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Easton's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of October 14, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Hunter Vorva - West Michigan Wolves

Hunter Vorva

It would be tough to duplicate the weekend that West Michigan goalie Hunter Vorva, 18, had as the native of Kalamazoo, MI was perfect in two games helping the Wolves to a weekend home sweep of the Wisconsin Whalers. Vorva (5’10/150) started and won both weekend games and had shutouts in both.  Vorva stopped all 62 shots he saw during the weekend, which included 33 saves in a Friday night 2-0 win and 29 saves in a 4-0 win on Saturday. Vorva ranks 4th in the NA3HL with a 95.1% save percentage. “Hunter had a tremendous weekend.  He works extremely hard and puts in the extra time at practice to work on his game.  He continues to get better and makes the saves he is supposed to,” said West Michigan head coach Marc Fakler.

2nd Star: Andrew Wagner, G, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Alex Anderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Levi Armstrong, F, Peoria Mustangs - Cameron Brown, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Marc Hayton, G, Peoria Mustangs – Brian Schumacher, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze – Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Warriors

 

East Star of the Week: Cody Estrel - Toledo Cherokee

Cody Estrel

The Toledo Cherokee held onto their lead in the East Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Cincinnati Swords.  Leading the way was 18-year-old forward Cody Estrel. The native of Sylvania, Ohio had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the two wins and was also a +4. On Friday, Estrel (5’11/180) had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Estrel had two more assists in a 5-1 win. Estrel is tied for the team scoring lead with 13 points in 11 games played. “Cody and his line mates were dominant this weekend. When Cody is going he can take over a game and that’s what he did this weekend,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.

2nd Star: Tyler Speis, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Desrosiers, F, Southern Tier Xpress – Mark McGee, F, Toledo Cherokee – Jacob Stack, G, Pittsburgh Vegeance

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Robert Kalata - Great Falls Americans

Robert Kalata

Another weekend and another pair of wins for the still unbeaten Great Falls Americans. This past weekend it was two home victories over the Yellowstone Quake. 19-year-old forward Robert Kalata was one of the leaders this weekend with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two games. The native Park Ridge, Illinois, started with weekend with two assists in a 12-1 win on Friday. On Saturday, the 6’0/175 lbs forward had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win. Kalata is 2nd on the roster in scoring with 10 points in seven games played. “Robert had some timely goals and he has had a nose for the net all year.  He broke loose this weekend and kept with it.  I am excited he contributed and hopefully it continues,” said Americans head coach Jeff Heimel.

2nd Star: Bryce Mitzel, F, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Cleaver, D, Gillette Wild – Nolan Flager, G, Glacier Nationals - Jake Nicks, D, Bozeman Icedogs – Devin Panzeca, F, Great Falls Americans 

 

South Star of the Week: Travis Hall - Dallas Jr. Stars

Travis Hall

The Dallas Jr. Stars put themselves back above .500 in the South Division with two wins in three games over the weekend in a weekend series in Sugar Land against the Imperials. Newly acquired defenseman and Keller, Texas native Travis Hall, 19, had a big impact from the blueline as the 6’1/175 lbs. defenseman totaled seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in the three games. On Friday, Hall assisted on two goals in a 6-4 loss. On Saturday, Hall had an assist in a 5-0 win. On Sunday, Hall saved his best game of the weekend for last as he had two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win. In five games with the Jr. Stars this season, Hall has eight points. “Travis adds the necessary depth and scoring on defense that will hopefully make us more successful as a team. His experience playing at the junior level in valuable in this league,” said Dallas head coach Jason Deitsch.

2nd Star: Grant Dukus, F, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kayne Fedor, F, Dallas Jr. Stars – Cooper Seedott, G, Point Mallard Ducks

 

West Star of the Week: David Becker - Twin City Steel

David Becker

It was a big weekend for the Twin City Steel and forward David Becker. The 20-year-old native on Anoka, Minnesota, helped the Steel to three wins, including a home win on Friday of previously undefeated Granite City followed by a two-game road sweep of Topeka. Becker (5’10/180) had seven points in the three games including four goals and three assists.  On Friday, Becker had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Granite City. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in an 8-1 win in Topeka and on Sunday he again had a goal and assist in a 6-3 win. His 15 points ranks 2nd on the Steel roster. “David is a hard working leader that has a knack for the net. His success this season is a tribute to how hard he works both on and off the ice. Not only does he push himself, but you can see the guys that he plays with games are elevated each time he is on the ice,” said Twin City General Manager Bryant Black.

2nd Star: Miko Aho, F, Twin City Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tony Arias, F, Alexandria Blizzard – Jordan Carey, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Joe Costello, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Brett Gravelle, F, North Iowa Bulls – David Horsmann, D, Granite City Lumberjacks – David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls – Nate Mettenburg, F, Alexandria Blizzard – Kendall Meyer, G, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 7, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Franky Melton - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Franky Melton

17-year-old forward Franky Melton played well last weekend as St. Louis split their weekend road series in La Crosse. The 5’7/165 lbs. native of St. Louis, MO totaled six points in two games, which included four goals, two assists and a +5 rating. On Saturday, Melton had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal and two assists in a 7-3 win. On Saturday, Melton scored again in a 4-2 loss.  For the season, Melton is 2nd on the Jr. Blues in scoring with 10 points in just six games played. “Franky had a solid weekend on the offensive end and scored some real nice goals. His line played a big part in our production,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher.

2nd Star: Nathan Viberg, F, Wisconsin Whalers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Anderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Cameron Brown, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Josh Somers, F, West Michigan Wolves – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Cody Black - Pittsburgh Vengeance

Cody Black

Pittsburgh veteran forward Cody Black, 20, helped the Vengeance take three of four points over the weekend in a series with Cleveland. On Saturday, the forward from Wexford, PA, had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists in a 5-0 shutout of the Jr. Lumberjacks. On Sunday, Black (5’8/165) scored the lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss.  He also scored in the shootout. For the season, Black is tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points. “Cody continues to get better every week and his work ethic is the reason why. His compete level is a great example for the young guys on our team,” said Pittsburgh head coach Dave Dorsey.

2nd Star: Adam Goudelock, D, Cincinnati Swords

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Baker, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Tyler Klutch, F, Cincinnati Swords – Alec Rounds, G, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Austin Turner, F, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Ralfs Karelis - Billings Bulls

Ralfs Karelis

Billings defenseman Ralfs Karelis, 19, had his breakout weekend of the 2014-15 season as the Bulls split a pair of weekend games. The native of Ventspils, Latvia had four points in the two games, which included two goals, two assists and a +2 rating. On Friday, Karelis (6’3/180) had a goal and two assists in a 6-1 home win over the Bozeman Icedogs. On Saturday, Karelis scored in a 5-3 loss at Helena. All four of Karelis’ points to date came during last weekend’s action. "Ralfs is a very consistent, two way defenseman, that is skilled, and expected to contribute offensively and defensively.  He is a big part of the Bulls blueline," said Billings head coach Joe Deptula.

2nd Star: Lance Knudson, G, Yellowstone Quake

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Hauser, G, Great Falls Americans – Lauren Massie, G, Great Falls Americans – Matt Mohar, F, Helena Bighorns

 

South Star of the Week: Rudolfs Kalvitis - Nashville Jr. Predators

Rudolfs Kalvitis

Nashville stayed undefeated on the season with three wins last weekend over Sugar Land. 20-year-old defenseman Rudolfs Kalvitis, who is a native of Riga, Latvia, played in two of those games, posting five points. On Friday, Kalvitis (6’1/173) had a goal and an assist in an 8-3 win. On Saturday, he chimed in with two more goals and an assist. Two of his goals came on the power play as did two of his assists. For the season, Kalvitis leads all Nashville defensemen in points with eight in just five games played. "Rudy has done an excellent job buying into our system along with the whole team, which has helped us to an undefeated start this season. He is well liked in the dressing room, has really stepped up and been a leader on and off the ice,” said Nashville head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Jake Champaign, F, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Dunn, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Matt Jung, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Jacob Lainesse, F, Nashville Jr. Predators – Chris Mallon, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Trey Opack, F, Topeka Capitals – Jacob Pelton, G, Topeka Capitals – Tyler Valentin, F, Dallas Jr. Stars – Matt Winkle, F, Sugar Land Imperials

 

West Star of the Week: Tanner Skaja - Granite City Lumberjacks

Tanner Skaja

Another one of the unbeaten teams in the NA3HL is the Granite City Lumberjacks and last weekend they picked up two more wins in home victories over Minnesota and Twin City. 19-year-old forward Tanner Skaja had a breakout weekend, scoring eight points in the two wins, which included three goals, five assists and a +8 rating. On Friday, the native of St. Cloud, MN scored seven of his eight weekend points, including the game-winning goal in a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Flying Aces. On Saturday, Skaja (6’0/180) added another goal in a 4-3 win over Twin City. For the season, Skaja has 10 points in just six games played. “Tanner had a breakout weekend and got the monkey off his back.  He has turned it on as of late and it is nice to see local guys having success,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.

2nd Star: Bo Gronseth, F, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jordan Carey, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Jared Erickson, F, Twin City Steel – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Joe Licata, G, Breezy Point North Stars – Tom Schmidt, F, Alexandria Blizzard – Kyle Wagner, F, Twin City Steel

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 30, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Scott Coash Jr. - Chicago Junior Bulldogs

Scott Coash Jr.

17-year-old forward Scott Coash (5’8/160) helped the Junior Bulldogs to a weekend home split against the Peoria Mustangs. In a 3-2 loss on Saturday, Coash had an assist on Chicago’s first goal. On Sunday, the native of Plainfield, IL elevated his game as he recorded a hat-trick and added an assist in a 8-2 win over the Mustangs. For the weekend, Coash had five points and was a +6 in the two games. For the season, he is tied for 3rd in scoring on the Junior Bulldogs roster, with all of his points to date coming last weekend.

2nd Star: Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Hindle, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Franky Melton, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Morgan, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Cameron Scheuren, G, La Crosse Freeze – Nathan Viberg, F, Wisconsin Whalers

 

East Star of the Week: John Barlow - Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

John Barlow

Even though the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks split their series this past weekend with two road games in Cincinnati, that didn’t stop veteran forward John Barlow from having a career weekend. The 20-year-old native of Shelby Township, MI was a one-man wrecking crew as he racked up six points in the two games. On Saturday, Barlow (5’7/155) had a pair of assists in a 5-3 loss. On Sunday, Barlow had a hat-trick and added an assist in a big 6-4 win over the Swords, which included the game-winning goal. With eight points, Barlow is tied for the team scoring lead. “John is a ball of energy and creates a lot of his own opportunities with his hard work.  He is a veteran and knows what it takes to be successful in this league,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson.

2nd Star: Drew Hill, F, Cincinnati Swords

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Grossman, F, Southern Tier Xpress – Andrew Kraska, D, Cincinnati Swords – Cam Schwartz, F, Toledo Cherokee – Luke Sunde, F, Southern Tier Xpress

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Miles Giorgione - Great Falls Americans

Miles Giorgione

Great Falls defenseman Miles Giorgione made the most of his NA3HL debut this past weekend as he helped the Americans to two wins. On Friday, the 18-year-old native of Anchorage, AK, had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 7-0 home win over the Bozeman Icedogs. On Saturday, Giorgione (5’10/175) had another game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-3 win at Billings against the Bulls. He was also a +1 during the weekend.  “Miles has been a great addition. He plays a physical game and is very effective on the power play.  Has a great ability to shoot the puck and gets it to the net. He is a constant threat when he is on the ice and is a very good all-around defenseman,” said Americans head coach Jeff Heimel.

2nd Star: Trent Dillinger, F, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kendall Bolen-Porter, F, Helena Bighorns – Taylor Garner, F, Gillette Wild – Grant Martens, G, Helena Bighorns – Ian Wiljanen, F, Billings Bulls – Wade Wylie, F, Great Falls Americans

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Sauer - Topeka Capitals

Alex Sauer

The Topeka Capitals find themselves in 1st place in the South Division thanks to a three-game road sweep of the Texas Jr. Brahmas this past weekend. Tied for the team scoring lead is 19-year-old forward Alex Sauer, who had a five-point weekend in the three wins. The native of Atlanta, GA, didn’t score, but played well in a 2-1 win on Friday. On Saturday, Sauer (5’10/170) had an assist in a 6-2 win. Sauer’s best game came on Sunday when he had a goal and three assists in a 4-3 win against the Jr. Brahmas. “Alex’s game is evolving everyday and that should open up some opportunities for him at the next level. Everyone stepped up this weekend.  Winning three games on the road during a weekend is never an easy thing to do in this league, so we are going to try and build off it,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.

2nd Star: Trey Opack, F, Topeka Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

West Star of the Week: Blake Phenow - Granite City Lumberjacks

Blake Phenow

One of only four undefeated teams remaining in the NA3HL, the Granite City Lumberjacks continued their hot start with two more wins last weekend. On Friday, in a 4-0 road win in Twin City, forward Blake Phenow (5’11/190) had a goal. On Saturday, the local Sauk Rapids, MN native had a hat-trick and an assist in a 7-0 at Minnesota against the Flying Aces. He was also +2 on the weekend. In five games so far this season, Phenow leads the Lumberjacks in goals with five and is tied for 3rd in scoring. “Blake had a great weekend. Most of his points came from hard work. He was recently voted as an assistant captain, so his teammates think a lot of him. He is a local guy, so nice to see those type of players have success with us,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.

2nd Star: Jake Mullendore, F, Minnesota Flying Aces

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Budreau, D, North Iowa Bulls – Sam Goetsch, G, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ryan Herbert, F, Breezy Point North Stars – David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls – Darien Jones, G, Twin City Steel – Crosby Steen, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Kyle Wagner, F, Twin City Steel

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 24, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Will Holtan - Wisconsin Whalers

Will Holtan

One of two defensemen honored this week, Holtan, 19, played a big role in helping the Whalers take three of four points in St. Louis this past weekend. The native of Rochester, MN, had a goal and two assists and was a +5 in the two games. It was the first points of the season for the 6’3/220 lbs. defenseman. “Will us a big, strong defenseman and definitely a leader on this team. We had trouble scoring on Sunday and he turned the momentum with his goal and allowed us to get three points on the weekend,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kai Barber, F, Peoria Mustangs – Tommy Heinzman, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Frankie Melton, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues - Andrew Scofield, F, Peoria Mustangs – Dakota Ulmer, forward, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Eli Lynn - Pittsburgh Vengeance

Eli Lynn

Second year NA3HL forward Eli Lynn, 20, helped the Pittsburgh Vengeance to two wins last weekend over the Metro Jets. In the process, the native of Orangeville, PA, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins.  Most importantly, both goals that Lynn (5’9/175) scored were the game-winners. Through six games this season, Lynn has 8 points in 6 games.  He spent last season in the NA3HL with Cleveland and finished the year with the Vengeance. “Eli has a great work ethic and is a very solid veteran player. His greatest asset is that he is a very good all-around two-way player, who can score big goals. He is becoming a better hockey player every day,” said Pittsburgh head coach Dave Dorsey.

2nd Star: Alec Rounds, G, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Dalton, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Nils Markgren, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Tyler Zalecki, F, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Nick Trefry - Helena Bighorns

Nick Trefry

Even though he only played in one game, Helena defenseman Nick Trefry had a great NA3HL debut.  In the Bighorns 10-0 win over Glacier on Friday, the native of Upland, CA had a goal and four assists for a five-point game. Trefry, 19, was also +4 in the win. Trefry (6’1/190) assisted on the game-winning goal in the 1st period and through one game, leads the Bighorns in scoring. "Nick had a great first game of the year posting five points. Nick is an outstanding leader on this team already and we look forward to see what else he has in store the rest of the year with his high skill level,” said Bighorns head coach Jon Jonasson.

2nd Star: Tristan Henrichs, F, Billings Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Burke, F, Gillette Wild – Ryan Erickson, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Sean Kelley, G, Gillette Wild – Grant Martens, G, Helena Bighorns – Gunnar Mogck, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Cole Semchak, G, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Josig Rochon - Dallas Jr. Stars

Josig Rochon

In his first weekend of NA3HL action, Dallas Jr. Stars forward Josig Rochon, 18, helped Dallas win two of three games against cross-town rival, the Texas Jr. Brahmas. In the three games, Rochon (5’10/180) had four goals and an assist for five points.  He scored at least a goal in all three games and in both the games that Dallas won, the native of Quebec City, PQ had the game-winning goal in both instances. “Josig had a great first weekend.  He is a big body that took advantage of some opportunities in front of the net on the power play.  He scored a couple big goals for us especially the overtime winner.  I look forward to seeing him grow even more as a player this year,” said Dallas head coach Jason Deitsch.

2nd Star: Kody Wagner, D, Dallas Jr. Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aksel Campbell, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Jake Cox, F, Point Mallard Ducks - Paolo DiGenova, F, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Grant Dukus, F, Point Mallard Ducks - Ryan James, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Rudy Kalvitis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators – Trent Kulczyk, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

West Star of the Week: Jared Sprink - Granite City Lumberjacks

Jared Sprink

Veteran Granite City forward Jared Sprink, 20, was dominant in the Lumberjacks two wins this past weekend. The native of Mosinee, WI had four points in two games, which included three goals and an assist. On Friday, Sprink (6’0/175) had a goal and an assist in a 6-0 shutout at home over Breezy Point.  On Saturday, he had two goals in a 4-1 home win over Alexandria. He was also a +3 during the weekend. Sprink has previous NA3HL playing experience with the Minnesota Flying Aces during the 2012-13 season. “Jared is a very smart, veteran player, who is very familiar with the division and the league.  He has great playmaking ability and it really showed in the wins this past weekend,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.

2nd Star: Luke Richardson, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mikko Aho, F, Twin City Steel - David Becker, F, Twin City Steel - Dakota McDonald, G, Breezy Point North Stars – Ryan Mezera, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Jordan Moran, G, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 17, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Marshall Gevers - Peoria Mustangs

Marshall Gevers

The Mustangs are off to a 3-1 start and sitting on top of the Central Division and this weekend’s big performance came from veteran forward Marshall Gevers, 19. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois helped the Mustangs to a weekend road sweep of the La Crosse Freeze. He totaled five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins and was a +5. On Saturday, he had an assist in a 4-3 win and on Sunday, Gevers (5’11/170) had two goals and two assists, including the game-winning goal. “Marshall was great this past weekend and he is a veteran player who knows what he is doing,” said Mustangs head coach Tyler Rennette. “He is a really hard worker, so it is nice to see it pay off.”

2nd Star: Tommy Heinzman, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Mike Difranco, D, West Michigan Wolves – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Billy Hindle, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ross Lipic, G, Peoria Mustangs – Troy Pierce, G, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Hunter Vorva, G, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Aaron Callan - Toledo Cherokee

Aaron Callan

Toledo Cherokee goalie Aaron Callan, 18, has been on fire to begin the 2014-15 season and this past weekend was no exception. Toledo maintained their undefeated record in large part thanks to the South Lyon, Michigan native as he allowed just two goals on 64 shots in a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Metro Jets. On Friday, he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 4-1 win at Metro. On Saturday, Callan (5’11/165) was even better has he made 37 saves on 38 shots in another 4-1 win at home. Callan is currently the top goalie in the NA3HL with a 98% save percentage and 0.55 goals against average. “Aaron was rock solid again this weekend,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller. “He is giving our team a chance to win and coming up with a big save when needed.”

2nd Star: Justin Andriaccio, F, Southern Tier Xpress

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Kippenhan, F, Cincinnati Swords – Kevin O’Shea, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – James Schroeder, G, Cincinnati Swords – Cam Schwartz, F, Toledo Cherokee – Michael Straub, D, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jake Wasem, F, Southern Tier Xpress

 

Frontier Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: Ryan James - Sugar Land Imperials

Ryan James

The Sugar Land Imperials opened up their season by taking two of three games in North Richland Hills against the Texas Jr. Brahmas.  Leading the way was 18-year-old forward Ryan James. The native of Houston, Texas, racked up four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the three games. On Friday, he had a goal in a 6-2 loss. On Saturday, James (5’9/163) had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 7-2 win. On Sunday, James assisted on a goal in a 3-2 win to complete the weekend.

2nd Star: Mykyta Sheptytsky, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Durkin, D, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Frank Muscarella, D, Sugar Land Imperials

 

West Star of the Week: Jody Randall - Alexandria Blizzard

Jody Randall

Although the Alexandria Blizzard and forward Jody Randall played just one game last weekend, the veteran forward from Maple Grove, Minnesota, had a game to remember.  The 20-year-old recorded a hat-trick in an 8-5 win at Breezy Point against the North Stars. Two of Randall’s goals were even strength and one came on the power play. Randall (5’10/180) is in his second season with the Blizzard.  He recorded 21 points in 46 games played last season. “Joey is a smart veteran player.  We expect him to produce and it was good to see him come through.  He is in a different role this season and hopefully he can thrive as one of the on-ice leaders,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Tobias Gabrielsen, D, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Bernhardson, D, Granite City Lumberjacks – Joe Costello, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Sean Viti, D, Breezy Point North Stars

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 9, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Chance Homerin - Peoria Mustangs

Chance Homerin

 Veteran Peoria Mustangs forward Chance Homerin, 18, had a good weekend as the Mustangs opened up with a weekend home split with the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs. On Saturday, Homerin (6’0/180) factored in on both goals as he scored and had an assist in a 3-2 loss. On Sunday, the Pekin, IL native scored the game-tying shorthanded goal with just over five minutes remaining as the Mustangs beat the Bulldogs, 3-2 in a shootout.  “Chance worked his tail off in both games and it paid off in a couple of big goals,” said Mustangs head coach Tyler Rennette. “At this time of year, you need your veteran players to be your best players and that’s exactly what Chance was for us this past weekend.”

2nd Star: Sean Smalley, forward, West Michigan Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nicholas Piech, goaltender, Peoria Mustangs

 

East Star of the Week: Cody Black - Pittsburgh Vengeance

Cody Black

After the first weekend of the year, Pittsburgh forward Cody Black, 20, leads the league in scoring as he helped the Vengeance take three of four points in their series on the road against the Southern Tier Xpress. On Friday night, Black (5’8/165) had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, the Wexford, PA native scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. His five points is tops in the NA3HL after the first weekend. “Cody had a real strong weekend for us at both ends of the ice. He leads by example and is a tremendous role model for the younger players,” said Vengeance head coach Dave Dorsey.

2nd Star: Aaron Callan, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marc Anderson, forward, Cincinnati Swords – Curtis Carlson, forward, Southern Tier Xpress – Brandon Desrosiers, forward, Southern Tier Xpress – Alex Holm, forward, Metro Jets – Ramsey Mayne, defense, Cincinnati Swords – Dominic Pisanti, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Kyle Plantz, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jake Stephan, goaltender, Metro Jets.

 

Frontier Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 

West Star of the Week: No Award

 
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