NAHL announces Bauer Hockey 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 12, 2020. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2020-21 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: Keenan Rancier, Goaltender, Minot Minotauros
The Minot Minotauros opened their 2020-21 season by taking three of four points in a home weekend set against in-state rival Bismarck. In goal for both games was new netminder Keenan Rancier. The 20-year-old from Victoria, BC, faced 92 shots in the two games and allowed just two goals, making 90 saves. In his NAHL debut on Friday, Rancier (6’2/180) stopped all 46 shots that came his way in a 1-0 shutout win in his NAHL debut. The next night, he made 44 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss. “I’m thrilled for Keenan to earn this weekly honor. He is a true pro and is always ready and prepared. Keenan faced a lot of shots this weekend in his first NAHL games and many of those shots were Grade A scoring opportunities,” said Minot head coach Shane Wagner.
2nd Star: Liam Fraser, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Altman, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Thomas Bergsland, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Tyler Gaulin, Forward, Maine Nordiques
Maine Nordiques rookie forward Tyler Gaulin, 18, had an impressive NAHL debut, helping his team to a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Kingston, NH, potted a pair of goals and had a pair of assists for a four-point weekend. That included a goal and an assist in each of the two wins on Friday and Saturday to go along with a +4 rating. “Tyler is a dynamic forward who uses his hockey sense to put himself in great position on the ice and is usually multiple steps ahead of his opponents. His work away from the puck and his chemistry with his teammates allowed him to utilize his skill set to put up a number or important points for our team. The best part about Tyler is that the most important four points earned this weekend were from the team wins, not his own statistics, which is the standard within our locker room. We look forward to him continuing his hot start as the season continues,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.
2nd Star: Anthony Mastromonica, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Gelatt, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cody Hoban, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Alex Krause, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Reid Leibold, F, Maryland Black Bears – Tyler Nasca, D, New Jersey Titans – Andy Stoneman, F, Northeast Generals – Jack Strauss, F, Maine Nordiques
Midwest Division Star of the Week: No Games
South Division Star of the Week: No Games