The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending January 29, 2017. 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: Carter Roo, forward, Aberdeen Wings
Thanks to three wins this past week, the Aberdeen Wings moved into 5th place in the Central Division and sit just a point out of 3rd place in the standings. Forward Carter Roo, 20, had a big week as the native of Champlin, Minnesota, had six points in the three wins, which included two points in each game. Roo (5’8/155) began the week with the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over division-leading Minot on Thursday. On Friday, Roo had another game-winning goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Bismarck. On Saturday, he chimed in with two assists in a 5-3 road win in Bismarck. In 39 games played this season, Roo has 35 points. “Carter has been an intricate part of the Wings family. His leadership on and off the ice has been crucial to this teams development. Carter's work ethic has allowed him to accomplish big things this season and this week’s performance shows his abilities to come up big in big moments,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Jon Richards, F, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kevin Fitzgerald, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jordan Fralich, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Derek Frentz, F, Minot Minotauros – Trevor Micucci, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Dylan Mills, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Joe Sardina, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Michael Talbot, F, Minot Minotauros
East Division Star of the Week: Nick Bruce, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks
For the second week in a row, 20-year-old Tomahawks forward Nick Bruce (6’2/178) has been named East Division Star of the Week. The native of Fall River, Nova Scotia, had five points in two home games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights as Johnstown took home three of four points. That included two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win on Friday and a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday. “We fell just short of picking up another four-point weekend against a strong divisional opponent, but right in the thick of the team's success again was Nick. He has been playing outstanding hockey for us and is beginning to round into a premier forward. The puck has seemed to find him on a nightly basis and when he has it on his stick good things are happening with it for him and his teammates. It has also been the timing in games that he has produced that has been a key to our team's success. Nick is such a responsible 200-foot hockey player that we rely on in all situations, and maybe what I am so proud of is that in addition to what he has been able to produce for himself, has been the ability he has shown to help the other players around him find success as well,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antonitsch, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Curtis Carlson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Anthony Mangano, F, Northeast Generals – Logan Stork, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Mike Robinson, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues
University of New Hampshire commit Mike Robinson, 19, helped the Jr. Blues to a home series split against the Minnesota Magicians this past weekend. The 6’4/194 lbs. native of Bedford, New Hampshire, allowed just four goals in two games this past weekend, facing a total of 63 shots and making 59 saves. On Friday, Robinson, who is also a draft pick of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, made 45 saves in a 5-2 win over the Magicians. On Saturday, he made 14 saves in a close 2-1 loss. For the season, Robinson has a 7-5 record with a 2.96 goals against average and a 91.5% save percentage. “Mike was solid in net again this weekend, making key saves each night to give our guys a chance to win,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski.
2nd Star: Parker Mismash, F, Minnesota Magicians
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Blueger, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Colt Hanks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Matt Long, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Kyle Mayhew, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Mitch Slattery, F, Minnesota Magicians – Joey Sofo, F, Coulee Region Chill – Jonas Warmen, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Evan Moyse, goaltender, Wichita Falls Wildcats
Ohio State University commit and Wildcats goalie Evan Moyse, 20, stood strong this weekend as Wichita Falls picked up a big weekend road sweep in Shreveport against the Mudbugs. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, started and won both games over the weekend, facing a total of 80 shots and allowing just four goals in the two wins. On Friday, Moyse made 33 saves in a 5-1 win and on Saturday he made 43 saves in a 4-3 shootout win that helped the Wildcats move into sole possession of 2nd place in the South Division. Moyse has a 13-5 record this season with a 2.88 goals against average and a 91.6% save percentage. “Since he made his commitment to Ohio State, Evan has been working harder than ever. It’s great to see the efforts he puts in at practice is paying off in the games,” said Wildcats head coach Josh Nelson.
2nd Star: Mason Krueger, F, Corpus Christi IceRays
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Hanewall, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Larry Jungwirth, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Hunter Stanley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Troy York, F, Lone Star Brahmas