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 Hockey for the week ending November 22, 2015. The Easton Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2015-16 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: Harrison Aide, forward, Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck Bobcats forward Harrison Aide, 20, was very consistent over the weekend as the Bobcats picked up a weekend road split in Austin against the Bruins. The native of Bottineau, ND, recorded four points in the two games over the weekend. On Friday, Aide (5’9/175) had a goal and an assist in a 7-3 loss and on Saturday, he added another goal and another assist in an 8-1 win. For the season, Aide is tied for the team scoring lead with 16 points in 17 games played. "Harrison gave us a much-needed boost on the power play this weekend, showing great vision and a really impressive shot. Five-on-five, his line with Alex Strand and Tobias Fladeby has been a real constant for us since early October,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Nick Ford, F, Brookings Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Flakne, G, Minot Minotauros – Mikael Hakkarainen, F, Brookings Blizzard – Alex Lambacher, F, Minnesota Magicians – Austin Martinsen, F, Minot Minotauros – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Peter Thome, G, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Ryan Cusin, forward, Aston Rebels
Although he played in just one game over the weekend, Aston Rebels forward Ryan Cusin make it count. The 20-year-old native of Westland, MI, recorded one goal and three assists, which also included a +3 rating in a 7-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Saturday night. Cusin (5’7/178) has nine points in 10 games with the Rebels this season since being traded earlier in the year from Corpus Christi, where he had five points in 10 games played. “Ryan played the way he should and to the expectations of him. It was great to see him get back on track. Our team needs him for our overall success,” said Aston head coach Joe Coombs.
2nd Star: Spencer Wright, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Hascic, F, New Jersey Titans – Michael Merulla, F, Aston Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Andrew Roye, defenseman, Janesville Jets
The Janesville Jets completed a perfect 4-0 run through their two week roadtrip through Alaska thanks to another series sweep, this time of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Veteran defenseman Andrew Roye, 20, was a big factor as the native of Orchard Lake, MI, racked up five points and a +3 rating in the two wins. On Friday, Roye (5’10/180) had an assist in a 5-3 win and on Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 7-3 win. In 17 games played this season, Roye has eight points and a +6 rating. “Andrew got more confident in each period of each game for us this weekend. He was good on both sides of the puck and he brings another element to our game when he is playing with poise and confidence. He is a veteran that has stepped up in all areas for us since his arrival,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.
2nd Star: Todd Burgess, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Cook, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Sam Craggs, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Taylor Fernandez, F, Janesville Jets – Dominik Florian, F, Coulee Region Chill – Brett Heikkila, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Luke Kania, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Adam Kresl, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nico Luka, D, Coulee Region Chill – Gavin Nieto, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Anthony Scarsella, D, Springfield Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Austin Beaulieu, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats
Wichita Falls forward Austin Beaulieu, 19, led his team to three wins in three games this past week as the Wildcats strengthened their lead in the South Division. The native of Coral Springs, FL, recorded eight points in the three games during the week, which included two wins against Odessa and another against Amarillo. On Tuesday, Beaulieu (5’9/170) had an assist in a 3-2 win in Odessa. On Friday, the Alabama-Huntsville recruit had a goal and two assists in a 8-3 home win over the Jacks. The next night, Beaulieu had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 overtime win in Amarillo over the Bulls. He was also a +6 in the three games. For the season, Beaulieu has 16 points in 22 games played. "Austin is mega-skilled and one of the big reasons for our success over the last couple of seasons. He is an exemplary leader and role model on and off the ice,” stated Paul Baxter, President & GM of the Wildcats.
2nd Star: Alex Berardinelli, F, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Clarke, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Carlos Fornaris, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Jennings, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Carter Johnson, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Drake Lindsay, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Anton Martinsson, G, Amarillo Bulls – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Rosa, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats