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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of April 8, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: John Sladic - Aberdeen Wings

John Sladic

The Central Division regular season champion Aberdeen Wings closed out their regular season in style with a weekend road sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. Forward and Miami University recruit John Sladic, 21, had a four-point weekend in the two wins. The 5’8/164 lbs. native of Novi, Michigan had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win on Thursday and a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win on Friday. For the 2018-19 regular season, Sladic finished 2nd in team scoring with  62 points in 55 games played. “John’s been a big player for us the entire season. He is a hardworking young man that embraces doing things the right way each and every game. He thrives in the big moments and his play this weekend was outstanding,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Andrew Kangas, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Stepan Pokorny, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Jake Fuss - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jake Fuss

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights made a late push to try and make the playoffs in the East Division and did all they could thanks to two wins over the Maryland Black Bears. While their effort fell just two points short, forward and leading scorer Jake Fuss, 20, made his final weekend in the NAHL one to remember. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Fairfield, Connecticut, had seven points in the wins, which included five goals and two assists. On Friday, Fuss had a hat-trick and two assists in an 8-1 win, and then on Saturday he had two more goals in a 5-4 overtime win. For the season, Fuss led all Knights players with 41 points in 59 games played. “Jake has been an offensive force and leader for the team all season. It was great to see him showcase his abilities and lead our team to two wins in his last two junior hockey games. Jake has had a great season and we look forward to watching him continue his career at the college level,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Adrian Danchenko, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carter McPhail, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears – Connor Pooley, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Nardella - Janesville Jets

Nick Nardella

Janesville Jets forward and Michigan Tech recruit Nick Nardella, 20, helped his team pick up three of a possible four points in a weekend road series in Springfield. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Rosemount, Illinois, racked up five assists in the two games as the playoff-bound Jets prepared to take on Fairbanks in the Midwest Division Semi-Finals. On Friday, Nardella had three assists in a 4-2 win and then on Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 4-3 overtime loss. For the season, Nardella finished tied for the team lead in scoring with 36 points in 48 games played. “Nick had a huge weekend for the Jets and was tremendous both nights. He showed his NCAA Division I ability every shift and was rewarded by his effort,” said Jets head coach Corey Leivermann.

2nd Star: Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Aird, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Hanewall, F, Janesville Jets – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Logan Jenuwine - Amarillo Bulls

Logan Jenuwine

Amarillo Bulls forward and Arizona State recruit Logan Jenuwine, 20, capped off an historic regular season with another productive weekend as the Bulls picked up two wins on the road in Odessa. The 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, nabbed four more points, including two more goals to put a cap on his record-breaking regular season totals. On Friday, Jenuwine scored his 59th goal of the season in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday, he scored his 60th goal of the season and added two assists in a 7-2 win. Jenuwine set a new NAHL record with 50 goals in one season and his 104 points this year was the most of any player since the 1989-90 season. “Logan had a great weekend and really finished the regular season strong. Scoring his league-record 60th goal in 59 games is an accomplishment that we may not see again. Our staff and entire organization are proud of his leadership and contributions to our team both on and off the ice and look forward to him leading our team into the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Samuel Vyletelka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Zach Heintz, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Eric Huss, F, Lone Star Brahmas – David Ojamae, F, Amarillo Bulls – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka Pilots – Brendan Schultz, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of April 1, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Aaron Myers - Minnesota Wilderness

Aaron Myers

Minnesota Wilderness forward Aaron Myers, 19, is putting a great cap on his rookie season in the NAHL. The 5’11/176 lbs. native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, continued his point production this past weekend in a weekend road split against the Minot Minotauros, totaling six points in two games. On Friday, Myers had a goal and four assists in a 5-4 overtime win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist on the lone goal for the Wilderness in a 5-1 loss. For the season, Myers leads the team in scoring with 50 points 55 games played. “Aaron is an outstanding 200-foot player. He showed again last weekend why he is one of the best all-around players to ever play for the Wilderness,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Adam Pitters, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Aquaro, F, Brookings Blizzard – Jonathan Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Gabe Wahl, F, Brookings Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Kyle Jeffers - New Jersey Titans

Kyle Jeffers

Winners of their last three straight games, including two this weekend against the Maryland Black Bears, the New Jersey Titans are trying to catch fire at the right time of year. This past weekend, it was forward Kyle Jeffers, 20, leading the charge. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Old Bridge, New Jersey, and American International College recruit had five points in the two wins and sweep. On Friday, the NAPHL grad had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 win, and then on Saturday he had three assists in a 7-3 win. For the season, Jeffers is second in team scoring with 51 points in 58 games played. “Kyle had a monster offensive weekend for us against Maryland. He was a consistent threat for us along with his linemates Kyler Head and Mitch Machlitt. I thought his work 5 on 5 and on the power play was a big difference.  Kyle has been one of leading scorers throughout the season and we need him to continue to be a leader for us as we head towards the Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said New Jersey head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Chris Garbe, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ben Schmidling - Shreveport Mudbugs

Ben Schmidling

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Ben Schmidling, 21, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 5’10/172 lbs. native of St. Joseph, Missouri, racked up six more points in the two wins and extended his point steak to eight straight games. On Friday, Schmidling had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, Schmidling had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. For the season, Schmidling is second in team scoring with 65 points in 58 games played. “Ben has been on quite a roll for us the past month. He has been a leader offensively for us and we will need him to continue that heading into the playoffs,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Matt Hanewall, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sean Driscoll, D, Janesville Jets – Jack Jensen, F, Minnesota Magicians – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ben Schultheis, D, Minnesota Magicians – Trenton Woods, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Brendan West - Amarillo Bulls

Brendan West

Amarillo Bulls forward Brendan West, 19, helped his club win two of three home games this weekend against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The 5’8/165 lbs. native of Plymouth, Michigan, totaled six points, including five goals in the three games and scored at least a goal in each game of the series. On Friday, West had a goal and an assist in an 8-2 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in an 8-3 win, and then on Sunday he scored another goal in a 4-3 loss. For the season, West has 24 points in 50 games played. “Brendan has continued to work on his game and his offensive production as of late has been very important for our team. He also defends very well and is an important penalty killer for us. I am confident that he is going to be an excellent player at the NCAA Division I level,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Evennou, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Zach Heintz, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Jaunich, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Che Landikusic, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Warren Natyshak, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Mitch Walinski, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 25, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Fanti - Minnesota Wilderness

Ryan Fanti

The Minnesota Wilderness got back on track this past weekend thanks to a road sweep of the Brookings Blizzard. Veteran netminder Ryan Fanti, 19, was in goal for both wins as the 6’2/190 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario stopped 56 of 57 shots in the two road wins. On Friday, the NAPHL grad stopped all 26 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made 30 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Fanti has a 18-16-2 record with a 2.53 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. “Ryan had a terrific weekend. I can't imagine a better uncommitted goalie out there anywhere at this point. His attitude and work ethic are second to none and he deserves everything good that comes his way,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Christy, F, Austin Bruins – Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Stepan Pokorny, F, Aberdeen Wings – Dante Zapata, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Brandon Perrone - New Jersey Titans

Brandon Perrone

New Jersey goalie Brandon Perrone, 20, helped his team to a weekend home split against the Jamestown Rebels and in the process, helped the Titans clinch a berth in the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Smithtown, New York, allowed just two goals on the weekend, stopping 58 of 60 shots. On Friday, Perrone made 28 saves in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday, the NA3HL grad stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. For the season, Perrone boasts a 15-16-2 record with a 3.19 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. “Brandon has been a stabilizing force for us since the holidays.  With Matt Ladd’s departure for Canisius at Christmas time, Brandon has taken his game to the next level.  His preparation, hard work and relentless pursuit of perfection has given our team a chance to win each and every day.  Obviously this past weekend he has a couple special performances and we were able to get two big points in the standings,” said New Jersey head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Louis Boudon, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Zach Stejskal, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Jordan Strand, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jackson Jutting - Minnesota Magicians

Jackson Jutting

Minnesota Magicians forward Jackson Jutting, 18, was a one-man scoring machine this weekend as the Magicians picked up a home sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Savage, Minnesota, scored four of the Magicians’ five goals during the weekend wins. On Friday, the Colorado College recruit had two goals in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, Jutting scored both goals, including the game-winner, in a 2-0 win. For the season, Jutting has recorded 19 points in 23 games played. “Jackson was instrumental for us this past weekend. His ability to contribute in all areas of the game results in him being a true asset for our team. His passion and competitive nature are contiguous are we are lucky to have him,” said Magicians head coach A.J. Bucchino.

2nd Star: Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Borgida, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Jax Murray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Gabriel Seger - Amarillo Bulls

Gabriel Seger

Amarillo Bulls forward and Union College recruit Gabriel Seger, 19, helped his club to two important road wins in Lone Star against the Brahmas this past weekend. The 6’4/218 lbs. native of Uppsala, Sweden, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Seger scored the game-winning goal in a close 2-1 win, and then on Saturday he added another goal and two assists in a 5-3 win. For the season, Seger is 2nd in team scoring for the 1st place Bulls with 64 points in 53 games played. “Gabriel has been one of our most important players all season long. His ability to impact all three zones is what makes him such a special player. He extends offensive possessions and makes plays, tracks pucks effectively and is an elite defender. He scored the game-winning goal on Friday, opened the scoring on Saturday, and made a great pass on the game-winning goal that game. We are very proud of Gabriel for his success, but more excited about how hard he has worked on his game all season and is seeing results from his efforts,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: McLean Dorr, G, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Valdemar Ahlberg, F, Topeka Pilots – Brendan West, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 18, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dante Sheriff - Austin Bruins

Dante Sheriff

Thanks to two wins in three games this past week, the Austin Bruins were able to punch their ticket to the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Forward and leading scorer Dante Sheriff, 19, was a factor in all three games, notching eight points and a +3 rating. On Wednesday, the 5’9/175 lbs. native of Toronto, Ontario assisted on all three goals in a 3-1 home win over the Minnesota Wilderness. On Friday night, Sheriff had a goal and three assists in a 5-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard. On Saturday, he assisted on the lone Bruins goal in a 4-1 loss against Brookings. For the season, Sheriff, who played in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, leads the Bruins in scoring with 64 points in 52 games played. “Dante is a special player and has consistently been a huge part of our offense all season. He has the ability to take over a game and make things happen for us. We need him to continue that down the stretch and into playoffs,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle, F, Minot Minotauros – Brock Draeger, D, Brookings Blizzard – Tyler Hinterser, F, Brookings Blizzard – Andrew Kangas, F, Minot Minotauros – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Donte Lawson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Stepan Pokorny, F, Aberdeen Wings – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Luke Mountain - Maryland Black Bears

Luke Mountain

Maryland Black Bears forward Luke Mountain, 19, helped his club to a weekend home split with the New Jersey Titans. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Woodbury, Minnesota, recorded two goals and two assists and was a +3 in the two games. On Friday, Mountain had a goal and an assist in a close 4-3 loss. On Saturday, he had an assist and the game-winning goal in overtime with just :02 seconds left to lift the Black Bears to a 3-2 win. For the season, Mountain has recorded 24 points in 45 games played. “Luke has been a model of hard work and determination all season long. No one practices harder than him, and even as a rookie, has brought very strong leadership skills to our team. He thrives under pressure and loves to be counted on in big moments.  Luke has been developing quite nicely all year and the Maryland Black Bears organization is proud of his selection as East Division Star of the Week,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylkmok.

2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Fuss, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Mitchell Hale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Connor Marshall, F, Northeast Generals – Brady Medeiros, D, New Jersey Titans – Ryan Rowland, D, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Mobley - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Luke Mobley

Thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Janesville Jets, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs widened their lead atop the Midwest Division. Forward Luke Mobley, 19, played a big role in the sweep, racking up eight points in the three wins. On Thursday, the 6’2/205 lbs. native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, picked up an assist in a 3-0 win. On Friday, Mobley exploded for a hat-trick and three assists in an 8-3 win, which included the game-winning goal. On Saturday, he picked up another goal in a 3-2 win. For the season, Mobley is 2nd in team scoring with 41 points in 54 games played. “Luke had a phenomenal weekend on both sides of the puck. His continued development is starting to show and is becoming a large part of his team’s success,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Clark, D, Chippewa Steel – Matt Hanewall, F, Janesville Jets – Matt Kirwan, F, Janesville Jets – Zack Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Dylan Moulton, D, Chippewa Steel – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Seth Eisele - Lone Star Brahmas

Seth Eisele

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Lone Star Brahmas became the second team from the South Division to qualify for the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Backstopping the Brahmas in both wins was goaltender and Lake Superior State recruit Seth Eisele. The 20-year-old native of Stillwater, Minnesota, stopped 69 of 71 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Eisele (6’5/180) made 31 saves in a 4-1 win, and then on Saturday he made 38 saves and stopped both Corpus Christi shooters in the shootout in a 2-1 win. For the season, Eisele has a 16-7-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .931 save percentage, which ranks tied for 4th in the NAHL. “Seth has been one of our best players all year. He has been consistent, steady, and a guy that has accepted and thrived the starting role without any type of hesitation after Harrison Feeney left for the NCAA,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls – McLean Dorr, G, Topeka Pilots – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots – Frank Trazzera, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 11, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nicholas Grabko - Minot Minotauros

Nicholas Grabko

It was a big week for Minot Minotauros and NAHL Top Prospects goalie Nicholas Grabko, 19, who extended his personal and the team winning streak to four straight games with a pair of wins over the Bismarck Bobcats. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Channahon, Illinois, gave up just two goals in two wins this past week, stopping 67 of a possible 69 shots. On Wednesday, Grabko made 29 saves and stopped four of five shooters in a 2-1 shootout win over the Bobcats. On Saturday, Grabko was even better as he made 38 saves in an2-1 overtime win on the road in Bismarck. For the season, Grabko has a 18-10-0 record with a 2.57 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. “Nick was exceptional in a huge home-and-home series against a tough opponent in Bismarck. I thought he stole the game on Wednesday and backed it up with another solid effort on Saturday. You need to have strong goaltending to have success this time of year, and our guys have certainly supplied that,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Didrik Henbrant, F, Minot Minotauros – Landon Langenbrunner, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Niki Jasko - Jamestown Rebels

Niki Jasko

Jamestown Rebels forward Niki Jasko, 20, helped his team pick up five of a possible six points this past week. The 5’11/195 lbs. native of Bratislava, Slovakia, recorded six goals in three games last week and was also a +6. On Wednesday, Jasko scored one of two goals in a close 3-2 overtime loss in Johnstown. On Friday, he scored two goals in a 5-1 home win over the New Jersey Titans. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over the Titans, which completed the weekend sweep. For the season, Jasko has 17 points, including 13 goals in 28 NAHL games played so far this season. “Niki scored some really timely goals for us this past week and I feel like he is playing his best hockey of the season right now. As we get ready for the Robertson Cup Playoffs, production from guys like Niki will be important to our success in the post-season,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Cam Hebert, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Louis Boudon, F, Northeast Generals – Carter McPhail, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mattias Sholl - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Mattias Sholl

Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Mattias Sholl, 18, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians, as the Ice Dogs moved into sole possession of 1st place in the NAHL’s Midwest Division. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Hermosa Beach, California, allowed just a single goal on 53 combines shots in the two wins. On Friday, Sholl made 31 saves in a 2-1 win, and then on Saturday he stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. For the season, Sholl has an 11-1-4 record with a 1.87 goals against average, which ranks 1st in the NAHL, and a .928 save percentage. “Mattias is playing with a lot of confidence and it showed this weekend. He made some very timely saves for our team and helped us pick up two big wins,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Tanner Edwards, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sam Metcalf, G, Janesville Jets – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel – Andy Walker, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Hugh Quinn - Topeka Pilots

Hugh Quinn

Topeka Pilots forward Hugh Quinn, 19, helped his team to a weekend split with the Corpus Christi IceRays in a weekend that featured plenty of offense and scoring. The 6’1/180 lbs. native of Orsa, Sweden, put up eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in two games. On Friday night, Quinn had two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win. On Saturday, he had two more goals and three assists in an 8-7 overtime win. For the season, Quinn is tied for 4th in team scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 49 games played. “Hugh has elevated his game recently and has been a threat every time he is on the ice. His play this weekend is a result of all the hard work he has put in thus far,” said Pilots head coach Simon Watson.

2nd Star: Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Conroy, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Brendan Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jake Stella, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 4, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Didrik Henbrant - Minot Minotauros

Didrik Henbrant

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness, the Minot Minotauros stayed in 2nd place in the Central Division playoff race. Forward Didrik Henbrant, 20, was a big factor in the weekend wins as the 5’10/168 lbs. native of Sturefors, Sweden, had a career weekend with six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Henbrant had two goals and two assists in an 8-2 win, and then on Saturday, he scored two more goals in a 4-2 win. For the season, Henbrant has 35 points in 48 games played, which is good for 5th in team scoring. “Didrik had an exceptional weekend for us. He works extremely hard and it was nice to see him get rewarded. He is a player that makes those around him better and he will be a key member of our team down the stretch,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Caruso, G, Brookings Blizzard – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Alex Frye - Jamestown Rebels

Alex Frye

It was a big weekend for Alex Frye, 20, and the Jamestown Rebels, who got back on track with a weekend road sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Hudsonville, Michigan had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, the University of Alaska-Anchorage recruit had an assist in a 7-0 win. On Saturday, Frye had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 6-3 win. For the season, Frye leads the Rebels in scoring with 48 points in 49 games played so far this season. “Alex has been great all year. After a tough weekend the week before, he was our leader in getting the ship back in the right direction,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer Stanley, D, New Jersey Titans – Nick Stuckless, F, Jamestown Rebels – Jacob Urban, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Brandon Puricelli - Springfield Jr. Blues

Brandon Puricelli

Springfield Jr. Blues and 2019 NAHL Top Prospects forward Brandon Puricelli, 21, helped his team stay in the thick of the Midwest Division playoff race with a weekend split at home against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Ellisville, Missouri, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two games. On Friday, Puricelli had a goal in a 7-2 loss and then on Saturday, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Puricelli leads the Jr. Blues in scoring with 59 points in 49 games played, which also ranks him tied for 6th among all NAHL players in 2018-19. “Brandon has been committed to leading this team on the ice the past few weeks. This week he stepped his game up against one of the top teams in the league and showed why he is a top player on our league,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Sean Driscoll, D, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Abbott, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Alex Klekotka, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Erik Palmqvist, F, Janesville Jets – Ben Schultheis, D, Minnesota Magicians – Camden Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Michal Stinil - Lone Star Brahmas

Michal Stinil

The Lone Star Brahmas moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Forward Michal Stinil, 19, was solid and a difference-maker in his return to the line-up as the 6’0/175 lbs. native of Decin, Czech Republic had three goals in the two wins. On Friday, Stinil, who is committed to play NCAA Division I college hockey at American International College, had a power play goal in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 win. For the season, Stinil has 18 points in 20 games played. “It is nice to have Michal back in the lineup on a regular basis. He provides us with a lot of jump and offensive ability,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Evenson, G, Amarillo Bulls – Jack Jaunich, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brendan Schultz, F, Topeka Pilots – Matt Weber, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 25, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jed Pietila - Austin Bruins

Jed Pietila

Austin Bruins defenseman Jed Pietila, 20, helped his club pick up a big weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Howell, Michigan, recorded three goals, including both game-winners, and an assist in the two wins. On Friday, Pietila had two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he scored the OT-winner and added an assist in a 4-3 win. For the season, Pietila leads all Bruins blueliners with 28 points in 46 games played. “Jed has really stepped up for us this year and established himself as a puck-moving defenseman. He scored some big goals for us this weekend and we expect him to continue to play well down the stretch,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Caruso, G, Brookings Blizzard - Daniel Chaldek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Justin Kelley, F, Minot Minotauros – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Bud Winter, F, Brookings Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: David Fessenden - Northeast Generals

David Fessenden

Thanks in large part to the goaltending of David Fessenden, 20, the Northeast Generals gave their playoff hopes a huge shot in the arm with a weekend road sweep of the Jamestown Rebels. The 6’6/240 lbs. native of Parker, Colorado and Alabama-Huntsville recruit stopped 58 of 59 shots during the weekend, allowing just a single goal in the two wins. On Friday, Fessenden, an NAPHL grad, stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 4-1 win, and then on Saturday he stopped all 33 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over the Rebels. For the season, Fessenden has a 13-9-7 record with a 2.99 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. “David was unbelievable for us this past weekend.  He made some huge saves at critical parts of the games that put us in a great position to win both games.  He is playing his best hockey and we are going to rely on him as we make our playoff push down the stretch,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Colin Price, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Max Borst, F, Maryland Black Bears – Aurel Naus, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Matt Stanton - Minnesota Magicians

Matt Stanton

Thanks to a couple of wins this past weekend, the Minnesota Magicians got back on track and stayed in 1st place in the Midwest Division. Forward Matt Stanton, 20, played a big role in the wins as the 6’4/205 lbs. native of Stillwater, Minnesota, recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Chippewa Steel. On Friday, Stanton had a goal in a 3-0 road win and then on Saturday, he had a goal and four assists in a 6-5 win. For the season, Stanton is 3rd in team scoring with 38 points in 46 games played. “Matt has a great weekend finding himself on the score sheet. He has the ability produce on a consistent basis as an experienced forward. We hope he continues that down the stretch,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Ethan Haider, G, Minnesota Magicians – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jonathan Sorenson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Peterson - Amarillo Bulls

Alex Peterson

In the lone series in the South Division this weekend, the Amarillo Bulls moved closer to clinching the division title with a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Forward and Holy Cross recruit Alex Peterson, 20, had a big weekend as the 5’11/183 lbs. native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, recorded four goals in the two wins. On Friday, Peterson had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in an 8-2 win and then on Saturday, he had another goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, Peterson is currently 3rd in team scoring with 48 points in 46 games played. “Alex is such an important part of our team. He is a leader on and off the ice, and a catalyst every time he steps on the ice. His work ethic and compete level are second to none and set a tremendous example for his teammates. We are very proud of Alex and look forward to watching him continue to develop and help our team succeed,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 19, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jack Johnson - Minnesota Wilderness

Jack Johnson

Minnesota Wilderness forward Jack Johnson, 20, stepped his game up this past weekend as the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bemidji, Minnesota, led the Wilderness to two wins in a weekend road sweep in Bismarck against the Bobcats. Johnson had thee goals in the series, which included two goals, including the overtime-winner in Friday’s 5-4 win, and then on Saturday he scored the game-tying goal with :02 seconds remaining in regulation in a 2-1 shootout win. For the season, Johnson leads the Wilderness in scoring with 40 points in 45 games played. “Since coming over from Shreveport, Jack has been a great fit. He had a great weekend and scored some big goals for us in big moments. We desperately needed the points and he stepped up his game in a big way,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Atticus Kelley, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Jacob Marti, F, Bismarck Bobcats – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Willmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Cam Hebert - Johnstown Tomahawks

Cam Hebert

Robert Morris commit and Johnstown Tomahawks forward Cam Hebert, 19, helped the 1st place Tomahawks pick up three of four points this past weekend in a home-and-home series against the 2nd place Jamestown Rebels. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Andrews West, Ontario, scored four goals in the two games and was a +4. On Wednesday, Hebert had both goals in a 3-2 overtime loss, and then on Friday, he scored two more goals in a 7-6 overtime win. For the season, Hebert is 3rd in team scoring with 64 points in 47 games. “Cam has always been very consistent with his play and this past weekend was a good example of that. We had some big games against a really good opponent in Jamestown and he came to play both nights. He is a big part of our success and scoring depth,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Nick Stuckless, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Anzai, F, Jamestown Rebels – Roman Kraemer, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nate Reid - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Nate Reid

Another week, another Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender earning star of the week honors. This past weekend it was 18-year-old netminder Nate Reid earning the honors as the 6’2/190 lbs. native of Madison, Wisconsin, posted back-to-back shutouts as the Ice Dogs picked up a weekend road sweep in Minnesota against the Magicians. On Friday, Reid had 16 saves in a 3-0 win and then on Saturday, Reid made 20 saves in another 3-0 win. The shutouts were Reid’s 4th and 5th respectively this season. Currently, Reid’s goalless streak has reached 132 minutes and 52 seconds. For the season, Reid has a 16-10-1 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. “We like our goaltending depth. Nate showed his ability this weekend and also showed that he can play in tough situations and earn the confidence of his teammates,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Engelkes, F, Janesville Jets – Lucas Kucera, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Luke Mobley, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jack Williams, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Blake Evennou - Lone Star Brahmas

Blake Evennou

Ferris State University commit and Lone Star Brahmas defenseman Blake Evennou, 20, was a big factor this weekend as the Brahmas took three of four points in their home series against the Topeka Pilots. The 5’9/180 lbs. native of Macomb, Michigan, had four points in two games, which included two goals and two assists. On Friday, Evennou had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win, and then on Saturday he recorded another goal in a 3-2 overtime loss. For the season, Evennou leads all Brahmas defensemen in scoring with 32 points in 42 games, which also ranks him tied for 7th in scoring among all NAHL defensemen. “Blake has been one of our most consistent players all season long and is building on his success. We look forward to more productive play from him the rest of the season,” said Lone Star head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Anthony Firriolo, D, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Valdemar Ahlberg, F, Topeka Pilots – Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – McLean Dorr, G, Topeka Pilots – Jay Feiwell, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Mitch Walinski, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Joe Winkelmann, F, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 11, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Stepan Pokorny - Aberdeen Wings

Stepan Pokorny

Aberdeen Wings forward and NAPHL grad Stepan Pokorny, 18, had a big weekend as he helped the 1st place Wings take three of four points in their home-and-home series against Brookings. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Kolin, Czech Republic had five points, including four goals and an assist to go along with a +3 rating in the two games. On Friday, Pokorny had a season-high four goals in a 6-5 overtime loss. On Ssaturday, he picked up an assist on one of Aberdeen’s two goals in a 2-1 win. For the season, Pokorny has 33 points in 41 games played. “Stepan continues to mature as a player as the season goes on. He plays a very heavy game, which makes him extremely tough to play against. Stepan is a player we will continue to look for to be a key contributor down the stretch,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings – Brady Bjork, F, Brookings Blizzard – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Brandon McNamera, F, Minnesota Wilderness - Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Briere - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carson Briere

Thanks to a three-game home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears, the Johnstown Tomahawks moved closer to clinching the East Division regular season title. The usual suspects were at it again this weekend for Johnstown, including forward Carson Briere, 19, who had a huge weekend with eight points in the three wins, which included five goals (2 game-winners) and three assists. On Friday, the 5’8/175 lbs. native of Haddonfield, Pennsylvania, had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 8-2 win. On Saturday, he had an assist in a 3-2 win, and then on Sunday, he had four goals, including the game-winner in a 7-5 win. For the season, Briere, who will be playing in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is 3rd in league scoring with 70 points in 45 games played. “Carson had a heck of a weekend playing a major factor in three wins for our team. His ability to find different ways to produce all year, especially in clutch situations, has been very impressive. Sunday, he had a special game scoring four goals, including one of the nicest individual efforts we’ve seen all year on the game-winning goal. He continues to provide us with high end production and contributions to team success which will hopefully bring him to a much deserved NCAA Division I commitment,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jim Glynn, F, Jamestown Rebels – Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mattias Sholl - Janesville Jets

Mattias Sholl

Thanks to a couple of home wins over the Topeka Pilots, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs ran their winning streak to three straight games and moved just five points behind the Minnesota Magicians for 1st place in the Midwest Division. 18-year-old netminder Mattias Sholl started and won both games, giving up just a single goal in the process. On Friday, the 5’10/160 lbs. native of Hermosa Beach, California, stopped all 17 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the year in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 4-1 win. For the weekend, Sholl stopped 52 of 53 shots. Sholl has a 7-1-4 record to date with a 2.21 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. “Mattias was solid in both games. I think he really stood out on Saturday and he was there when the team needed him. He has progressively gotten better as the season has gone along, so we are confident his best hockey is ahead of him,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Sam Metcalf, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sean Driscoll, D, Janesville Jets – Ethan Haider, G, Minnesota Magicians – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Andrew Kruse, D, Minnesota Magicians – Philipp Mass, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Connor Scahill, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Williams, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Peterson - Amarillo Bulls

Alex Peterson

Amarillo Bulls forward and Holy Cross commit Alex Peterson, 20, helped his team widen their lead atop of the South Division by taking three of a possible four points in a weekend home series against the Lone Star Brahmas. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, had three points and was a +4 in the series. On Friday, Peterson had a goal in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he assisted on both Amarillo goals in a 3-2 overtime loss. For the season, Peterson is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 44 points. “Alex has been one our most consistent players all season. He does so much more than produce points for us. He is a top penalty kill forward for us, an alternate captain, and one of the veteran players that has instilled the culture that was necessary for us turn our program around. He will be an outstanding addition to the College of the Holy Cross both in the classroom and on the ice,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Warren Natyshak, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Jack Jaunich, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 4, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jared Christy - Austin Bruins

Jared Christy

Newly acquired forward Jared Christy, 20, paid immediate dividends with his new team as he helped the Bruins to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Cypress, California, totaled six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Christy, who was selected to play in the 2019 Top Prospects Tournament, had four assists in a 6-5 win over the Magicians, and then on Saturday, he scored twice in a 5-4 overtime win. For the season, Christy has 43 points in 41 games played. “Jared was big for us this weekend. He’s a veteran player that is going to make the most of his last few months at the junior level and try to earn that scholarship to an NCAA Division I program. We are expecting him to continue to play hungry and help the organization earn a spot in the playoffs,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Justin Kelley, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros - Kyle Herbster, F, Austin Bruins – Jack Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Suchy, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Carter McPhail - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carter McPhail

Thanks to two wins over 2nd place Jamestown this past weekend, the Johnstown Tomahawks not only increased their lead atop the East Division, but also because the first NAHL team to clinch a spot in the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Backstopping the team to both wins was 20-year-old goalie Carter McPhail. The 5’11/176 lbs. native of Fenton, Michigan, allowed just two goals on 59 shots in the two wins, which included 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout win on Friday and 28 saves in a 3-1 win on Saturday. McPhail is currently tied for the NAHL lead in save percentage with a .937 mark, ranks 2nd in wins with 21, and is 3rd with a 1.93 goals against average. “Carter was rock solid in our two games this weekend as we picked up two very important wins. He has continued to provide us with strong play in goal, week in and week out. I am very proud of Carter for how he stepped up this weekend for our hockey team,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carter Dwyer, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears – Trevor Smith, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Josh Langford - Chippewa Steel

Josh Langford

University of Maine recruit Josh Langford, 17, helped his team to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness from the NAHL’s Central Division. The 6’5/185 lbs. native of Frisco, Texas, stopped 55 of 59 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Langford made 33 saves in a 3-2 home win, and then on Saturday, he made 22 saves, had an assist, and stopped all four Wilderness shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 shootout win to complete the sweep. For the season, Langford has an 8-18-1 record with a 3.24 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. “Josh has been a great teammate all year long and continues to work hard on and off the ice. It's great to see him get rewarded for doing things the right way. He made some big saves and was a huge part of our success against the Wilderness,” said interim Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanner Edwards, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Justin Engelkes, F, Janesville Jets – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Trey LaBarge, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Grant Ledford, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Sam Metcalf, G, Janesville Jets – Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Maiszon Balboa - Shreveport Mudbugs

Maiszon Balboa

Although he only played in one game this past weekend, Shreveport Mudbugs goalie Maiszon Balboa, 18, made it count. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, led Shreveport to their lone win of the weekend, which was a 2-1 win on Friday night, where he made 19 saves in the win. Balboa has now won his last three starts, giving up just four goals in those three games. For the season, Balboa has a 8-5-1 record with a 2.76 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. “I thought Maiszon played very well and made the big saves when he had to. We are going to need goaltending depth down the stretch and I think he is getting better and more confident every game,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Seth Eisele, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Santeri Hartikainen, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls – Conor Witherspoon, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 28, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Brad Belisle - Aberdeen Wings

Brad Belisle

Another weekend and another series win for the Aberdeen Wings, who ran their winning streak to an NAHL season-high 18 straight games with two more wins this past weekend at home against the Austin Bruins. Forward and Bemidji State recruit Brad Belisle, 21, had a huge weekend, as the Wings leading scorer racked up six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/195 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario had a hat-trick and an assist in a 5-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Belisle currently leads all Wings players with 43 points in 38 games played. “Brad’s maturity as a player and a person makes him heavily relied on in all situations, including leadership. He is a team-first type of individual and puts his teammates before himself. Brad has been one of the most consistent players this year, and this weekend was no different,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Ryan Fanti, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Justin Kelley, F, Minot Minotauros – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Bud Winter, F, Brookings Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Gavin Gulash - New Jersey Titans

Gavin Gulash

New Jersey Titans forward Gavin Gulash, 20, helped his club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights this past weekend with four points (3 goals, 1 assists) in two wins. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Red Bank, New Jersey, had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win on Friday, and followed that up with two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 home win on Saturday. Gulash, who is an NAPHL grad, is currently tied for 4th in team scoring so far this season with 25 points in 39 games played. “Gavin was a consistent offensive force along with his line mates Zach Nazzarett and Ryan Naumovski. Gavin was able to produce in both wins and was a critical part of our success off the rush and in the zone.  Gavin is an NCAA Division 1 hockey player who continued to grow and develop day to day. Gavin is a model of growth within our program. From his development in NAPHL as a Titan to his role on our NAHL club we couldn’t be more happy and proud of Gavin.  We look forward to him being a big part of our Robertson Cup chase,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Nick Petruolo, D, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Louis Boudon, F, Northeast Generals – Jake Fuss, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Svet Kuchynski, F, Northeast Generals - Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ben Schmidling - Springfield Jr. Blues

Ben Schmidling

Springfield Jr. Blues forward Ben Schmidling, 20, helped his club to a weekend home split with the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/172 lbs. native of St. Joseph, Missouri, put up three goals in the two games, which helped the Jr. Blues stay solidly in a playoff spot in the Midwest Division. On Friday, Schmidling scored two goals in a 4-2 win, and then on Saturday, he added another goal in a 4-2 loss. For the season, Schmidling is 2nd in team scoring with 35 points in 38 games played. “Ben has been hot for us lately. He is committed to being a leader in and off the ice for us in the second half and it has shown the last couple of weeks,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Tommy Middleton, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: CJ Regula - Shreveport Mudbugs

CJ Regula

The Shreveport Mudbugs moved themselves into sole possession of 2nd place in the South Division with a 3-0 record this past week. Defenseman CJ Regula, 20, was a major factor in all three wins as the native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, recorded seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) and was also a +6. On Monday, Regula (6’3/200) had three assists in Shreveport’s 6-3 road win at Lone Star. On Friday night, he picked up an assist in a 3-0 shutout of the Topeka Pilots, and then on Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in an 8-2 win over the Pilots. For the season, Regula is 5th in team scoring this year with 25 points in 31 games played. “We feel CJ is really coming along well since joining the Mudbugs. He’s been feeling more comfortable and confident on the ice and his performance this past week has been a reflection of that. He’s been poised with puck, making heads up simple plays and moving his feet well.  This little taste of success is attributed not only to his consistent play, but also that of his teammates,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Justin Evenson, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Clifton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jake Willets, D, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 22, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ben Garrity - Minot Minotauros

Ben Garrity

Minot Minotauros goaltender Ben Garrity, 19, was instrumental in his team’s weekend home sweep of the Austin Bruins. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Rosemount, Minnesota, allowed just two goals on 70 total shots during the two games to help Minot move into 3rd place in the Central Division. On Friday, Garrity stopped all 35 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Bruins. On Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 3-2 win. For the season, Garrity has a 9-7-1 record with a 2.53 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. “Ben was very solid in both games this weekend. I thought he did a very good job of managing the game and smothering pucks when he needed to. You can see he is gaining confidence with every start, and that’s a good sign for us. I believe he’s just scratching the surface on how good he can be,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antenucci, F, Brookings Blizzard – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Minot Minotauros – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Anthony Del Tufo - Maryland Black Bears

Anthony Del Tufo

Maryland Black Bears goalie Anthony Del Tufo, 19, made both of his starts count this weekend as he helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals to move the Black Bears into a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot in the East. The 5’9/170 lbs. native of Livingston, New Jersey, stopped 60 of 63 shots in the two wins. On Saturday, the NAPHL grad made 30 saves in a 3-2 overtime win, and then on Sunday, he made another 30 saves and allowed just one goal in a 3-1 win. While Del Tufo has only played in three games this season, his numbers are very good with a 2-1 record, a 1.66 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. “Anthony has been around our team all season, and not only is he a talented goalie, but is one of the most respected kids in our Team Maryland program. We are very happy for him, and look forward to seeing him continue to develop in Maryland,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Alex Wilkins, D, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels – Mike Higgins, D, Northeast Generals – Ryan Keane, G, Jamestown Rebels – Jonathan Young, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: John Keranen - Minnesota Magicians

John Keranen

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the Janesville Jets, the Minnesota Magicians were able to widen their division lead to six points. Forward and Army recruit John Keranen, 20, played a big role in the sweep as the native of Delano, Minnesota, racked up seven points in the two wins, which included three goals and four assists. On Friday, Keranen (6’2/190) had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-2 win and then on Saturday, he potted two goals and added two more assists in a 7-2 win. For the season, Keranen is 2nd in team scoring with 36 points in 35 games played. “John had a great weekend of production for us in Janesville. He continues to go to the hard areas to earn his points and has been very dominant in special teams,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Janis Voris, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Grant Reichenbacher, F, Chippewa Steel – John Stampohar, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Seth Eisele - Lone Star Brahmas

Seth Eisele

The Lone Star Brahmas had a good weekend as they moved up in the South Division standings thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays with wins on Friday and Saturday. Less than a week after losing goalie Harrison Feeney to North Dakota in the NCAA, Brahmas goalie Seth Eisele, 20, assumed the starting role with a bang and won both games for the Brahmas over the weekend, allowing just three goals on 69 shots. On Friday, the 6’5/180 lbs. native of Stillwater, Minnesota, allowed just one goal and made 28 saves in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, Eisele made 38 saves in a 3-2 win. For the season, Eisele has a 7-4-0 record with a 2.18 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. “Seth had a really big weekend for us. It was great to see him play with so much confidence and we are going to rely on him to play consistent down the stretch in order to have success,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Zach Heintz, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Tim Clifton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Jacob Skolnik, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 14, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Thomas Rocco - Aberdeen Wings

Thomas Rocco

The Aberdeen Wings faced a big challenge this weekend as they went on the road to square off against the 2nd place Austin Bruins and after the smoke cleared, the Wings extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 straight games with two more wins. Forward Thomas Rocco, 19, played a big role in both wins as the 5’9/160 lbs. native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, racked up four points (2 goals, 2 assists). On Friday, Rocco had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday he had another goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. For the season, Rocco has 22 points in 31 games for the 1st place Wings. “Thomas is a very dynamic forward that plays at a very high pace. His hockey IQ allows him to play in every key situation for this year’s team. He is one of our most consistent players each and every night and this weekend was no different,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Atticus Kelly, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings – Fritz Belisle, F, Minot Minotauros – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Kendrick Frost, F, Brookings Blizzard – Ryan Green, F, Brookings Blizzard – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Zapata, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Connor Marshall - Northeast Generals

Connor Marshall

Brown University commit Connor Marshall, 20, had a big weekend as he helped the Northeast Generals move into sole possession of the 4th and final playoff spot in the East Division with a weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. The 6’0/184 lbs. native of Parkland, Florida, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Saturday, Marshall had the game-winning goal and assisted on the other two goals in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he had another game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-2 win. For the season, Marshall is tied for 3rd in team scoring with 21 points in 32 games played. “Connor had a great weekend.  He used his speed really well and was able to put in few goals. However, he really stood out in the defensive zone, on the penalty kill, and on the forecheck.  His line has been our most consistent line over the past six games, which has given the team a huge lift,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Cooper Lukenda, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Igor Samokhvalov - Chippewa Steel

Igor Samokhvalov

Newly acquired goaltender Igor Samokhvalov, 18, has been on fire since joining the Steel at the end of December. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of St. Petersburg, Russia, started and won both road games this past weekend as the Steel picked up a weekend sweep in Alaska of the Kenai River Brown Bears. In two games, Samokhvalov stopped 62 of 64 shots, which included a 37-save shutout in a 4-0 win on Saturday and 25 saves in a 6-2 win on Friday. For the season, Samokhvalov has a perfect 3-0 record for the Steel with a 1.00 goals against average and a .969 save percentage. “Igor has impressed our staff since he joined our team with his competitiveness and preparation. He is playing with a lot of confidence right now and the rest of the team has fed off of that. He was very steady for us this past weekend and gave us the chance to win two games against a tough team on the road,” said Interim Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: John Keranen, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Hale, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel – Jax Murray, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nick Nardella, F, Janesville Jets – Erik Palmqvist, F, Janesville Jets – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Janis Voris, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Harrison Feeney - Lone Star Brahmas

Harrison Feeney

With his team needing a couple of wins to stay in the playoff hunt in the South Division, Lone Star Brahmas goalie Harrison Feeney, 20, came through with a couple of big performances to help his club sweep the Topeka Pilots and move into a tie for 3rd place in the South Division. The 6’2/213 lbs. native of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, faced 57 shots and made 53 saves in the two wins. On Friday, Feeney made 20 saves in a 4-2 win, and then on Saturday was even better with 33 saves in a 3-2 shootout win, which also included shutting the door on all three Pilots shooters. For the season, Feeney has now won his last four starts and in 29 appearances has a 11-10-6 record with a 2.05 goals against average and .931 save percentage. “Harrison has stuck with the process of development and has been getting better every week. He has been one of our best players all season long and this weekend was a great example of that. He has been a great leader on and off the ice and we are very happy for him,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Brian George, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Blake Evennou, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: Connor Beatty - Aberdeen Wings

Connor Beatty

The Aberdeen Wings picked up three more wins this past week as they beat the Brookings Blizzard on New Year’s Day and then over the weekend, they defeated the Bismarck Bobcats in a home-and-home set, extending their winning streak to a franchise record 12 straight games. This past week, a different name emerged as the star as forward Connor Beatty, 20, stepped up and produced in all three wins. The 5’8/160 lbs. native of Concord, New Hampshire, had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and was a +6 in the three wins. On Tuesday, Beatty had a goal in a 7-3 win over the Blizzard. On Friday, he had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 shutout of the Bobcats, and then on Saturday he had another goal and an assist in a 6-2 road win in Bismarck. For the season, has 24 points in 32 games played and is currently riding a six-game point streak. “Connor’s ability to play with grit, speed, and scoring touch makes him a very valuable player for the Aberdeen Wings. He is a high-energy player, that sets the standard for work ethic, and is a huge asset to our team,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Aird, D, Brookings Blizzard – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Taylor Lantz, F, Minot Mintauros – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – George McBey, G, Brookings Blizzard – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Nick Portz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Northeast Generals

Louis Boudon

Northeast Generals forward and Lake Superior State commit Louis Boudon, 20, had another good weekend, helping the Generals to a weekend split with the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France, had three points and was a +2 in the two games. On Friday, Boudon had two goals in a 7-1 road win in Maryland, and then on Saturday, he assisted on the lone Generals goal in a 2-1 loss. For the season, Boudon currently leads the Generals in scoring and is 5th in the NAHL in points this season with 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) in 34 games played. “Louis continues to amaze us day in and day out.  He has done an incredible job this year helping us. We have had a massive amount of injuries, and he has continued put us in a position to have a big second half and continue our playoff push.  His leadership on and off the ice has been outstanding,” said Generals GM Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: David Tomeo, G, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – John Kaljian, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Connor Marshall, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nikita Kozyrev - Springfield Jr. Blues

Nikita Kozyrev

The Springfield Jr. Blues gave their playoff hopes a huge shot in the arm this past weekend as they picked up a two-game home sweep of the 1st place Minnesota Magicians. Forward Nikita Kozyrev, 20, played a big role in both wins as he totaled three points in the two games. On Friday, the 5’8/155 lbs. native of Tallin, Estonia, had a goal in a 3-2 win, and then on Saturday, Kozyrev had the overtime-winning goal and an assist in a 2-1 win, completing the weekend sweep. For the season, Kozyrev is 4th in team scoring with 17 points in 22 games played. “Nikita was back to the player that we are used to seeing. His speed and work ethic was elite this past weekend and he finally got a few bounces to go his way. He has the ability to be an elite player in our league and hopefully he can built on this and keep going the rest of the season,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Carter Hottmann, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brenden MacLaren, F, Janesville Jets – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Jake Willets - Amarillo Bulls

Jake Willets

Thanks to three more wins over the weekend, the Amarillo Bulls are running away with the South Division, as they now enjoy the largest division lead (17 points) of any NAHL team. This past weekend, the Bulls swept the visiting Corpus Christi IceRays in a three-game set and defenseman Jake Willets, 19, played a big role in all three wins. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Monroe, Michigan, had four points, including three goals, and was a +6 in the three wins. That included a goal and an assist in Friday’s 5-2 win and two goals in Saturday’s 8-2 win. For the season, Willets has recorded 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 31 games played. “Jake has played very good hockey for us for close to two months now. He is creating offense playing hard defensively and being a leader for our group. He’s playing big minutes against the other teams top lines and having a lot of success. We are very happy for Jake and the way he has performed for our team,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

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Central Star of the Week: Austin Jouppi - Bismarck Bobcats

Austin Jouppi

Bismarck Bobcats forward Austin Jouppi, 18, has been on a tear as of late and that continued this past week in a three-game series against Minot. The 5’8/170 lbs. native of Duluth, Minnesota, recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in three games against the Minotauros as Bismarck won two of the three match-ups. On Friday, Jouppi had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 home win. On Saturday, he recorded an assist in a 4-2 road loss and then on Monday night he assisted on both goals in a 2-1 home win. Jouppi has vaulted into the team scoring lead with 27 points in 27 games played and is currently riding an 11-game point streak. “Austin is one of the hardest working players that has worn a Bobcat Jersey. He is a true 200-foot player and that's the reason he has an 11-game point streak and 26 points in his last 15 games,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.

2nd Star: Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings – Connor Close, G, Aberdeen Wings – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Andrew Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Samuel Solensky - Johnstown Tomahawks

Samuel Solensky

The NAHL’s leading scorer and Bemidji State University commit was at it again this past weekend as Solensky, 20, put up six more points in a weekend home sweep of the Northeast Generals. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, scored two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win on Sunday, and then scored the overtime-winner and had an assist in a 3-2 win on Monday night. For the season, Solensky leads the NAHL in scoring with 56 points in 34 games played. “Sam continues to provide us with outstanding play helping us win hockey games. It was a special weekend for him setting a new franchise high for goals on his OT-winner Monday night after setting the franchise mark for points and assists earlier this year. In an important series to close out 2018, he was a huge part of us picking up two wins by factoring in six of our eight goals,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Louis Boudon, F, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Higgins, D, Northeast Generals – Roman Kramer, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Alex Klekotka - Kenai River Brown Bears

Alex Klekotka

Thanks to a weekend split on the road in Janesville, the Kenai River Brown Bears moved back into the fourth and final playoff spot in the Midwest Division standings. Forward Alex Klekotka, 20, played a big role in both of the games. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, had a pair of goals and an assist and was +2 in the two games. On Friday, Klekotka had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he scored again in a close 3-2 loss. For the season, Klekotka is 5th in team scoring with 16 points in 33 games played. “Alex has been a huge piece to the change in our culture.  He is a tireless worker and 200-foot player, that has a great mind for the game in both ends of the rink.  We are extremely proud for him to earn this award and look for him and the whole team to have a big second half to the season,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Igor Samokhvaolov, G, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Bargholtz, F, Janesville Jets – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Trey LaBarge, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Sam Metcalf, G, Janesville Jets – Isaac Moberg, F, Chippewa Steel – Luke Mobley, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Jason Brancheau - Amarillo Bulls

Jason Brancheau

Amarillo Bulls forward and Ferris State commit Jason Brancheau, 19, was on fire this past weekend as the South Division-leading Bulls continued their hot play with a weekend home sweep of the Topeka Pilots. The 5’9/177 lbs. native of River Rouge, Michigan, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Sunday, Brancheau had a pair of assists in a 6-4 win, and then on Monday night he had two goals and an assist in a 10-2 win. Brancheau, who has seven points in his last four games, is currently 3rd in team scoring this season with 30 points in 29 games played. “Jason is such an important part of our team. He plays in all situations, and multiple positions. His skill set, skating and compete level are elite. This weekend was a great example of what he is capable of. Coach Daniels and his staff at Ferris State will be very pleased with what Jason brings to their team as he moves on to college Hockey in the fall,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Lautenbach, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

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Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Jim Glynn - Jamestown Rebels

Jim Glynn

The Jamestown Rebels kept their hot play going this past weekend as they picked up a two-game home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears, extending their winning streak to four games. Forward Jim Glynn, 18, continued his hot stretch of games with another good showing this past weekend. The 5’11/172 lbs. native of Lemont, Illinois, recorded a point in both wins, which set a new franchise record for points in consecutive games with 12. On Friday, Glynn posted a power play goal in a 5-3 win and then on Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 4-0 win. He was also a +2 in the weekend wins. For the 2018-19 season, Glynn has 18 points in 31 games played, with 15 of those points coming during his current 12-game point streak. “Jim has been remarkably consistent over the course of the past two months and we hope to see that continue the second half of the season,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Ryan Rowland, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: John Keranen - Minnesota Magicians

John Keranen

Army commit and Magicians forward John Keranen, 20, helped his team get back on track this past weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Chippewa Steel, which pushed the Magicians back to a seven-point lead atop the Midwest Division. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Delano, Minnesota, recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Saturday, Keranen had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 6-3 road win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 2-1 home win. For the season, Keranen is 2nd in team scoring with 24 points in 29 games played. “John continues to have a strong influence in the outcome of each game this year. His consistent production has helped our team’s success for through the first half of the season,” said Magicians head coach A.J. Bucchino.

2nd Star: Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Sam Best - Corpus Christi IceRays

Sam Best

The Corpus Christi IceRays are currently one of the hottest teams in the NAHL. They picked up a weekend road sweep in Lone Star against the Brahmas this past weekend, extending their winning streak to a franchise-best eight straight games. Backstopping the team in both wins was 20-year-old goaltender Sam Best. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Boston, Massachusetts, stopped 51 of 54 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Best made 24 saves in a 2-1 win, and then on Saturday he made 27 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped two of three shooters in a 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Best has an 11-6-0 record with a 2.65 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. “Sam put together another excellent weekend. He made some incredible saves that led to our wins. Sam has been the backbone to our eight-game winning streak and move into second place. It’s is great to see the increased NCAA Division I attention he is receiving from his play this year,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Santeri Hartikainen, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – CJ McGee, D, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 17, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matt Vernon - Aberdeen Wings

Matt Vernon

For the second consecutive week, Aberdeen Wings goalie Matt Vernon, 20, has earned the Central Division star honors. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of San Jose, California, picked up two more wins as he helped Wings extend their winning streak to seven straight games and stay in 1st place with a road sweep of the Minot Minotauros this past weekend. Vernon, who leads the NAHL with 18 wins this season, stopped all 33 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win on Thursday, and then made 28 saves in a 7-1 win on Friday. For the weekend, Vernon stopped 61 of 62 shots. “One of the primary keys to success is consistency, and that's why Matt has had such a strong start to his season. He's consistent in his preparation, and in all phases of his daily life. No question, he's earned everything he's achieved. Matt was the backbone behind another good weekend,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Briere - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carson Briere

The forward of the month in November, Johnstown forward Carson Briere, 19, picked up right where he left off last month with another great weekend to help Johnstown pick up a sweep of the New Jersey Titans. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, he had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win and then on Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win. For the season, Briere in 2nd in NAHL scoring with 48 points in 32 games played. “Carson has been a consistent contributor to our offense all season long and this week was no different. He was dangerous seemingly every time he was on the ice with and without the puck. He seemed to have some extra drive in his game and as usual, was right in the thick of the important moments of the game. I am very happy for him as he continues to provide a big offensive spark for our team. Going into the Christmas break it was important for our team to be successful and Carson hand a huge hand in helping us do so,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daylon Mannon, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F. Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Josh Langford - Chippewa Steel

Josh Langford

University of Maine recruit and Chippewa Steel goaltender Josh Langford, 17, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this past week. The 6’5/185 lbs. native of Frisco, Texas, faced 65 shots in the two games and allowed just a single goal, making 64 saves in the two wins. On Friday, Langford stopped all 36 shots that came his way through regulation and overtime and then stopped all three shooters in the shootout for a 1-0 win, which was his second shutout of the year. On Saturday, he made 28 saves in a 3-1 win. “Josh has been a rock for us all season and it’s great to see his hard work pay off this past weekend against Kenai. He gave us the opportunity to win both games,” said Steel interim head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Brenden Olson, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets - Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Camden Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Jake Stella - Corpus Christi IceRays

Jake Stella

The Corpus Christi IceRays continued their best stretch of the season, picking up a three-game road sweep in Odessa this past weekend to extend their winning streak to six straight games. Forward Jake Stella, 20, was the star this week for his club as he picked up six ponts (4 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the three wins. On Thursday, the 6’0/190 lbs. native of Karlstad, Sweden, had a goal in a 7-3 win. The next night, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday he had two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win to complete the three-game sweep. For the season, Stella is tied for 4th in team scoring with 19 points in 27 games played. “Jake has been our best forward all season. He plays a complete game and it’s nice to see him get rewarded with points this week. He has a very hard shot with a quick release that makes him dangerous and we were able to see that all week,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Evennou, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – Anthony Firriolo, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ethan Harrison, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 10, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matt Vernon - Aberdeen Wings

Matt Vernon

With three more wins this past week, Aberdeen Wings goalie Matt Vernon, 20, is now the NAHL leader in the category with 16 wins so far this season. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of San Jose, California, helped Wings extend their winning streak to five straight games and move into 1st place with a win in Brookings on Tuesday and then a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday, Vernon made 30 saves in a 2-1 win against the Blizzard. On Friday, he stopped all 29 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over the Wilderness, and then on Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 4-3 win. For the week, Vernon stopped 92 of 96 shots. “Matt has been a work horse for us here in the first half. He came into the season in great shape and very driven to prove he is one of the league’s best. Matt’s wins and numbers this weekend are a testament to his work ethic,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Babiak, D, Brookings Blizzard – Justin Kelley, F, Minot Minotauros – Vince Marino, F, Brookings Blizzard – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros - Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Brad Jenion - Maryland Black Bears

Brad Jenion

In a pair of road games against the New Jersey Titans, Jenion, 20, helped his team snap a losing skid, contributing on both ends of the ice. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Rushton Spencer, England, recorded four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and was a +4 in the two games. On Saturday, Jenion had two assists in a 5-3 loss. The next day, Jenion had the game-winning goal and another assist in a 4-2 win to snap their losing skid and stay close in the playoff race in the East Division. Jenion, who started the season with Shreveport in the NAHL, has five points in seven games with the Black Bears and nine points overall this season. “Brad has come into Maryland and has brought a very strong defensive and physical component to our team. He is a fierce competitor, a ‘team-first’ player, and it was nice to see him create some things on the offensive side as well.  It is very rewarding for us to see him receive this accolade and it is well-deserved,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jeff Bertrand, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brady Gaudette, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears – Brett Postula, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Rutigliano, F, Northeast Generals – Alex Wilkins, D, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Brady - Janesville Jets

Cole Brady

The Janesville Jets and goaltender Cole Brady, 17, got back to the winning side of things this weekend as they posted a 3-0 win on Friday over the visiting Fairbanks Ice Dogs to help the team move back into 2nd place in the Midwest Division. The Arizona State recruit and 6’5/165 lbs. native of Toronto, Ontario, stopped all 22 shots that came his way in the win for his third shutout of the season. Brady’s 12 wins rank 4th in the NAHL and he has a 2.35 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in 21 appearances so far this season. “Cole has been outstanding for us and has been giving us a chance to win and be competitive in all of our games. His play gives the rest of the team confidence and he is a true competitor out there,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Borgida, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Andrew Kruse, D, Minnesota Magicians – Brenden Olson, F, Janesville Jets – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Nick Seitz - Corpus Christi IceRays

Nick Seitz

The Corpus Christi IceRays stayed in the thick of the NAHL’s South Division playoff race thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Forward Nick Seitz, 18, played a big role in the sweep, totaling five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of New York, New York, had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-2 win over the Jackalopes. On Saturday, the Princeton University recruit had an assist in a 5-2 win. In 11 games so far this season with the IceRays, Seitz has recorded 11 points. “Nick raised his compete level this weekend and it led to success. He was doing all the little things right and possessed the puck all weekend. He has a heavy shot with a quick release and when he puts it all together these are the type of results he should expect,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Gagik Malakyan, D, Amarillo Bulls – C.J. Regula, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 3, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Shawn Kennedy - Aberdeen Wings

Shawn Kennedy

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Chippewa Steel, the Aberdeen Wings now sit just a point out of 1st place in the Central Division. This past weekend it was Shawn Kennedy’s time to shine. The 6’0/188 lbs. forward from Bainsville, Ontario, was a big factor in the sweep, totaling 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins to go along with a +5 rating. Kennedy, 19, had a goal and assist in a 9-3 win on Friday and then on Saturday he recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, and also added three assists in a 12-3 win. For the season, Kennedy has 18 points in 21 games played. “Shawn’s play as of late has been outstanding. He is playing with an abundance of confidence and it showed this past weekend. Shawn has the ability to take over a game and come up big in key situations,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros - Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Levi Kleiboer, D, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Winkelmann, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Jacob Badal - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jacob Badal

Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Maryland Black Bears, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights moved themselves into a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot. 17-year-old forward and Western Michigan commit Jacob Badal played a big role in the sweep, totaling four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Badal (6’1/200) recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday the native of Flushing, Michigan, had a goal in a 2-1 win to complete the sweep. Badal is currently 2nd in team scoring this season with 18 points in 25 games played. “Jacob is a really high performing forward that has made the adjustment to junior hockey very well the past month. He really prides himself on being the best player on the ice every game and making the right play each shift. I am thrilled with his development and impressed with how Jacob is playing lately,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Keane, G, Jamestown Rebels – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Winter, G, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jack Johnston - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jack Johnston

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jack Johnston, 19, helped his team climb into a tie for 2nd place in the Midwest Division thanks to two wins in three games against the Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota, scored four goals in the three-game series, which included at least a goal in each of the three games. On Thursday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-1 win. On Friday, he added a goal in a 4-0 win, and then on Saturday he scored again in a 4-3 loss. For the season, Johnstown is currently tied for 4th in team scoring with 16 points in 26 games played. “Jack has a tireless work ethic and will continue to create offense as he develops. He is, and will be, a large part of our success as the season progresses,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Tommy Middleton, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Garby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Alex Klekotka, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mason Salquist, F, Janesville Jets – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Camarre - Odessa Jackalopes

Alex Camarre

The Odessa Jackalopes got exactly what they needed this past weekend, which was a couple of wins to help them start climbing the South Division standings. Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre, 20, was at the forefront of the two wins, as the goaltender from Buffalo, New York, was perfect on the weekend for Odessa. On Friday, Camarre (5’8/165) came into the game as the Lone Star Brahmas had taken a 3-2 lead. Thanks to 20 saves on 20 shots the rest of the game by Camarre, the Jackalopes stormed back to score the last four goals of the game in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, Camarre stopped all 26 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win for his first shutout of the season. On the weekend, he stopped all 46 shots that came his way in just over 92 minutes of action. “Alex came up big for us at the right time and gave us some confidence. He will need to continue his success to keep us battling for a playoff spot,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Kyle Herbster, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Clifton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brenden Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots – CJ Regula, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 26, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Brad Belisle - Aberdeen Wings

Brad Belisle

Aberdeen Wings forward and Bemidji State recruit Brad Belisle, 20, helped his club pick up two wins in three games this past week as the Wings kept pace with the Central Division leaders. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, logged six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the three games. On Wednesday, Belisle had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-3 home win over the Brookings Blizzard. On Friday, he picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 road win in Minot against the Minotauros. On Saturday, picked up an assist in a 3-2 loss in Minot. Belisle has now recorded a point in six straight games and is currently tied for 4th in team scoring with 16 points in 20 games played this season. “Brad has brought an immense amount of character and leadership to a team that lost a lot of talented players from last year’s team. Brad continues to be a presence on the ice each and every shift,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Cameron Hebert - Johnstown Tomahawks

Cameron Hebert

Thanks to an NAHL-high 15-game winning streak, another Johnstown Tomahawks player has been recognized as the Star of the Week in the East. This past week it was Tomhawks forward Cameron Hebert’s turn as the 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Andrews West, Ontario, racked up eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in three wins this past week. The Robert Morris recruit began his week with a goal and two assists in an 8-2 home win on Wednesday against the Maryland Black Bears. He followed that up with another goal and two assists effort in a 5-2 win over Northeast on Friday. On Saturday, he picked up two assists in a 3-2 overtime win, as the Tomhawks completed a sweep of the Generals. Hebert, 19, is currently 3rd in the NAHL in scoring with 35 points 26 games played. “Cameron’s play this week was very strong in all three games and he played a major factor in us being able to pick up three wins. His points came at crucial times in the games. He has such an efficient 200-foot game and is such an important member of our team on both sides of the puck. He has been everything we hoped for and more this year for our team,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jax Murray - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jax Murray

Arizona State recruit and Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jax Murray, 20, helped his team to a three-game weekend road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this weekend and had played a major role in all three wins. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, had four points in the three wins, which included the game-winning goal in all three wins along with an assist. On Friday, Murray scored the overtime-winner in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he again added another overtime-winner and added an assist in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, Murray scored the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 win. For the season, Murray is currently 2nd in team scoring with 19 points in 23 games played so far this season. “Jax was there at big moments for his team this weekend. He has a next level gear that is hard to keep up with. His team looks to him to be a consistent producer,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Clark, D, Chippewa Steel – Filip Dusek, D, Chippewa Steel – Justin Engelkes, F, Janesville Jets – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – John Keranen, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Andy Walker, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Logan Jenuwine - Amarillo Bulls

Logan Jenuwine

The Amarillo Bulls got back in action this past weekend by taking three of a possible four points in their road series in Odessa against the Jackalopes. Forward and Western Michigan recruit Logan Jenuwine, 20, was a big factor for the Bulls, totaling five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the two games. On Friday, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, had two goals and two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Jacks. On Saturday, Jenuwine scored the game-winning goal with under a minute remaining in regulation in a 3-2 win. For the season, Jenuwine currently leads the 1st place Bulls in scoring with 28 points in 20 games played. His 16 goals are currently 2nd best in the NAHL. “We are very proud of Logan for the impact he has on our team on a weekly basis. He is a competitor that brings an excellent effort every shift. He makes his teammates better and is a constant threat to change the momentum of the game every time he touches the ice. There is no doubt that he will be an impact player for Western Michigan when he joins their team next season,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Ethan Harrison, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Feiwell, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka Pilots - Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 19, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Fanti - Minnesota Wilderness

Ryan Fanti

The Minnesota Wilderness and goaltender Ryan Fanti, 19, pushed their winning streak to five straight games over the weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, backstopped the Wilderness to win in both games, allowing just a single goal in both outings. On Friday, Fanti made 40 saves in a 2-1 road win and on Saturday he made 30 saves in a 3-1 home win. Fanti, who has won his last six starts, has a 8-5-1 record to date with a 2.30 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. “Ryan has been on a really great run and is giving us a chance to win every night. He is a great kid and deserves everything he gets,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Vince Marino, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats - Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Kevin Ness, F, Minot Minotauros – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Colin Price - Johnstown Tomahawks

Colin Price

The Johnstown Tomahawks and forward Colin Price, 19, just kept winning this weekend as their winning streak reached an NAHL season-high 12 games in a row. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of North Ridgeville, Ohio, scored three goals in a weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Price, who was also a +4 on the weekend, had a goal in Friday’s 4-3 win and two more goals in Saturday’s 7-2 win. For the season, Price has 12 points in 23 games played. “Colin has really been starting to come on over the past month and it was really nice to see him have such an impact on our two wins this weekend. He is a prototypical 200-foot power forward and he was instrumental to our success. He is scoring in different ways and providing a heavy presence all weekend, and also fun to watch. I am very proud of Colin for the way he stepped up,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels – Andy Nedeljkovic, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Chris Konin - Minnesota Magicians

Chris Konin

Another NAHL team extending their winning streak and division lead this past weekend was the Minnesota Magicians, who swept the Janesville Jets at home this past weekend. Magicians forward Chris Konin, 18, played a big factor in this wins as the 6’0/196 lbs. native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, posted three points and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Konin had a goal in regulation and another goal in a shootout in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he assisted on both Magicians goals in a 2-0 win. For the season, Konin is 4th in team scoring with 15 points in 22 games played. “Chris has really progressed since the start of the season. He’s a very skilled and smart player. When he goes to the hard areas it compliments his game as well. We are very happy with his play lately,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Panisa, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Jay Feiwell - Shreveport Mudbugs

Jay Feiwell

Thanks to picking up three of a possible four points in a weekend home series against Odessa, the Shreveport Mudbugs stayed in 4th place in the NAHL playoff race in the South Division. Forward Jay Feiwell, 19, had four points in the two games. The 5’10/195 lbs. native of Carmel, Indiana, had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. For the season, Feiwell is 5th in team scoring with 9 points in 13 games played. “Jay’s consistent, hard working, attention to detail, and in-your-face play was the driving force behind him being named Mudbugs Captain. The Star of the Week recognition is nice feather in the cap for a guy that tries to do everything the right way and lead by example on the ice,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Blake Evenou, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Jaunich, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 12, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nick Grabko - Minot Minotauros

Nick Grabko

Thanks to two road wins in Austin against the Bruins, the Minot Minotauros took over 1st place in the Central Division. Goaltender Nick Grabko, 18, started and won both games for Minot in the series, stopping 62 of a possible 64 shots. On Friday night, the 5’11/175 lbs. native of Channahon, Illinois, stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, he made 32 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Grabko has an 8-2-0 record and ranks 3rd in the NAHL with a .937 save percentage. “Nick was superb this weekend in a couple of tough road wins. He gave us a chance to win both games and he gives our players confidence to play in front of him. Even though he’s a first year player, he plays like a seasoned veteran,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan Fanti, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Suchy, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Carter McPhail - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carter McPhail

There is no team hotter or has a better record in the NAHL currently than the Johnstown Tomahawks, who ran their winning streak to 10 straight games with three more wins this past week. Goaltender Carter McPhail, 19, started and won all three games during the week, giving up just four goals in the process. In total, the 5’11/176 lbs. native of Fenton, Michigan, stopped 85 of 89 shots during the week, posting a save percentage of .955. That included 40 saves in a 6-1 win over Maryland on Friday night. For the season, McPhail is tied for the NAHL lead with 10 wins and ranks 2nd in both goals against average (1.80) and save percentage (.939). “Carter played a big hand in our three wins this week as he started all three games and was great in all of them, including a shootout victory in the third game of the week. Each night he gave our team a chance to win and made some big saves along the way. The best thing about Carter is that his number one focus is winning hockey games for the team and letting everything else individually take care of itself. He has a great work ethic and I am very happy to see him recognized for the work he continues to put in to help our team have success,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Ryan Rowland, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Cameron Hebert, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Zach Stejskal, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Joel Pavey - Minnesota Magicians

Joel Pavey

Minnesota Magicians forward Joel Pavey, 18, had his best weekend in an NAHL uniform as he helped the Magicians pick up a weekend road sweep in Kenai River against the Brown Bears. The 5’11/180 lbs. native Sarnia, Ontario, posted four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Pavey had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. The four points were Pavey’s first in the NAHL this season. “Joel helped our team in all areas this weekend. He contributed defensively, offensively, and had a strong role with special teams. He is a gritty competitor that has truly embraced his opportunity with us,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Jack Williams, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Tanner Edwards, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Josh Langford, G, Chippewa Steel – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Vincent, F, Janesville Jets – Denis Westergard, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Jason Grande - Amarillo Bulls

Jason Grande

Thanks to taking five of six points this past weekend in Corpus Christi, the Amarillo Bulls sit atop of the South Division with a seven-point lead and the league’s second best record. Veteran goaltender Jason Grande, 19, was in goal for both of the Bulls wins over the weekend, giving up just a single goal in two games. The 6’4/180 lbs. native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, faced 57 of 58 shots in the two wins, which included a 25-save shutout in a 4-0 win on Sunday and 32 saves in a 3-1 win on Friday. For the season, Grande boasts a 8-3-1 record and is 5th in the NAHL with a 2.02 goals against average. “Jason has been our most consistent player for the past two months. He is very calm in the net, controls his rebounds and creates a confidence for our team that has allowed us to be successful. He is generating a significant amount of interest at the NCAA Division I level and will be a tremendous addition to whichever program he elects to go to,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Kade Phipps, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – James Crossman, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls – Clayton Lackey, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 5, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Stepan Pokorny - Aberdeen Wings

Stepan Pokorny

The Aberdeen Wings cruised to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Brookings Blizzard over the weekend, which kept the Wings with the NAHL’s best record at 11-2-2 overall. Forward and NAPHL grad Stepan Pokorny, 18, had his best weekend of his young NAHL career as the 5’11/185 lbs. native of Kolin, Czech Republic, chimed in with four goals during the sweep to go along with a +5 rating. On Friday, Pokorny, who played in the NAPHL the past two seasons, had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-1 road win in Brookings. On Saturday, he had two more goals in a 5-2 home win over the Blizzard. For the season, Pokorny has nine points in 15 games played. “Stepan has been a player we have relied on to play in multitude of roles since the start of the season. He embraces the hard work it takes to play in the NAHL and this weekend was a byproduct of the work he has put in,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ethan Gauer, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Didrik Henbrandt, F, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros – Levi Stauber, F, Austin Bruins – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Briere - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carson Briere

Johnstown Tomahawks veteran forward Carson Briere, 19, helped his club to two more wins this past weekend and run their current winning streak to seven straight games as they sit atop of the NAHL’s East Division. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins and was a +2. On Thursday, Briere had a pair of assists in a 5-1 road win in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against the Knights. On Friday, Briere was a one-man show in the 3rd period as he scored twice, including the game-winner, and assisted on another as the Tomahawks came from behind to win 5-4. For the season, Briere is 2nd in the NAHL in scoring with 24 points in 18 games played. “It’s great to see Carson recognized as Star of the Week. He came through big for us this weekend especially in crunch time, which is one of his biggest attributes in that he has the ability to perform when he needs to be clutch. He has emerged as a dynamic offensive player that continues to improve day in and day out because of his competitive drive. It has been fun to watch his overall game grow since he came to Johnstown, and we look forward to more to come from him,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Zach Nazzarett, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Eric Manoukian, D, New Jersey Titans – Matteo Menotti, F, Maryland Black Bears – David Tomeo, G, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Killian Kiecker-Olson - Chippewa Steel

Killian Kiecker-Olson

It was a big weekend for 17-year-old Killian Kiecker-Olson of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’0/190 lbs. native of Andover, Minnesota, and NAPHL grad, helped the Steel to a weekend split of their series with the Janesville Jets and in the process, snap a losing skid to get the team back on the right track. Kiecker-Olson had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 on the weekend. On Friday, he had an assist in a close 4-3 loss. On Saturday, Kiecker-Olson had two goals and an assist in a 6-0 win. For the season, Kiecker-Olsonis tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 19 games played. “Killian is a young player who has been thrust into a big role for us and has performed real well. He has a great ability to slow the game down and see the ice well and it has translated into offensive production for us. He is really starting to gain traction on playing in this league and I believe he will only get better as time goes on,” said Steel head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Grant Reichenbacher, F, Chippewa Steel – John Stampohar, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Seth Eisele - Lone Star Brahmas

Seth Eisele

While Lone Star Brahmas goalie Seth Eisele, 20, played in just one game over the weekend, he made the most of it. The 6’5/180 lbs. native of Stillwater, Minnesota, posted his first career NAHL shutout as he stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 2-0 win on Saturday in Topeka against the Pilots. The shutout included 11 saves in the 3rd period and secured a weekend split of the series for the Brahmas, who took three of four points. Eisele, who played a part of the 2016-17 season in the NA3HL with the North Iowa Bulls, has appeared in three games for the Brahmas this season, allowing just five goals. “I thought Seth was very solid in our win on Saturday. When we gave up good chances, he was there to respond. He has been patient in our time with and made the most of his opportunities when called upon. I’ve been very happy with his play this year and hope to see it continue,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Justin Evenson, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 29, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dante Zapata - Austin Bruins

Dante Zapata

With three more wins this past week, the Austin bruins continue to be the league’s hottest and best team. Third-year forward Dante Zapata, 20, had a big week as he put up six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in the three wins. The 6’1/200 lbs. native of Huntington Beach, California, began the week with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 home win over the Minnesota Wilderness on Wednesday. On Friday, Zapata had an assist in a 5-4 road win against the Chippewa Steel. On Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 5-0 home win over the Steel. For the season, Zapata is 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 13 games played. “This is Dante’s third season as a Bruin and he’s paid his dues. He plays the game the right way and we use him in all situations. We are hoping that a NCAA Division I program will see that potential and the fact that he can fit anywhere in their line up next season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Kangas, F, Minot Minotauros – Noah Kim, D, Austin Bruins – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – Julian Timba, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings – Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Samuel Solensky - Johnstown Tomahawks

Samuel Solensky

Veteran Johnstown Tomahawks forward Samuel Solensky, 20, not only helped his team widen their lead in the East Division and extend their winning streak to five straight games, but he also made some history in the process. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, recorded seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a series home sweep of the Northeast Generals and in the process became the Tomahawks all-time assists leader. Solensky had a goal and four assists in Saturday’s 8-1 win and then recorded two more assists in Sunday’s 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Solensky currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 26 points in 16 games played. “We were fortunate to get two wins on home ice this weekend and Sammy was instrumental in both wins. His ability to create offense not only for himself, but also his teammates was special. That is one of his biggest assets is that he not only can produce for himself, but he makes those around him better. His NCAA Division I interest has deservedly increased rapidly and we look for him to continue to be a huge part of our team,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Ryan Keane, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Nick Stuckless, F, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Andrew Kruse - Minnesota Magicians

Andrew Kruse

Thanks to three wins this past week, the Minnesota Magicians widened their lead in the Midwest Division to five points. Thanks to a career weekend from veteran blueliner Andrew Kruse, 19, the Magicians picked up a three-game weekend road sweep in Springfield. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Delano, Minnesota, recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the three wins and was an astounding +9. That included an assist in a 5-1 win on Thursday, a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win on Friday and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday. For the season, Kruse has seven points in 16 games played. “Andrew is a true soldier on our blueline for us. His ability to play in all situations along with his consistent work ethic and leadership are strong qualities we admire in him. He had a great weekend and helped our team succeed in many ways,” said Magicians head coach A.J. Bucchino.

2nd Star: Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Johnny Sorenson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tomas Vochozka, F, Chippewa Steel – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Akira Schmid - Corpus Christi IceRays

Akira Schmid

New IceRays goalie Akira Schmid, 18, paid instant dividends this past weekend as the IceRays picked up a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’5/195 lbs. native of Bern, Switzerland and 2018 draft pick of the New Jersey Devils started and won both games this past weekend, allowing just three goals on 58 shots. On Friday, Schmid made 18 saves in a 3-1 win over the Brown Bears and then on Saturday, he made 37 saves in a 5-2 win. His save percentage for the weekend was .948. “Akira was very good all weekend helping us win two very important games. He played a very calm and confident style, while making big saves when needed,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ethan Harrison, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jake Stella, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dallas Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 22, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Mitch Machlitt - Aberdeen Wings

Mitch Machlitt

The Aberdeen Wings are tied for the Central Division lead thanks to a 6-0-1 run in their last seven games. This weekend, it was forward Mitch Machlitt, 19, who was the major contributor. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, led the Wings with five points in a two-game road sweep in Chippewa Falls against the Steel. On Friday, Machlitt had a pair of assists in a 4-1 win and then on Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 7-1 win. He was also a +4 on the weekend. In 10 games played this season, Machlitt has seven points. “Mitch has been the player we drafted since Day 1. He finds a way to contribute every night in many different ways. This weekend’s output was a result of hard work,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Matt Rutigliano - Northeast Generals

Matt Rutigliano

Northeast Generals forward Matt Rutigliano, 20, helped his club to a weekend split on the road against the New Jersey Titans this past weekend. The 5’11/182 lbs. native of Upton, Massachusetts, had three points (all goals) and was a +3 during the two games. On Friday, Rutigliano had two goals in a 6-3 loss and then on Saturday, he recorded another goal in a 5-2 win. For the season, Rutigliano us second on the team in scoring with 10 points in 11 games played. “Matt has done an amazing job both on and off the ice.  As a new Captain he has taken the team and helped it forge a great identity.  That impact has been immense, as has his play.  His goals this weekend were a big reason we won and his impact on games is consistently great,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.

2nd Star: Carter McPhail, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Choi, F, Maryland Black Bears – Cooper Lukenda, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Connor Pooley, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Scahill - Kenai River Brown Bears

Connor Scahill

The Kenai River Brown Bears picked up a weekend road split in Topeka against the Pilots this past weekend and in the process, snapped a three-game losing streak. 19-year-old defenseman Connor Scahill was big for his team on both ends of the ice. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Port Huron, Michigan, had three points and was a +3 during the weekend. On Friday, Scahill scored both Brown Bears goals in a close 3-2 loss. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, Scahill has nine points in 13 games played. “Connor has made a big step in his development in his second year in the league.  Not only has he produced offensively, but he has helped shore up our defensive zone and special teams. We are very happy for him to win this award, but he as well as our team understand that things like this will keep happening with team success,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Jackson Jutting, F, Minnesota Magicians – Luke Mobley, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Vincent, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Michal Stinil - Lone Star Brahmas

Michal Stinil

The Lone Star Brahmas got back on the right track this past weekend with a home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Leading the way was 19-year-old forward Michal Stinil. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Decin, Czech Republic, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +1 in the two wins. Stinil, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for American International College, had a goal and two assists in Friday’s 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had a power play goal in a 7-5 win. For the season, Stinil is tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points in 10 games played. “Michal is starting to play the right way with the team concept in mind. He has a very good shot and an elite skill set,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Anderson, D, Amarillo Bulls – Billy Feczko, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Austin Grzenia, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dalls Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots – Conor Witherspoon, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 15, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Keenan Lund - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Lund

Minot Minotauros forward Keenan Lund, 20, helped his team stay right in the thick of the Central Division leaders with a road split in Aberdeen over the weekend. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, had three more points (all assists) in the two games during the weekend and now sits 2nd in NAHL scoring with 15 points through his first 10 games. On Friday, Lund had two assists, including on the overtime-winner in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he recorded an assist in Minot’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss. “Keenan had another strong weekend. His speed generates opportunities for him and is a player we rely on heavily night in and night out. He is garnering plenty of NCAA Division I interest right now and I firmly believe he’s only going to continue to get better and better,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ian Mageau, F, Austin Bruins – Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins – Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness - Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Adrian Danchenko - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Adrian Danchenko

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and forward Adrian Danchenko, 19, took two of three games in their three-game set against the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Palm City, Florida, had seven points in the three games, which included recording at least a goal and an assist in each of the three outings. That included a one goal, two assist effort in a 4-1 win on Thursday to open the series. The Alabama-Huntsville recruit now has nine points in his first six NAHL games played this season. “Adrian has provided a huge boost to our team since arriving to town. He is a threat in all situations throughout a game as evidenced by him scoring power play, short handed, and even strength goals this weekend. His experience on our team as a three-year NAHL veteran is a big reason for our early season success,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Trevor Smith, F, Northeast Generals – Jordan Strand, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Brady - Janesville Jets

Cole Brady

The Janesville Jets got back on track this weekend and right back in the thick of the Midwest Division leaders thanks to a series road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Backstopping the team in both wins was 17-year-old goaltender and Arizona State recruit Cole Brady. The 6’5/165 lbs. native of Toronto, Ontario, allowed just two goals all weekend, stopped 75 of 77 shots in the process. That included 34 saves on Friday’s 2-1 win and 41 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win, where he also stopped all three Kenai River shooters. “Cole was very solid and gave us a chance to win both nights. He made big timely saves when needed and controlled the game with his play. His confidence in net carried over to the players on the ice during the game. He showed his talents in the shoot out win on Saturday with some very athletic saves,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Cam Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Johan Bok, D, Kenai River Brown Bears - Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Jack Johnson - Shreveport Mudbugs

Jack Johnson

The Shreveport Mudbugs made it be known this weekend that they have no plans on giving up their South Division crown from last year, which was evident in their weekend home sweep of the South Division-leading Amarillo Bulls. Mudbugs forward Jack Johnson, 20, had a big weekend for his team, recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bemidji, Minnesota, assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win and on Saturday, he scored twice and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Johnson leads the Mudbugs in scoring with 12 points in 10 games played. “Jack’s game has steadily improved over the first 10 games and is becoming a quality 200-foot player. His ability to maintain possession of the puck and visualize the ice puts him in great situations to contribute offensively,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Bud Winter, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 8, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Joey Strada - Aberdeen Wings

Joey Strada

Aberdeen Wings forward and Arizona State recruit Joey Strada, 19, made the most of his lone game of the weekend as he led the Wings to a 6-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard on Friday night. The 5’6/145 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists in the win. For the season, Strada is 2nd in team scoring to date with nine points in seven games played. “Joey has established some pretty high standards for himself. He has a big role within our team and he always seems to show up when needed,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – CJ Regula, D, Minnesota Wilderness – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Northeast Generals

Louis Boudon

Northeast Generals forward and Lake Superior State commit Louis Boudon, 20, played a big role in his team’s weekend home split with the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France totaled five points in the two games, which included three goals and two assists. On Saturday, Boudon had both Generals goals in a 4-2 loss and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. For the season, Boudon leads the Generals in scoring with 10 points in six games played. “Louis, already one of the top players in the league last year, has elevated his game even higher this year.  His quickness and strength have improved and he is a threat every time he is on the ice in any situation. He already has goals on the power play and penalty kill, and he is a special player that is still getting better,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.

2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Rutigliano, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gavin Enright - Kenai River Brown Bears

Gavin Enright

Sitting atop of the Midwest Division is the Kenai River Brown Bears, who opened up their home schedule this past weekend with a sweep of the Chippewa Steel. In between the pipes in both games was veteran netminder Gavin Enright. The 19-year-old native of Farmington, Minnesota, stopped 48 of 50 shots in the series to help his team pick up four more points. On Friday night, Enright (6’2/160) stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 3-2 win. “Gavin was calm and confident all weekend, especially in the 1st period on Friday Night, making 15 of 15 saves.  We are very excited about the progress Gavin has made coming into his second year in the NAHL and what is to come in the future for him.  Although this is an individual award, Gavin would be the first to tell you this was a team effort and we are going to continue to focus on that moving forward,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Nick Techel, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Logan Jenuwine - Amarillo Bulls

Logan Jenuwine

Despite playing in just one game this past weekend, the Amarillo Bulls showed no signs of slowing down as they posted a convincing 6-0 shutout win at home over the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday. Veteran forward Logan Jenuwine, 20, had two goals in the win, which included the game-winning goal early in the 1st period. For the season, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, who is committed to play NCAA hockey at Western Michigan, is 5th on the team in scoring with 11 points in seven games played. “Logan has been a tremendous addition to our club since joining us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His veteran leadership, maturity and attention to detail have been a big part of why we are having early season success. He also has an extremely high compete level that raises our desire to succeed as a group,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Kyler Yeo, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Ryan Winter, G, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 1, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jon Bendorf - Aberdeen Wings

Jon Bendorf

RPI recruit and Aberdeen Wings forward Jon Bendorf, 19, helped his team to a weekend road sweep against the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Yardville, New Jersey, recorded six points in the weekend sweep, which included two goals, four assists, and a +3 rating. On Friday, Bendorf had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win and on Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 win. In six games played this season, Bendorf is tied for the team scoring lead with seven points. “Jon’s leadership showed this weekend. He was a big part of the success and wins we had. He has the ability to take over games,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Lincoln Erne, D, Minot Minotauors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins - Nick Portz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins - Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Zach Stejskal - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Zach Stejskal

Knights goalie and Minnesota-Duluth recruit Zach Stejskal, 18, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Cohasset, Minnesota, stopped 78 of 81 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Stejskal made 30 saves in a 2-1 win and on Saturday, he made 48 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. In four regular season games this season, Stejskal has a 2-1-1 record with a 2.44 goals against average and 93.9% save percentage. “Zach made all the saves he needed to make to give our team a chance to win this weekend. He saw a lot of shots and was up to the task each night. His performance is well deserving of this award,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Freddie Macciocchi, F, Northeast Generals – Marko Sturma, G, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jonathan Sorenson - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jonathan Sorenson

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jonathan Sorenson, 19, helped his team to a weekend split of their road series against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, had three points on the weekend. On Friday, Sorenson scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win and on Saturday he assisted on both of Fairbanks’ goals in a 3-2 loss. In eight games played this season, Sorenson has recorded four points. “Jonathan continues to get better. He was great this weekend and brings energy each ice session,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Haider, G, Minnesota Magicians - Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Cam Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel – Tomas Vochozka, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Brenden Datema - Amarillo Bulls

Brenden Datema

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka Pilots, the Amarillo Bulls now sit atop the NAHL and South Division standings. Bulls defenseman Brenden Datema, 19, had four points in the weekend sweep. The 6’5/220 lbs. native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, had a goal and an assist each night and was also a +3 on the weekend. That included the game-winning goal in Friday’s 5-4 win. For the season, Datema leads all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points. “Brenden has taken tremendous strides from Year 1 to Year 2. He has taken on a leadership role with our team and been a steady presence in all situations. We are proud of him for his commitment to his game and our group and look forward to seeing where he commits to play NCAA Division I hockey,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Barraclough, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Max Finner, D, Topeka Pilots – Kyle Herbster, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Siffringer, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dallas Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 24, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Keenan Lund - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Lund

The Minot Minotauros got off to a good start to their season at the NAHL Showcase posting a 3-1 record. Forward Keenan Lund, 20, led the way for the Minotauros at the event with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the four games. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, recorded at least a point in all four games and had two multi-point games. His best outing came in a 4-0 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays where he had the game-winning goal and two assists. “Keenan really came into his own the second half and was a key member of our success down the stretch last season. There are big expectations for him this year, and he responded with an exceptional Showcase. His skating is excellent and he can make plays in small areas. He’s a great story for our league working his way up through the NA3HL and I have no doubt he could be an asset to a NCAA Division I program,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antenucci, F, Brookings Blizzard – Taylor Lantz, F, Minot Minotauros – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Chad Merrell - Johnstown Tomahawks

Chad Merrell

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Chad Merrell, 20, led his team to a 2-2 record at the NAHL Showcase and recorded at least a point in all four games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Boca Raton, Florida, had six points during the event, which included five goals. Merrell had back-to-back two-goal games in a 4-3 win over Fairbanks and a 3-1 win over Springfield. For the season, he has seven points in six games played. “Chad had a great Showcase for us. He produced offense in every game including back-to-back two-goal games. He showed off his speed and scoring touch, which included a short-handed goal on Saturday. It was great to see Chad demonstrate his abilities in front of the incredible amount of scouts that were at the Showcase and I hope that he was able to attract some good interest because he deserved to.He has had a great start to the season so far and we look forward to him continuing to contribute our team even more as the season goes on.said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Connor Pooley, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matteo Menotti, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ethan Haider - Minnesota Magicians

Ethan Haider

Minnesota Magicians rookie goalie Ethan Haider, a Clarkson University commit, left the NAHL Showcase the league’s shutout leader with two. Haider, who just turned 17-years-old earlier this month, played in three games and posted two shutouts at the NAHL Showcase. The 6’2/205 lbs. native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, had a 34-save shutout in a 3-0 win over Aberdeen and a 32-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Odessa. He also had 22 saves in a loss to 4-0 Topeka. For the week, Haider stopped 88 of a possible 91 shots on goal. “We are very happy with Ethan’s performance this weekend. He gave us a chance to win in all three games he played. His preparation for a young goalie is very impressive and it gives his team mates confidence when he is in the net,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Daly, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – David Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Stanton, F, Minnesota Magicians – Dennis Westergard, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Peterson - Amarillo Bulls

Alex Peterson

The Amarillo Bulls were one of two teams to go a perfect 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase and forward Alex Peterson was a big factor behind the Bulls success. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, had seven points in the four wins, which included five goals and two assists. Peterson also recorded game-winning goals in two of the contests and had a three-point game in a 9-0 win over Jamestown. His eight points this season is tied for 3rd in league scoring. “Alex has been an offensive force and a leader for us since the beginning of the season. He has worked very hard to put himself in this position and earned the success that he has had to this point. He will be a tremendous addition to the NCAA Division I program that he selects,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brenden Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Santeri Hartikainen, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – CJ McGee, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jordan Randall, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka Pilots – Anton Rubtsov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 17, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Samuel Solensky - Johnstown Tomahawks

Samuel Solensky

Veteran Johnstown forward Samuel Solensky, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights this weekend to get the season started. On Friday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, had an assist in a 3-2 win and on Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 5-1 win. “It was a step in the right direction for us to open our season with two wins on the road. Sam was a very big part of our offense. As usual, he was creating a lot of plays and was around the puck all game. He set up our game-winning goal on Friday night with a great play, then on Saturday he was a big force for us with two goals and setting up another. I felt he was dangerous all weekend when he was on the ice. Heading into the Showcase this week it was some positive momentum for him as I feel he is a very strong NCAA Division 1 prospect and hopefully his quality play carries right into the upcoming week,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Head, F, New Jersey Titans – Cameron Hebert, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: JJ Boucher - Kenai River Brown Bears

JJ Boucher

The Kenai River Brown Bears got an early season boost as they went into Janesville, Wisconsin this past weekend and picked up a weekend sweep of the Jets. Defenseman JJ Boucher, 19, was a huge factor in the two wins as the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Ottawa, Ontario had four assists and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Boucher had an assist in a 5-2 win and on Saturday, he had three assists in a 7-3 win. “This award could have gone to anyone on our team, but JJ had an exceptional weekend. He was instrumental in the wins and was really good defensively in addition to offensive production he put up. He was doing a little bit of everything like blocking shots and making good passes. He is a legit NCAA Division I prospect and we are looking forward to watching him grow as a player,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – John Stampohar, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Leo Chuard - Shreveport Mudbugs

Leo Chuard

The Shreveport Mudbugs picked up right where they left off from last season with two wins in their opening weekend series against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Mdubugs had a new face in goal in Leo Chuard, but the veteran netminder didn’t miss a beat, giving up two goals during the weekend. On Thursday, the 20-year-old native of Geneva, Switzerland, made 35 saves in his NAHL debut in a 4-1 and then on Saturday, Chaurd (6’2/198 lbs.) made 30 saves in another 4-1 win. “Having lost both goalies from a season ago, we were looking for Leo to provide a veteran presence and leadership on the ice and that’s exactly what he did that past weekend. I thought he was composed and played with a lot of poise,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jared Christy, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots – Rex Moe, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Kyle Moore, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Anton Rubtsov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 
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