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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of November 28, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Gavin Morrissey - Austin Bruins

Gavin Morrissey

Austin Bruins veteran forward Gavin Morrissey, 19, had a big week as the 1st place Bruins won two of three games. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Rochester Hills, MI, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the three games and was a +4. On Wednesday, Morrissey had a goal in a 3-0 road win in St. Cloud. On Friday, he had an assist in a 3-2 home loss against the North Iowa Bulls. On Saturday, he recorded a goal and three assists in a 5-4 road win in North Iowa. For the season, Morrissey is currently 3rd in team scoring with 17 points in 22 games played to date. “Gavin has been great for us all year and it’s nice to see him get rewarded with this weekly league honor. He’s one of the smartest players that we’ve had here in Austin, and we are excited for the opportunities that he has in front of him,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Patrick O’Connell, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Cook, F, Austin Bruins – Mitch Day, G, North Iowa Bulls – Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Cole Moore, G, Aberdeen Wings – Michael Neumeier, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Adam Pietila, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Brendan Gibbons - Maine Nordiques

Brendan Gibbons

Maine Nordiques forward and Air Force recruit Brendan Gibbons, 20, had a big week as he helped his team extend their winning streak to three straight games with a pair of mid-week wins over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Wakefield, RI, had five points in the two wins, including two goals and three assists. On Tuesday, he had a goal and three assists in an 8-1 win. On Wednesday, he netted the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. For the season, Gibbons leads the Nordiques in scoring with 19 points in 19 games played. “Brendan is a natural leader on and off the ice. Creating offense will always be a strong component of his game. He continues to be a student of the game as he comes to work every day with a dedication towards improvement and his team,” said Maine head coach Matt Pinchevsky.

2nd Star: Zakari Brice, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dominik Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans – Dominic Foglia, D, Philadelphia Rebels – Anthony Galante, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Henrik Hallberg, F, Maine Nordiques – Dimitry Kebreau, F, Maryland Black Bears – Maxwell Marquette, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Logan Nickerson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Adam Schankula, F, Maryland Black Bears – Ryan Vellucci, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gavin Moffatt - Wisconsin Windigo

Gavin Moffatt

For the second straight week, Wisconsin Windigo goalie Gavin Moffatt, 18, earned the Midwest Division Star of the Week award. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Darien, CT, was on fire again this past weekend as he posted shutouts in both of his starts, helping the Windigo sweep the Chippewa Steel. Moffatt stopped all 77 shots that came his way in the two wins, and now has a shutout streak of over 238 minutes. On Friday, Moffatt made 34 saves in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, he made a season-high 43 saves in a 4-0 win, which was his third straight shutout. In eight games played this season, Moffatt has a 5-3-0 record with a 1.73 goals against average and a .948 save percentage. “Gavin had another great weekend. He’s coming into his own at this level and it’s been fun to watch. Earning back-to-back player of the week awards is hard to do in this league and I’m proud of him for accomplishing that,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.

2nd Star: Michael Quinn, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ren Morque, Minnesota Wilderness – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Brendan Williams - Oklahoma Warriors

Brendan Williams

Oklahoma Warriors forward Brendan Williams, 20, had a big week to help his team continue their hot play and move into 1st place in the South Division with three more wins. The 5’9/161 lbs. native of San Juan Capistrano, CA, had five points in three wins this past week. On Wednesday, Williams picked up a pair of assists in a 4-1 home win over the Lone Star Brahmas. On Friday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-0 home win over Odessa. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal again in a 5-3 win over the Jackalopes. For the season, Williams is 2nd in team scoring with 23 points in 17 games played so far this season. “Brendan had a great three-game set this past week for us which has closed out a great month for him individually. He has been a big part of our group’s success with the energy and work ethic he brings every day. Brendan has continued to be an impact player for us on a nightly basis with his ability to produce in the big moments when our team needs it the most. His attention to detail and willingness to block shots was on full display Saturday which helped lead our group to a gritty road win,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Drew Sutton, F, Oklahoma Warriors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Johnson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Will Laychur, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Blake Lewis, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Drake Morse, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Johan Rosenquist, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Sully Scholle, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Eric Vitale, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 21, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Brandon Reller - Bismarck Bobcats

Brandon Reller

Bismarck forward Brandon Reller, 19, helped the Bobcats pick up three of four points in a weekend road series in Mason City against the North Iowa Bulls. The 6’4/210 lbs. native of Hanover, MN, had four points on the weekend, including a goal and three assists. On Friday, Reller assisted on two goals in a 4-3 overtime loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in an 8-1 win. For the season, Reller has six points in 11 games played to date. “Brandon has been a big addition in his return to the lineup. He has really helped our offense get clicking again. He is a big power forward that plays hard and that makes him very effective,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Justin Dauphinais, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jack Malinski, D, Austin Bruins – Eli Miller, F, North Iowa Bulls – Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins – Luke Roelofs, D, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Jakub Krbecek - Philadelphia Rebels

Jakub Krbecek

Philadelphia Rebels goalie Jakub Krbecek, 19, started and won both games this past weekend as the Rebels snapped their losing streak with a road sweep of the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Prague, Czech Republic, stopped 54 of a possible 56 shots in the two wins, allowing a one goal in each win. On Friday, he made 23 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. On Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 7-1 win. For the season, Krbecek has a 6-8-0 record in 15 games played with a 2.72 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. “Jakub was solid all weekend for us. He competed hard and made some timely saves for our group when we needed them the most. We are happy for him to get this award. He’s worked hard behind the scenes and been a consistent performer for our group to this point,” said Rebels head coach Justin Hale.

2nd Star: Zakari Brice, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Aben, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Dominik Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans – Patriks Berzins, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Branden Piku, F, Maryland Black Bears – Connor Sedlak, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Johnny Ulicny, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Gunnar VanDamme, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gavin Moffatt - Wisconsin Windigo

Gavin Moffatt

Wisconsin Windigo goalie Gavin Moffatt, 18, had his best weekend of the season to date as he helped the Windigo to a weekend home sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Darien, CT, allowed just one goal in the two wins, stopping 61 of 62 shots. On Friday, Moffatt made 33 saves through regulation and overtime then stopped all three shooters in the shootout in a 2-1 shootout win. On Saturday, he made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. In six games played this season, Moffatt has a 3-3-0 record with a 2.30 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. “Gavin was great this weekend. He shows up every day and puts in extra work all week and is being rewarded for that. I’m happy for him,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.

2nd Star: Peyton Platter, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Brille, F, Chippewa Steel – Joe Cesario, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Garett Drotts, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Caleb Huffman, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ren Morque, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cameron Ricotta, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Luca Ganz - Amarillo Wranglers

Luca Ganz

Amarillo Wranglers goalie Luca Ganz, 19, was in goal for both weekend wins as the Wranglers picked up a weekend home sweep of the El Paso Rhinos. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Kaufbeuren, Germany, stopped 39 of 41 shots in the two wins, allowing just a goal in each game. On Friday, he made 20 saves in a 5-1 win and then on Saturday, he made 19 saves in a 4-1 win. For the season, Ganz has a 8-2-0 record in 11 games played with a 2.44 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. “Luca has done a great job transitioning to the pace of play and rigorous schedule of the NAHL. He has given our team a boost the last few weeks with his steady play and leadership,” said Amarillo head coach Harry Mahood.

2nd Star: Yusaku Ando, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Dalton, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Chase Davis, F, Amarillo Wranglers – William Lawson-Body, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Lukas Malant, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Hans Martin Ulvebne, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brendan Williams, F, Oklahoma Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 14, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Damon Furuseth - Austin Bruins

Damon Furuseth

Austin forward Damon Furuseth, 19, helped his team stay hot this weekend as the Bruins picked up a weekend home sweep of the Minot MInotauros. The Bruins have won four in a row and seven of their last eight games. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fargo, ND, had six points in the wins, which included two goals and four assists. On Friday, Furuseth had two goals, including the overtime-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he chimed in with three assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, the second-year veteran is tied for 5th in team scoring with 11 points in 18 games played. “Damon missed the end of last season because of an injury. He was cleared to return about a week before this season began and it’s nice to see him have a breakout weekend for us. He’s a very skilled player that can create offense every time he has the puck. We look forward to helping him work towards his goal of getting an NCAA Division I commitment,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Cole Moore, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nolan Abraham, F, North Iowa Bulls – Isaac Deveau, D, North Iowa Bulls – Ian Engel, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Landon Fleming, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Jeremiah Konkel, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings – Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: William Hakansson - Maryland Black Bears

William Hakansson

Maryland goalie William Hakansson, 19, moved his record to an amazing and perfect 12-0-0 on the season as he backstopped the Black Bears to a weekend home sweep of the Philadelphia Rebels. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Oskarshamn, Sweden, allowed just two goals in the two wins, stopping 57 of 59 shots. On Friday, Hakansson stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 4-2 win. He is currently 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.66 goals against average and his 12 wins leads the NAHL. “William has shown to be very consistent all season long. His ability to perform under pressure and read the play is as good, or better, than anyone we’ve had in Maryland. He’s a great teammate and extremely talented. Congrats to this kid. He deserves it,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Paul Minnehan, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – Christian Catalano, F, Maryland Black Bears – Anthony Galante, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Brendan Kimball, D, Maine Nordiques – Gabriel Lunn, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Kellen Murphy, F, Maine Nordiques – Logan Nickerson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Victor Widlund - Wisconsin Windigo

Victor Widlund

Wisconsin Windigo forward Victor Widlund, 20, helped his team to a weekend road split with the Janesville Jets. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Lerum, Sweden, had four points in the two games. On Friday, Widlund had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 3-2 loss. For the season, Widlund currently leads the Windigo in scoring with 15 points in 21 games played. “Victor has been gaining more confidence every week as he adjusts to playing in North America. He’s a guy we lean on in a lot of situations and he deserves this recognition,” said Windigo head coach Blake Hietala.

2nd Star: Jimmy Doyle, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maxwell Beckford, G, Wisconsin Windigo – Justin Biraben, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Casper Conradsson Kelvgaard, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Bryce Monrean, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Chris Pelosi, F, Janesville Jets – Isak Posch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Joey Potter, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Eddie Shepler, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Cameron Korpi - Oklahoma Warriors

Cameron Korpi

In the battle for 2nd place in the South Division, it was the Oklahoma Warriors and goaltender Cameron Korpi who came out on top this past weekend as they pikced up a weekend home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves. Korpi, 18, was in goal for both wins and stopped 46 of 48 shots in the weekend sweeo. On Friday, the 6’3/172 lbs. native of South Lyon, MI, made 24 saves in a 6-1 win, and on Saturday he made 22 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, the Western Michigan recruit has a 6-2-0 record with a 2.02 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. “Cam did a great job between the pipes for us in a big rivalry matchup against a very good New Mexico team.  He has continued to get better each day with the work he has put in on a day-to-day basis. His confidence and calm approach has been a huge part to his success and consistency so far. Any given night our goaltending gives us the chance to win hockey games and that was put on display again this past weekend with Cam,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Jaden Goldie, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): William Ahlrik, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Preston Brighton, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Luca Ganz, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Drake Morse, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 7, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jack Malinski - Austin Bruins

Jack Malinski

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Minot Minotauros, the Austin Bruins widened their lead atop the Central Division to three points. Bruins defenseman Jack Malinski, 20, was a factor in both wins picking up three assists and a +2 rating for the weekend. On Friday, the 5’11/180 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, had two assists in a 4-3 shootout win. On Saturday, he assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win. For the season, Malinski has nine points in nine games played thus far. “Jack is one of the smartest defensemen that I have ever coached. He’s our captain and we certainly missed having him in our lineup the last few weeks. It was great to see him come back and help us get two big wins on the road. We are excited that he is being recognized for his efforts from this weekend and we look forward to helping him reach his goal of getting an NCAA Division 1 Scholarship,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Dylan Wegner, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Contessa, F, Aberdeen Wings – Hunter Garvey, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Paavo Hiltunen, D, North Iowa Bulls – Will Ingemann, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Eli Miller, F, North Iowa Bulls – Kade Peterson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Trent Wiemken, G, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Oliver Genest - Maine Nordiques

Oliver Genest

Maine forward Oliver Genest, 18, helped his team push their winning streak to six straight games thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Rebels in Philadelphia. The 6’1/194 lbs. native of Sanford, ME, was an offensive force, recording six points in the two wins. On Friday, Genest had three assists in a 5-2 win, and then on Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 6-3 in. For the season, Genest leads the Nordiques in scoring thus far with 17 points in 14 games played. “Oliver’s continued growth as a person and a player this early in the season has helped him earn a significant role with our group. Oli is never satisfied, and he is always working to improve. His IQ and playmaking ability are true strengths to his game. Oli and his linemates are constantly making an impact on the game. Congrats to Oliver on the well-earned recognition from the NAHL,” said Maine head coach Matt Pinchevsky.

2nd Star: Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Ahearn, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – James Barbour, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Max Hamstad, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Joe Harney, D, New Jersey Titans – Nash Jacobsma, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jake LaRusso, F, Northeast Generals – Sterling Wolters, D, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cameron Ricotta - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Cameron Ricotta

Fairbanks forward Cameron Ricotta, 20, helped his team pick up three of four points in their weekend series in Anchorage. The 5’8/170 lbs. native of Buffalo, NY, recorded six points in the two games, which included a goal and five assists. On Friday, Ricotta had four assists in a 6-5 overtime loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in regulation and then scored the shootout-winner in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, the Mercyhurst recruit leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with 17 points in 21 games played to date. “This is a well-deserved honor for Cameron and a credit to his tenacity to keep pushing through and being rewarded,” said Ice Dogs head coach Dave Allison.

2nd Star: Luke Levandowski, F, Wisconsin Windigo

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Anderson, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – J.J. Grainda, F, Chippewa Steel – Konrad Kausch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Cole Lonsdale, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Nikita Nikola, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Isak Posch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Jackson Reineke, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Ryan Remick, F, Chippewa Steel – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Will Schumacher, F, Wisconsin Windigo

 

South Star of the Week: Carsen Stokes - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Carsen Stokes

New Mexico goalie Carsen Stokes, 20, helped his team pick up a weekend home sweep of the Shreveport Mudbugs. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Prior Lake, MN, got the start on Friday night and posted a 29-save shutout in a 3-0 win. It was the first shutout of the season for Stokes who has put together a 5-1-1 record in seven games played so far this season with a 1.98 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. “It’s great to see Carson’s hard work payoff for him for this award because all the extra work we see him put in. His work ethic and competitiveness rub off on his teammates which has led to our team’s performance. We’re proud of Carson and looking forward to seeing his growth this season moving forward,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Pierce Patterson, D, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Tommy Chunchukov, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Will Craig, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Kason Muscutt, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 31, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Colby Joseph - Minot Minotauros

Colby Joseph

Thanks to a weekend home-and-home sweep of Bismarck, the Minot Minotauros moved into a tie for 1st place in the Central Division. Leading the way this past weekend was veteran forward Colby Joseph. The 19-year-old from Elkhorn, MB, extended his point streak to five straight games as he contributed a key goal in each of the two wins. On Friday, he had a power play goal in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period in a 2-1 win. For the season, Joseph (5’11/182) is 3rd in team scoring with 13 points in 15 games played to date. “Colby has been very effective for us all season long on the ice and as a leader. This past week he was rewarded for his consistent effort scoring two very big goals for us. We look forward to Colby’s continued success and helping him in his pursuit of playing NCAA Division 1 college hockey,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Trent Wiemken, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Alexander Gullichsen, F, Aberdeen Wings - Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Linards Lipskis, G, Bismarck Bobcats - Hunter Longhi, F, Minot Minotauros – Cole Moore, G, Aberdeen Wings – Gavin Morrissey, F, Austin Bruins – Alexander Palchik, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Catalano - Maryland Black Bears

Christian Catalano

Thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks, the Maryland Black Bears now own an 11-point lead atop the East Division. Black Bears forward and current NAHL leading scorer Christian Catalano, 19, had a big weekend with five points in the three wins. On Friday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of Mississauga, ON, had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he had another goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. On Sunday, he had a goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, the RIT recruit leads the NAHL in scoring with 26 points in 19 games played. “Christian is an absolute competitor and extremely talented. He brings it every single time he steps onto the ice and scores some of the most exciting goals our fans have seen in Maryland. He battles every night and is a rare blend of power and skill. Congrats to him on some well-deserved recognition,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Sean Kilcullen, D, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Achille, F, Maine Nordiques – Anthony Galante, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Johnson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jake LaRusso, F, Northeast Generals - Emerson Miller, D, Northeast Generals – Patrick Schmiedlin, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Carter Wishart - Chippewa Steel

Carter Wishart

Chippewa Steel goalie Carter Wishart, 17, picked up a pair of wins this past weekend as the Steel took two of three games in their weekend series in Kenai River. The 6’2/172 lbs. native of Chaska, MN, won both of his starts and stopped 69 of 73 shots in the two wins. On Thursday, Wishart made 29 saves in a 5-1 win. On Friday, he made 40 saves in a 5-3 win. Wishart has now won his last four starts and has a 5-2-0 record overall with a 2.12 goals against average and .931 save percentage so far this season. “Carter has had a tremendous start to his junior hockey career. He’s a quiet, but relentless worker. His hockey IQ is extremely high, which allows him to be ahead of the play. He exudes a sense of calmness while in the net and allows the rest of our team to play with confidence. He made some big saves, at key times this weekend,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Cameron, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Konrad Kausch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Aksel Reid, G, Springfield Jr. Blues – Sam Rice, F, Chippewa Steel – Gunnar Thorson, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

South Star of the Week: Camden Benson - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Camden Benson

Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Amarillo Wranglers, the New Mexico Ice Wolves extending their winning streak to three straight games as they occupy 2nd place in the South Division. Having a breakout weekend was defenseman Camden Benson, 20, who contributed in both wins. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Stillwater, MN, scored his first NAHL goal, which was shorthanded, and also added an assist in Friday’s 5-2 win. On Saturday, he added an assist in a 3-1 win. Benson was also +4 for the weekend. For the season, Benson has four points in 12 games played to date. “We’re very happy for Cam being selected player of the week. He had a great last weekend for us against Amarillo. Scoring his first ever junior goal was huge and it came and a big moment in the game for our team. It’s great to see Cam have success and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Gergely Orosz, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Dronen, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Daniel Duris, G, Oklahoma Warriors – William Gramme, G, Lone Star Brahmas – William Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Nate Mann, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Niklas Miller, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Garrett Steele, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 24, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Trent Wiemken - Austin Bruins

Trent Wiemken

With veteran goalie Ethan Robertson sidelined with an injury, first-year netminder Trent Wiemken, 18, stepped in and led the Austin Bruins to a weekend road sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The 6’0/168 lbs. native of Fargo, ND, went 2-0 on the weekend and stopped 67 of 72 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Wiemken made 35 saves in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he made 32 saves, then stopped 6 of 8 shooters in the shootout for a 3-2 win. For the season, Wiemken has a 3-1-1 record with a 3.10 goals against average and a .876 save percentage. “We traveled to Bismarck with a lot of injuries and Trent stepped up in a big way. He was able to secure two big road wins for us in front of his friends and family that drove over from Fargo, and we are all very proud of his performance in both games,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Cole Moore, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Dahlmeir, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Justin Dauphinais, F, Minot Minotauros – Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Paavo Hiltonen, D, North Iowa Bulls – Drew Holt, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Jackson Luther, F, Austin Bruins – Patrick O’Connell, F, Aberdeen Wings – Nick O’Hanisain, D, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Ben Muthersbaugh - New Jersey Titans

Ben Muthersbaugh

New Jersey forward Ben Muthersbaugh, 18, had his best weekend thus far in a Titans uniform as he helped the team to a weekend road split against the Philadelphia Rebels. The 5’11/209 lbs. native of Gilford, NH, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two games. On Friday, he scored both regular goals for the Titans in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss. For the season, Muthersbaugh has seven points in 15 games played. “Ben had a big weekend for us. He was able to drive the ship offensively and really sparked the team on the road. Ben has continued to work hard on his game and round it out. He has had a good start to the year offensively and we look forward to his game continuing to grow,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Jakub Krbecek, G, Philadelphia Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Achille, F, Maine Nordiques – Drake Albers, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Henrik Hallberg, F, Maine Nordiques – Miles Harrington, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Robert Hyde, F, New Jersey Titans – Branden Piku, F, Maryland Black Bears – Kristians Samitis, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Brayden Stannard, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Isak Posch - Minnesota Wilderness

Isak Posch

The Wilderness returned to action this past weekend with a home split against the Springfield Jr. Blues. In goal for both game was Wilderness goalie Isak Posch, 20, who allowed just a single goal in the two games. The 6’3/210 lbs. native of Umea, Sweden, stopped 52 of 53 combined shots in the two games. On Friday, the St. Cloud State recruit made 26 saves in a 1-0 loss. On Saturday, he stopped all 26 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. For the season, Posch has a 5-3-1 record with a 1.85 goals against average and .935 save percentage. “Isak has been good for us all season and it’s nice that he gets recognized for his hard work with the Player of the Week honor. His work ethic and character drive his performance and on top of our defensive team play he was able to display his skill and talent this weekend and have two stellar performances,” said Wilderness head coach Brett Skinner.

2nd Star: Carson Dorfman, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Jackson Reineke, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Billy Renfrew, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Kazumo Sasaki, F, Chippewa Steel – Nils Wallstrom, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Hayden Walters, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Malte Hasselgren - Oklahoma Warriors

Malte Hasselgren

The Oklahoma Warriors and forward Malte Hasselgren, 19, cruised to two wins over the weekend in a road seep of the Corpus Christi IceRays. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Gavle, Sweden, put up five points in the two wins. On Friday, he assisted on two goals in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick, which also included the game-winning goal in a 5-1 win. Hasselgren was also +4 on the weekend. In nine games so far this season, Hasselgren has nine points. “Malte has had a great start to the season and has continued to get better each day. He has created a ton of offense for us all season and this past weekend his line was able to carry us in getting a couple big wins. Malte plays a great puck possession game and his vision and ability to make plays allows him to be a threat every time he's on the ice. It was awesome to see it all come together for him with how hard he has worked to help us have team success,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Ryan Mansfield, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dominik Bartecko, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Nick Comfort, D, Oklahoma Warriors – Jaden Goldie, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jeff Hutchinson, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Matthew MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Charlie Masek, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Kason Muscutt, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Rihards Simanovics, D, Amarillo Wranglers

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 17, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Hunter Longhi - Minot Minotauros

Hunter Longhi

Minot forward Hunter Longhi, 20, had a big week as he helped his club pick up a weekend road sweep of the 1st place North Iowa Bulls. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Collinsville, IL, had six points in the two wins, which included three goals and three assists to go along with a +5 rating. On Friday, Longhi had a hat-trick in a 4-0 win, and then on Saturday, he assisted on three goals in a 4-3 win. For the season, Longhi leads the Minotauros in scoring with 14 points in 11 games played. “Hunter has been fantastic for us all season long. His play away from the puck is what I have been most impressed with, and it is turning into offense for him. We are happy for Hunter to be recognized and look forward to continuing to help him on his path to NCAA D1 hockey,” said Minot head coach Cody Campbell.

2nd Star: Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Johnson, F, North Iowa Bulls – Willy Johnson, F, North Iowa Bulls – Chase LaPinta, F, Minot Minotauros – Cole Moore, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Zach Aben - Johnstown Tomahawks

Zach Aben

Johnstown forward Zach Aben, 18, helped his team get back on track this past weekend with a home sweep of the Philadelphia Rebels. The 5’10/186 lbs. native of Dallas, PA, had five points in the two wins and was +2. On Friday, Aben assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he put up two goals and two assists in a 6-4 win. For the season, Aben has seven points in nine games played. “Zach was outstanding this weekend displaying the 200-foot game that he excels in so well. Additionally, he found a lot of offense for us which was much needed for our group. Grabbing two wins was vital for our team this past weekend and Zach was an instrumental part of that success. With his all-around game, very strong academics, and superior character I believe he is certainly a player that NCAA Division 1 programs should be looking very closely at,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler DesRochers, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Robert Hyde, F, New Jersey Titans – Sean Kilcullen, D, Maryland Black Bears – Logan Nickerson, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Ben Yurchuk, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kayden Hargraves - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Kayden Hargraves

Hargraves, 20, got the Ice Dogs back on track with a weekend road sweep of the 1st place Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Cheyenne, WY, stopped 74 of 79 shots in the two wins. On Friday, he made 49 saves in a 5-4 overtime win. On Saturday, Hargraves made 25 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, Hargraves has a 8-3-0 record with a 2.36 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. “Kaden is a lighthouse for our group, meaning that he provides security regardless of the weather and circumstances. That’s what he has done for us all year thus far,” said Ice Dogs head coach Dave Allison.

2nd Star: J.J. Grainda, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bryant Marks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brady Welsch, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Carter Wishart, G, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Simon Bucheler - Shreveport Mudbugs

Simon Bucheler

Bucheler, 20, helped the Mudbugs to a weekend road sweep of the previously unbeaten Amarillo Wranglers. The 6’2/185 lbs. native of Saint-Laurent, PQ, stopped 54 of 58 shots and had an assist in the two wins. On Friday, Bucheler made 30 saves and then stopped 4 of 5 shooters in the shootout in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he made 24 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, Bucheler is now 3-0 with a 1.61 goals against average and .936 save percentage. “This type of weekend is what Simon has so patiently waited for and worked for dating back to last season. Unfortunately, an injury in training has kept him out of the lineup until two weeks ago. He showed poise, leadership, and the ability to come up big when his team needed him. His contribution to the team helped us get two wins that we really needed. Chipping in with an assist was just icing on the cake,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Emerson Goode, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Preston Brighton, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Tommy Chunchukov, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Matthew MacDonald, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Drake Morse, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ivan Zadvernyuk, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 10, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Byron Hartley - North Iowa Bulls

Byron Hartley

The North Iowa Bulls are off and running to an early lead in the Central Division, which was widened this weekend thanks to a road sweep of the Aberdeen Wings. Bulls forward Byron Hartley, 20, had a huge weekend, recording six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of Philadelphia, PA, had a hat-trick and assist in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, the NAPHL alum had a goal, an assist, and a goal in the shootout in a 4-3 shootout win over the Wings. For the season, currently leads the Bulls in scoring with 14 points in 10 games played. “Byron had a great weekend for us propelling us to two wins on the road. He's a player that can make and finish plays and brings energy to the team. We will not be surprised if he earns an NCAA Division I commitment soon,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Justin Mexico, F, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Longhi, F, Minot Minotauros – Landon Parker, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kade Peterson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Adam Pietila, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Luke Roelofs, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings – Lawton Zacher, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Cullen DeYoung - Northeast Generals

Cullen DeYoung

Northeast Generals goalie Cullen DeYoung picked up two wins this past week as the Generals extended their current winning streak to seven straight games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Canton, MI, stopped 42 of 44 shots in the two wins. That included 23 saves in a 5-2 home win over Danbury on Tuesday and a 19-save shutout in a 2-0 win in Philadelphia against the Rebels on Saturday. DeYoung has on his last five starts and currently has a 5-3 record with a 3.14 goals against average and .900 save percentage. “Cullen had a huge week for us. He has been great for us since Matt Dibble traded for him early last year. He is a technically sound goalie that is also a freak athlete that is never out of a play. He had a real solid game on Tuesday and kept us in the game early, which allowed us to comeback for the win. On Saturday, he was superb in his shutout.  You could tell early on he had it and it was going to be a tough day to score on him. He is a NCAA Division I-caliber goalie that has been getting a lot of interest. We can’t wait for his continued dominant play and hopefully a commitment soon,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Christian Catalano, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals – Nicholas Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques – Patrik Berzins, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Levente Keresztes, F, New Jersey Titans – Kellen Murphy, F, Maine Nordiques - Jack Wieneke, G, Maryland Black Bears – Ben Yurchuk, F, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nils Wallstrom - Kenai River Brown Bears

Nils Wallstrom

It was another big week for the Kenai River Brown Bears who extended their winning streak to six straight games thanks to a three-game weekend road sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. For the second straight week, Brown Bears goalie Nils Wallstrom, 19, captured the Star of the Week award. Wallstrom extended his personal winning streak to six straight games by backstopping Kenai River to wins in two of the three games. The 6’3/185 lbs. native of Skelleftea, Sweden, stopped 79 of 82 shots in the two wins, which included 37 saves in Friday’s 3-2 win and 42 saves in Sunday’s 3-1 win. For the season, Wallstrom has a 7-2-0 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .927 save percentage. “Nils was tremendous this past weekend to help us close out our road trip. Nils continues to prove his ability week in and week out with consistent play. His leadership qualities and demeanor provide the team with confidence every time he is in the net,” said Brown Bears head coach Taylor Shaw.

2nd Star: Sam Rice, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Brille, F, Chippewa Steel – Noah Holt, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Adam Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cole Mickel, D, Wisconsin Windigo – Cameron Morris, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Eddie Shepler, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Aiden Westin, F, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Johan Rosenquist - Lone Star Brahmas

Johan Rosenquist

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Lone Star Brahmas ran their winning streak to six straight games and widened their lead atop the South Division. Forward Johan Rosenquist, 19, had his best weekend of the season thus far as he posted four points in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Naples, FL, had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he added an assist in a 2-1 win. For the season, Rosenquist has six points in nine games played thus far. “Johan plays very fast. He is playing with confidence right now and he is doing things the right way. He is a NCAA Division I-caliber player, and we are excited to continue to see his growth for the remainder of the season,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Gergely Orosz, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Simon Bucheler, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jesse Kirby, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 3, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cole Moore - Aberdeen Wings

Cole Moore

The Aberdeen Wings got back on track this past weekend with a road sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. Goaltender and Bowling Green commit Cole Moore, 19, was in goal for both wins, stopping a combined 61 of 65 shots. On Friday, the 6’5/200 lbs. native of Toronto, ON, made 26 saves in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he made 35 saves in a 6-3 win. For the season, Moore has a 3-2-0 record with a 3.02 goals against average and .909 save percentage. “Cole’s play over the weekend was tremendous. He plays with confidence and that becomes contagious with the rest of the team. Friday, he made key saves at the right time, allowing us to pull away and earn the victory.  Saturday night, he came back and after going down 2-0, gave us the focus and energy to enable the team to get back into the game and earn the win. His two penalty shot stops were fantastic,” said Wings head coach Steve Jennings.

2nd Star: Mitch Day, G, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Contessa, F, Aberdeen Wings – Matt Desiderio, D, Austin Bruins – Logan Dombrowsky, F, North Iowa Bulls – Vertti Jantunen, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Linards Lipskis, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Max Martin, F, Minot Minotauros – Lawton Zacher, G, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Brendan Dumas - New Jersey Titans

Brendan Dumas

New Jersey forward Brendan Dumas, 20, was an offensive force this weekend as the Titans split a weekend series at home against the 1st place Maryland Black Bears. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of North Attleboro, MA, put up seven points in two games, which included two goals and five assists. on Friday, Dumas had three assists in an 8-4 loss. On Saturday, he scored twice and added two assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Dumas leads the Titans in scoring with 13 points in eight games played. “Brendan really stepped up his game and efforts this past weekend. Brendan hasn’t much puck luck early in the year and this past weekend he was able to really get on track. His work ethic and effort were finally rewarded with a big two game effort against a good Maryland team,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: David Andreychuk, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques – Anthony Calafiore, F, New Jersey Titans – Dimitry Kebreau, F, Maryland Black Bears – Jake LaRusso, F, Northeast Generals – Patrick Schmiedlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Dylan Shane, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Greg Spitznagel, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Johnny Ulicny, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke Van Why, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nils Wallstrom - Kenai River Brown Bears

Nils Wallstrom

The Kenai River Brown Bears extended their winning streak to three straight games with a weekend road sweep of the Wisconsin Windigo this past weekend. Brown Bears goalie Nils Wallstrom, 19, extended his personal winning streak to four straight games by backstopping Kenai River to wins in both games. The 6’3/185 lbs. native of Skelleftea, Sweden, stopped 60 of 66 shots in the two wins, which included 36 saves in Friday’s 4-3 win and 24 saves in Saturday’s 4-3 win. For the season, Wallstrom has a 5-2-0 record with a 2.85 goals against average and .914 save percentage. “Nils is very deserving of this recognition with his performance this past weekend helping us earn a road sweep. He has continued to handle himself like a pro and his compete is second to none. We look forward to watching Nils continue to be a steady influence in our net,” said Brown Bears head coach Taylor Shaw.

2nd Star: Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Borgula, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jimmy Doyle, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Finch, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Adam Gajan, G, Chippewa Steel – Matthew Hale, F, Janesville Jets – Tyler Herzberg, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Beau Janzig, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Kevin Marx Noren, F, Minnesota Wilderness - Nikita Nikora, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Garrett Horsager - Oklahoma Warriors

Garrett Horsager

Veteran Warriors defenseman Garrett Horsager, 20, had a big weekend as the Warriors split a series in Shreveport. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Rosemount, MN, had two goals and two assists for four points this weekend. On Friday, Horsager assisted on the overtime-winning goal in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he put up two goals and an assist in a 4-3 loss. For the season, Horsager, who is also an NAPHL grad, has five points in seven games played. “Garrett has been rock solid for us on the back end and has been a huge part of our team success. His character and work ethic has been the backbone of his development over the years. He is arguably the best defender I've ever coached and his ability to block shots is second to none. His confidence and poise with the puck have continued to grow and it was great to see him breakout offensively this past weekend. It’s awesome to see him receive this recognition as everyone in our locker room knows what he means to our group,”

2nd Star: Cameron Crolley, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Delgreco, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Dominic Foglio, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Logan Gotinsky, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jake Mack, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mason Mara, F, Lone Star Brahmas – JD Metz, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Arthur Smith, G, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 26, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Evan Hunter - Bismarck Bobcats

Evan Hunter

Bismarck forward Evan Hunter, 18, helped his team break out of their early season slump with six-point weekend as the Bobcats picked up a weekend road sweep of the Aberdeen Wings. The 5’9/166 lbs. native of Appleton, WI, picked up a goal and added an assist in Friday’s 4-1 win. On Saturday, Hunter had a hat-trick and an assist in a 6-4 win. For the season, he currently leads the Bobcats in scoring through six games with nine points (5 goals, 4 assists). “Evan had a great weekend for us on the road to get his team back on track. His ability to score big goals this past weekend and his playmaking all over the ice is the reason he is having success and is effective every time he's on the ice,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Michael Neumeier, D, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Contessa, F, Aberdeen Wings – Simone Dadie, F, North Iowa Bulls – Byron Hartley, F, North Iowa Bulls – Will Ingemann, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Kade Peterson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Cooper Rice, F, Minot Minotauros – Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins – Trevor Stanchowiak, F, Minot Minotauros – Jacob Vockler, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Jake LaRusso - Northeast Generals

Jake LaRusso

The acquisition of forward Jake LaRusso, 20, paid instant dividends this weekend for the Generals as he led the team to two home wins over the Johnstown Tomahawks, scoring the game-winning goal in both games. On Friday, the 6’1/195 lbs. native of Colts Neck, NJ, scored the overtime-winning goal and assisted on the game-tying goal late in the 3rd period in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he scored two goals in the 3rd period, leading the Generals to a 4-2 win. “Jake is a player both me and our GM Matt Dibble have coveted for a few years. When we had a chance to get him, we jumped at it. Jake is a skilled player that will be coveted at the NCAA D1 level this year. We know the type of person and player he is, and he did not disappoint. He brings a compete level that was on display this weekend. His ability to create scoring chances is an elite and he did just last this weekend. On Friday, he had a huge assist as we tied the game with :07 seconds left to force OT, then he stole the show putting home a great goal to give us the win. On Saturday, he added two goals including another game winner in the 3rd. We are very excited about Jake’s contribution so far and look forward to him helping us reach our organizational goals this year,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zakari Brice, G, New Jersey Titans – Cullen DeYoung, G, Northeast Generals – Brendan Dumas, F, New Jersey Titans – Jack Fialkoff, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Marino Ramirez, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kayden Hargraves - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Kayden Hargraves

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs and goaltender Kayden Hargraves, 20, spoiled the home-opening weekend of the Wisconsin Windigo with a pair of road wins this past weekend. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Cheyenne, WY, stopped 71 of 73 shots in two wins, allowing just a single goal each night. On Friday, he made 28 saves in a 4-1 win, and then on Saturday, he made a career-high 43 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Hargraves has a 5-1-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. “It is a well-earned recognition as to who he is and the mental and physical toughness he brings every day to his craft,” said Ice Dogs head coach Dave Allison.

2nd Star: Nils Wallstrom, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matthew Brille, F, Chippewa Steel – Tyler Herzberg, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bryce Monrean, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Jackson Reineke, F, Anchorage Wolverines – Shane Soderwall, G, Anchorage Wolverines

 

South Star of the Week: Alfred Lindberg - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Alfred Lindberg

New Mexico forward Alfred Lindberg, 20, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes with a three-point weekend. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Stockholm, Sweden, picked up an assist and had three shots on goal in Friday’s 5-2 win. On Saturday, the American International College recruit picked up two goals, including the game-winner, in another 5-2 win. For the season, Lindberg has five points in six games played thus far. “Alfred is off to a good start offensively for us. He plays a 200-foot game the right way and he’s making things happen with the puck on his stick. We’re thrilled having him be a big part of the Ice Wolves this year,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

2nd Star: Bauer Swift, D, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Nick Campbell, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Will Craig, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Luca Ganz, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Logan Gotinsky, F, Shreveport Mudbugs - William Gramme, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Cameron Korpi, G, Oklahoma Warriors – Kaden Nelson, F, Oklahoma Warriors

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 19, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Erik Chaffe - North Iowa Bulls

Erik Chaffe

North Iowa Bulls goalie Erik Chaffe, 19, made a big statement in his first two career NAHL games. The 6’1/170 lbs. native of Marion, IA, posted two shutouts at the NAHL Showcase, as the Bulls went 3-1, allowing just three goals in the four games. In his first career NAHL start, Chaffe, who played for the NA3HL’s Mason City Toros last season, stopped all 19 shots that came his way in a 5-0 win over Wisconsin. Two days later, he stopped all 23 shots in a 4-0 win over Odessa. In total, Chaffe stopped all 42 shots that came his way. “Erik had an impressive debut to his NAHL season, and we appreciate the effort giving us back-to-back shutouts. He's calm and collected between the pipes which creates a calmness around him. As a top goalie in the NA3HL last year for the Toros we are excited to see the ladder of development working,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Ethan Robertson, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jimmy Goffredo, D, Austin Bruins - Colby Joseph, F, Minot Minotauros – Will Lagemann, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Justin Mexico, F, North Iowa Bulls – Nick O’Hanisain, D, Minot Minotauros – Kade Peterson, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Geno Pichora, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Gabriel Westling - Maryland Black Bears

Gabriel Westling

The Maryland Black Bears put together a 3-1 record at the NAHL Showcase and were led by 18-year-old forward Gabriel Westling. The 6’4/195 lbs. native of Mora, Sweden, put up six points in the four games at the Showcase. After going scoreless in the opener, he posted the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 5-1 win over El Paso. The next day, he had another game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over Aberdeen. On the final day, he had an assist in a 5-2 win over New Mexico. For the season, Westling has seven points in six games played. “Gabriel decided to come to the USA, and specifically Maryland to gain some exposure. His goal is to play NCAA hockey, and based on his performance at the Showcase, is well on his way. He is a very talented player with a bright future in this sport,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Thomas Heaney, G, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakub Krbecek, G, Philadelphia Rebels – Connor McDonough, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Patrick Schmeidlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Luka Sukovic, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Gunnar VanDamme, D, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Joe Kelly - Chippewa Steel

Joe Kelly

Chippewa Steel forward Joe Kelly, 19, got he and his team off to a good start at the NAHL Showcase. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Eau Claire, WI, put up five points as the Steel posted a 3-1 record at the event. In the first game, Kelly made a splash with two goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over Johnstown. The next day, he had another goal in a 3-0 win over Corpus Christi. On Friday, Kelly scored again in a 5-1 win over the Northeast Generals. “Joe had an outstanding showcase. He showed his ability to not only produce offensively, but also his commitment to playing the right way. Joe had an excellent summer and it’s terrific to see him get off to a great start. We are super excited to see him continue to develop and play well this season,” said Steel head coach Casey Mignone.

2nd Star: Kevin Marx Noren, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Brown, D, Janesville Jets – Jake Cameron, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ryan Friedman, F, Janesville Jets – Tyler Herzberg, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bryant Marks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kade Nielsen, F, Chippewa Steel – Isak Posch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Hayden Walters, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Hunter Jones - Oklahoma Warriors

Hunter Jones

After the NAHL Showcase, Oklahoma Warriors forward Hunter Jones, leads the NAHL in scoring with 10 points in four games. The 5’10/188 lbs. native of Andover, MN, put up four goals and six assists in Blaine as the Warriors went 4-0. In Game 1, Jones was a force with two goals, including the game-winner and three assists in a 7-3 win over Minot. The next day, he had two assists in a 7-2 win over Bismarck. On Friday, he had two more goals in a 4-1 win over Maine, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 3-1 win over Northeast. “Hunter is one of the leaders of our group and we knew it was important to get a good start to the season. He led by example with his relentless puck pursuit and compete level. His line helped lead our offense and he showed his poise and ability to make plays on a big stage. We couldn't be happier for Hunter with the start he had knowing that he has been on the verge of being a big-time impact player. His work ethic and commitment to team success was certainly displayed these past 4 games and we're excited about what the future holds for Hunter,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.

2nd Star: Rihards Simanovics, D, Amarillo Wranglers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommy Aitken, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carter Clafton, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Jaden Goldie, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – William Lawson-Body, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Alfred Lindberg, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 12, 2022sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: William Hakansson - Maryland Black Bears

William Hakansson

Maryland Black Bears goalie William Hakansson, 19, made the most of his NAHL debut this past weekend as he helped the Black Bears pick up a weekend home sweep of the defending Robertson Cup Champion New Jersey Titans. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Oskarshamm, Sweden, stopped 39 of 42 shots in the two games, allowing just three goals. On Friday in his NAHL debut, Hakansson made 22 saves in a 4-2 win. On Saturday, he stopped 17 of 18 shots in a 3-1 win. “William has shown early on he can be a steady influence in our net.  He came to Maryland and the NAHL to gain some exposure, and I guess I would say ‘mission accomplished’ based on his two starts. Congrats to William on his league debut,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Adam Johnson, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Achille, F, Maine Nordiques - Christian Catalano, F, Maryland Black Bears – Sixten Jennersjo, F, Northeast Generals - Gabe Lunn, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alec Rajalin-Scharp,G, Johnstown Tomahawks - Nick Ramm, F, Northeast Generals – Laurent Trepanier, F, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kayden Hargraves - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Kayden Hargraves

Fairbanks Ice Dogs veteran goalie Kayden Hargraves, 20, led his team to a season-opening weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Cheyenne, WY, allowed just four goals in the two wins, stopping 66 of 70 shots in the process. On Friday, Hargraves, who is also an NA3HL grad, made 32 saves in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, he increased his output, making 34 saves in a 3-2 win to complete the sweep. “Kaden has a mindset that feeds his consistency and toughness the goaltending position demands. He was solid and played very well the entire weekend,” said Ice Dogs head coach Dave Allison.

2nd Star: Ren Morque, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Conrad, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 
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