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 December 12, 2021. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2021-22 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: Tomas Bolo, Goaltender, St. Cloud Norsemen
St. Cloud Norsemen goalie Tomas Bolo, 19, helped his team to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’2/188 lbs. native of Zilina, Slovakia, allowed just a single goal in the two wins as the Norsemen extended their winning streak to four straight games. On Friday, Bolo made 19 saves in a 5-1 road win and then on Saturday, he posted his second shutout of the season, making 23 saves in a 5-0 win. For the season, Bolo has a 9-3-0 record in 12 appearances with a 2.29 goals against average and .904 save percentage. “I feel Thomas has been getting more comfortable every week and it has translated in his results. He has been a big contributor to our recent success,” said Norsemen head coach Corey Millen.
2nd Star: Carter Clafton, G, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hugo Allais, D, Aberdeen Wings – Dylan Gajewski, F, North Iowa Bulls – Patrick Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Huston Karpman, F, Minot Minotauros – Klayton Knapp, G, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan O’Neill, F, St. Cloud Norsemen – Jens Richards, F, Austin Bruins – Sean Vlasich, D, North Iowa Bulls – Jon Ziskie, D, Bismarck Bobcats
East Division Star of the Week: David Posma, Defenseman, New Jersey Titans
New Jersey Titans defenseman David Posma, 18, helped his team maintain their spot atop the East Division with a weekend road sweep of the Johnstown Tomahawks. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Pomona, NY, and Niagara University recruit put up four points in the two wins, which included a goal and three assists, along with a +4 rating. On Friday, Posma assisted on all three Titans goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 6-5 win. For the season, Posma leads all Titans defensemen in scoring with 18 points in 21 games played. “David has continued to progress throughout the season. Since returning to our club earlier in the year he has been unreal for us on a day in and day out basis. David’s ability defensively and offensively has enhanced our team greatly. We are so proud of David and look forward to him continuing to lead our team as we approach the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.
2nd Star: Kevin Scott, D, Maryland Black Bears
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Avesov, F, New Jersey Titans – Nicholas Bernardo, D, Maine Nordiques – Reese Farrell, F, Maine Nordiques – Tyler Young, F, Maryland Black Bears
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Campbell Cichosz, Defenseman, Anchorage Wolverines
Anchorage Wolverines defenseman Campbell Cichosz, 20, had a bug weekend as his team split a weekend home series against the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of Owatonna, MN, had his best weekend in an NAHL uniform, putting up six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games. On Friday, the NA3HL grad had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss. On Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 overtime win. For the season, Cichosz has 14 points in 21 games played. “Campbell has been a top four guy for us all year. He’s competitive, skates very well, and provides leadership to our inexperienced team. He is another example of the ladder of development, making the jump from the National Champion North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL to now generating NCAA Division 1 interest in the NAHL,” said Wolverines head coach Mike Aikens.
2nd Star: Gramm McCormack, F, Kenai River Brown
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Bade, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cole Dubicki, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Kayden Hargraves, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tyler Krivtsov, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hagen Moe, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Talon Sigurdson, F, Anchorage Wolverines
South Division Star of the Week: Glebs Prohorenkovs, Forward, Amarillo Wranglers
Thanks to a road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Amarillo Wranglers regained the lead atop the South Division. Wranglers forward Glebs Prohorenkovs, 20, was a big contributor in the series with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two games. On Thursday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of Riga, Latvia, assisted on both of his team’s goals in a 2-1 win. On Friday, he scored two goals and added two assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Prohorenkovs is 2nd in team scoring with 26 points in 25 games played to date. “Glebs is truly deserving of this recognition. He quietly goes about his business on a daily basis and does whatever is asked of him for the team. He is always sacrificing personal recognition or stats for the betterment of the team. Glebs is a player in our locker room that I point to every day and encourage others to follow his example. This young man will have a long career in hockey,” said Wranglers head coach Harry Mahood.
2nd Star: Alex Proctor, G, Odessa Jackalopes
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanyon Bajzer, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Dillan Bentley, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Austin Brimmer, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Wranglers – Garrett Horsager, D, Wichita Falls Warriors – William Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Frankie Ireland, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brandon Milberg, G, Wichita Falls Warriors – Dylan Smith, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Garrett Steele, F, Shreveport Mudbug