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 8, 2020. 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: Andrew Miller, Goaltender, Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck goalie Andrew Miller, 20, picked right up in March where he left off in February when he was named the NAHL’s Goalie of the Month. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Boulder, Colorado, helped the Bobcats to a weekend home sweep of the 1st place Aberdeen Wings this past weekend, stopping 65 of a possible 66 shots in the two wins. On Friday, the Minnesota State commit made 35 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, the NAPHL grad stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his fourth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. For the season, Miller has a 21-7-4 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .910 save percentage. “Andrew was exceptional this weekend, especially on Friday night where he made some big time saves when we needed them. He’s working extremely hard on certain areas of his game and it’s awesome to see him get rewarded,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Aquaro, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Isak Johansson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Lars Rødne, F, Bismarck Bobcats
East Division Star of the Week: Alex Tracy, Goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks
Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Alex Tracy, 18, had quite the week, picking up four wins for the 2nd place Tomahawks. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Chicago, Illinois, stopped 136 of 140 shots in the four wins. Tracy began the week with 27 saves in a 6-2 win over Maine on Monday. On Tuesday, he came in halfway through the game and stopped all 23 shots that came his way in a 6-3 win over Maine. During the weekend, Tracy allowed just two goals on 88 shots in a weekend road sweep in Maryland, which included a 49-save shutout on Saturday. “It may be hard to find enough good words to describe Alex's play this week. He played really well during the weekday games to get us off on the right foot and he carried his stellar play into the weekend. He was a rock for us all week long as he has continued to be for us this season. Given the workload and his individual performance this week, this may be one of the most deserving Stars of the Week we have ever had and I could not be prouder of Alex,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.
2nd Star: Lincoln Hatten, F, WBS Knights
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, WBS Knights – Ethan Destefani, F, Northeast Generals – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Liam Hansson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Shane Haviland, F, New Jersey Titans – Ryan McInchak, G, New Jersey Titans – Joey Stanizzi, G, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin, Goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears
The Kenai River Brown Bears and goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, got back on track this past weekend with a home sweep against the Amarillo Bulls. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, was in goal for both wins over the Bulls, stopping 66 of 69 shots over the weekend. On Friday, Pavlisin made 33 saves in a 3-2 win, and then on Saturday, he again made 33 saves in a 5-1 win over the Bulls. Pavlisin recently played for the Central Division team at the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. “Landon played very well for us this weekend. He battled hard both nights and made some big saves for us late in both games. He worked hard during our off week to get himself refocused and prepared for this weekend and it paid off,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.
2nd Star: Parker Lindauer, F, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bohlin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Carson Jones, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Devlin McCabe, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Quinn, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Rhode, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets
South Division Star of the Week: Evan Carroll, Forward, Corpus Christi IceRays
Corpus Christi IceRays forward Evan Carroll, 18, helped his club pick up a weekend split in New Mexico against the Ice Wolves. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Flint, Michigan, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Carroll picked up an assist in a 4-3 loss. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-0 win. For the season, Carroll has 18 points in 53 games played. “Evan created his chances this weekend through his effort and play away from the puck. He did a nice job supporting his line mates and cashed in when he got his opportunities.
2nd Star: Carson Nichols, F, Shreveport Mudbugs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Warren Natyshak, F, Shreveport Mudbugs