The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending February 8, 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: Trevor Boyd, forward, Austin Bruins
Thanks to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians, the Austin Bruins moved back into 1st place in the Central Division this past week. Veteran forward Trevor Boyd, 20, was a force during the two wins as the native of Muskegon, Michigan, totaled four points in the two wins and was also a +4. On Friday, Boyd (6’3/200) had two assists in a 6-0 win in Minnesota against the Magicians and on Saturday, Boyd scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win. For the season, Boyd leads the Bruins in scoring so far this year with 37 points in 43 games played. He also leads the club with 117 penalty minutes. “Trevor has done a great job of playing consistent hockey since the New Year. He is a big reason for our recent success,” said Austin head coach Chris Tok.
2nd Star: Jared Pike, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Bitsakis, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle Haak, F, Aberdeen Wings – Evan Smith, G, Austin Bruins - Michael Soucier, F, Aberdeen Wings
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Tyler Cline, forward, Minnesota Wilderness
University of Alaska-Fairbanks recruit Tyler Cline, 19, helped the Wilderness maintain their top spot in the Midwest Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The native of Blaine, Minnesota had four points during the two wins and a +3 rating. On Friday, Cline (5’9/180) scored two goals, including the game-winner and had an assist in a 4-2 win over Minot. On Saturday, he added his second straight game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over the Minotauros. For the season, the NAHL rookie is tied for 2nd in scoring on the Wilderness roster with 34 points in 37 games played. “Tyler had a very good weekend scoring big goals at important times. He has been getting better every week learning the game at the junior level,” said Wilderness head coach Corey Millen.
2nd Star: Aaron Miller, F, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alec Derks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Josef Ingman, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hans Gorowsky, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Zack Zulkanycz, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
North Division Star of the Week: Mitch Fossier, forward, Janesville Jets
Right now there is no slowing down the Janesville Jets. The NAHL North Division leaders picked up yet another weekend sweep this past weekend, this time against their in-state rivals, the Coulee Region Chill. Forward Mitch Fossier, 18, continued his hot play with a big weekend as the rookie from Alpharetta, Georgia, racked up five points and a +4 rating in the two wins. On Friday, Fossier (5’11/175) had a goal in a 4-1 home win over the Chill. On Saturday, Fossier was part of a five-goal Jets comeback as he recorded a hat-trick and an assist in a 5-3 win in Coulee Region. For the season, the University of Maine recruit is 4th on the team in scoring with 41 points in 45 games played. “For Mitch, he has been a guy for us that has elevated his game in the second half of the season to a whole new level. He is one of our go-to guys now. He brings such a consistent effort night in and night out and he takes pride in the little things,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.
2nd Star: Peter Bates, F, Michigan Warriors
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Berry, G, Soo Eagles – Mike Caruso, D, Soo Eagles – Derek Frentz, F, Michigan Warriors – Matt Jurusik, G, Janesville Jets – Nick Kossoff, G, Keystone Ice Miners – Dryden McKay, G, Springfield Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Nic LaBurn, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays
After being out almost a month because of injury, the Corpus Christi IceRays were happy to get the services of forward Nic LaBurn, 20, back this past weekend as they split a weekend home series with the Lone Star Brahmas. The native of Northville, Michigan, was a factor in the scoring in both games as he totaled three points and a +3 rating. On Friday, LaBurn (6’1/195) assisted on the game-tying goal with a minute remaining in regulation as the IceRays eventually won in a shootout, 3-2. On Saturday, LaBurn had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss. In 36 games this season, LaBurn has 23 points and 12 goals. “It was Nic’s first weekend back after missing a month of action and it was big for him to play well. This is an exciting time for him and he is playing his best hockey of the season right now,” said IceRays head coach John Becanic.
2nd Star: Austin Beaulieu, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Brickley, D, Topeka RoadRunners – Brady Crabtree, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jasen Fernsler, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Andrew Lindgren, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Jake Townsend, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats