NAHL announces Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending March 26, 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: Severi Isokangas, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats
The Bismarck Bobcats stayed in the hunt for a playoff spot with a weekend split on the road in Cloquet against the Wilderness. Bobcats goalie Severi Isokangas, 19, started in both games and played very well. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Kauhava, Finland, faced a total of 78 shots in the two games and made 74 saves. On Friday, Isokangas made 37 saves in a close 3-2 loss and on Saturday he made another 37 saves in a 4-1 win, which kept the Bobcats playoff hopes alive. For the season, Isokangas has a 12-7-1 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a 90.8% save percentage. “I thought Severi played great for us all weekend and on Saturday in a must-win situation he was outstanding and made some huge timely saves to propel us to a win,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Evan Cholak, F, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Altmann, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tristan Ashbrook, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Tyler Bossert, F, Aberdeen Wings – Carson Dimoff, F, Aberdeen Wings – Lucas Murray, G, Minot Minotauros – Reid Stefanson, F, Minot Minotauros
East Division Star of the Week: Donovan Ott, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks
With a weekend home sweep of New Jersey, the Johnstown Tomahawks came closer to locking up the #2 seed in the East this past weekend. Forward Donovan Ott, 20, made some history in the series as the 6’1/200 lbs. native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, went off for six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. The three goals brought his goal total to 30 this season, which not only 3rd among all NAHL players, but also set a new single-season Tomahawks franchise record. In each of the two wins, Ott recorded three points. “It was a huge weekend for us given the time of the year and the magnitude of the games for standings and Donovan was instrumental in our sweep. Getting six points in two games is not an easy task for anybody, but doing it when the games mean the most is always special and he has had a knack for stepping up in the big games all season long. Donovan has been outstanding for us all year long and I am very hopeful that he will get the NCAA Division I opportunity that I feel he deserves for all of his hard work and dedication this season,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: Andrew Bellant, F, Aston Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antonitsch, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Nick Bruce, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Mike Gelatt, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Ryan Patrick, F, Aston Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jordan Greenfield-Flemon, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues
The Springfield Jr. Blues faced a must-win situation this weekend in their home series against the Minnesota Magicians. Goalie Jordan Greenfield-Flemon, 20, stepped to the forefront for his club as he started and won both games, keeping the Jr. Blues in the race for the final playoff spot in the Midwest Division. It total, the 6’4/195 lbs. native of Edmonton, Alberta, faced 71 shots and made 68 saves in the two wins. On Friday, Greenfield-Flemon had 38 saves through regulation and overtime, then stopped all four Magicians shooters in a 3-2 shootout victory. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 4-1 win. For the season, Greenfield-Flemon has a record of 4-4-1 with a 2.43 goals against average and a 93.4% save percentage. “Jordan was a calming force for us in net this past weekend. He made some big saves late Friday that gave us a chance to win and on Saturday he was consistent and just shut the door,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski.
2nd Star: Luke Radetic, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colt Hanks, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Joe Marcoullier, G, Coulee Region Chill – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, F, Coulee Region Chill – Marc Sullivan, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tanner Tweten, F, Minnesota Magicians – Hunter Wendt, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
South Division Star of the Week: George Mika, forward, Amarillo Bulls
Amarillo Bulls leading scorer and forward George Mika, 20, kept his hot play going this past week as the Bulls won two of three games against the Odessa Jackalopes. The 5’11/181 lbs. native of Naples, Florida, had a total of four points (3 goals, 1 assists) in the three games and moved his active point streak to six straight games. The UMass recruit began the week with a goal in a 5-2 loss in Odessa on Thursday. On Friday, Mika had the overtime-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, Mika recorded another goal in regulation in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Mika not only leads the Bulls in scoring, but the entire NAHL as well with 66 points in 56 games played, and his 31 goals ranks 2nd. “The Amarillo Bulls organization is proud of George and his Star of the Week Honor. He has been our most productive player all year long and factored in heavily this past weekend to our two home wins,” said Amarillo head coach George Mika.
2nd Star: Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Burnett, F, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Ben Churchfield, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Croix Evingson, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Cole Filler, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brendan Furry, F, Amarillo Bulls – Mason Krueger, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – David Marabella, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka RoadRunners – Hunter Stanley, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jonathan Waring, D, Wichita Falls Wildcats