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 11, 2022. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2022-23 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: Broten Sabo, Defenseman, St. Cloud Norsemen
St. Cloud defenseman Broten Sabo, 20, helped his club to an important weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Rosemount, MN, put up five points and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Sabo had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he had three assists in a 5-1 win. For the season, Sabo leads all Norsemen defensemen in scoring with 12 points in 18 games played to date. “Broten has been healthier and been playing better, so hopefully this is something he can build upon for the remainder of the season,” said Corey Millen.
2nd Star: Nikolai Tishkevich, F, Aberdeen Wings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Moore, G, Aberdeen Wings - Blake Perbix, F, St. Cloud Norsemen
East Division Star of the Week: Branden Piku, Forward, Maryland Black Bears
Maryland Black Bears forward and Lake Superior State recruit Branden Piku, 20, helped his team snap their slump by splitting their weekend home series against the Philadelphia Rebels. The 5’8/154 lbs. native of Harrison Township, MI, posted five points in the two games. On Friday, Piku assisted on the lone Black Bears goal in a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, he scored two goals, including the overtime-winner, and had two assists in a 5-4 win. For the season, Piku is 4th in team scoring with 23 points in just 20 games played. “Branden has been great for us all season, and really has especially led the way for us the past few weekends. He is an extremely talented player, with a passion for the game. Congrats to him on the award…. it’s well deserved,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.
2nd Star: Michael Young, F, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dominik Bartecko, F, New Jersey Titans – Andrew DellaDonna, F, Northeast Generals – David Deputy, F, Philadelphia Rebels – Anthony Gallante, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Henrik Hallberg, F, Maine Nordiques – Nash Jacobsma, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Jakub Krbecek, G, Philadephia Rebels – Jake LaRusso, F, Northeast Generals – Brad McNeil, F, Maryland Black Bears – Chase Sandhu, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks – Ryan Vellucci, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Filip Wiberg, F, Maine Nordiques
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Fedya Nikolayenya, Forward, Anchorage Wolverines
Anchorage Wolverines forward Fedya Nikolayenya, 19, had a big weekend to help the Wolverines pick up three of four points in their weekend home series against Kenai River. The 5’11/180 lbs. native over Minsk, Belarus, had five points in the two games. On Friday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, Nikolayenya had a goal and an assist in a 11-3 win. For the season, Nikolayeny had 16 points in 18 games played to date with the Wolverines. “Fedya is a dynamic player with incredible vision. He plays hard for his teammates and it’s great to see him getting rewarded individually for his team-first mentality that he brings every day,” said Wolverines head coach Evan Trupp.
2nd Star: Ren Morque, D, Minnesota Wilderness
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Anderson, F, Wisconsin Windigo – Garett Drotts, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Caleb Huffman, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Samuel Jacobs, F, Wiscosin Windigo – Konrad Kausch, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Joe Kelly, F, Chippewa Steel – Parker Knos, D, Chippewa Steel – Trent Powell, D, Anchorage Wolverines
South Division Star of the Week: Gergely Orosz, Goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes
It was a big week for the Odessa Jackalopes and goaltender Gergely Orosz. The 20-year-old from Gyor, Hungary, had three wins in three nights for the Jackalopes, who extended their winning streak to five straight games. Orosz, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Alaska-Anchorage, stopped 97 of 101 shots and allowed just four goals in the three wins. That included a 24-save shutout over Corpus Christi on Friday and matched a season-high 42 saves in a 4-3 shootout win over the Lone Star Brahmas on Thursday. For the season, Orosz has a 9-6-0 record with a 2.85 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in 16 appearances to date. “Greg has been great all season for us. It’s good that he’s finally getting the recognition that he deserves. His play on the ice this weekend was the reason we were able to win all three games. We are looking forward to seeing what he does the rest of the season,” said Odessa head coach Scott Deur.
2nd Star: Nolan Suggs, G, El Paso Rhinos
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Preston Brighton, D, Amarillo Wranglers – Chase Davis, F, Amarillo Wranglers – Liam Fleet, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Will Howard, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Will Laychur, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Mansfield, F, Odessa Jackalopes – JD Metz, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Drake Morse, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ryan Prewitt, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Drew Sutton, F, Oklahoma Warriors – Therien Thiesing, D, Oklahoma Warriors