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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of November 23, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Natan Vertes - Aberdeen Wings

Natan Vertes

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

2nd Star: Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings

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

 

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

Luke Mountain

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

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

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cade Destefani - Janesville Jets

Cade Destefani

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

2nd Star: Kyle Neudorf, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Weber - Shreveport Mudbugs

Matt Weber

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

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

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 16, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Clayton Cosentino - Aberdeen Wings

Clayton Cosentino

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

2nd Star: Walter Zacher, F, Austin Bruins

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

 

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

Louden Hogg

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

2nd Star: Alexander Tertyshny, D, Northeast Generals

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

 

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

Brandon McNamara

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

2nd Star: Owen Millward, G, Janesville Jets

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

 

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

Nicholas Niemo

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

2nd Star: Sean Bunting, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 9, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Aidan Curran - Northeast Generals

Aidan Curran

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

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

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cade Destefani - Janesville Jets

Cade Destefani

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

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

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

 

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

Adisen Brueck

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

2nd Star: Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

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

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Owen Michaels - Bismarck Bobcats

Owen Michaels

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

2nd Star: George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

East Star of the Week: Hugo Haas - Northeast Generals

Hugo Haas

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

2nd Star: James Philpott, D, Maine Nordiques

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

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

Graham Burke

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

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

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

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Jordan Randall - Aberdeen Wings

Jordan Randall

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

2nd Star: Keenan Rancier, G, Minot Minotauros

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

 

East Star of the Week: Isaiah Fox - Maine Nordiques

Isaiah Fox

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

2nd Star: Max Neill, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

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

Spencer Rudrud

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

2nd Star: Connor Hasley, G, Odessa Jackalopes

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

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Jordan Randall - Aberdeen Wings

Jordan Randall

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

2nd Star: Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Minot Minotauros

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

 

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

Mark D'Agostino

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

2nd Star: Jay Ahearn, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 

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

Central Star of the Week: Keenan Rancier - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Rancier

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

2nd Star: Liam Fraser, F, Aberdeen Wings

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

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Gaulin - Maine Nordiques

Tyler Gaulin

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

2nd Star: Anthony Mastromonica, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

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

 

Midwest Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 
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