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 November 17, 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 Rodne, forward, Bismarck Bobcats
This is the second weekly award of the season for Rodne, 19, who helped the Bobcats stay in 1st place in the Central Division with a weekend home sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard. The 6’0/183 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, had a productive weekend, which included seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and a +6 rating in the two wins. On Friday, Rodne had two goals and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he netted the game-winning goal and had a pair of assists in a 9-0 win. For the season, Rodne is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 20 points in 13 games played. “Lars had a great weekend for us. He scored big goals when we needed him too and he is a natural goal scorer that has been very effective since joining our team,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cooper Haar, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Mason McCormick, F, Austin Bruins – Dan Russell, F, Minot Minotauros – Tyler Shea, G, Austin Bruins
East Division Star of the Week: Brayden Stannard, forward, Maryland Black Bears
Maryland Black Bears forward and University of Nebraska-Omaha recruit Brayden Stannard, 16, had a big week for his team as Maryland went into New Jersey and earned a weekend split against the 1st place Titans. The 6’3/185 lbs. native of Bark River, Michigan, had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two games. On Friday, Stannard notched an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. On Saturday, he recorded a goal and three assists in an 8-6 loss. For the season, Stannard is 2nd in team scoring with 17 points in 19 games played. “Brayden had himself a very strong week in all facets of the game. He played hard in both games, and it was nice to see him get rewarded. He is a bright and talented young player who has been a consistent performer all year for us,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.
2nd Star: Tyler Nasca, D, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aden Bruich, F, Maryland Black Bears – Spencer DenBeste, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cale Dubrul, D, Maine Nordiques – Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Mancuso, F, Northeast Generals – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Peter Morgan, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears
It was a big weekend for the 1st place Kenai River Brown Bears and newly acquired forward Peter Morgan. The 19-year-old native of Sarasota, Florida, helped his team to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. Morgan (5’6/155), who is also an NAPHL grad, posted six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the three wins. On Thursday, he collected an assist in a 4-1 win. On Friday, he had two goals and two assists in an 8-4 win. On Saturdya, he had another assist in a 5-2 win. In 11 games this season with Kenai River, Morgan has posted 11 points. “Peter has been very good for us since coming over in a trade. He comes ready to work every day and it’s showing up in the consistency of his play over these past few weeks. We’re really happy that he is finding success,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.
2nd Star: Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jordon Halverson, D, Janesville Jets – Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls
Amarillo Bulls goalie Charlie Glockner, 19, picked up his second weekly award of the season thanks to back-to-back shutouts in a road series in New Mexico this past weekend. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota, stopped all 49 shots that came his way in two games. On Friday, he made 26 saves through regulation and overtime and allowed just a single shooter of four to score in the shootout as the Bulls were edged by the Ice Wolves, 1-0. The next night, Glockner stopped all 23 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win, which tied him for the NAHL shutout lead with four. Glocker currently ranks 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.31 goals against average and 5th in save percentage with a .940 mark. “Charlie had an outstanding weekend for us, proving once again why he is such a highly touted NCAA Division 1 prospect. Not letting a goal in for 125 minutes is quite an achievement and difficult to accomplish. He was focused all weekend and made all the saves he needed to, and a couple we didn’t expect. He is a consummate professional and approaches each game with a demeanor that helps him have success,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Josh Graziano, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Googins, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Aaron Randazzo, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Luc Salem, D, Topeka Pilots – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Justin Thompson, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Devan Tongue, F, Amarillo Bulls