NAHL announces Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week
DALLAS, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending September 29, 2019. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2019-20 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: Lars Rødne, forward, Bismarck Bobcats
The Bismarck Bobcats ran their winning streak to three straight games with a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Newly acquired forward Lars Rødne, 19, made a big impact in his NAHL debut as the 6’0/183 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, recorded five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. On Friday, Rødne had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-3 win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win. “Lars is a great addition to our forward group. His hockey IQ is very good and he brings a pure goal scorer touch to our line-up. When we needed a big goal he stepped up in both games this past weekend,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kevin Ness, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Jake Sibell, G, Aberdeen Wings – Bud Winter, F, St. Cloud Blizzard
East Division Star of the Week: Jackson Sterrett, forward, Maryland Black Bears
UMass-Lowell recruit and Maryland Black Bears forward Jackson Sterrett, 20, had a productive weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, he had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win, and then on Saturday, Sterrett had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, Sterrett is 2nd in team scoring with 11 points in eight games. “Jackson came out flying this weekend, bringing us energy and strong play in all three zones. Not only did he chip in offensively, but also showed some strong defensive play on the penalty kill as well. He plays the right way away from the puck and is being rewarded offensively because of it,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.
2nd Star: Wilmer Skoog, F, Maryland Black Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals - Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matt Hubbarde, F, Jamestown Rebels – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Tristan Poissant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Charlie Reid, F, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jack Johnston, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Third-year veteran forward Jack Johnston, 20, helped the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to a weekend road sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, Johnston had two assists in a 5-3 win, and then on Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win. For the season, Johnston leads the Ice Dogs in scoring with six points in six games played. “Jack plays with constant energy and he keeps a lot of plays alive for his team. He is a leader and we look forward to his continued growth as he prepares for NCAA hockey,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Michael Spinner, D, Kenai River Brown Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Theo Thrun, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Austin McCarthy, forward, Topeka Pilots
Topeka Pilots forward Austin McCarthy, 20, helped his club to a weekend road split in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of Ludington, Michigan, had three goals and was a +2 in the two games. On Friday, McCarthy, who was the Pilots representative on Team NAHL earlier this summer, had a goal in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he scored twice in a 5-4 win. For the season, McCarthy is tied for 2nd in team scoring with nine points in nine games played. “After representing the NAHL and the United States in Russia in August, Austin has displayed a new level of confidence in training camp and pre-season. He took another step this weekend and saw some rewards in the goal-scoring department. His overall game has been excellent lately and we look for him to continue to grow as a hockey player and as the leader of this hockey club,” said Pilots head coach Simon Watson.
2nd Star: Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Cayden Bailey, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Max Miller, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Connor Scahill, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Aaron White, F, Amarillo Bulls