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 March 24, 2019. 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: Ryan Fanti, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness
The Minnesota Wilderness got back on track this past weekend thanks to a road sweep of the Brookings Blizzard. Veteran netminder Ryan Fanti, 19, was in goal for both wins as the 6’2/190 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario stopped 56 of 57 shots in the two road wins. On Friday, the NAPHL grad stopped all 26 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Fanti has a 18-16-2 record with a 2.53 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. “Ryan had a terrific weekend. I can't imagine a better uncommitted goalie out there anywhere at this point. His attitude and work ethic are second to none and he deserves everything good that comes his way,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.
2nd Star: Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Christy, F, Austin Bruins – Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Stepan Pokorny, F, Aberdeen Wings – Dante Zapata, F, Austin Bruins
East Division Star of the Week: Brandon Perrone, goaltender, New Jersey Titans
New Jersey goalie Brandon Perrone, 20, helped his team to a weekend home split against the Jamestown Rebels and in the process, helped the Titans clinch a berth in the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Smithtown, New York, allowed just two goals on the weekend, stopping 58 of 60 shots. On Friday, Perrone made 28 saves in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, the NA3HL grad stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. For the season, Perrone boasts a 15-16-2 record with a 3.19 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. “Brandon has been a stabilizing force for us since the holidays. With Matt Ladd’s departure for Canisius at Christmas time, Brandon has taken his game to the next level. His preparation, hard work and relentless pursuit of perfection has given our team a chance to win each and every day. Obviously this past weekend he has a couple special performances and we were able to get two big points in the standings,” said New Jersey head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Louis Boudon, F, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Zach Stejskal, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Jordan Strand, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jackson Jutting, forward, Minnesota Magicians
Minnesota Magicians forward Jackson Jutting, 18, was a one-man scoring machine this weekend as the Magicians picked up a home sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Savage, Minnesota, scored four of the Magicians’ five goals during the weekend wins. On Friday, the Colorado College recruit had two goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, Jutting scored both goals, including the game-winner, in a 2-0 win. For the season, Jutting has recorded 19 points in 23 games played. “Jackson was instrumental for us this past weekend. His ability to contribute in all areas of the game results in him being a true asset for our team. His passion and competitive nature are contiguous are we are lucky to have him,” said Magicians head coach A.J. Bucchino.
2nd Star: Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Borgida, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Jax Murray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians
South Division Star of the Week: Gabriel Seger, forward, Amarillo Bulls
Amarillo Bulls forward and Union College recruit Gabriel Seger, 19, helped his club to two important road wins in Lone Star against the Brahmas this past weekend. The 6’4/218 lbs. native of Uppsala, Sweden, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Seger scored the game-winning goal in a close 2-1 win, and then on Saturday he added another goal and two assists in a 5-3 win. For the season, Seger is 2nd in team scoring for the 1st place Bulls with 64 points in 53 games played. “Gabriel has been one of our most important players all season long. His ability to impact all three zones is what makes him such a special player. He extends offensive possessions and makes plays, tracks pucks effectively and is an elite defender. He scored the game-winning goal on Friday, opened the scoring on Saturday, and made a great pass on the game-winning goal that game. We are very proud of Gabriel for his success, but more excited about how hard he has worked on his game all season and is seeing results from his efforts,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: McLean Dorr, G, Topeka Pilots
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Valdemar Ahlberg, F, Topeka Pilots – Brendan West, F, Amarillo Bulls