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 October 20, 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. Watch:
Central Division Star of the Week: Riley Murphy, Forward, Aberdeen Wings
Aberdeen Wings forward Riley Murphy, 19, helped his team pick up four big points in the weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Rockford, Michigan, posted four points in the two wins and was a +4. On Friday, Murphy had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 4-0 win.“Riley has matured a lot from his time in the NAHL, and he has become a big leader to this year’s group. He has the ability to be a difference maker each night. This weekend was a great example of the elite hockey style he can play,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andranik Armstrong-Kingkade, F, Minot Minotauros – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Josef Glamos, Forward, New Jersey Titans
The 1st place New Jersey Titans rolled to a weekend sweep and extended their winning streak to five straight games. Helping lead the way offensively was 20-year-old forward Josef Glamos. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Baldwinsville, New York, had three points in the two wins over the Maine Nordiques. On Friday, Glamos had two goals in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 5-2 win. “Joe has really continued to grow as a player. He and his line mates have worked really hard on their identity and embraced what makes them successful. Joe has really worked hard on and off the ice to become a consistent player in our lineup. This past weekend he was able to be a big part of our offensive attack and also played a big role on the penalty kill. Joe was named one of our assistant captains this past weekend and we look forward to him continuing to lead our team and we strive to qualify for the Robertson Cup playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin, Goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears
Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, helped his team move into 1st place in the Midwest Division by picking up three of four points in a weekend home series against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, allowed just a single goal on 68 shots in the two games. On Friday, Pavlisin stopped all 35 shots in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Magicians. On Saturday, he allowed just a single goal and made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. “Landon was excellent this past weekend, coming up with a number of big saves both nights. In two low scoring games he was a big reason why our team was able to get points out of both nights. He’s been a calming influence for us all season,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.
2nd Star: Wes Mankowski, G, Minnesota Magicians
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Isaak Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Ryan Reid, D, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner, Goaltender, Amarillo Bulls
The Amarillo Bulls ran their winning streak to five straight games thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Lone Star Brahmas. 19-year-old Bulls netminder Charlie Glockner started and won both games, allowing just two goals in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, made 21 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped all three Brahmas shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he posted his first career NAHL shutout, making nine saves in a 1-0 win over the Brahmas. “Charlie had a great bounce-back weekend for us. He battled through some adversity the previous weekend and responded in a big way. He was excellent on Friday, making some very big saves, especially in OT. Saturday was a tough game, not facing many shots, but he had to stay mentally focused and prepared when he was challenged. He definitely earned that shutout,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Sam Miller, D, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Nick Dineen, D, Amarillo Bulls – Matt Hutton, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Nardecchia, F, Topeka Pilots – Richie Parent, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Aaron Randazzo, G, Odessa Jackalopes