The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its Players of the Week, sponsored by SBK Hockey, for the week ending Nov. 7.
SBK HOCKEY/NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mike Monfredo - Motor City Metal Jackets
Motor City defenseman Mike Monfredo tallied two goals and an assist as the Metal Jackets skated to a two-game sweep over Chicago. On Friday, the Shirley, N.Y., native registered a goal in an 8-3 triumph. The next night, the 20-year-old added another goal and an assist as the Metal Jackets bested the Hitmen, 5-2. The Top Prospects Tournament selection was also a plus-4 on the weekend.
“Mike continues to progress steadily as a well-rounded defenseman who's an imposing physical presence night in and night out,” said Metal Jackets head coach David Cole. “He’s a leader on and off the ice and will be a welcome addition to a Division I program.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Janesville forward Larkin Jacobson; Michigan forward Scott Henegar; Port Huron forward Louis Educate
SBK HOCKEY/SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jackson Leef - Texas Tornado
Texas forward Jackson Leef put home two goals and an assist as the Tornado celebrated a two-game sweep over New Mexico to extend its winning streak to 12 games. On Friday, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native connected for the game-winning goal in a 5-0 victory. The next night, the 18-year-old notched another goal and added an assist as the Tornado downed the Mustangs, 3-1. He was also a plus-5 for the weekend.
“Jackson has received a lot of interest from Division I schools and, in a short period of time, has become one of the dominant players in this league,” said Tornado head coach Tony Curtale. “He has great speed and creativity for his size (6-foot, 186 pounds) and he’s only going to get better."
HONORABLE MENTION: Wichita Falls forward Ryan Frost and defenseman Steven Hoshaw
SBK HOCKEY/CENTRAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nikolaj Rosenthal - Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck forward Nikolaj Rosenthal connected for two goals and two assists as the Bobcats celebrated a two-game sweep over Owatonna. On Friday, the Springfield, Ill., native picked up a goal in regulation in a 3-2 shootout victory. The next night, the 19-year-old rang up the game-winning marker in overtime and a pair of assists as the Bobcats edged the Express, 4-3. He was also a plus-3 for the weekend.
“Coming straight out of an open (tryout) camp to becoming a top-line guy for us, Nikolaj has been a great surprise for our club,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “He’s extremely skilled and has been working hard and is getting rewarded for it.”
SBK HOCKEY/WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler Voigt - Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks forward Tyler Voigt struck for three goals and three assists as the Ice Dogs fashioned a 2-1 mark against Fresno. On Wednesday, the Rochester, Minn., native tallied a goal in a 3-2 loss. Two nights later, the 19-year-old put home a goal and an assist as the Ice Dogs bested the Monsters, 4-3. On Saturday, Voigt added another goal and two more assists, including one on Matt Millis’ game-winning marker, in a 6-5 triumph.
“Tyler’s a great worker who plays hard for us every night,” said Ice Dogs head coach Josh Hauge. “He had a big weekend for us when we needed him to step up and we’re counting on more solid efforts from him down the road.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Kenai River forward Brad Duwe and defenseman Andrew Huckleby
SBK HOCKEY/GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Robert Tadazak - Michigan Warriors
Michigan goaltender Robert Tadazak backstopped the Warriors to a two-game sweep over Traverse City, turning aside 70 of 71 shots. On Friday, the Lapeer, Mich., native made all 37 saves in a 4-0 victory. The next night, the 20-year-old stopped 33 shots as the Warriors downed the North Stars, 3-1.
“In his final season as a junior player, Robert has worked very hard this year in becoming a better goalie,” said Warriors head coach Moe Mantha. “He made saves at the right time last weekend to give our team a chance to win both nights.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Austin’s Keegan Asmundson; Chicago defenseman Hunter Brown; Bismarck’s Ryan Faragher; Janesville’s David Jacobson; Port Huron’s Tyler Last; Texas’ Jake Stafford; Wichita Falls’ Tyler Green