Behind newly acquired goaltender Gabe Vinal, 18, the Aberdeen Wings picked up an important home sweep this past weekend over the visiting Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Syracuse, New York, won his first two starts of the season, facing 73 shots and making 69 saves in the process, which was good for a 94.5% save percentage. On Friday, Vinal made his Wings debut by making 28 saves in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he made 41 saves in a 5-2 win to complete the weekend sweep. “Gabe came in with a very workman-like attitude and his week of preparation translated into the weekend. He made some timely saves when we needed them against a very good team in Minot,” said Aberdeen head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Matej Murin, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Fletcher, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins
In three road games this past weekend, Northeast Generals forward Louis Boudon, 19, scored a whopping six goals and took over the NAHL scoring lead. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France, and former NA3HL player (Metro Jets), recorded at least a goal in all three games as the Generals took two of three games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. That included three goals in Sunday’s 6-5 overtime win. Boudon leads the NAHL with 19 points. “Louis has been great from Day 1. He works real hard and is a dynamic player. We challenged him to put up some goals this past week and he answered,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell. Generals GM Bryan Erikson added, “Coming in as our NA3HL tender from the Metro Jets we knew he had great development, and that has shown all season. He made big plays in big moments this weekend.”
2nd Star: Ryan Keane, G, Philadelphia Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals – Curtis Carlson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels
Getting both Magicians wins this past weekend in their three-game home set with the Springfield Jr. Blues was 19-year-old netminder George McBey. The 6’0/160 lbs. native from Dallas, Texas, faced a total of 61 shots in the two wins and made 59 saves, which was good for a 96.7% save percentage. McBey came into the game on Thursday after Springfield had built a 3-0 lead. He stopped 28 of 29 shots leading the Magicians comeback to a 5-4 win in overtime. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, the former NAPHL’er has a 2-1 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a 94.3% save percentage. “George has been solid for us all year. He gave us a chance to win in some very close games this past weekend,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.
2nd Star: Emil Zetterquist, G, Coulee Region Chill
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Daniel Haider, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Andy McGlynn, F, Coulee Region Chill – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Magicians – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Veteran Lone Star Brahmas forward Justin Addamo, 19, was captain clutch this past weekend as the Brahmas got back on track with a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The 6’6/225 lbs. native of Clermont-Ferrand, France, scored three goals and was a +2 in the two wins, which included scoring the game-winning goal each night. On Friday, Addamo scored the game-winner in a 4-1 win and on Saturday, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in a 3-1 win. In 12 games this season, Addamo has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists). “I thought Justin really stepped up and scored some nice goals for us this weekend. He has really been working hard to find the back of the net and create some offense for us, so it was nice to see that rewarded in the two wins,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.
2nd Star: Brenden Michaelian, D, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Cook, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mitchell Gibson, G, Lone Star Brahmas
Minot Mintauros forward Grant Loven, 19, helped his team to a weekend home split against the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, totaled three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and was a +2 in two games. On Friday, Loven scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 4-2 win and on Saturday he picked up another assist in a 4-3 loss. Loven is tied for the team lead in scoring with six points to date. “I've been nothing but impressed with Grant since he joined us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His work ethic and compete level are extraordinary, and for his teammates to vote him in as one of our captains, speaks volumes about his character. He plays a complete 200-foot game and is a guy we lean on in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
2nd Star: Andriy Denyskin, F, Brookings Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kosta Likourezos, F, Minnnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness
It was three more wins this past weekend for the Northeast Generals as they completed a three-game home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. Forward Anthony Quatieri, 19, had a huge weekend with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins. On Friday, the native of Saugus, Massachusetts, had two assists in the 5-2 win. On Saturday, Quatieri (5’10/174) had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win and on Sunday, he added another goal in a 4-1 win. In 12 games played to date, Quatieri has 13 points. “Anthony came to us undrafted as a main camp invite and has impressed us every day since. His speed and compete level are elite and have allowed him to have a great start to the season and a huge weekend in our sweep of Johnstown,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: Diarmad Dimurro, D, Philadelphia Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, F, Philadelphia Rebels – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Mike Gelatt, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Minnesota Magicians defenseman Matt Denman, 19, helped his squad to a weekend home sweep of the Coulee Region Chill on Friday and Saturday. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Prior Lake, Minnesota, had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Deman had the game-tying goal and an assist, along with the shootout-winning goal in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, Denman had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. Denman is tied for the team points lead with five points in six games played. “Matt had a great weekend and has provided offensive spark and great leadership early in the season,” said Magicians head coach Scott Meyer.
2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Posner, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Tanner Schachle, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ethan Stewart, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Marcus Walter, D, Springfield Jr. Blues
Corpus Christi IceRays goalie Chad Veltri, 19, had a huge weekend to help his team pick up a important weekend road sweep in Amarillo against the Bulls. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, faced 88 shots in the two wins and made a total of 84 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage. On Saturday, Veltri made 35 saves in a 5-3 win and on Sunday, he made 49 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. The wins were the first two for Veltri this season. “We are very happy for Chad winning this award especially in our division as a rookie. He is a quiet player off the ice, but on the ice he is an intense competitor. Chad played very well and gave us a chance to win each game last weekend by making the saves that he should of and a few he shouldn't of had to make,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.
2nd Star: Connor Murphy, G, Topeka RoadRunners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - Trevor Wilhelm, D, Corpus Christi IceRays
In their lone game of the weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness picked up their first win of the season with a 4-2 win in Austin against the Bruins on Saturday night. Wilderness forward Gino Lucia, 19, had two goals in the win, including the game-winner, and was also a +1. The 5’11/180 lbs. forward from St. Cloud, Minnesota has five points, including four goals, in his team’s first five games of the season. “Gino played exceptional hockey on the defensive side of the puck, which translated into opportunities on the offensive side of the puck. We look for him to continue his production on both ends of the ice,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.
2nd Star: Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Ullan, G, Bismarck Bobcats
The Philadelphia Rebels remained the lone unbeaten team in the NAHL with a weekend sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks as the Rebels opened up play in their new home at the Class of 1923 Arena. Forward Carter Wooley, 20, played a big role in the sweep with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) during the weekend. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, had an assist in Saturday’s 3-1 win and on Sunday he had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. The points were Wooley’s first of the season. “Carter has been a great player for two years and it’s nice for him to finally be getting some recognition for his hard work,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.
2nd Star: Justin Jallen, F, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bogan, D, Northeast Generals – Justin Smith, D, Philadelphia Rebels
Janesville Jets forward Blake Ripley, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians to remain in 1st place in the Midwest Division with a 6-1 record. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Waunakee, Wisconsin, had a goal in regulation and then the shootout winner in Friday’s come-from-behind 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday, Ripley scored another goal in a 4-2 win. The goals were Ripley’s first of the season. “Blake really stepped it up and played very well this weekend. He played in key situations when I needed him to and he responded in a very positive way this past weekend. From scoring on the power play to blocking shots on the penalty kill,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.
2nd Star: Luke Posner, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jordan Muzzillo, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jakov Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Erkka Vanska, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Odessa Jackalopes moved into 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend road sweep in Corpus Christi. Goaltender Brett Epp, 19, started and won both games for the Jacks in the series. The 6’1/182 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta, began the weekend with 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime win on Friday and followed that up with a 30-save performance in a 5-3 win on Saturday. For the weekend, Epp stopped 65 of a possible 69 shots and improved his season record to 3-2-0 overall. “Winning in a tough place like Corpus Christi this past weekend was great for the team and Brett had great weekend for us. He has given our team a lot of confidence so far this season,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto.
2nd Star: Jon Russell, F, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – James Durham, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Granowicz, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Nigel Nelson, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Austin O’Rourke, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Cole Quisenberry, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Evan Rochowiak, F, Odessa Jackalopes
Minot defenseman Colby Enns, 18, had a tremendous start to the 2017-18 regular season, leading the Minotauros to a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The native of Minot, North Dakota, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +2 in four games at the NAHL Showcase. Enns (6’1/175) scored both of Minot’s game-winning goals during the event, which included a 4-3 overtime win over Coulee Region and a 5-4 win over the Topeka RoadRunners. “Colby had an exceptional week. I think having him play games with us last season helped him know what to expect at the Showcase. He made some big plays and scored some timely goals for us this week. With that, he garnered a lot of interest from NCAA Division I scouts. With his ability to skate, the sky is the limit for him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
2nd Star: Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Luke Millen, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Daniel Pavlicko, G, Aberdeen Wings – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros
One of the three teams that went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase was the Northeast Generals, who were paced by forward Mike Egan, who is currently 2nd in scoring in the NAHL. The 20-year-old native of Billerica, Massachusetts, was great in the Generals four wins as he totaled six points, which including 3 goals and 3 assists along with a +5 rating. Egan (5’11/175) had the game-winning goal in a 5-4 win over Kenai River and had a three-point game on the final day, which was a 3-2 overtime win over the Amarillo Bulls. “Mike worked so hard last year and this off-season to improve. It was great to see him rewarded on the NAHL’s biggest stage. He is a great leader who put up points in pressure situations and he had a hand in all four wins this past week at the NAHL Showcase,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Springfield Jr. Blues goalie Jurja Ovecka, 18, was in net for all three of the Jr. Blues wins during the NAHL Showcase as they posted a 3-1 record at the event. The rookie netminder from Skalica, Slovakia, went a perfect 3-0-0, picking up wins over Aberdeen, Bismarck and Austin at the event. Ovecka (6’6/197) faced a total of 109 shots in the three games and made 104 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average. That included 40 saves in his NAHL debut, which was a 2-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings. “Juraj was a big reason we had a good record at the NAHL Showcase. He is big and plays very calm in the net and showed he has next level ability,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.
2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Duma, F, Coulee Region Chill - Gil Garcia, F, Kenai River – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brenden MacLaren, F, Janesville Jets – Bradley Marek, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Artur Pavliukov, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Another one of the three teams to go undefeated at the NAHL Showcase was the Shreveport Mudbugs. Goaltender Gustavs Grigals was in net for three of those four wins, posting a perfect 3-0 record. The 19-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, stopped 56 of a possible 60 shots in the three wins, which was good for a 93.3% save percentage. That included wins over Minot, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Brookings. Grigals (6’0/185) currently leads in the NAHL in wins with four. “We brag about Gustavs all the time, especially about how he competes in practice every day. No doubt, the Star of the Week is a direct correlation to the effort he puts forth in practice and then in a game,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.
2nd Star: Zac Herrmann, D, Odessa Jackalopes
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Jordan Fader, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Novo, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Collin Price, F, Amarillo Bulls – Angus Scott, F, Corpus Christi IceRays
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights opened their season with a weekend sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Rookie forward and NAPHL alumni Tyrone Bronte, 18, showed why he was one of the top players in the NAPHL last season as he racked up four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and was +3 in the two wins. The native of Melbourne, Australia, had an assist on Friday night and a goal and an assist on Saturday night. “Tyrone was a player that stood out to our staff each time we evaluated him. He's a really talented forward that has speed and hands, but most importantly he's a really smart hockey player. Tyrone is already playing big minutes and made big plays on the game winning goals in both our victories over the weekend. We're excited that he's off to a fast start for us. He brings a lot to our lineup, and the faster he gets acclimated to this level of play the better we'll be. He truly deserves this recognition after a great start to the season,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.
2nd Star: Colin Bilek, F, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Harrington, D, Northeast Generals - Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
In the Janesville Jets season opener in Springfield on Saturday, forward Matt Hanewall, 19, had a huge game as the native of Lombard, Illinois recorded two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win. Hanewall (6’0/175), who played in the NAHL last season for both the Wichita Falls Wildcats and Brookings Blizzard, recorded both his goals in the 2nd period and assisted on Janesville’s first and fifth goal during the win. “Matt is a very smart player. He compliments his linemates very well and we got a lot of production from that line on Saturday. Hemis not afraid to go into the tough areas of the ice and uses his speed very effectively,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.
2nd Star: Shane Haviland, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Corson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues - Kip Hoffman, F, Janesville Jets
New Lone Star Brahmas goalie Mitchell Gibson was literally perfect this past weekend as the Brahmas picked up three of four points on the road in their opening series in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. The 18-year-old native of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, made his NAHL debut on Friday with a 18-save shutout in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, the Harvard commit stopped all 28 shots in regulation and in overtime to force a scoreless shootout where the Mudbugs ultimately picked up the extra point. In 125 minutes of NAHL action, Gibson (6’3/186) still has yet to allow a goal. “I thought Mitchell was our best player on the ice for both games. He played with a lot of confidence and made some really nice saves. Consistency is a big thing in our league. It's definitely a great start to his NAHL career,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.
2nd Star: Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jayson Dimizio, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays