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 March 14, 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: Spencer Schneider, Forward, Aberdeen Wings
Aberdeen Wings forward Spencer Schneider, 20, helped his club extend their winning streak to 11 straight games thanks to a weekend road sweep of the St. Cloud Norsemen. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Lakeville, MN, put up three goals and was +3 in the two wins. On Friday, the Bowling Green State recruit had two goals in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, Schneider added the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win, which also extended his current point streak to five straight games. For the season, Schneider is tied for 5th in team scoring with 29 points in 33 games played. “Spencer continues to be a very reliable player for this team each and every week. He takes a lot of pride in playing both ends of the ice and contributes in many areas. Spencer shows up for us when he’s needed and was a key factor in this weekend’s games,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.
2nd Star: Blaine Warnert, F, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Arquiett, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Grant Docter, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Josh Langford, G, St. Cloud Norsemen – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Will Traeger, F, Minnesota Wilderness
East Division Star of the Week: Nick Seitz, Forward, New Jersey Titans
New Jersey Titans forward and leading scorer Nick Seitz, 21, had a great week, helping his club pick up five of a possible six points in three games last week. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of New York, NY, recorded seven points in the three games, including six goals and an assist and a +2 rating. On Wednesday, the Princeton University recruit had two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss at Danbury. On Friday, Seitz recorded two more goals in a 5-0 home win over the Northeast Generals. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including the game-winner and added an assist in a 4-2 win over the Generals. For the season, Seitz leads the Titans in scoring with 31 points in 25 games played. “Nick has continued his strong play for us. Since returning from an early season injury, he has been a consistent offensive threat. Nick’s game continues to grow with and without the puck and he has established himself as a leader amongst our group. He has stepped up big time with some injuries amongst our forwards. Him and his line mates have been a driving force for our offensive attack,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Tyriq Outen, G, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nolan Barrett, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Makem Demers, F, Maine Nordiques – Matt Iasenza, F, New Jersey Titans – Will Margel, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Andrew Pichora, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Andy Beran, Goaltender, Minnesota Magicians
Minnesota Magicians goaltender Andy Beran, 20, was solid in goal this past week, picking up two wins to help keep the Magicians in 1st place. The 5’8/150 lbs. native of St. Paul, MN, won both of his starts on the road against the Chippewa Steel, stopping 70 of 73 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Beran made 37 saves in a 5-1 win, and then on Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 3-2 shootout win, which also included stopping all three Steel shooters in the shootout. For the season, Beran has an 11-4-0 record with a 2.59 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, which currently ranks tied for 4th in the NAHL. “Andy was rock solid in net this week, as he continues to keep us in games. He works his tail off every day and his approach is nothing but professional. As it stands, his save percentage is top 5 in our league and we’re optimistic that he’ll earn himself an opportunity to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level,” said Magicians head coach Stu Bickel.
2nd Star: Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jasper Lester, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Bret Link, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Longhi, F, Minnesota Magicians – Spencer Kring, D, Janesville Jets
South Division Star of the Week: Ryan Ullan, Goaltender, Wichita Falls Warriors
Wichita Falls Warriors goalie Ryan Ullan, 20, helped his club to two important home wins over the Amarillo Bulls this past weekend. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Hibbing, MN, stopped 55 of 61 shots in the two wins as the Warriors moved to within just one point of 3rd place behind the Bulls in the South Division standings. On Friday, Ullan made 22 saves and stopped all four Bulls shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 5-4 win. For the season, Ullan has a 4-3-2 record with the Warriors, which includes a 2.80 goals against average and .902 save percentage. “Ryan has played extremely well for us this season and he continues to put us in situations to win games. His confidence has continued to grow and he is making the big saves when we need him the most. His calm demeanor and presence in the locker room has helped shape our goalie tandem into what I feel is one of the best in the league. His play this past weekend was a key component in us getting a much needed four points against Amarillo,” said Warriors head coach Garrett Roth.
2nd Star: Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Anderson, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Carter Korpi, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Owen Parker, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Zach Purcell, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dawson Sciarrino, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Caige Sterzer, F, Lone Star Brahmas