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 February 21, 2021. 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: Will Arquiett, Forward, Aberdeen Wings
Aberdeen Wings forward Will Arquiett, 20, had his best weekend in a Wings uniform as Aberdeen stayed hot with a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Brasher Falls, NY, picked up four goals during the weekend as the Central Division-leading Wings improved their record to 27-1-1. On Friday, the St. Lawrence recruit had a hat-trick in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he scored again in a 5-0 win. Since joining the Wings in January, Arquiett has 10 points in 13 games played. “Will brings a great deal of energy to every practice and game. He prides himself on outworking his opposition. Will’s pace of play sets the tone for the rest of our group. His weekend performance was a bi-product of his work ethic and was an intricate part of our success,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Brendan Kim, D, St. Cloud Norsemen
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Costello, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Cooper Gay, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Thomas Manty, F, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins – Gavin Rasmussen, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats
East Division Star of the Week: Hugo Haas, Goaltender, Northeast Generals
Northeast Generals goalie Hugo Haas, 19, picked up two wins in two starts this past week. The 6’0/177 lbs. native of the Czech Republic stopped 83 of 88 total shots during the week in two road wins. On Wednesday, he made 47 saves in a 4-2 win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. On Saturday, he made 36 saves in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Titans. For the season, Haas has an 8-9-3 record in 20 appearances to go along with a 3.03 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. “Hugo was once again huge for us. He made timely saves, left no rebounds and plays the puck better than most defensemen. We have now played 23 straight games on the road and sometimes our legs are a little flat to start the game, so it’s great having Hugo back there to bail us out. We need him to continue his great play in order to make a run here,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: Jake Suede, F, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Shane Murphy, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – James Philpott, D, Maine Nordiques – Patrick Schmiedlin, F, Maine Nordiques – Josh Seeley, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Christian Stoever, G, New Jersey Titans – Jonathan Young, F, Northeast Generals
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Charlie Schoen, Forward, Janesville Jets
Janesville Jets forward and leading scorer Charlie Schoen, 19, had a big weekend to lead the Jets to a weekend road sweep of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 5’8/155 lbs. native of Andover, MN, had six points in the two wins, which included three goals and three assists. On Friday, the Arizona State recruit had two goals and three assists in a come-from-behind 5-4 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in regulation and the shootout winner in a 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Schoen’s 23 points currently leads the Jets in scoring. “The Jets organization and our players are happy and proud of Charlie for this well-deserved recognition. Charlie was an offensive force for us this weekend and really drove our team during two hard fought games against a very formidable Fairbanks team. Tough games require supreme efforts from your best players and that’s what we received from Charlie this past weekend. He has worked extremely hard to improve all areas of his game and he is getting rewarded for that commitment. He has grown into a leader, a team first guy and someone who craves and applies feedback from the coaching staff,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.
2nd Star: Darius Bell, G, Minnesota Magicians
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Becker, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Cronin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jake Hale, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
South Division Star of the Week: Adisen Brueck, Forward, Wichita Falls Warriors
Wichita Falls forward Adisen Brueck, 19, helped his team extend their winning streak to nine straight games thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Chesterfield, MO, had two goals and an assist in the two wins. On Saturday, he had the game-tying goal in a 5-4 shootout win, and then on Sunday, he had a goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win. For the season, he has 15 points in 27 games played. “Adisen has been one of the most reliable players on our team and he continues to make an impact in different areas of the game for us. He was part of our best line this weekend against a tough opponent and he helped drive our offense on the weekend. His confidence continues to grow, and he is becoming a really big offensive threat on a nightly basis for our team,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.
2nd Star: Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Garvey, G, Amarillo Bulls – Nicholas Niemo, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas