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 September 24, 2017. The Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2017-18 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: Colby Enns, defenseman, Minot Minotauros
Minot defenseman Colby Enns, 18, had a tremendous start to the 2017-18 regular season, leading the Minotauros to a 2-1-1 record at the NAHL Showcase. The native of Minot, North Dakota, recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +2 in four games at the NAHL Showcase. Enns (6’1/175) scored both of Minot’s game-winning goals during the event, which included a 4-3 overtime win over Coulee Region and a 5-4 win over the Topeka RoadRunners. “Colby had an exceptional week. I think having him play games with us last season helped him know what to expect at the Showcase. He made some big plays and scored some timely goals for us this week. With that, he garnered a lot of interest from NCAA Division I scouts. With his ability to skate, the sky is the limit for him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
2nd Star: Ty Enns, F, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Burke, F, Aberdeen Wings – Eric Gotz, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Austin Bruins – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Luke Millen, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Daniel Pavlicko, G, Aberdeen Wings – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros
East Division Star of the Week: Mike Egan, forward, Northeast Generals
One of the three teams that went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase was the Northeast Generals, who were paced by forward Mike Egan, who is currently 2nd in scoring in the NAHL. The 20-year-old native of Billerica, Massachusetts, was great in the Generals four wins as he totaled six points, which including 3 goals and 3 assists along with a +5 rating. Egan (5’11/175) had the game-winning goal in a 5-4 win over Kenai River and had a three-point game on the final day, which was a 3-2 overtime win over the Amarillo Bulls. “Mike worked so hard last year and this off-season to improve. It was great to see him rewarded on the NAHL’s biggest stage. He is a great leader who put up points in pressure situations and he had a hand in all four wins this past week at the NAHL Showcase,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jurja Ovecka, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues
Springfield Jr. Blues goalie Jurja Ovecka, 18, was in net for all three of the Jr. Blues wins during the NAHL Showcase as they posted a 3-1 record at the event. The rookie netminder from Skalica, Slovakia, went a perfect 3-0-0, picking up wins over Aberdeen, Bismarck and Austin at the event. Ovecka (6’6/197) faced a total of 109 shots in the three games and made 104 saves, which was good for a 95.4% save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average. That included 40 saves in his NAHL debut, which was a 2-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings. “Juraj was a big reason we had a good record at the NAHL Showcase. He is big and plays very calm in the net and showed he has next level ability,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.
2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Duma, F, Coulee Region Chill - Gil Garcia, F, Kenai River – Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brenden MacLaren, F, Janesville Jets – Bradley Marek, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Artur Pavliukov, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Nolan Schaeffer, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
South Division Star of the Week: Gustavs Grigals, goaltender, Shreveport Mudbugs
Another one of the three teams to go undefeated at the NAHL Showcase was the Shreveport Mudbugs. Goaltender Gustavs Grigals was in net for three of those four wins, posting a perfect 3-0 record. The 19-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, stopped 56 of a possible 60 shots in the three wins, which was good for a 93.3% save percentage. That included wins over Minot, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Brookings. Grigals (6’0/185) currently leads in the NAHL in wins with four. “We brag about Gustavs all the time, especially about how he competes in practice every day. No doubt, the Star of the Week is a direct correlation to the effort he puts forth in practice and then in a game,” said Mudbugs head coach Karlis Zirnis.
2nd Star: Zac Herrmann, D, Odessa Jackalopes
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Jordan Fader, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka RoadRunners – Matt Novo, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Collin Price, F, Amarillo Bulls – Angus Scott, F, Corpus Christi IceRays