-7-0 record with a 2.91 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. “I’m very happy for Owen to get this honor. He’s worked hard since day one and it’s showing. It’s nice to see him have success in his first year of junior hockey,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – Marcus Frantz, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Mason McCormick, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dawson Tritt, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jordan Venegoni, F, Amarillo Bulls – Thomas Weis, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 12, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jacob Zacharewicz - Minnesota Wilderness

Jacob Zacharewicz

Minnesota Wilderness goalie and Brown University recruit Jacob Zacharewicz, 20, won both of his starts this past weekend to help keep his team in a playoff spot in the Central Division. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Riverhead, NY, allowed just three goals in two home wins over Bismarck and Minot. On Thursday, Zacharewicz made 33 saves in a 3-2 win over the Bobcats. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Minotauros. For the season, Zacharewicz has a 7-9-2 recrd with a 2.51 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. “Myself and our organization are thrilled to see Jacob be recognize for his performance this past week. He is extremely committed to has craft and gives our squad the opportunity for success every time he takes the net,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

2nd Star: Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings – Liam Fraser, F, Aberdeen Wings – Cooper Gay, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jake Herter, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jake LaRusso - New Jersey Titans

Jake LaRusso

New Jersey Titans forward and Colorado College commit Jake LaRusso, 19, helped the Titans get back on track with a big road sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Colts Neck, NJ, put up six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and  was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, LaRusso had two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including another game-winner, in a 5-1 win. For the season, LaRusso is 2nd in team scoring with 32 points in 43 games played. “Jake stepped up huge this weekend for himself and our team. We had been struggling mightily to score and win games and Jake stepped up as a leader and veteran and set the tone for us offensively. Jake’s game has grown expediently over the past two years and this year has been much of the same. We look forward to him continuing his strong play as we surge towards the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears – Zach Nazzarett, F, New Jersey Titans – Adam Smith, D, Northeast Generals – Philip Tornqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Riley Sims - Janesville Jets

Riley Sims

Janesville Jets goalie Riley Sims, 20, helped his team to two road wins this past weekend against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Albert, AB, helped the Jets move back into 1st place thanks to allowing just a single goal in the two wins, which included stopping 51 of 52 shots. On Friday, Sims made 26 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. On Saturday, he posted his third shutout of the season, making 25 saves in a 6-0 win. For the season, Sims has a sparkling 11-2-1 record with a 2.41 goals against average and .925 save percentage. “Riley continued to establish himself as one of the best goaltenders in the NAHL. He had back-to-back tremendous outings against a highly talented Magicians team. Riley is a future NCAA Division I goaltender, there is no doubt in my mind. He is a leader on and off the ice. He’s a tremendous goaltender and young man. We are very fortunate to have Riley and Owen backstopping us this season,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Nick Leyer, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Vermaeten - Shreveport Mudbugs

Matt Vermaeten

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes, the Shreveport Mudbugs pushed their current winning streak to eight straight games and their lead atop the South Division to six points. This past weekend it was forward Matt Vermaeten, 20, who was the big star as the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Ottawa, ON, put up five points in the two wins. On Friday, Vermaeten had a goal in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he recorded a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and added an assist in an 8-4 win. For the season, the Canisius College commit has 16 points in 29 games played. “Matt has been a great penalty killer for us all year. Instead of stopping goals it was great to see him explode offensively this past weekend.  He consistently and quietly gets every job done that the team requires him to do. I’m excited to see how this propels him forward for the remainder of the season,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Malcolm Palmer, D, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Jack Collins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Hunter Jones, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Joe Mack, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nick Martino, F, Amarillo Bulls – Sean Vlasich, D, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jake Sibell - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Sibell

It was another perfect weekend for the Aberdeen Wings and goaltender Jack Sibell. The 21-year-old native of Isanti, MN, posted shutouts in both wins this weekend as he continued his assault on the NAHL record books. The 6’2/206 lbs. Niagara University commit stopped a combined 69 shots in two wins over the Minnesota Wilderness, which included 31 saves in a 3-0 shutout on Friday and 38 saves in another 3-0 shutout on Saturday. For the season, Sibell has an outstanding 33-0-1 record with 1.09 goals against average and a .957 save percentage. His 10 shutouts this season are one shy of tying the NAHL single season record of 11. “Jacob was the backbone to the success we had this weekend. He continues to perform at an elite level, allowing this team to take points each weekend. Jacob also broke our franchise record for shutouts with 10, which eclipsed the record of another great goalie from our past, Matt Vernon. Each weekend he gives his best and continues to impress,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Tommy Aitken, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Bergsland, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Peyton Hanson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Brendan Poshak, F, Minnesota Wilderness - Ethan Schmunk, F, Minot Minotauros – Spencer Schneider, F, Aberdeen Wings – Blaine Warnert, F, Minot Minotauros – Jacob Zacharewicz, G, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Hunter McCoy - Maryland Black Bears

Hunter McCoy

The Maryland Black Bears got back on track this past weekend thanks to a sweep of their home-and-home series with the New Jersey Titans. Leading the way was forward Hunter McCoy, 20, who had six points in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/190 lbs. native of Newburyport, MA, had three assists in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, the Brown University recruit had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. For the season, McCoy leads the Black Bears in scoring with 31 points in 40 games played. “Hunter had a heck of a week for us, and deservedly so. He has been an impact player for us in many roles this season, and it was nice to see him rewarded on the scoresheet,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Josh Graziano, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Brendan Clark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Hannes Kollen, G, Maryland Black Bears – Jonathan Young, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Austin Becker - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Austin Becker

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Austin Becker, 20, helped his club to two wins in three games this past weekend against the Minnesota Magicians. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Amery, WI, had five points and was a +3 as the Ice Dogs played in their final games before heading back to Alaska. On Thursday, Becker had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Friday, he had a goal in a 3-2 loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and assist in a 5-3 win. For the season, Becker is currently 2nd in team scoring with 26 points in 38 games played. “Austin has provided some much-needed scoring and toughness to our lineup. He has put himself on the radar to be an NCAA Division I player as he continues to help our team,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Max Helgeson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Spencer Light, F, Minnesota Magicians – Devlin McCabe, F, Minnesota Magicians – Shayne Tomlinson, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Owen Bartoszkiewicz - Wichita Falls Warriors

Owen Bartoszkiewicz

Behind goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz, 18, the Wichita Falls Warriors took 3 of 4 points in a weekend road series in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Rochester, MI, allowed just a single goal in regulation in the two games this weekend, stopping 33 of 34 shots. On Friday, Bartoszkiewicz stopped all 22 shots that came his way for his fourth shutout of the season in a 5-0 win. On Saturday, he stopped 11 of 12 shots through regulation and overtime in a 2-1 shootout loss, which included stopping two of three shooters. For the season, Bartoszkiewicz 16-8-4 record with a 2.37 goals against average and .918 save percentage. “Owen had a really solid weekend for us. He made some big saves in timely moments that helped get us 3 of 4 points on the weekend. He has proven this season that he can steal a game or just simply make the big save to change the tide. His work ethic and diligent routine has him mentally and physically prepared to play every game. Our goaltending has been a big part of our success this year and Owen has led the way with his performances,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Arsenii Sergeev, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Davis Goukler, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Noah Rupprecht, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Payton Matsui - Aberdeen Wings

Payton Matsui

NAHL and Aberdeen Wings leading scorer Payton Matsui, 20, had a big weekend to help his club pick up a weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 5’8/160 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, contributed four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was +3 in the two wins. On Friday, the Alaska-Fairbanks commit scored both goals in regulation in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he posted a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. For the season, Matsui currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 50 points in 40 games played. “Payton’s tireless work ethic puts him amongst the top players in this league. He has a well-rounded 200-foot game that allows him to be played in every situation. Payton had another solid weekend helping us win two very big road games,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Carter Clafton, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Braden Costello, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Grant Docter, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Kyle Oleksiuk, F, Austin Bruins – Natan Vertes, F, Aberdeen Wings – Blaine Warnert, F, Minot Minotauros – Ethan Wolthers, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Josh Graziano - Johnstown Tomahawks

Josh Graziano

Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Josh Graziano, 21, had a big weekend as he started on won both games to help his club sweep the 3rd place New Jersey Titans. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Buffalo, NY, stopped 41 of 42 shots in the two wins. That included 19 saves in an 8-1 win on Friday and 22 saves in a 3-0 win on Saturday, which was his first shutout of the season. Since joining the Tomahawks back in mid February, Graziano has a 7-0-1 record in eight games with a 1.85 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. “Josh was a huge part of our weekend success grabbing two wins against a very tough opponent. He was rock solid both nights. Since arriving in Johnstown at the trade deadline, he has immediately adhered himself to our team as a strong, veteran leader. Now that he recently became available again for an NCAA Division 1 opportunity, I think he could be a big add for a team looking for an experienced goalie. We will need Josh to continue his strong play as we move down the home stretch of the regular season and push towards the playoffs,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Gordon, F, Northeast Generals – Hugo Haas, G, Northeast Generals – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luc Laylin - Minnesota Magicians

Luc Laylin

In a three-game series against the Kenai River Brown Bears, Magicians forward Luc Laylin was able to contribute in each game. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of St. Michael, MN, posted seven points in the three games as the Magicians picked up a win against two close losses. On Friday, Laylin had a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss. On Saturday, he assisted on both Magicians goals in a 4-2 loss. On Sunday, he recorded two goals and added two assists in a 9-0 win. For the season, Laylin leads the Magicians in scoring with 31 points in 31 games played. “Luc has been outstanding for our team this year. He currently paces at the point per game mark and does not deviate from playing a strong defensive game. As a staff, we believe that he has a very high ceiling because of his speed and work ethic,” said Magicians head coach Stu Bickel.

2nd Star: Lucas Wahlin, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andy Beran, G, Minnesota Magicians – Nathan Butler, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Pavicich, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mason Plante, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Connor Gatto - Shreveport Mudbugs

Connor Gatto

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Wichita Falls Warriors, the Shreveport Mudbugs stayed in 1st place in the South Division and clinched a spot in the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Mudbugs forward Connor Gatto, 19, came up huge in the series, posting five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins, along with a +6 rating. On Friday, Gatto had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-0 win. For the season, Gatto has recorded 17 points in 33 games played. “Connor has worked extremely hard on fine tuning his game to be the most effective player possible. His hockey IQ helps him fit in in any situation and on any line. He has great vision and finishing touch which was on display this past weekend.   He’s a great teammate and we are lucky to have him on our side,” said Shreveport head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Andrew Takacs, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Baumgartner, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bulls – Brennen Couet, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Joe Mack, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Owen Nolan, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Kaleb Johnson - Minnesota Wilderness

Kaleb Johnson

Minnesota Wilderness goalie and University of North Dakota recruit Kaleb Johnson, 20, gave his club a big shot in the arm this past weekend as he led the Wilderness to three wins in three days. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Grand Forks, ND, started and won all three games this weekend, stopping 79 of a possible 83 shots. On Friday, Johnson stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his season shutout of the season in a 1-0 win against the Chippewa Steel. On Saturday, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 road win in Chippewa Falls. On Sunday, he completed the weekend with 25 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at home over the Steel. For the season, Johnson has a 10-9-1 record with a 2.62 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. “Kaleb has been outstanding this season for us. He constantly gives our team a chance to win every night,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

2nd Star: Grant Docter, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Brett Chorske, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Peter Jacobs, F, Austin Bruins – Thomas Manty, F, Aberdeen Wings – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Suchy, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

 

East Star of the Week: Will Margel - Johnstown Tomahawks

Will Margel

Johnstown Tomahawks forward and University of New Hampshire recruit Will Margel, 20, helped his club stay in the lead in the East Division this past weekend with two wins in three games against the Northeast Generals. The 5’9/167 lbs. native of Potomac, MD, had seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) in the three games. On Friday, Margel posted an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, he picked up two more goals in a 5-4 loss. In 22 games played this season, Margel has recorded 28 points. “Despite being disappointed that we did not pick up all six points this past weekend, Will had an outstanding three games. He was dangerous all weekend long and was a big contributor to our offense as he has been since joining our team in late December. Will is a dynamic player that has the ability to be a scoring threat each time he touches the puck. We will need him to continue his strong play down the stretch as we battle the rest of the East Division,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Blake Humphrey, F, New Jersey Titans – Jayden Jensen, D, Northeast Generals – Tyler Nasca, D, New Jersey Titans – Stephen Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – William Persson, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jonathan Young, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Bret Link - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Bret Link

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward and Alaska-Fairbanks recruit Bret Link, 18, continued his hot play and helped his club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Anchorage, AK, posted three goals and an assist in the two wins. On Friday, Link had a goal in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he had two goals and added an assist in a 4-2 win. For the season, the NAPHL alum leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with 27 points in 34 games played. “Bret provided offense when his team needed it. He has been working equally as hard away from the puck and his game has transitioned into another level,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Devlin McCabe, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Simon Falk, F, Minnesota Magicians – Andrew Garby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Joe Mack - Shreveport Mudbugs

Joe Mack

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Joe Mack, 21, had a big weekend to help his club pick up a weekend home sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas to move into sole possession of 1st place in the South Division. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of New Hudson, MI, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Mack had two goals and an assist In a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he had another goal in a 3-1 win. For the season, Mack has recorded 16 points in 27 games played. “After an early setback, Joe has been gradually finding his feet in the NAHL and as a Shreveport Mudbug. He’s morphed into a great leader on and off the ice. His skating, shot, and hockey IQ make him a very valuable asset in any situation on the ice,” said Shreveport head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Cooper Black, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Collins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Vincent Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Dawson Sciarrino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Charles-Edward Tardif, F, Odessa Jackalopes

 

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Central Star of the Week: Spencer Schneider - Aberdeen Wings

Spencer Schneider

Aberdeen Wings forward Spencer Schneider, 20, helped his club extend their winning streak to 11 straight games thanks to a weekend road sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, put up three goals and was +3 in the two wins. On Friday, the Bowling Green State recruit had two goals in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, Schneider added the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win, which also extended his current point streak to five straight games. For the season, Schneider is tied for 5th in team scoring with 29 points in 33 games played. “Spencer continues to be a very reliable player for this team each and every week. He takes a lot of pride in playing both ends of the ice and contributes in many areas. Spencer shows up for us when he’s needed and was a key factor in this weekend’s games,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Blaine Warnert, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Arquiett, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Grant Docter, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Josh Langford, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Will Traeger, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

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

Nick Seitz

New Jersey Titans forward and leading scorer Nick Seitz, 21, had a great week, helping his club pick up five of a possible six points in three games last week. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of New York, NY, recorded seven points in the three games, including six goals and an assist and a +2 rating. On Wednesday, the Princeton University recruit had two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss at Danbury. On Friday, Seitz recorded two more goals in a 5-0 home win over the Northeast Generals. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including the game-winner and added an assist in a 4-2 win over the Generals. For the season, Seitz leads the Titans in scoring with 31 points in 25 games played. “Nick has continued his strong play for us. Since returning from an early season injury, he has been a consistent offensive threat. Nick’s game continues to grow with and without the puck and he has established himself as a leader amongst our group. He has stepped up big time with some injuries amongst our forwards. Him and his line mates have been a driving force for our offensive attack,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Tyriq Outen, G, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nolan Barrett, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques – Matt Iasenza, F, New Jersey Titans – Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Andrew Pichora, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Andy Beran - Minnesota Magicians

Andy Beran

Minnesota Magicians goaltender Andy Beran, 20, was solid in goal this past week, picking up two wins to help keep the Magicians in 1st place. The 5’8/150 lbs. native of St. Paul, MN, won both of his starts on the road against the Chippewa Steel, stopping 70 of 73 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Beran made 37 saves in a 5-1 win, and then on Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 3-2 shootout win, which also included stopping all three Steel shooters in the shootout. For the season, Beran has an 11-4-0 record with a 2.59 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, which currently ranks tied for 4th in the NAHL. “Andy was rock solid in net this week, as he continues to keep us in games. He works his tail off every day and his approach is nothing but professional. As it stands, his save percentage is top 5 in our league and we’re optimistic that he’ll earn himself an opportunity to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level,” said Magicians head coach Stu Bickel.

2nd Star: Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Spencer Kring, D, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Ryan Ullan - Wichita Falls Warriors

Ryan Ullan

Wichita Falls Warriors goalie Ryan Ullan, 20, helped his club to two important home wins over the Amarillo Bulls this past weekend. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Hibbing, MN, stopped 55 of 61 shots in the two wins as the Warriors moved to within just one point of 3rd place behind the Bulls in the South Division standings. On Friday, Ullan made 22 saves and stopped all four Bulls shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 5-4 win. For the season, Ullan has a 4-3-2 record with the Warriors, which includes a 2.80 goals against average and .902 save percentage. “Ryan has played extremely well for us this season and he continues to put us in situations to win games. His confidence has continued to grow and he is making the big saves when we need him the most. His calm demeanor and presence in the locker room has helped shape our goalie tandem into what I feel is one of the best in the league. His play this past weekend was a key component in us getting a much needed four points against Amarillo,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Anderson, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carter Korpi, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Owen Parker, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dawson Sciarrino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Caige Sterzer, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Austin Schwartz - Bismarck Bobcats

Austin Schwartz

Bismarck Bobcats forward Austin Schwartz, 19, played a key role this past weekend as the Bobcats continued their hot stretch of play with a home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Parker, CO, picked up the game-winning goal and +2 in the wins. On Friday, the Air Force Academy recruit scored the game-winner in the 1st period in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he added another 1st period goal, which again would stand as the game-winner in a 4-1 win. For the season, Schwartz has 21 points in 36 games played. “Austin had a great weekend for us. He is the leader of this team for a reason and it’s nice to see him get rewarded for his effort. His work ethic is at the forefront of his game and that is why he is our most consistent player every night,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Thomas Manty, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Helgeson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Brendan Kim, D, St. Cloud Norsemen – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ian Shane, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Will Traeger, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jacob Zacharewicz, G, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Stoever - New Jersey Titans

Christian Stoever

It was another big weekend for New Jersey Titans 20-year-old goaltender Christian Stoever. The 6’3/165 lbs. native of Northville, MI, kept his perfect record intact as he picked up two more wins this past weekend as the Titans picked up a road sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The Bowling Green State University commit allowed just two goals on 81 shots in the two wins. On Friday, he made 41 saves in a 5-2 win, and then on Saturday he stopped all 38 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. For the season, Stoever has a perfect 6-0 record 1.81 goals against average and .956 save percentage. “Christian has continued his superb play for our team. He was on his game throughout the weekend making a number of huge game saving saves in both games. His ability to quiet the game down has been huge as well as his adeptness with handling the puck and aiding in our breakouts. We are so proud of Christian and excited to have him continue to play well for us as we continue to battle for a spot in the Robertson Cup playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Seitz, F, New Jersey Titans – Max Smolinski, D, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Laker Aldridge - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Laker Aldridge

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Laker Aldridge, 20, was a contributor in all three Ice Dogs games this past week. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Lake Orion, MI, recorded five points, including four goals in three games this past week. On Wednesday, Aldridge had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Magicians. The next day, he picked up another goal in a 6-2 win over the Magicians. On Friday, Aldridge had two goals, including the game-winner in a 4-2 win in Chippewa Falls against the Steel. For the season, Aldridge has 15 points in 27 games played. “Laker gave his team a spark when it needed it. He became physical in a positive way, moved his feet, and found himself around the net. We need more guys to follow suit in order to make a run at playoffs,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Ryan Keyes, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Darius Bell, G, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Cronin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cade Destefani, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Owen Parker - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Owen Parker

New Mexico Ice Wolves goalie Owen Parker, 19, put up some good numbers in a weekend series against the Amarillo Bulls. The 6’6/225 lbs. native of Buffalo, NY, played in two games this past week, posted a 1-1-0 record, and stopped 72 of 76 shots in the process. On Friday, Parker made 36 saves in a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, he again made 36 saves, but this time in a 6-1 win. For the season, Parker has a 5-5-0 record with a 3.06 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. “I’m really happy to see Owen get recognized. He works hard and does all the right things to be successful on and off the ice. He has been great behind us all year and will continue to improve as a top-level goaltender in this league,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Keegan Langefels, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Digby, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Ethan Green, D, Amarillo Bulls – Carter Korpi, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jere Vaisanen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Brendan Kim - St. Cloud Norsemen

Brendan Kim

St. Cloud Norsemen defenseman Brendan Kim, 21, was a contributor and productive in all three games last week. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Burnaby, BC, had five assists and was a +1 in the three games. On Wednesday, he had an assist in a shootout loss in Austin. On Friday, he picked up two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over Bismarck, and then on Saturday, he assisted on both Norsemen goals in a 4-2 loss to Bismarck. For the season, Kim is currently 2nd in team scoring with 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in just 16 games played. “Brendan has been a great addition to our team. He does a nice job of adding offense from our back end and he is a legitimate NCAA Division I prospect,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.

2nd Star: Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Chorske, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jake Goldowski, F, Aberdeen Wings – Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Peter Jacobs, F, Austin Bruins – Payton Matsui, F, Aberdeen Wings – Bobby Metz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Zach Michaelis, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Shoudy, D, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Stoever - New Jersey Titans

Christian Stoever

The New Jersey Titans picked up two big wins over the weekend over then 1st place Johnstown. In goal for both games was newly acquired 20-year-old goaltender Christian Stoever. The 6’3/165 lbs. native of Northville, MI, gave up just five goals in the two wins and stopped a total of 93 of 98 shots in the process. On Friday, the Bowling Green commit made 41 saves and had an assist in a 4-2 win, and then on Saturday made 52 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped all three Tomahawks shooters in the shootout in a 4-3 win. For the season, Stoever has a perfect 4-0 record 2.20 goals against average and .947 save percentage. “Christian has been a welcome addition to our organization. He has come in and been a stabilizing force for us. Christian is an extremely mature, goal-driven athlete. He stepped up big time this weekend with timely saves throughout the weekend. He also said stepped up big time in the shootout to secure the win. It was a big four points for our club. We look forward to Christian leading us towards the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Hosszu, D, Northeast Generals – Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals – Alex Krause, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Casper Soderling, D, Maine Nordiques – Levi Stauber, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Stephen Willey, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Riley Sims - Janesville Jets

Riley Sims

The Janesville Jets and goaltender Riley Sims, 20, moved back into 1st place in the Midwest thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Albert, AB, stopped 69 of a possible 73 shots in the two wins, allowing just two goals in each game. On Saturday, Sims made 33 saves in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he 36 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Sims has a 5-2-1 record with a 2.96 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. “Riley was tremendous for us this weekend. He gave us a chance to win and then some. Saturday, we killed off 9 of 10 Kenai power plays and Riley was a big reason why. He made some huge saves both nights and made all the saves he had to for us. He’s been a leader all year in the locker room and has built a great relationship with our other goaltender Owen Millward. We love the tandem we have as both give our players a lot of confidence every night. We are thrilled Riley is being recognized and working towards his goal of playing NCAA Division I hockey,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Ty Naaykens, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Carter Hottmann, F, Janesville Jets – Trevor Kukkonen, F, Minnesota Magicians – Spencer Light, F, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Jere Vaisanen - Amarillo Bulls

Jere Vaisanen

Amarillo Bulls forward and leading scorer Jere Vaisanen, 20, helped his team climb the South Division standings with a weekend home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Espoo, Finland, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was +4 in the two wins, which included scoring the game-winning goal both nights. On Friday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-0 win. On Saturday, he scored both of Amarillo’s goals, including another game-winning goal in a 2-1 win. For the season, Vaisanen leads the Bulls in scoring with 27 points in 31 games played. “Jere has been a difference maker for us. He continues to score big goals while defending in tough situations throughout games. I believe he is only scratching the surface of what he is capable of. He will be an outstanding addition to the NCAA Division 1 program he ultimately decides on,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Andrew Takacs, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Anderson, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Beni Halasz, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Cade Lemmer, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Will Arquiett - Aberdeen Wings

Will Arquiett

Aberdeen Wings forward Will Arquiett, 20, had his best weekend in a Wings uniform as Aberdeen stayed hot with a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Brasher Falls, NY, picked up four goals during the weekend as the Central Division-leading Wings improved their record to 27-1-1. On Friday, the St. Lawrence recruit had a hat-trick in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he scored again in a 5-0 win. Since joining the Wings in January, Arquiett has 10 points in 13 games played. “Will brings a great deal of energy to every practice and game. He prides himself on outworking his opposition. Will’s pace of play sets the tone for the rest of our group. His weekend performance was a bi-product of his work ethic and was an intricate part of our success,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Brendan Kim, D, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Costello, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Cooper Gay, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Thomas Manty, F, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins – Gavin Rasmussen, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Hugo Haas - Northeast Generals

Hugo Haas

Northeast Generals goalie Hugo Haas, 19, picked up two wins in two starts this past week. The 6’0/177 lbs. native of the Czech Republic stopped 83 of 88 total shots during the week in two road wins. On Wednesday, he made 47 saves in a 4-2 win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. On Saturday, he made 36 saves in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Titans. For the season, Haas has an 8-9-3 record in 20 appearances to go along with a 3.03 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. “Hugo was once again huge for us. He made timely saves, left no rebounds and plays the puck better than most defensemen. We have now played 23 straight games on the road and sometimes our legs are a little flat to start the game, so it’s great having Hugo back there to bail us out. We need him to continue his great play in order to make a run here,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Jake Suede, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Shane Murphy, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – James Philpott, D, Maine Nordiques – Patrick Schmiedlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Josh Seeley, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Christian Stoever, G, New Jersey Titans – Jonathan Young, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Charlie Schoen - Janesville Jets

Charlie Schoen

Janesville Jets forward and leading scorer Charlie Schoen, 19, had a big weekend to lead the Jets to a weekend road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 5’8/155 lbs. native of Andover, MN, had six points in the two wins, which included three goals and three assists. On Friday, the Arizona State recruit had two goals and three assists in a come-from-behind 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in regulation and the shootout winner in a 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Schoen’s 23 points currently leads the Jets in scoring. “The Jets organization and our players are happy and proud of Charlie for this well-deserved recognition. Charlie was an offensive force for us this weekend and really drove our team during two hard fought games against a very formidable Fairbanks team. Tough games require supreme efforts from your best players and that’s what we received from Charlie this past weekend. He has worked extremely hard to improve all areas of his game and he is getting rewarded for that commitment. He has grown into a leader, a team first guy and someone who craves and applies feedback from the coaching staff,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Darius Bell, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Becker, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Cronin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Adisen Brueck - Wichita Falls Warriors

Adisen Brueck

Wichita Falls forward Adisen Brueck, 19, helped his team extend their winning streak to nine straight games thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Chesterfield, MO, had two goals and an assist in the two wins. On Saturday, he had the game-tying goal in a 5-4 shootout win, and then on Sunday, he had a goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win. For the season, he has 15 points in 27 games played. “Adisen has been one of the most reliable players on our team and he continues to make an impact in different areas of the game for us. He was part of our best line this weekend against a tough opponent and he helped drive our offense on the weekend. His confidence continues to grow, and he is becoming a really big offensive threat on a nightly basis for our team,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Garvey, G, Amarillo Bulls – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jack Westlund - Minot Minotauros

Jack Westlund

As the Minotauros extended their winning streak to six straight games this past weekend with a sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness, forward Jack Westlund, 20, came through in a big way during the two games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Alexandria, MN, recorded the game-winning goal in each of the two wins and was +2 during the weekend. On Friday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win, and then on Saturday, he added another game-winning goal in a 5-1 win. For the season, Westlund is 2nd in team scoring with 13 points in 18 games played. “Jack is a big part success and leadership. Jack is coming off a bad ankle injury so for him to do what he did is huge. He scored some big goals for us this weekend. Jack works hard every day and will be a true asset to a college program,” said Minotauros head coach Shane Wagner.

2nd Star: Brett Chorske, F, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cullen Ferguson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Paxton Geisel, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness - Cameron Korpi, G, Bismarck Bobcats - Keenan Rancier, G, Minot Minotauros – Tyler Shea, G, Austin Bruins - Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jacob Zacharewicz, G, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Jake Hewitt - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Jake Hewitt

Danbury forward and Army commit Jake Hewitt, 18, had a busy week this past week. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of Fitchburg, MA, played in three games and recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists). On Monday, he assisted on the lone Danbury goal in the 2-1 overtime loss. On Tuesday, he had a huge game, posting two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Generals. For the season Hewitt has 10 points in 9 games played. “Jake has put forth tremendous effort, on and off the ice, towards perfecting his craft. He is a tenacious player who pushes the pace of the game with his speed and creative thinking. He enjoys parking himself around the opponent’s net and finds most of his success in areas that are tough to play in. His production last week was a simple bi product of the of the body of work he puts forth on a daily basis. This young man is completely committed to elevating his game and we look forward to his continued success,” said Danbury head coach Billy McCreary.

2nd Star: Andrew Noel, D, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques - Sam Evola, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Hugo Haas, G, Northeast Generals – Jack Karlsson, D, New Jersey Titans – TJ Koufis, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Valentino Passarelli, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Nick Seitz, D, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luc Laylin - Minnesota Magicians

Luc Laylin

Magicians forward Luc Laylin, 19, had a big week, helping the Magicians to a three-game sweep of the visiting Brown Bears. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of St. Michael, MN, recorded four points in the three wins, which included a goal and three assists. On Friday, Laylin assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. On Sunday, he concluded the weekend with another assist in a 5-3 win. For the season, Laylin is tied for the team lead in scoring with 13 points in 15 games played. “Luc’s progression is very encouraging as he’s proven he can be an impact player in all three zones. He’s got good speed and a lot of skill and he competes at a high level. We’re happy to see him scoring and getting some recognition for his hard work,” said Magicians head coach Stu Bickel.

2nd Star: Andy Beran, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Becker, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Andrew Garby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Ryan Ullan - Wichita Falls Warriors

Ryan Ullan

Although he played in just one game this past weekend, Wichita Falls goalie Ryan Ullan, 20, made it count, helping his team to their 7th straight win. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Hibbing, MN, and Northern Michigan University commit made 31 saves in a 2-1 road win over Lone Star on Saturday. “Ryan has had to deal with a lot of adversity the past few months. Starting with being sick to dealing with injuries that have kept him out of the lineup. He has continued to work, have a good mindset and get his body prepared to play. Saturday night was a big game for this team and Ryan played excellent for us. His calm demeanor, aggressive play, and the highlight reel save he made to keep us in the game was what ultimately led to us battling back and winning that game. The excitement from the team after the game for him is a testament to what he means to this group of guys,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Lukas Sedlacek, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Quinn Emerson, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Malte Hasselgren, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Tyler Kostelecky - Minot Minotauros

Tyler Kostelecky

Minot Minotauros forward Tyler Kostelecky, 19, helped the Minotauros add to their current winning streak with two wins this past weekend against Kenai River. The Arizona State recruit and 5’10/172 lbs. native of Maple Grove, MN, had two goals and two assists in the two wins. On Friday, he had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win, and on Saturday, he chipped in with an assist in another 4-2 win. For the season, Kostelecky has seven points in five games played with the Minotauros. “We are very excited for Tyler. He’s an extremely hard-working kid and I glad to see him get rewarded. He’s been a great addition to our team, and I think he is only scratching the surface of his potential,” said Minotauros head coach Shane Wagner.

2nd Star: Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Costello, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cullen Fergson, D, Aberdeen Wings – Christian Galatz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Keenan Rancier, G, Minot Minotauros – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Zach Nazzarett - New Jersey Titans

Zach Nazzarett

New Jersey Titans forward Zach Nazzarett, 20, posted five points in two games last week to help the Titans to two wins. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Cheektowaga, NY, recorded a goal and three assists in a 6-2 win over Danbury on Wednesday, and then posted an assist in a 6-5 win over Johnstown on Thursday. In 12 games so far this season, Nazzarett has recorded 14 points. “Zach has been a big addition to our hockey team since rejoining us before the holidays. He has provided a consistent offensive threat and be a positive leader in our dressing room. Last week he led the way for us offensively and the team was able to collect two big wins. Zach has great vision and poise on the ice and makes everyone else on the ice dangerous. We look forward to having him continue to be a big part of our club down the stretch,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Josh Seeley, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Seitz, F, New Jersey Titans – Luke Wheeler, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Eli Bowers - Janesville Jets

Eli Bowers

It was quite the NAHL debut for Janesville goalie Eli Bowers, 19, who was filling in on an emergency basis for the Jets this past weekend in their series against the Chippewa Steel. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Whitefish Bay, WI, started and won both games he played in, stopping 69 of a total 73 shots against. On Thursday, Bowers, who played earlier this season with the Oregon Tradesmen in the NA3HL, made 38 saves in a 3-2 win in his NAHL debut. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 5-2 win. Prior to playing in the NAHL and NA3HL this season, Bowers played his youth hockey in the NAPHL for the Madison Capitols. “Eli had an excellent weekend for us and is getting rewarded for all his hard work. He made some timely saves for us and gave us an opportunity to win both nights, that’s all you can ask for in a goalie. To get two wins in your first two NAHL games is impressive. We are thrilled for Eli receiving this recognition, it is well deserved,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Charlie Schoen, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Arsenii Sergeev - Shreveport Mudbugs

Arsenii Sergeev

Shreveport goalie Arsenii Sergeev, 18, helped the Mudbugs pick up three of a possible four points on the road in their series against the Amarillo Bulls. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of Yaroslavl, Russia, faced 111 shots in the two games and allowed just three goals, making 108 saves. On Friday, he made 63 saves and stopped all three Bulls shooters in a 2-1 shootout win. On Saturday, he made 45 saves and stopped five of seven Bulls shooters in a shootout in a 3-2 shootout loss. In five games played this season, Sergeev has a .951 save percentage. “Arsenii stood on his head in Amarillo. He played a ton of minutes and faced a lot of shots and shootout both nights.  Since joining the Mudbugs he’s played four very good games on the road in tough buildings (Lone Star and Amarillo).  He’s a big, competitive goaltender that is continuing to earn his opportunity to play,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Drew Vieten, Forward, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marcus Frantz, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Greg Japchen, Amarillo Bulls – Matt MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Owen Nolan, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Andrew Takacs, G, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: Ryan Taylor - Bismarck Bobcats

Ryan Taylor

It was a big weekend for the Bobcats and 19-year-old forward Ryan Taylor. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of St. Louis, MO, helped the Bobcats pick up a weekend road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs as he recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +2 in the series. On Saturday, Taylor had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 9-4 win. On Sunday, he again scored the game-winning goal in a 6-3 win. For the season, Taylor is 2nd in team scoring with 18 points in 22 games played. “Ryan has been awesome for us the last couple of weekends. He’s playing the game the right way and with his skill set as a big man, he’s been getting rewarded and that great to see,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Jacob Zacharewicz, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Grant Docter, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Tyler Shea, G, Austin Bruins – Alex Trombley, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Jay Ahearn - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jay Ahearn

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Jay Ahearn, 19, helped his club move into 1st place in the East Division with a three-game weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Staten Island, NY, had six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and was a +4 in the three wins. On Friday, Ahearn had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he added another goal and assist in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, he had the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. For the season, Ahearn not only leads the Tomahawks in scoring with 34 points, but he is first in the NAHL with 17 goals and 2nd overall in league scoring. “Jay has been an instrumental part of our team since Day 1. His ability to impact the game night in and night out has been enjoyable to watch. More importantly his love for the game is infectious and I think he truly relished the moment this weekend providing an impact in all three games. When he makes a commitment to an NCAA Division I team, I have no doubt they will love the player and person that he is,” said Tomhawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Stephen Willey, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Clark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyler Cooper, F, Northeast Generals – Jake LaRusso, F, New Jersey Titans – Liam McCanney, F, Northeast Generals – James Philpott, D, Maine Nordiques – Jack Strauss, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Pavicich - Kenai River Brown Bears

Luke Pavicich

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Luke Pavicich, 18, picked up both wins for his team this weekend as Kenai River brought home two wins in a three-game weekend road series in Janesville. The 6’3/175 lbs. native of Clarence Center, NY, stopped 72 of a possible 74 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Pavicich made 34 saves in a 6-1 win, and then on Sunday, he made 38 saves in a 5-1 win. For the season, Pavicich has a sparkling 9-2-0 record in 12 appearances and ranks 2nd in the NAHL with a .944 save percentage and 6th in goals against average with a 2.18 mark. “Luke has been very good for our team so far and this weekend was no exception. He’s consistently been a calming influence for our team all season for a young goalie and continues to get better every week thanks to his work ethic and his daily approach,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

2nd Star: Brandon McNamara, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Murphy, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Billy Renfrew F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Guy Blessing - Lone Star Brahmas

Guy Blessing

New Lone Star Brahmas goalie Guy Blessing, 19, had an impressive weekend of his return to the NAHL as he helped backstop the Brahmas to two wins in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. The 6’3/160 lbs. native of Chandler, AZ, posted shutouts in both games as the Brahmas moved back into 1st place in the South Division. The Air Force recruit stopped all 63 shots that came his way in the two wins, which included 35 saves in a 3-0 win on Friday and 28 saves in a 2-0 win on Saturday. “Guy was a goalie I thought very highly of last year while he was in Topeka. He had a really good week of practice. He played with confidence, was calm the entire weekend, and made some big and timely saves. In addition, he was great at helping to play the puck and assist with some breakouts,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Owen Bartoszkiewicz, Goaltender, Wichita Falls Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade Lemmer, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Harrison Scott, F, Amarillo Bulls – Joey Trazzera, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Jere Vaisanen, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: Payton Matsui - Aberdeen Wings

Payton Matsui

The Aberdeen Wings rolled to another weekend sweep this past weekend against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in Marshall, MN. Wings forward and leading scorer Payton Matsui, 20, who grew up less than three hours away, continued his torrid January pace with another productive weekend as the Wings put up 10 goals in two games. The 5’8/160 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, and Alaska-Fairbanks commit, put up six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins and also had a +4 rating. On Friday, Matsui assisted on both Wings goals in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, he scored two goals, including the game-winner and had two more assists in an 8-0 win. For the season, Matsui is tied for the NAHL scoring lead with 14 goals and is tied for 2nd in scoring with 32 points in 22 games played. “Payton had been a game-changer for this year’s team. He plays with so much energy night in and night out. The way he prepares for each series is admirable and a huge part of his success. Payton once again led this team to a big weekend with his ability to play a 200-foot game, and be a key factor in all situations,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Gavin Rasmussen, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Shea, G, Austin Bruins – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hunter Young, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

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

Luke Mountain

University of Vermont commit and Maryland Black Bears forward Luke Mountain had a big weekend to help his team pick up three of four points in a weekend series against the Maine Nordiques. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Woodbury, MN, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was +3 in the two games. On Thursday, Mountain had an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss. On Friday, he recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win. For the season, Mountain is 2nd in team scoring with 16 points in 18 games played. “Luke always finds a way to get things done and it has been fun to watch him continually develop and produce for us. He can beat you in many different ways, but the #1 ingredient that gives Luke these abilities is his effort. He will not be denied. It shows every single time he steps onto the ice,” said Maryland head coach Cliny Mylymok.

2nd Star: Alexander Tertyshny, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Ahearn, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Luke Antonacci, D, Maine Nordiques – Brent Keefer, F, Northeast Generals - Hannes Kollen, G, Maryland Black Bears - Alex Krause, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Holt Oliphant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyriq Outen, G, Maine Nordiques – Jake Veri, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Oravitz - Minnesota Magicians

Cole Oravitz

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears, the Minnesota Magicians moved their 2020-21 season record to an impressive 7-1-0. Magicians defenseman Cole Oravitz, 18, was a key contributor in both wins, putting up three assists and a +4 rating. On Friday, Oravitz had two assists in a 5-2 win, and then on Saturday, he picked up another assist, this time on the game-winning goal, in a 4-1 win. For the season, Oravitz has recorded four points in eight games played. “Cole has been a rock on our back end to this point in the season. He prides himself on being hard to play against, but it is great to see him joining the rush and chipping in offensively, as well. He is a smart player with a tremendous work ethic and great leadership qualities. The sky is the limit for Cole,” said Magicians head coach Stu Bickel.

2nd Star: Luke Kron, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Conrad, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Owen Bartoszkiewicz - Wichita Falls Warriors

Owen Bartoszkiewicz

Wichita Falls Warriors goalie Owen Bartoszkiewicz, 17, led his team to three wins this past week. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Rochester, MI, allowed just three goals in three games, stopping 75 of 78 shots in the process. On Monday, Bartoszkiewicz made 28 saves in a 3-2 overtime win in Shreveport. On Friday, he made 25 saves in a 2-1 win over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The next night, he stopped all 22 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in an 8-0 win. For the season, Bartoszkiewicz has a 8-5-1 record with a 2.65 goals against average and .919 save percentage. “Owen has done a great job for us all season long. He brings a high compete level and work ethic every day. His mental toughness and maturity have been the two areas that have improved for him the most and it has been the difference in his consistent play the past month. Owen rose to the occasion this past week in a 3-game set that was huge for our hockey team. He made a couple big time saves that helped get the win in Shreveport and followed up that performance with two incredibly sound games this past weekend. Owen has proven he can be an elite goaltender in this league and we are extremely excited for what the future holds for this young man,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Arseni Sergeyev, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Digby, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Luke Johnson, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Carter Korpi, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Giovanni Procopio, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Harrison Scott, F, Amarillo Bulls – Andrew Takacs, G, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jake Sibell - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Sibell

Aberdeen Wings goalie Jake Sibell, 21, continued his march towards the NAHL record books with another amazing weekend. The 6’2/206 lbs. native of Isanti, MN, who was the NAHL’s Goaltender of the Month in December, posted back-to-back shutouts as the Wings picked up a home sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. On Friday, Sibell made 25 saves in a 6-0 win. On Saturday, he made 24 saves for his sixth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win. For the season, Sibell has a perfect 16-0 record and leads with NAHL with both a 1.13 goals against average and .956 save percentage. “Jake continues to give our team confidence on and off the ice. He approaches every game like a pro and his results show that. Jake had another outstanding weekend, not only allowing us to take points in each of our games, but getting back-to-back shutouts,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Payton Matsui, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Braden Costello, F, Bismarck Bobcats - Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe, F, Bismarck Bobcats - Nick Marciano, D, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Hunter McCoy - Maryland Black Bears

Hunter McCoy

Maryland Black Bears forward Hunter McCoy, 20, helped his team pick up three of four points in a road series against the Maine Nordiques. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Newburyport, MA, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was +3 in the two games. On Thursday, the Brown University recruit had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-1 win. On Friday, he had a goal in a 3-2 overtime loss. For the season, McCoy leads the Black Bears in scoring with 19 points in 19 games played. “Hunter has been one of our go to guys all season long and competes every night for us. He has the ability to be an impact player for us every game, and this past weekend showed us why he is a NCAA Division 1 player. He just continues to get better and better and has been fun to work with all season long,” said Maryland head coach Cliny Mylymok.

2nd Star: Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt McQuade, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Max Neill, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Shane Ott - Janesville Jets

Shane Ott

Janesville Jets forward Shane Ott, 20, had his best weekend of the year thus far in the 2020-21 season, helping his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Centennial, CO, had four goals and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, the Niagara University recruit scored twice in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, Ott had two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 win. For the season, Ott has recorded nine points in 10 games played. “It was great to see Shane really be the catalyst for our group this past weekend. He was tremendous for us both nights and it started with his play without the puck and in the face-off circle. From there he generated a lot for us offensively and was rewarded with four huge goals this weekend. Shane plays the game the right way and leads by example on a daily basis. This honor is well deserved,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Luke Pavicich, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Christy, F, Minnesota Magicians – Ryan Keyes, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luc Laylin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Brendan Murphy, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Morgan Winters, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Luke Johnson - Lone Star Brahmas

Luke Johnson

Lone Star Brahmas forward Luke Johnson, 19, helped the Brahmas stay in 1st place in the South Division with a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of St. Cloud, MN, had three goals and was +3 in the two wins. On Friday, he had a goal in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. In 21 games so far this season, Johnson has recorded 17 points. “Luke is playing really well right now and he is doing the little things to enable him to score goals. He has a lot of talent and we look forward to watching him continue to improve and make an impact as the season continues,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Harrison Scott, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew DeCarlo, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Billy Feczko, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jordan Venegoni, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Jack Ford - New Jersey Titans

Jack Ford

Even though he only appeared in one game this past weekend, New Jersey Titans forward Jack Ford, 18, made it count. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Stamford, CT, played in his first game on Saturday since November 20th and put up two goals and two assists in a 9-2 win over the Maryland Black Bears. Ford also recorded the eventual game-winning goal in the 2nd period and was a +4 in the game. For the season, Ford has seven points in seven games played so far for the Titans. “We couldn’t be prouder of Jack on his efforts. Jack hasn’t been in the lineup much recently but responded to getting his opportunity.  He has continued to work hard and improve.  He wanted to make an impression and he did.  He sparked our team in a much-needed game for our club.  He went to the net and played hard and he was able to contribute a great deal to our offensive attack on Saturday evening.  We are looking forward to Jack continuing his strong play next Friday night against Johnstown,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Jack Brackett, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Bobby Metz, D, Northeast Generals – Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – Cooper Swift, D, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Max Helgeson - Kenai River Brown Bears

Max Helgeson

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson, 20, had an explosive offensive weekend as the Brown Bears split their weekend road series in Janesville against the Jets. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Anchorage, AK, put up six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the two games and was a +3. On Friday, Helgeson had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 loss. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 9-5 win. For the season, Helgeson currently leads the Brown Bears in scoring with eight points in six games played. “Max has been very good for our team over this past year and a half. His consistent work ethic and preparation was rewarded in production over this weekend. He’s consistently putting time into his game to be a better player, which is continuing to pay off in his second season in the league,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Garby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Devlin McCabe, F, Minnesota Magicians – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Billy Feczko - Shreveport Mudbugs

Billy Feczko

Feczko, 19, played a big role in helping the Mudbugs continue their hot play in a weekend home sweep of the Wichita Falls Warriors. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Palos Heights, IL, had four assists and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Feczko assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had three more assists in a 5-4 win. For the season, the former Team NAHL member is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 15 points in 16 games played thus far. “Billy has been a very consistent player for us this year.  He’s worked hard on developing his whole game over the last couple years and it’s paid off early this season.  It’s exciting to know that Billy is still pushing himself to be better in order to make our team better,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Luke Johnson, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vincent Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nick Martino, F, Amarillo Bulls – Giovanni Procopio, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Harrison Scott, F, Amarillo Bulls – Joey Trazzera, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jake Sibell - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Sibell

For the second time this season, Aberdeen Wings goalie Jake Sibell, 21, has been named the Central Division’s star of the week. This past weekend, the 6’2/206 lbs. native of Isanti, MN, led the Wings to two more wins as he stayed perfect on the season with a 14-0-0 record. On Friday, Sibell made 37 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 32 saves in a 3-1 win. Sibell is currently the top goalie in the NAHL with a 1.28 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. “Jake again allowed us to finish the weekend with four points. He is often put in situations that he had to keep us in the game, and like usual, he did just that. Jake’s compete continues to be off the charts, and his talent level is impressive. Our team plays with strong confidence when Jake is in the net,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Payton Matsui, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Magnuson, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jay Ahearn - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jay Ahearn

East Division Star of the Week: Jay Ahearn, Forward, Johnstown Tomahawks

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Jay Ahearn, 19, exploded for huge offensive weekend as the Tomahawks picked up a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Staten Island, NY, had eight points in the two wins, which included four points each night. On Thursday, Ahearn posted two goals and two assists in an 8-0 win. On Friday, he recorded a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 6-0 win. His 23 points are currently 2nd on the Tomahawks roster. “Jay was really on his game this week helping us pick up two wins coming out of our break. He played with a purpose each shift and showed what he is capable of with five goals and assisting on three others. He has been great for us all season long and we are looking forward to more to come from him, and hopefully a well-deserved NCAA Division 1 commitment,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Sam Evola, Goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Bret Link - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Bret Link

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward and Alaska-Fairbanks commit Bret Link, 18, was instrumental in helping his team pick up a three-game road sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Anchorage, AK, and NAPHL grad had six points in the three wins and recorded at least a point in all three games. On Thursday, Link had a goal in a 4-2 win. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. Finally, on Saturday, he had two assists in a 5-4 overtime win. “Bret has really matured and improved from last year to this year. He put a lot of work in this summer both on and off the ice. We have to lean on him for success now because he is a part of new veteran leadership. He is tough to play against and plays with a chip on his shoulder,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Lleyton Roed, Forward, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Best, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cade Destefani, F, Janesville Jets – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Itagaki, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Ryan Robinson - Wichita Falls Warriors

Ryan Robinson

Wichita Falls Warriors forward Ryan Robinson, 19, helped his club to two wins in three games this past week. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Plano, TX, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Arizona State, had three goals and an assist and was +3 in three games this past weekend. On Thursday, he had two goals, including the overtime-winner in a 5-4 win over the Amarillo Bulls. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win on the road against the Lone Star Brahmas. “Ryan has been really good for us all season and he has created a ton of scoring chances for himself and his linemates. His commitment to all three zones has been the most impressive part of his game. He has continued to lead by example and has been a huge part of our team success. His offensive production this weekend jump started our offense and was a big part of getting two wins. Ryan scored some big goals in timely moments for us this weekend and that's what big time players do for a team,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Blake Benson, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Burke, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Hunter Carrick, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Eamon Doheny, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Greg Japchen, D, Amarillo Bulls – Cal Sandquist, G, Amarillo Bulls – Thomas Weis, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Cameron Korpi - Bismarck Bobcats

Cameron Korpi

It was a perfect 2-0 week for Bismarck rookie goalie Cameron Korpi. The 16-year-old native of South Lyon, MI, made his first two NAHL starts during the week and won both of them. On Friday, Korpi (6’2/16) made 18 saves in a 6-3 home win over Minot. On Saturday, the Western Michigan recruit stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his first career NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win over Minot. For the weekend, Korpi stopped 38 of 41 shots and picked up two wins. “Cameron was great for us in his first games of juniors, for a young man he showed poise and was sound all weekend.  He fundamentals with his work ethic are the reason he's going to be a big-time goalie and was huge for us against our biggest rival,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Paxton Geisel, G, St. Cloud Norsemen

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Chorske, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jack Conroy, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Trevor Russell, D, Aberdeen Wings – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Cannon Green - Maine Nordiques

Cannon Green

Maine Nordiques forward Cannon Green, 20, had a big week to help Maine split a series with the Northeast Generals. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Atlanta, GA, had three points in the two games. Green had two assists in a 3-2 win on Tuesday and the lone Maine goal in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday. “Cannon is a player with an unwavering competitive spirit. His leadership on and off the ice is a tremendous asset to our entire organization. Cannon does all the little things in a hockey game that helps others around him succeed, and as a coach you love to see. He drives the net to create time and space, back checks with maximum effort, wins his battles, scores big goals and blocks big shots. Whatever competition we find ourselves in, we know #44 will be leading the charge. We look forward to him finalizing his Division 1 commitment in the coming weeks,” said Nordiques head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Hugo Haas, G, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Connor Hasley - Odessa Jackalopes

Connor Hasley

Odessa Jackalopes goalie Connor Hasley, 19, picked up two wins in two stars this past weekend as the Jackalopes picked up two wins in three games against the division-leading Lone Star Brahmas. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of North Tonawanda, NY, stopped 39 of 40 shots in the two wins. On Thursday, the Bentley recruit made 23 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Lone Star. They next night, he made16 saves for his second shutout of the year in a 2-0 win. “It is important for your goalie to be the best player on the ice when you face top teams and Connor was that guys this past weekend. He has been the backbone of our team this year and he is continuing to get better as the season goes along,” said Jackalopes head coach Jason Fortier.

2nd Star: Chris Hedden, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bills - Hunter Carrick, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – Luke Johnson, F, Lone Star Brahmas – William Lawson-Body, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

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Central Star of the Week: Kyle Kukkonen - Minot Minotauros

Kyle Kukkonen

Minot Minotauros forward Kyle Kukkonen, 18, was a factor in both weekend games as the Minotauros split a home series against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Maple Grove, MN, had six points in the two games, which included two goals and four assists. On Friday, the Michigan Tech commit had a shorthanded goal and four assists in an 8-6 win. On Saturday, Kukkonen scored the lone goal in a 3-1 loss. In seven NAHL games this season, Kukkonen has recorded eight points. “Kyle has been a great addition to the program. I always know what kind work I’m going to get out Kyle and it shows with how every game he gets better. I’m happy to see Kyle receive the award and excited to see him keep developing and improving his game,” said Minot head coach Shane Wagner.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Paxton Geisel, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hudson Hodges, G, Austin Bruins – Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Liam McCanney - Northeast Generals

Liam McCanney

Northeast Generals forward and leading scorer Liam McCanney, 20, was on the scoresheet in all three of the Generals games this past week. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Aidan, PA, had four points in three games, which included three goals and an assist. On Wednesday, McCanney had a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss at Maine. On Friday, he recorded an assist in a 5-1 win over the Nordiques, and then on Saturday, he scored twice in a 4-3 loss at Maine. McCanney’s 16 points in 16 games played leads the Generals in scoring so far this season. “Liam just keeps getting better. He is one of the fastest players in the league and keeps improving his game. He is putting up huge offensive numbers because of how good he is defensively and how well he uses his speed to transition up the ice. He is going to be an absolute steal for the NCAA D1 program that commits him. He’s just a great kid and player,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Ahearn, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anton Castro, G, Northeast Generals – John Gelatt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears – Cooper Swift, D, Maine Nordiques – Josh Waters, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Cole Hudson - Shreveport Mudbugs

Cole Hudson

Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Cole Hudson, 20, has picked up in December right where he left off in November as the NAHL’s Goaltender of the Month with two more wins this past weekend. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Tonawanda, NY, backstopped the Mudbugs to a pair of overtime wins at home over the visiting Odessa Jackalopes, stopping 68 of 72 shots in the process. On Friday, Hudson made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime win, and then on Saturday, he made 37 saves in another 3-2 overtime win. Hudson is currently 2nd in the NAHL with a .944 save percentage and 3rd in the NAHL with a 1.54 goals against average. “Cole came up big this past weekend as he faced plenty of shots including an OT penalty shot Saturday night. His calmness and confidence in net helped set the table for our OT winners both nights.  Another great weekend by great kid and teammate,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Andrew DeCarlo, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Digby, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Chris Hedden, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Joey Musa, F, Odessa Jackalopes

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jake Sibell - Aberdeen Wings

Jake Sibell

Aberdeen Wings goalie Jake Sibell, 20, continued his torrid start as he backstopped his team to a pair of road wins this past weekend in Bismarck. The 6’2/206 lbs. native of Isanti, MN, allowed just a single goal as the Wings picked up a pair of wins to move their record to a still perfect 14-0 this season. On Friday, Sibell stopped all 29 shots that came his way in a 7-0 shutout win, which was his third shutout of the season. On Saturday, he made 33 saves and stopped both Bobcats shooters in the shootout in a 2-1 shootout win. For the season, Sibell is a perfect 11-0 with a 1.44 goals against average and .942 save percentage. “Jake has truly been the backbone of our early success. He is an extremely hard-working individual that truly cares about his teammates. Jake’s performance this weekend allowed us to compete against a very good team and continue the streak we are on,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Keenan Rancier, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Barrett Brooks, F, Austin Bruins – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Natan Vertes, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: John Gelatt - Johnstown Tomahawks

John Gelatt

Johnstown Tomahawks forward John Gelatt, 19, played a big role in helping the Tomahawks split their weekend road series in Maine against the Nordiques. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Middletown, NJ, scored four goals on the weekend and was +2 in the two games. On Thursday, Gelatt had one of two Johnstown goals in a 6-2 loss. On Friday, he had a hat-trick in a 4-1 win. For the season, Gelatt leads the Tomahawks in scoring with 17 points in 13 games played. “John has been outstanding for us all season long. In his first year, he has shown that he has the ability to be a top end player in our league. He definitely knows where the net is, but he is committed to playing the game the right way all 200 feet. When we needed a big win on Friday, he stepped up with a hat trick for us to lead the way. I eagerly look forward to seeing how his game continues to evolve this year,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Evan Werner, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Clark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Grady Friedman, F, Maryland Black Bears – Sean Kilcullen, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Rico DiMatteo - Lone Star Brahmas

Rico DiMatteo

In his first action of the 2020-21 season, Lone Star goalie Rico DiMatteo, 19, made the most of his opportunity this weekend as he led his team to three wins over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. On Friday, the 6’3/175 lbs. native of Brasher Falls, NY, made his NAHL debut as he entered the game midway through the 1st period and went onto made 13 saves in a 6-4 win over the Ice Wolves. The next night, he made his first start of the season and made 33 saves in a 3-1 win. On Sunday, he made 20 saves in a 5-1 win to complete a perfect three-win weekend. “Rico dealt with some injuries early in the season and it was good to see him have a breakout weekend. He was the backbone of the wins and we hope this is the start of continued success for him in the NAHL,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Andrew DeCarlo, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

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Central Star of the Week: George Grannis - Bismarck Bobcats

George Grannis

Bismarck Bobcats forward and Clarkson University commit George Grannis, 20, helped the Bobcats pick up two wins in three games this past week. The 6’0/190 lbs. native of Duluth, MN, tallied five points in the three games, which included two goals, three assists, and a +2 rating. On Wednesday, Grannis had the overtime-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Friday, he added another game-winning goal, this time shorthanded, and added two assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Grannis leads the Bobcats in scoring with 10 points in 10 games played. “George has done a great job lately picking up where he left off last year. He was one of our top player at the end of last year and he helped this group have a good weekend. He can score big goals and also make plays, which he showcased this last week,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Payton Matsui, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings – Hudson Hodges, G, Austin Bruins – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Tyler Shea, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Michael Morelli - Maryland Black Bears

Michael Morelli

Maryland Black Bears goalie Michael Morelli, 19, started on won both games this past weekend as the Black Bears picked up a weekend home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Arvada, CO, stopped 46 of 50 shots in the two wins. On Friday, the NAPHL grad made 26 saves in a 2-1 win, and then on Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 4-3 win. For the 2020-21 season, Morelli has a 6-2-1 record with a 2.41 GAA and a .928 save percentage. “Michael has a track record of success wherever he has played throughout his young career. He is a great example of what you need in order to have success as a Jr A player. First on the ice; last to leave; competes for every puck in practice, he does it all. He is a very driven athlete and is also extremely talented. He gives us a chance to win, every time he starts, and gives our group a lot of confidence,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Jake LaRusso, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Cole, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Gio Procopio - Shreveport Mudbugs

Gio Procopio

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Gio Procopio, 20, played a big role in helping his team pick up three of four points in a weekend road series against the Lone Star Brahmas. The 5’11/187 lbs. native of Grosse Point, MI, had three points and was a +2 in the two games. On Friday, Procopio assisted on Shreveport’s lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Procopio is tied for the team scoring lead with 10 points in eight games played. “Gio’s consistent play and his ability to play and think in all situations makes him dangerous at all times. Gio is a huge asset to our team. He has been a great leader for us on and off the ice since joining the Mudbugs last year. We are thankful he’s a Mudbug and we expect to see more consistent play from him this season,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Graham Burke, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Cole Hudson, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

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Central Star of the Week: Natan Vertes - Aberdeen Wings

Natan Vertes

Aberdeen Wings forward Natan Vertes, 20, helped his club stay undefeated on the 2020-21 season with a two-game weekend road sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Budapest, Hungary, posted six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and was +5 in the two wins. On Friday, the Alaska-Fairbanks commit had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 7-0 win. On Saturday, he had two assists in a 5-2 win. In 10 games played this season, Vertes has 13 points. “Natan is an extremely high-end player that elevates our team’s skill and speed. He has the ability to be a difference maker every night he’s on the ice. His success this weekend makes this very evident,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Herter, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Peter Jacobs, F, Austin Bruins – Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Trombley, F, Austin Bruins

 

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

Luke Mountain

Maryland Black Bears forward and captain Luke Mountain, 20, played a big part in helping his club pick up a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Woodbury, MN, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Thursday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 win. On Friday, Mountain had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win. In seven games this season, the NAPHL grad has eight points. "It is of no surprise that our newly named Captain helped lead the way to a successful weekend. Luke has always been a ‘team first player for our organization, but it is nice to see him be singled out for his own accomplishments. He is an exceptional player and leader for our program, on and off the ice,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Evola, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Liam McCanney, F, Northeast Generals – Bobby Metz, D, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cade Destefani - Janesville Jets

Cade Destefani

For the second time this season, Janesville Jets forward Cade Destefani, 19, has been honored as the Midwest Division Star of the Week. This past weekend, the 6’2/185 lbs. native of Bedford, NH, had five points as the Jets took three of four points in a weekend home series against the Austin Bruins. On Saturday, Destefani had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he added another goal and assist in a 5-4 overtime loss. For the season, Destefani leads the Jets in scoring with 12 points in just six games played. “Cade continued his offensive prowess this past weekend. He stepped up at a time where we had five top end forwards out due to injury. We are proud of Cade’s accomplishment and his commitment to our team’s success,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Kyle Neudorf, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Weber - Shreveport Mudbugs

Matt Weber

Shreveport Mudbugs forward and Bentley University recruit Matt Weber, 20, had a big weekend for the Mudbugs, which was also his season debut. The 6’2/194 lbs. native of Caraopolis, PA, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in two wins over New Mexico, keeping the Mudbugs perfect on the season. On Friday, he had two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win. On Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 6-4 win. “Matt had a great summer or training and couldn’t wait to get back to Shreveport. A minor injury kept him out of the lineup at the beginning of the season, but he came back in an impactful way this past weekend. He contributed in all facets of the game and playing a fast physical 200-foot game is what he does best and he executed it very well in the last two games.  We expect this type of play from Webs but more importantly he demands it from himself,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Andrew DeCarlo, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Cole Hudson, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Murray, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Drew Vieten, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: Clayton Cosentino - Aberdeen Wings

Clayton Cosentino

Currently the NAHL’s leading scorer, Aberdeen Wings forward Clayton Cosentino, 20, added to his point total this past weekend as the Wings stayed perfect on the season with a weekend home sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Air Force recruit and 6’2/196 lbs. native of San Carlos, CA, had three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and was a +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Cosentino had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday he had another goal in a 4-1 win. His 13 points are currently tops in the NAHL. “Clayton is a natural leader. He leads this team in various ways, but his work ethic is his biggest leadership asset. That work ethic fuels the rest of this team, and it is contagious. Clayton’s weekend was another product of that, and we are very proud that he is the Captain of the Aberdeen Wings,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Barrett Brooks, F, Austin Bruins – Dominik Wasik, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Louden Hogg - New Jersey Titans

Louden Hogg

The New Jersey Titans picked up a home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears this past weekend. Backstopping the team in both wins was 18-year-old goaltender Louden Hogg. The 5’11/160 lbs. native of Minneapolis, MN, stopped 46 of a possible 51 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Hogg made 30 saves in a 5-3 win, and then on Saturday, he made 26 saves and stopped two of three Maryland shooters in a 3-2 shootout win. “Louden stepped up and got two big wins for us this past weekend. He made some timely saves both nights and especially Saturday night when we were slow out of the gate. Louden is a talented young man who we look forward to watching him grow and mature into a NCAA Division 1 goaltender,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Alexander Tertyshny, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad McNeil, F, Maryland Black Bears – Michael Morelli, G, Maryland Black Bears – Jack Ring, F, New Jersey Titans – Kyle Schroeder, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Brandon McNamara - Kenai River Brown Bears

Brandon McNamara

Kenai River forward Brandon McNamara, 20, helped his team pick up two wins in three games in Chippewa Falls against the Steel this past weekend. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Andover, MN, posted three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in the three wins and was a +7. On Thursday, he didn’t record a point, but was a +2 in a 5-3 win. On Friday, McNamara had an assist and was +2 in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he scored and had an assist and was +3 in a close 4-3 loss. “Brandon had himself a very strong weekend. As a veteran player he has been very reliable defensively, and also helped contribute offensively this past weekend. Brandon has proven to be a nice addition to our team early on this season,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

2nd Star: Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Lajoie, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

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

Nicholas Niemo

It was a big weekend for the Lone Star Brahmas and forward Nicholas Niemo as the 19-year-old helped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Middlebury, VT, had seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Niemo, who ranks tied for 2nd in the NAHL currently with 12 points, had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he assisted on four of Lone Star’s five goals in a 5-3 win. “Nicholas had a great weekend. His work ethic and speed really stand out. He is seeing the ice well and his good play is being rewarded right now,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Sean Bunting, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Trenten Heyde, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Owen Parker, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Ullan, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Jackson Wozniak, F, Wichita Falls Warriors

 

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Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Aidan Curran - Northeast Generals

Aidan Curran

Northeast Generals forward Aidan Curran, 19, contributed in all three Generals games this past week. The 5’8/178 lbs. native of Dracut, MA, had five points in three games, which included a goal and four assists and a +5 rating. On Thursday, the University of New Hampshire recruit had two assists in a 4-2 loss at Danbury. On Friday, he had a goal and assist in a 5-4 shootout win in New Jersey against the Titans. On Saturday, he contributed another assist in a 5-2 loss. “Aidan has been a huge addition for us. We were short on players this weekend and I needed him and his linemates (Dylan Schuett and Liam McCanney) to step up, and all three did in a huge way. I wish we got more than two points, but I think once healthy, Aidan will help us turn this around and you will see a lot of wins as he creates offense with his feet, hands and head,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Hewitt, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Valentino Passarelli, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jack Ring, F, New Jersey Titans – Dylan Schuett, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cade Destefani - Janesville Jets

Cade Destefani

Janesville Jets forward Cade Destefani, 19, exploded for seven points in the Jets’ opening weekend home sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Bedford, NH, had four goals and three assists to go along with a +4 rating in the two wins. On Thursday, Destefani had two goals in a 6-4 win. On Friday, he had two more goals, including the game-winner, and three assists in an 8-3 win. “Cade was an offensive factor all weekend for us. He played hard with and without the puck and got rewarded on the score sheet. He’s a great kid who has come to the rink every day with the intention to learn and get better. If he continues to invest in his own development the ceiling is high for Cade as an NCAA Division 1 prospect. We are proud of Cade for being recognized and I am sure Cade would be quick to give his teammates a lot of the credit,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.

2nd Star: Luke Pavicich, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Herzberg, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mack Keryluk, F, Janesville Jets – Brendan Miles, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Adam Szubert, D, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Adisen Brueck - Wichita Falls Warriors

Adisen Brueck

Wichita Falls Warriors forward Adisen Brueck, 19, helped his team pick up three of four points in a weekend home series against the Shreveport Mudbugs. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Chesterfield, MO, had a goal and three assists and was a +4 in the two games. On Friday, he had an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win. “Adisen has been really good for our group early on this season. He has shown us as a staff he is willing to do anything he can to help the team win. He is a selfless player that had to bounce back and forth from wing to center the past few games and consistently has brought energy and accountability to our lineup. At less than 100% he was a huge reason why we were able to get 3 of 4 points on the weekend. His production from the weekend is no surprise, he is constantly around the puck and generating quality chances for himself and his line mates,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Carroll, F, Amarillo Bulls – Connor Hasley, G, Odessa Jackalopes - Nick Lanigan, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Lukas Sedlacek, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Nick Stapleton, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 2, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Owen Michaels - Bismarck Bobcats

Owen Michaels

In the lone NAHL Central Division game this weekend, Bismarck Bobcats forward Owen Michaels, 18, had his best game of the 2020-21 season, as the 6’0/181 lbs. native of Novi, Michigan, had two goals and two assists in an 8-1 road win in St. Cloud against the Norsemen on Friday night. It was the first career goals and points for Michaels in his NAHL career. “Owen had a great weekend for us. We have had trouble finding the back of the net and he did a great job finding himself around the net in good areas to have success and with his skill set he is going to produce,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

East Star of the Week: Hugo Haas - Northeast Generals

Hugo Haas

Northeast Generals goalie Hugo Haas, 19, was outstanding in a weekend road series in Maine against the Nordiques. On Friday, the 6’0/176 lbs. native of the Czech Republic made 46 saves in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, Haas again played well, allowing just two goals on 33 shots in a 3-1 loss. For the weekend, Haas stopped 77 of 80 shots. “Hugo has been a huge addition for us. He is so calm in net and has consistently come up with big saves. He plays the puck like a defenseman and that has led us to being able to break the puck out quicker. He, along with Joey Stanizzi, have given us a great tandem in net to go with night in and night out. We are excited to continue to see Hugo progress this season,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: James Philpott, D, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boycen, F, Northeast Generals – Stephen Owens, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Graham Burke - Lone Star Brahmas

Graham Burke

The Lone Star Brahmas picked up a big weekend road sweep of the Amarillo Bulls and leading the way was 19-year-old netminder Graham Burke. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Wilmington, Delaware, allowed just four goals in the two wins, stopping 68 of 72 shots in the process. On Saturday, Burke made 31 saves in a 5-2 win. On Sunday, he made 37 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped all five Bulls shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 shootout win. “Graham played phenomenal this weekend and stood on his head. He was our backbone in both games and without his play we don’t pick up four points. Hopefully, we can build on the momentum he has created for us,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – John Lundy, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 26, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jordan Randall - Aberdeen Wings

Jordan Randall

For the second straight week, Aberdeen Wings veteran forward Jordan Randall, 20, has claimed Central Division honors. The 6’0/197 lbs. native of native of Maple Grove, MN, and NAPHL grad came up big for the Wings in their weekend home-and-home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. Randall had six points in the two wins, which included a hat-trick and two assists in an 8-3 home win on Friday and a goal in a 5- 1 road win on Saturday. “Jordan again had another fantastic weekend. He continued to lead us against a very good Bobcat team. He is preparing the right way each week and it’s leading to playing with confidence. Jordan’s success makes this evident,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Keenan Rancier, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Damon Zimmer, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Isaiah Fox - Maine Nordiques

Isaiah Fox

Maine Nordiques veteran forward Isaiah Fox, 20, had a big weekend to help his team put together a three-game weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. The 5’11/163 lbs. native of Montreal, Quebec, had six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and was a +3 in the three wins. On Friday, Fox had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists in a 6-1 win. On Saturday, he scored the shootout winner in a 2-1 shootout win. On Sunday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. “Isaiah has been tremendous for all us season long and a real leader on and off the ice. He was a force this past weekend, not only with his points and shootout winner, but also with his penalty killing, his discipline, and his play away from the puck. We look forward to him making his NCAA D1 commitment soon and continuing his strong play for the remainder of the season,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Max Neill, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shea Courtmanche, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Mark D’Agostino, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – John Gelatt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Bobby Metz, D, Northeast Generals – Stephen Owens, F, Maine Nordiques – Dylan Schuett, F, Northeast Generals – Evan Werner, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Spencer Rudrud - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Spencer Rudrud

It was a solid start to the 2020-21 season for forward Spencer Rudrud, 20, and the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The Ice Wolves split a weekend series against the Lone Star Brahmas with Rudrud making an impact in both games. On Friday, the 6’1/190 lbs. native of Eden Prairie, MN, had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he added another goal and an assist in a close 4-3 loss, which totaled a four-point weekend. “I was happy to Spencer have success this weekend. He’s worked hard ever since he’s been an Ice Wolf. It’s nice to see him get rewarded for the work he’s put in,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Connor Hasley, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Graham Burke, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Vince Corcoran, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – Tyler German, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Owen Parker, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 19, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jordan Randall - Aberdeen Wings

Jordan Randall

Aberdeen Wings veteran forward Jordan Randall, 20, came up big for the Wings in their weekend home-and-home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The 6’0/197 lbs. native of native of Maple Grove, MN, and NAPHL grad had three points in the two wins, which included two goals and an assist. On Friday, he scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 6-4 road win in Bismarck. The next night, he had another game-winning goal in a 3-0 home win over the Bobcats. “Jordan’s play this past weekend is indicative of how hard he worked during the off-season. He has made himself a big part of our lineup, playing in all key situations. It is great to see a compete level like this early in the season, and we look forward to seeing what more Jordan will accomplish throughout the season,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitch Allard, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jacob Herter, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Mark D'Agostino - Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Mark D'Agostino

Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks forward and UConn recruit Mark D’Agostino, 19, had a big night in his lone game of the weekend as he helped Danbury to a 3-2 road win in Northeast on Friday. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of North Brandford, CT, scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 win. “Mark has been working extremely hard at making small adjustments to his game that provide us success at both ends of the rink. He has the ability to consistently be a threat offensively and his performance last game certainly showed that,” said Danbury head coach Billy McCreary

2nd Star: Jay Ahearn, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Colabufo, F, Maryland Black Bears – Matt Doyle, D, New Jersey Titans - Reese Farrell, F, Maine Nordiques – Cody Hoban, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Tyriq Outen, G, Maine Nordiques – Joey Stanizzi, G, Northeast Generals – Connor Strobel, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 12, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Keenan Rancier - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Rancier

The Minot Minotauros opened their 2020-21 season by taking three of four points in a home weekend set against in-state rival Bismarck. In goal for both games was new netminder Keenan Rancier. The 20-year-old from Victoria, BC, faced 92 shots in the two games and allowed just two goals, making 90 saves. In his NAHL debut on Friday, Rancier (6’2/180) stopped all 46 shots that came his way in a 1-0 shutout win in his NAHL debut. The next night, he made 44 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss. “I’m thrilled for Keenan to earn this weekly honor. He is a true pro and is always ready and prepared. Keenan faced a lot of shots this weekend in his first NAHL games and many of those shots were Grade A scoring opportunities,” said Minot head coach Shane Wagner.

2nd Star: Liam Fraser, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Altman, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Thomas Bergsland, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Gaulin - Maine Nordiques

Tyler Gaulin

Maine Nordiques rookie forward Tyler Gaulin, 18, had an impressive NAHL debut, helping his team to a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Kingston, NH, potted a pair of goals and had a pair of assists for a four-point weekend. That included a goal and an assist in each of the two wins on Friday and Saturday to go along with a +4 rating. “Tyler is a dynamic forward who uses his hockey sense to put himself in great position on the ice and is usually multiple steps ahead of his opponents. His work away from the puck and his chemistry with his teammates allowed him to utilize his skill set to put up a number or important points for our team. The best part about Tyler is that the most important four points earned this weekend were from the team wins, not his own statistics, which is the standard within our locker room. We look forward to him continuing his hot start as the season continues,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Anthony Mastromonica, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Gelatt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cody Hoban, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Alex Krause, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Reid Leibold, F, Maryland Black Bears – Tyler Nasca, D, New Jersey Titans – Andy Stoneman, F, Northeast Generals – Jack Strauss, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 
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