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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of October 25, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Zack Simon - Minot Minotauros

Zack Simon

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

2nd Star: Jacob Bosse, F, Aberdeen Wings

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

 

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

Tommy Bannister

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

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

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Croix Kochendorfer - Chippewa Steel

Croix Kochendorfer

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

2nd Star: Sam Livecchi, G, Minnesota Wilderness

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

 

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

Alex Krause

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

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

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 18, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matys Brassard - Austin Bruins

Matys Brassard

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

2nd Star: Zach Sandy, G, Minot Minotauros

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

 

East Star of the Week: Jake Black - Johnstown Tomahawks

Jake Black

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

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

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Talon Sigurdson - Anchorage Wolverines

Talon Sigurdson

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

2nd Star: Raythan Robbins, G, Anchorage Wolverines

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

 

South Star of the Week: Max Gutjahr - Amarillo Wranglers

Max Gutjahr

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

2nd Star: Will Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 11, 2021sponsored by Bauer

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

Hunter Garvey

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

2nd Star: Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins

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

 

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

Gabe Dombrowski

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

2nd Star: Jake Black, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

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

 

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

Joey Dosan

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

2nd Star: Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians

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

 

South Star of the Week: Garrett Steele - Shreveport Mudbugs

Garrett Steele

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

2nd Star: Dayne Hoyord, F, Odessa Jackalopes

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 4, 2021sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Huston Karpman - Minot Minotauros

Huston Karpman

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

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

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

 

East Star of the Week: Ignat Belov - Maine Nordiques

Ignat Belov

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

2nd Star: Paul Minnehan, F, Northeast Generals

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ethan Wolthers - Minnesota Wilderness

Ethan Wolthers

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

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

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

 

South Star of the Week: Will Proctor - Odessa Jackalopes

Will Proctor

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

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

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

 

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

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

Ryan O'Neill

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

2nd Star: Jackson Yee, F, Aberdeen Wings

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

 

East Star of the Week: Matt Boczar - Northeast Generals

Matt Boczar

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

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

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gunnar Thoreson - Minnesota Wilderness

Gunnar Thoreson

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

2nd Star: Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines

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

 

South Star of the Week: Kristaps Skrastins - Amarillo Wranglers

Kristaps Skrastins

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

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

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

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Carson Riddle - Austin Bruins

Carson Riddle

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

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

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

 

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

Luke Van Why

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

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

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

 

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

Connor Smith

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

2nd Star: Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines

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

 

South Star of the Week: Kristaps Skrastins - Amarillo Wranglers

Kristaps Skrastins

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

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

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

 

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

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Limesand - Northeast Generals

Carson Limesand

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

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

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Levi Gho - Chippewa Steel

Levi Gho

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

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

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

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 
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