The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 22, 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: Ryan Ullan, goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats
It was a perfect three-win week for the 1st place Bismarck Bobcats, who extended their winning streak to six straight games. In goal for two of the three wins was 17-year-old rookie netminder Ryan Ullan. The 6’2/189 lbs. native of Hibbing, Minnesota, won both of his starts and in the process stopped 55 of a possible 57 shots in the process, giving up just a single goal in each of the wins. On Thursday, Ullan made 24 saves in a 4-1 road win in Minot and the next night, he made 31 saves in a 3-1 road win in Brookings. For the season, Ullan has a 5-3-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a 93.0% save percentage. “Ryan has been a huge part of our success this year. He is technically sound, tall and athletic, and is going to be an elite goaltender in this league. Those are the reasons I believe he has a chance to get drafted in the National Hockey League,” said Bismark head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Dollimer, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Miroslav Mucha, F, Minot Minotauros – Adam Pitters, F, Aberdeen Wings – Benito Posa, F, Austin Bruins – Jared Resseguie, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Mads Sogaard, G, Austin Bruins
East Division Star of the Week: Brandon Perrone, goaltender, New Jersey Titans
The New Jersey Titans made a climb up the East Division standings this past week thanks to three wins in three games, which included two wins over the Northeast Generals and another over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Titans goalie Brandon Perrone, 18, started and won two of the games, as he faced a total of 85 shots and made 81 saves in the two wins. On Friday, the native of Smithtown, New York, made 42 saves in a 5-2 home win over the Generals. On Sunday, Perrone (5’10/160) made 39 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The former NA3HL netminder has a 4-2-1 record this season with a 2.25 goals against average and a 93.3% save percentage. “Brandon has been part of an extremely solid goaltending duo for us all year. Brandon is a relentless worker and wants to be the best at his position. This past weekend was just a small sample of what him and Matthew Ladd have provided for us all year. Brandon played extremely well in both games and we rode his back on Sunday afternoon for the win,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Jack Olmstead, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Alden, F, New Jersey Titans – Reed Robinson, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights - Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks - Matt Wiesner, F, Northeast Generals
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jakov Novak, forward, Janesville Jets
Veteran Janesville Jets forward and Bentley University recruit Jakov Novak, 19, celebrated his birthday weekend in style as he helped his 1st place Jets pick up a weekend road sweep of the Coulee Region Chill. On Saturday, the native of Windsor, Ontario had on the Jets game-winning goal in the 3rd period and on Sunday, which was his 19th birthday, Novak (6’3/201) had a goal and three assists in a come-from-behind 6-4 win to complete the weekend sweep. For the season, Novak is 2nd in team scoring with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 11 games played. “It was a great way for Jakov to celebrate his birthday on Sunday with four points in our come-from-behind win. Jakov has been a leader on and off ice for us, and it showed this weekend in Coulee Region,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.
2nd Star: Caleb Hite, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jacob Dirks, F, Coulee Region Chill – Luke Orysiuk, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Marshal Plunkett, D, Coulee Region Chill – Isaiah Saville, G, Minnesota Magicians – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Carter Wade, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Alex Camarre, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes
The Odessa Jackalopes got back on track with an important three-game weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners this past weekend. Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre, 18, started and won two of the three games for his club, allowing just two goals on 77 shots in the two wins. On Thursday, the 5’8/155 lbs. native of North Tonawanda, New York, posted his first shutout of the season, stopping all 36 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made a season-high 39 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Camarre has a 4-1-0 record with a 1.64 goals against average and a 94.7% save percentage. “Alex managed both games really well and he is a guy that battles extremely hard. He has a great work ethic that our guys follow and respect,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.
2nd Star: Ture Linden, F, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Peyton Frantii, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Chad Hillebrand, F, Topeka RoadRunners – Andrew Lane, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Dylan Rauh, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Brendan VanSweden, F, Shreveport Mudbugs