NAHL announces Combat Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending October 7, 2012. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2012-13 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions as nominated by their respective teams.
Central Division Star of the Week: Chris Fischer, forward, Austin Bruins
Austin Bruins captain Chris Fischer, 20, helped the Bruins to a weekend home sweep of Aberdeen to run their undefeated streak to three straight games. For the weekend, the native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, had two goals and two assists for four points and was a +3. In Friday’s 5-3 win, Fischer (6’0/185) chimed in with an assist on a goal that tied the game at 2-2 at the time. On Saturday, he elevated his game to register two goals and an assist in a 6-3 win. For the season, Fischer has six points in seven games and has led the Bruins to 2nd place in the Central Division. “Chris does a great job of creating turnovers and then giving himself and his teammates chances,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok. “He plays a complete game and has great hockey sense. He is not a flashy player, but he works hard and utilizes his teammates.”
2nd Star: Mac Jansen, forward, Coulee Region Chill
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cody Dixon, defenseman, Austin Bruins – Erick Majerle, goaltender, Brookings Blizzard – Cody Marooney, forward, Brookings Blizzard.
North Division Star of the Week: Mitch Kontny, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks
Johnstown is now on a three-game winning streak thanks in part to team captain Mitch Kontny, 20. This past weekend, Kontny (6’0/180) was instrumental in Johnstown’s weekend sweep of the Janesville Jets. The native of Superior, Wisconsin, recorded three goals and an assist over the two-game weekend and was also a +3. In Saturday’s 5-3 win, Kontny scored the game’s first goal and added an assist on the last goal. In Sunday’s 4-1 win, it was Kontny again scoring the first goal of the game, which like the night before, also came in the game’s first minute. He also added a goal midway through the 3rd period to secure the win. He is tied for the team lead with four goals. “Mitch is a great leader and he leads by example,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “He is physical player and works really hard at getting to pucks first and then capitalizing on his chances.”
2nd Star: Dylan Zink, defenseman, Jamestown Ironmen
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vito Aluia, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Mark Evan Auk, defenseman, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Kyle Gattelaro, forward, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings – Christian George, forward, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings – Cody Gylling, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alex Robert, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Brett Skibba, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jared Van Wormer, forward, Soo Eagles.
South Division Star of the Week: Brandon Hawkins, forward, Texas Tornado
Texas Tornado forward Brandon Hawkins, 18, had one of the more dominant weeks of any player so far this year in the NAHL. Of the Tornado’s nine goals in regulation this weekend, Hawkins (5’11/200) was a part of seven of them, which included six goals and an assist. The Tornado won three games to remain as the only undefeated team left in the NAHL and Hawkins scored the game-winner in two of the three wins. On Thursday, Hawkins had a natural hat-trick and the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win in Corpus Christi. Friday, the native of Macomb, Michigan, had two goals (including another game-winner) and an assist in a 3-2 win against the IceRays. On Sunday, he had another goal and a goal in the shootout as Texas beat Wichita Falls, 3-2. “We think Brandon fits in really well with this group of players we have here this year,” said Tornado head coach Tony Curtale. “He probably has one of the best shots of anyone I have coached in recent memory. His success is a direct result of his commitment to his hard work on and off the ice and getting acclimated to the NAHL game and the level of play.”
2nd Star: Hampus Gustafsson, forward, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sean Gaffney, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Anthony Mousseau, defenseman, Texas Tornado – Michal Pastor, defenseman, Topeka RoadRunners.
West Division Star of the Week: Matt Seidel, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears
Kenai River forward Matt Seidel, 18, increased his scoring streak to five games with another great performance this weekend as the Brown Bears took two of three game at home from the Fresno Monsters. For the weekend, the native of Troy, Michigan, had three goals and four assists and was a +6. In Friday’s 4-0 win, Seidel (6’3/185) recorded a goal and assist. He chimed in with another goal and assist in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Fresno. He saved his best game of the weekend for last as on Sunday he recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win. His 14 points leads the team and his tied for 2nd in NAHL scoring. “Matt played in every situation for us during the weekend and he was a force in the series,” said Brown Bears head coach Oliver David. “Matt has very good hands and with his size, he is a legitimate power forward. He displays good patience and it is very hard for the opponents to get the puck from him.”
2nd Star: Doug Rose, defenseman, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garret Clemment, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jono Davis, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Lucas Kohls, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Blake Roubos, forward, Wenatchee Wild.