The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending January 18, 2015. The Easton Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2014-15 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: Nate Colwell, forward, Brookings Blizzard
Newly acquired forward Nate Colwell, 17, helped the Brookings Blizzard to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The native of Englewood, Colorado recorded four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins, which were the first back-to-back wins for the Blizzard since late October. On Friday, Colwell (6’2/180) had the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 6-2 road win in Bismarck. On Saturday, Colwell had two more assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in a 4-3 home win over the Bobcats. Colwell has played five games for the Blizzard since coming over from Corpus Christi and has six points in those five games played. “Nate is new to the team and he has come in and competed really hard. He makes us a better, deeper club and is a very good and young talent,” said Blizzard head coach Dan Daikawa.
2nd Star: Evan Giesler, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Viktor Lindell, F, Brookings Blizzard – Blake Lizotte, F, Minot Minotauros – Alex Pettersson, F, Austin Bruins – Evan Smith, G, Austin Bruins – Jared Spooner, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Atte Tolvanen, G, Minot Minotauros
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Hans Gorowsky, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks ran their winning streak to five straight games with another sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears, this time on the road in Kenai River. Veteran forward Hans Gorowsky, 20, had a big weekend for the Ice Dogs as the native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota recorded four points in the two wins. On Friday, Gorowsky (5’9/185) had the game-winning goal in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, Gorowsky added another game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-1 win. For the season, Gorowsky has 35 points in 39 games played and ranks 4th in the Fairbanks line-up in scoring. “Hans had a good weekend. He has been a leader for us and will be good at the NCAA Division I level because of his speed, skill and character,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Ivan Chukarov, D, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maurin Bouvet, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Michael Covach, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jack Gessert, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - John Teets, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
North Division Star of the Week: Zach Lavalle, F, Janesville Jets
The red-hot Janesville Jets ran their winning streak to four straight games and forward Zach Lavalle, 20, was an offensive force this weekend as the Jets swept the Soo Eagles in Janesville. The native of Oakdale, Minnesota, totaled six assists in the two wins and was also a +5. On Friday night, Lavalle (5’11/190) had two assists in a 4-2 win. On Saturday night, Lavalle picked up four more assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Lavalle leads the Jets in scoring with 46 points, which also ranks 4th in NAHL scoring. “Zach has been a guy that is always doing something to help us win. Over the past month, his play-making ability has gone to an entirely new level. He a team-guy first and he is happiest when the team is winning,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.
2nd Star: Nick Kossoff, G, Keystone Ice Miners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Blankenburg, G, Keystone Ice Miners – Evan Feno, F, Janesville Jets
South Division Star of the Week: Cody Gylling, forward, Amarillo Bulls
The Amarillo Bulls were able to move into a tie for the 6th and final playoff spot in the South with a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Veteran forward Cody Gylling, 20, had a huge weekend as the native of Chandler, Arizona racked up six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the pair of wins. The Arizona State commit had two assists in Friday’s 4-1 win and on Saturday, Gylling (5’9/175) recorded a hat-trick and added an assist in a 5-3 win, which also included the game-winning goal. For the season, Gylling leads the Bulls in scoring with 33 points in 37 games played. “Cody is a leader on and off the ice and this past weekend he put himself in the right spots on the ice to score goals and make things happen. He deserved every goal he got and also showed great play-making ability,” said Amarillo head coach Jon Rogger.
2nd Star: Austin Shaw, G, Wichita Falls Wildcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Cortese, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Nick Farmer, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Mike Gornall, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan Harris, F, Wenatchee Wild - Andrew Lindgren, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Anton Martinsson, G, Amarillo Bulls – Daniel Rzavsky, F, Topeka RoadRunners