The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending February 18, 2018. 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: Simon Morberg, forward, Bismarck Bobcats
The Bismarck Bobcats brought home wins in two of three games this past weekend against Minot and kept themselves in solid playoff position. Forward Simon Morberg, 21, had a big weekend for his club as the 6’3/190 lbs. native of Gothenburg, Sweden, recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) during the weekend. On Friday, Morberg had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 3-1 win, and on Sunday, he recorded a goal in a 4-3 loss at Minot. Since joining the Bobcats in mid January, Morberg has eight points in 11 games played. “Simon has been a great addition to our team. He has added some scoring touch for us and his size and speed along with his compete level is a big reason for his success,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Rykr Cole, F, Minot Minotauros - Grant Loven, F, Minot Minotauros - Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness - Alex Mella, F, Austin Bruins – Johnny Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats - Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Alex Spencer, D, Minnesota Wilderness - Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Nick Boyagian, forward, New Jersey Titans
Last week, New Jersey forward and Sacred Heart recruit Nick Boyagian shook of a tough game against the Philadelphia Rebels on Valentine’s Day and responded with two very good games over the weekend in a sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of East Greenbush, New York, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins, along with a +3 rating. Boyagian had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-1 win and then scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win. For the season, Boyagian leads the Titans in scoring with 34 points in 36 games played. “Nick continues to lead our team offensively. His ability to hunt and track pucks has to been critical for our team. Nick has risen to the occasion for most of the season when we need someone to step up offensively. This past weekend he sparked us both nights and we look forward to him being a big part of our lineup as we head towards the stretch run of the regular season and into the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Nico Appendino, D, Philadelphia Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Stanley, F, Philadelphia Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Nick Bowman, forward, Coulee Region Chill
Coulee Region Chill and NAHL Top Prospects forward Nick Bowman, 20, had a good week of games as he recorded six points, including five goals, in three outings. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Shelby Township, Michigan, started his week with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday. He followed that up with a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues on Friday. Bowman and the Chill were shutout on Saturday, but Bowman still leads the Chill in scoring this season with 39 points in 40 games, and 21 goals ranks 8th in the NAHL. “Nick is continuing to prove that he is an elite player at this level. It's great to see him get some recognition for his efforts. He is playing his best hockey heading into the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next week,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
2nd Star: Kevin Lake, G, Kenai River Brown Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Chilton, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sacha Guillemain, F, Kenai River Brown Bears - Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Koch, D, Coulee Region Chill - Jurja Ovecka, G, Springfield Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Chad Veltri, goaltender, Corpus Christi IceRays
It was a big weekend for Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Chad Veltri. The Niagara recruit backstopped his club to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners, allowing just one goal in two games in the process. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, stopped 49 of 50 shots in the two wins. On Friday. Veltri posted his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 win, and on Saturday, he allowed just a single goal late in the 3rd period on his way to a 2-1 win in overtime. The goal snapped a scoreless streak of 178 minutes and 20 seconds over the course of his last three games. “We are happy for Chad winning this weekly honor for a second time. It was his first back-to-back and he played well. He played big and kept the puck in front of him all weekend,” said IceRays head coach Brad Flynn.
2nd Star: Jaxon Castor, G, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Julian Biondo, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Gustavs Grigals, G, Shreveport Mudbugs - Steven Ipri, F, Lone Star Brahmas - Brendan Miller, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Austin O’Rourke, F, Amarillo Bulls