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 May 9, 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: Lars Rodne, Forward, Bismarck Bobcats
The Bismarck Bobcats secured 2nd place in the Central Division with a big weekend road sweep in Minot. Bobcats veteran forward and Niagara University recruit Lars Rodne, 20, had his best weekend of the 2020-21 season in the two wins. The 6’1/184 lbs. native of Stavanger, Norway, had six points, including five goals in the two wins. On Friday, Rodne had two goals, including the overtime-winner, and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 6-3 win. Rodne was also a +6 during the weekend. For the season, Rodne has 26 points in 38 games played. “Lars had a great weekend for us. We needed guys to step up and he definitely did that for us this last weekend in the biggest series of the year. It was nice to see him get back to his scoring ways,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
2nd Star: Jake Goldowski, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Barrett Brooks, F, Austin Bruins – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Donte Lawson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Joey Pierce, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Jack Reimann, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Quinn Rudrud, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Spencer Schneider, F, Aberdeen Wings
East Division Star of the Week: Nick Seitz, Forward, New Jersey Titans
New Jersey Titans leading scorer and Princeton University recruit Nick Seitz, 21, had a big week as the Titans won two of three games. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of New York, NY, had six points and was a +3 in the three games. On Tuesday, Seitz had a goal and an assist and also a shootout goal in a 5-4 shootout win in Danbury. On Friday, he put up another goal and assist in a 4-3 road loss against the Northeast Generals. On Saturday, he picked up two assists, including on the game-winnin goal in a 5-3 win against the Generals. For the season, Seitz leads the Titans 47 points in 43 games played so far this season. “Nick has been a driving force for us since his return from injury earlier this year. His play this past week helped us get four important points. We look forward to him continuing his strong play as we head into the first round of the playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Stefan Owens, F, Maine Nordiques
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Biester, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks - Tyler Cooper, F, Northeast Generals – Mark D’Agostino, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jake Dunlap, F, Northeast Generals – Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jack Suede, F, New Jersey Titans – Daniel Tkac, F, Johnstown Tomahawks
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Tommy Middleton, Forward, Janesville Jets
Janesville forward Tommy Middleton, 20, had a productive week as the Jets took two of three games in their three-game set against the Chippewa Steel. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Midland, MI, had at least a point in all three games and totaled five points for the week. On Thursday, Middleton picked up an assist in a 3-0 road win. On Friday, he assisted on Janesville’s only goal in a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 6-3 win. For the season, Middleton ranks 3rd in Jets scoring with 33 points in 31 games played so far this season. “I am very excited and proud of Tommy for earning this distinction. He had a week where he had to overcome some uncontrollable adversity and did so with maturity and resilience. He led our group all weekend and has been doing so all year long. Tommy’s talent, work ethic and leadership qualities make him a highly attractive NCAA Division I prospect. Whatever team jumps on him will not be disappointed. He will be a contributor for four years on and off the ice. He’s a culture builder. The Jets staff and players couldn’t be happier for Tommy,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess.
2nd Star: Jack Ring, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Morgan Winters, F, Kenai River Brown Bears
South Division Star of the Week: Harrison Scott, Forward, Amarillo Bulls
Amarillo forward Harrison Scott, 20, was a one-man offensive show this past weekend in the Bulls series in Shreveport. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of San Jose, CA, and Bentley University recruit had five points, including four goals in the two games. On Friday, Scott had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick and provided all of Amarillo’s goals in a 5-3 loss. For the season, Scott in 2nd in team scoring for the Bulls with 38 points in 53 games played. “Harrison has been one of our most consistent players all season. He brings energy to our bench and our locker room and has been able to score big goals for us when we need them. After a very difficult start for our team on Saturday, he was instrumental in leading the effort for our comeback, which unfortunately fell just a bit short. He will be relied on as we enter the playoffs to be a difference maker game in and game out,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.
2nd Star: Cole Hanson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fletcher Anderson, Odessa Jackalopes - Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Owen Bartoszkiewicz, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Mitchell Digby, D, Lone Star Brahmas - Braiden Dorfman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Hunter Jones, F, Wichita Falls Warriors – Adam Kolcon, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Joey Larson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Jimmy Rayhill, D, Odessa Jackalopes