The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending November 20, 2016. The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2016-17 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: Tim Nicksic, forward, Minnesota Wilderness
It was a productive week for Minnesota Wilderness captain Tim Nicksic, 20. The captain and native of Tomah, Wisconsin, put up some big numbers in three games as his team picked up five of a possible six points. Nicksic (5’10/188) began the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss at home to the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday. On Friday, he had an assist in a 3-2 overtime win in Coulee Region. On Saturday, he had three more assists in a 5-2 win as the Wilderness completed their weekend road sweep of the Chill. For the season, Nicksic leads the Wilderness in scoring with 24 points in 23 games played. “Tim's offensive production has been great. More importantly, his attention to detail, and willingness to take pride in his defensive zone play is what makes him a complete player and an NCAA Division I prospect,” said Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen.
2nd Star: Tobias Fladeby, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Bossert, F, Aberdeen Wings – Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Jiei Halliday, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Tyler Jeanson, F, Minot Minotauros – Dylan Mills, Minnesota Wilderness
East Division Star of the Week: Grant Valentine, goaltender, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights posted a weekend home sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks and goalie Grant Valentine, 19, was solid in the weekend wins. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Medina, Ohio, stopped 50 of 52 shots in the two wins as the Knights closed the gap on the 3rd place Tomahawks. On Friday, Valentine made 20 saves in a 3-2 win and on Saturday, he posted his first shutout of the season making 30 saves in a 3-0 win over Johnstown. “Grant played a very big role for us in a four-point weekend. To beat a team like Johnstown once, let a lone twice in a weekend, you need to have strong goaltending. In the instances we made mistakes, Grant was there to bail us out. We're proud of his success so far this year and happy that he's being recognized for it,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.
2nd Star: Adrian Danchenko, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Peter Bates, forward, Janesville Jets
The Janesville Jets ran their NAHL-best winning streak to seven straight games over the weekend with a road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Forward Peter Bates, 20, was a big time contributor for the Jets, recording five points in the series, which included three goals and two assists. On Friday, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Evanston, Illinois, had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win. The next night, Bates had a goal and two assists in another 5-2 win. Bates is tied for 4th in team scoring so far this season with 22 points in 19 games played. “Peter and his linemates were exceptional against a tough team in a tough environment this past weekend in Fairbanks. Peter is playing at a high level. His hockey sense and ability to make plays was a key to our success up there. His game is showing that he is an elite player in this league,” said Jets head coach Joe Dibble.
2nd Star: Matt Cassidy, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Barczewski, G, Janesville Jets – Alex Falconer, F, Coulee Region Chill – Fabio Hollenstein, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Larry Jungwirth, F, Coulee Region Chill – Ryan Kero, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Julius Marva, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Ivan Prosvetov, G, Minnesota Magicians
South Division Star of the Week: Ricky Carballo, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats
It was a wild weekend in Wichita Falls as the Wildcats took two of three games against the visiting Topeka RoadRunners, scoring 15 goals in the process. A big part of the offense was forward Ricky Carballo, 19, who had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the three games. On Thursday, the native of Keller, Texas, had both goals, including the game-winner, in a 2-1 win. On Friday, Carballo (5’10/185) had an assist in an 8-7 loss. On Saturday night, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in overtime, and added two assists in a 6-5 win. Carballo is 3rd on the Wildcats in scoring so far this season with 18 points in 19 games played. “Ricky's able to produce for us in numerous ways, be it skilled plays on the rush or net-front dirty plays. He's an all around goal scorer and we expect him to have lots of games like this over the course of the season,” said Wildcats assistant coach Josh Nelson.
2nd Star: Eriks Zohovs, F, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marshall Bowery, F, Topeka RoadRunners – John DeRoche, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Cody Fleckenstein, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Mason Krueger, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dylan Lubbesmeyer, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – George Mika, F, Amarillo Bulls – Charlie Singerhouse, F, Amarillo Bulls – CJ Walker, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats