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 15, 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: Connor Mylymok, Forward, Austin Bruins
Austin Bruins forward Connor Mylymok, 19, had a productive weekend as he helped his team pick up three of a possible four points in a home series against the Minot Minotauros. The 6’1/200 lbs. native of Wilcox, Saskatchewan, totaled five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 rating in the weekend series. On Friday, Mylymok had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 7-5 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and assist in a 3-2 shootout loss. In 12 games this season, Mylymok has 12 points. “Connor has been playing really well the last few weeks and he has scored some big goals for us. He’s one of the hardest working players that I’ve coached and it’s starting to pay off for him. We are looking for him to continue his production in the second half,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.
2nd Star: Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Owen Baumgartner, D, Minot Minotauros - Owen Belisle, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Alec Cokley, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros - Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Austin Schwartz, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Garrett Worth, F, Minnesota Wilderness
East Division Star of the Week: Jackson Sterrett, Forward, Maryland Black Bears
Maryland Black Bears forward and UMass-Lowell recruit Jackson Sterrett, 20, had a big weekend as he helped his club to a three-game road sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was a factor in all three wins, totaling five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating. On Friday, Sterrett had a goal in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he scored again in a 4-1 win, and then on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Sterrett is 2nd in team scoring with 27 points in 30 games played. “Jackson has been an absolute horse for us in all facets of the game. He does it all for us… penalty kill, power play, a shutdown role, and scores goals. He had a huge weekend for us, and it is of no surprise, considering how hard he works in every game and practice,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.
2nd Star: Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Seth Bergeron, D, Jamestown Rebels – Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Spencer DenBeste, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Matthew Iasenza, F, New Jersey Titans – Max Kouznetsnov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Kyle Oleksiuk, F, Maryland Black Bears
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Austin Ryman, Goaltender, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Last week, it was Ice Dogs goalie Mattias Sholl netting star of the week honors. This week, another Ice Dogs goalie is honored as Austin Ryman, 19, picked up two wins for the Ice Dogs in their series in Janesville against the Jets. The NAPHL grad and 5’10/170 lbs. native of Fairbanks, Alaska, won back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday as the Ice Dogs kept pace for the Midwest Division lead. On Friday, Ryman stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he stopped all 13 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in an 8-0 win. For the season, Ryman has a 1.93 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in eight games played. “Austin played with a lot of confidence this weekend. He had been out injured for a while, so it was good to see him come back and play well. He and his teammate played very well in the games he was in,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
2nd Star: Ryan Kerchoff, F, Chippewa Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Braiden Dorfman, F, Chippewa Steel – Skylar Gutierrez, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner, Goaltender, Amarillo Bulls
It was a perfect weekend defensively for the Amarillo Bulls, who picked up a three-game home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves without allowing a goal in all three games. In goal for the first two outings was Bulls goalie Charlie Glockner, 19, who posted back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota made 30 saves in a 1-0 win. On Saturday, Glockner stopped all 15 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. For the season, Glockner leads the NAHL in goals against average (1.35) and shutouts (6) and is tied for 3rd in save percentage (.940) to go along with a 9-1-3 record. “Charlie had another great weekend for us. He was able to stay mentally engaged and make all the big saves that we needed. He continues to work on his game and take pride in the details of his position. His teammates are very confident when he is in the net, and know that he can keep us in any game. I am certain that he will be an excellent addition to whichever NCAA Division 1 program that he chooses,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Matthew Francois, F, Topeka Pilots
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Bulls – Lucas Sandoval, F, Topeka Pilots