NAHL announces Bauer Hockey 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 December 2, 2018. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2018-19 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: Shawn Kennedy, forward, Aberdeen Wings
Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Chippewa Steel, the Aberdeen Wings now sit just a point out of 1st place in the Central Division. This past weekend it was Shawn Kennedy’s time to shine. The 6’0/188 lbs. forward from Bainsville, Ontario, was a big factor in the sweep, totaling 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins to go along with a +5 rating. Kennedy, 19, had a goal and assist in a 9-3 win on Friday and then on Saturday he recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, and also added three assists in a 12-3 win. For the season, Kennedy has 18 points in 21 games played. “Shawn’s play as of late has been outstanding. He is playing with an abundance of confidence and it showed this past weekend. Shawn has the ability to take over a game and come up big in key situations,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros - Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Levi Kleiboer, D, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Winkelmann, F, Austin Bruins
East Division Star of the Week: Jacob Badal, forward, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Maryland Black Bears, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights moved themselves into a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot. 17-year-old forward and Western Michigan commit Jacob Badal played a big role in the sweep, totaling four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Badal (6’1/200) recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday the native of Flushing, Michigan, had a goal in a 2-1 win to complete the sweep. Badal is currently 2nd in team scoring this season with 18 points in 25 games played. “Jacob is a really high performing forward that has made the adjustment to junior hockey very well the past month. He really prides himself on being the best player on the ice every game and making the right play each shift. I am thrilled with his development and impressed with how Jacob is playing lately,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.
2nd Star: Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Keane, G, Jamestown Rebels – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Winter, G, New Jersey Titans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jack Johnston, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jack Johnston, 19, helped his team climb into a tie for 2nd place in the Midwest Division thanks to two wins in three games against the Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota, scored four goals in the three-game series, which included at least a goal in each of the three games. On Thursday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-1 win. On Friday, he added a goal in a 4-0 win, and then on Saturday he scored again in a 4-3 loss. For the season, Johnstown is currently tied for 4th in team scoring with 16 points in 26 games played. “Jack has a tireless work ethic and will continue to create offense as he develops. He is, and will be, a large part of our success as the season progresses,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Tommy Middleton, F, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Garby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Alex Klekotka, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mason Salquist, F, Janesville Jets – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Alex Camarre, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes
The Odessa Jackalopes got exactly what they needed this past weekend, which was a couple of wins to help them start climbing the South Division standings. Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre, 20, was at the forefront of the two wins, as the goaltender from Buffalo, New York, was perfect on the weekend for Odessa. On Friday, Camarre (5’8/165) came into the game as the Lone Star Brahmas had taken a 3-2 lead. Thanks to 20 saves on 20 shots the rest of the game by Camarre, the Jackalopes stormed back to score the last four goals of the game in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, Camarre stopped all 26 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win for his first shutout of the season. On the weekend, he stopped all 46 shots that came his way in just over 92 minutes of action. “Alex came up big for us at the right time and gave us some confidence. He will need to continue his success to keep us battling for a playoff spot,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.
2nd Star: Kyle Herbster, F, Odessa Jackalopes
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Clifton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brenden Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots – CJ Regula, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls