NAHL announces Easton Divisional Stars of the Week
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending February 16, 2014. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2013-14 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.
Central Division Star of the Week: Henry Dill, goaltender, Aberdeen Wings
Aberdeen goalie Henry Dill, 18, won both starts this past weekend as the Wings won two home games against Brookings on Friday night and Minot on Saturday night. The native of Columbus, Ohio faced 43 shots in the two games and stopped 40 of them. On Friday, Dill (6’2/205) made 17 saves in a 6-1 win over the Brookings Blizzard. On Saturday night, Dill was even better making 33 saves in a 3-2 win over the Minot Minotauros. To date, Dill has a 13-7 record with a 2.43 goals against average and a 92.1% save percentage. “Henry was great for us this past weekend. He has worked very hard and shown a lot of improvement. His award is well deserved,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter.
2nd Star: Drew Doyon, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Kyle Lee, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
The Ice Dogs have the NAHL’s best record and a 12 point lead atop of the Midwest Division and this past weekend they continued their winning ways with a sweep of the Austin Bruins. 20-year-old forward Kyle Lee had five points in the two wins to lead the Ice Dogs. On Friday, the native of Wausau, Wisconsin had the game-winning goal and three assists in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, Lee (5’8/170) picked up an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Lee is 4th in Ice Dogs scoring with 35 points in 49 games played. “I thought Kyle played really well last week. He is one of the leaders of our team and he seems to play his best hockey when the game is on the line,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Chase Perry, G, Wenatchee Wild
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Forbort, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tyler Hart, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Nicholas Rivera, F, Wenatchee Wild – Colton Wolter, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
North Division Star of the Week: Jordan Watt, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks
20-year-old forward Jordan Watt helped the Tomahawks get back on track with a weekend home sweep of the Michigan Warriors. Leading the way was Watt (5’11/180), who had four goals in the two wins and was also a +4. The native or Orange, California had a goal in Friday’s 5-0 shutout of Michigan. The next night, Watt had one of the best games of his career with a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in a 6-4 win over the Warriors. For the season, the three-year veteran has 25 points in 45 games played. “I am very happy for Jordan to have been honored because he has been working very hard. He is a pure goal scorer and really understands how to be a leader,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence.
2nd Star: Shane Bednard, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Kalter, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Austin Romzek, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Jack Sloan, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Bryce VanHorn, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons
South Division Star of the Week: Mike Davis, forward, Amarillo Bulls
The reigning NAHL Forward of the Month Mike Davis, 20, had a great weekend to help the Amarillo Bulls stay on top in the South Division with a weekend home sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. Davis (5’9/185) tallied two goals and two assists and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday night, the native of Newark, Delaware had two assists in a 9-2 win. On Saturday, Davis scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-0 shutout win. For the season, Davis not only leads the Bulls in scoring, but the entire NAHL as well as he has 53 points in 48 games played. Mike is the ultimate competitor and warrior. He does the little things to make him and his team successful and it will make him a great NCAA Division I hockey player someday,” said Bulls head coach Dennis Williams.
2nd Star: Brenden Dunning, F, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): PJ Bridges, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Jared Dedenbach, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Cody Gylling, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Todd Koritzinsky, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats – James Ring, forward, Topeka RoadRunners