Easton's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of December 16, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Peter Henderson - Wisconsin Whalers

Peter Henderson

Wisconsin forward Peter Henderson, 19, is running away with the league’s scoring title thanks to another big weekend like this past one. The native of Libertyville, Illinois, chalked up another seven points as the Whalers took three of four points in their home-and-home series with the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs. On Friday night, Henderson (5’11/175) assisted on all four Whalers goals in regulation in a 5-4 shootout loss. On Saturday night, Henderson had two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 7-1 win to keep the Whalers in 1st place. His 52 points to date is 14 points better than the next closest scorer in the NA3HL. “Peter is playing great hockey right now. He sees the ice well and has been one of our leaders on and off ice,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Adam Havener, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Chance Homerin, F, Peoria Mustangs – Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Ross Lipic, G, Peoria Mustangs – Ryan Martin, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Hunter Smith, F, La Crosse Freeze – Chase Stanford, G, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Cody Gibson - Southern Tier Xpress

Cody Gibson

The Xpress moved closer to 2nd place in the East Division with a weekend road sweep in Toledo against the Cherokee. 18-year-old goaltender Cody Gibson (5’11/190) was almost perfect in the two games as the native of Livonia, Michigan have up just a single goal in the two wins. On Friday night, Gibson made 31 saves in a 2-1 win over the Cherokee. On Saturday, he made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season in a big 10-0 win. Gibson’s 2.23 goals against average ranks 10th in the NA3HL to date. "This past weekend Cody was rock solid. He has been playing very well for us since the day he came to Southern Tier. Every time he is in the net he gives our team a chance to win. It is great to see him recognized for how well he has been playing,” said Xpress head coach Rylan Galiardi

2nd Star: Brandon Desrosiers, F, Southern Tier Xpress

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bond, F, Cincinnati Swords – Hunter Schneider, F, Cincinnati Swords

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Denijs Romanovskis - Bozeman Icedogs

Denijs Romanovskis

17-year-old Bozeman goaltender Denijs Romanovskis was busy this past weekend as the Icedogs were playing in three straight games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The native of Jelgava, Latvia saw plenty of pucks come his way in the three outings as he faced a total of 124 shots and made 117 saves in three games, with Bozeman taking wins in two games. Romanovskis began the weekend with 29 saves in a 3-2 shootout home win over Helena. That included stopping all four Bighorns shooters in the shootout. The next night, he played very well making 47 saves in a 3-2 loss at Glacier against the Nationals. On Sunday, he made 41 saves in a 7-2 win at Glacier. His save percentage over the weekend was 94.3%. “What I like about Denijs is that he is aggressive on the puck and he has stepped up as a team leader. He is playing at a level right now that is very worthy of a call-up to a league like the NAHL,” said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.

2nd Star: Kegan Couture, F, Bozeman Icedogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Feese, G, Gillette Wild – Alex King, F, Gillette Wild – Brandt Miller, F, Helena Bighorns – Brandon Mills, F, Helena Bighorns – Nick Rizzo, D, Billings Bulls – Cole Semchak, G, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Ben Falk - Nashville Jr. Predators

Ben Falk

Nashville continued their stranglehold on the top spot in the South Division with two more wins at home this past weekend over the St. Louis Jr. Blues. On Saturday, the native of East Bethel, Minnesota, had two goals and two assists and was a +4 in a 7-4 win over St. Louis. On Sunday, the 19-year-old Falk had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. For the 2014-15 season, Falk (5’11/170) is 2nd on the team in points with 27 points in 26 games played.

2nd Star: Blake McIntyre, F, Dallas Jr. Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Galliart, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Nick Tandeski, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

West Star of the Week: Tommi Ahlgren - North Iowa Bulls

Tommi Ahlgren

North Iowa Bulls goalie Tommi Ahlgren, 19, backstopped his club to two home wins this weekend over the Breezy Point North Stars and was outstanding between the pipes. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Tampere, Finland, was peppered with 52 shots in the two games and ending up making 50 saves, as he allowed just a single goal in each of the wins. On Friday, Ahlgren made 21 saves in a 3-1 win and on Saturday he made 29 saves in a 4-1 win. Since losing his first start back on September 26th, Ahlgren has won his last 10 straight games. He ranks 2nd in the NA3HL in both goals against average and save percentage. "Tommi has taken his game to another level and made key saves early in games which has enabled us to settle into games without falling behind. He is an aggressive, athletic goaltender that competes hard every day,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathias Ahman, D, Twin City Steel – Mikko Aho, F, Twin City Steel – Jesse Garcia, G, Granite City Lumberjacks – Evan Mills, D, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 12, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Martin - Wisconsin Whalers

Ryan Martin

Thanks to an undefeated run at the NA3HL Showcase, the Wisconsin Whalers sit atop of the Central Division. Second year forward Ryan Martin, had a great week last week as the 19-year-old from Rochester, Minnesota, recorded eight points in four games and saw him stay remarkably consistent with a goal and an assist in each of the four games he played. That run included wins over La Crosse prior to the Showcase and wins over Metro, Texas and Breezy Point while at the Showcase. In the 4-2 win over Texas, Martin (5’10/170) had the game-winning goal and he was also +5 for the week. “Ryan has been on fire lately and just playing great hockey. He is a big part of our team’s success to date,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Austin Wiseley, F, Peoria Mustangs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Anderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Tommy Heinzman, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Andrew Scofield, F, Peoria Mustangs – Hunter Smith, F, La Crosse Freeze – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves – Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Alec Rounds - Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Alec Rounds

One of the six undefeated teams at the NA3HL Showcase was the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, thanks in large part to their goalie Alec Rounds, 20, who has been one of the team MVP’s this season. The 6’2/187 lbs. goalie from Laguna Beach, California, played in two of the three games and won both. On Monday, Rounds made 44 saves in a 4-1 win over South Division-leading Nashville. On Tuesday, Rounds posted his 4th shutout of the season as he made 19 saves in a 5-0 win over Glacier. For the week, Rounds stopped 63 of the 64 shots that came his way. His four shutouts is currently tied for the NA3HL lead. “Alec is continuing his strong play and picked a good time to do it as he attracted attention from colleges with his play at the showcase,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson.

2nd Star: Pearce Vance, F, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Glen Bates, G, Toledo Cherokee - Brody Duncan, F, Toledo Cherokee – Tobias Gabrielsen, D, Southern Tier Xpress – Tyler Houmard, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Kameron Lindburg, G, Metro Jets – Nils Markgren, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Lucas Lomax - Great Falls Americans

Lucas Lomax

From a record and points standpoint, the top team to date in the NA3HL is the Great Falls Americans. They helped their cause this past week with four more wins, including a perfect run at the NA3HL Showcase. Leading scorer and forward Lucas Lomax, 20, led the way with five points in the four wins, which included four goals (including two game-winners). The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Phoenix, Arizona, began the week with a two goal, one assist effort in a 7-5 win over Glacier on Friday. On Sunday, Lomax scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Minnesota. On Tuesday, he had another game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Point Mallard. He was also a +6 during the week and his 23 points leads the Americans in scoring to date. “Lucas is a great kid and has been an incredible asset to our program the last two seasons.  He has an extra step in his stride this year and is fully committed to the success of our team,” said Americans head coach Jeff Heimel.

2nd Star: Zack Mese, F, Great Falls Americans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Feese, G, Gillette Wild – Torin Foundos, F, Billings Bulls – Mitchell McEwan, F, Gillette Wild – Alex Meagher, G, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Nathan Klebe - Nashville Jr. Predators

Nathan Klebe

Nashville picked up wins in two of their three Showcase games to keep their comfortable lead in the South going and in goal for both of those wins was 20-year-old goalie Nathan Klebe. The native of South Lyon, Michigan, began the Showcase with a 33-save effort in a 3-1 win over the Breezy Point North Stars. Two days later, Klebe played the opening two periods of a 4-0 win over the La Crosse Freeze, in which he stopped all 21 shots that came his way. In his 100 minutes of action at the Showcase, Klebe (6’0/175) stopped 54 of 55 shots that came his way. His 12 wins to date ranks 2nd in the NA3HL. “Nathan has been solid in net for our team since day one.  He has been working hard on and off the ice to better his game and it has really paid off for us. We look forward to watching his success not only this year but the years to come,” said Nashville head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Kyle Rimbach, F, Topeka Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Anderson, F, Nashville Jr. Predators – Aksel Campbell, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Jake Cox, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Anthony Galliart, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Drew Hill, F, Dallas Jr. Stars – Frank Muscarella, D, Sugar Land Imperials – Quinton Reynolds, G, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Hank Roers, F, Topeka Capitals – Cooper Seedott, G, Point Mallard Ducks

 

West Star of the Week: Jody Randall - Alexandria Blizzard

Jody Randall

Alexandria forward Jody Randall, 20, put the team on his back and led the Blizzard to a perfect 3-0 record while at the NA3HL Showcase last week. The native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, felt right at home in Blaine as he recorded points in all four games that he played in last week and totaled eight points in the four games. He started with an assist on Friday in a loss to Breezy Point. He then picked up another assist in a 3-0 win on Sunday over Texas. Randall (5’10/180) then assisted twice in an 8-3 win over Helena and he finished the week with two goals and two assists, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Vengeance. He was also a +3 during the week. Randall’s 22 points ranks 2nd on the Blizzard roster to date. “Jody has brought his game to the next level as of late with his hard work and determination. Jody is the one Captain that has a led by example and attitude and it has snowballed throughout our team,” said Alexandria head coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Trey Gardner, F, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Felix Conrads, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Joe Costello, F, Breezy Point North Stars – James Hale, F, Twin City Steel – Travis Kemp, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Sam Naegele, D, North Iowa Bulls – Jay Paul, F, Twin City Steel

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 2, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Jace Cseter - La Crosse Freeze

Jace Cseter

Freeze forward Jace Cseter, 19, was a busy player this past weekend, taking part in four games. He managed to register at least a point in all four games as the forward from Menomonie, WI, totaled eight points this past weekend. On Wednesday, Cseter (5’7/180) took part in two games against Wisconsin. The first was the completion of a suspended game in which he had an assist in a 3-2 win. Later that night, he scored the lone goal in a 4-1 loss against the Whalers. On Saturday, he had three assists in a 4-2 win in St. Louis against the Jr. Blues and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 7-2 win. He was also a +2 for the weekend. “Jace has been a great addition to our program here in La Crosse. He loves the game and would play a full 60 minutes if he was allowed. We are excited to see what the future holds for Jace as the season moves forward,” said La Crosse head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Corey Siwula, D, West Michigan Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Bromberg, D, La Crosse Freeze – Will Holtan, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Connor Morgan, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Kyler Patenaude, G, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: No Award

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Ryan Lund - Glacier Nationals

Ryan Lund

It hasn’t been quite the season that the Glacier Nationals and goalie Ryan Lund, 20, have hoped for yet, but last weekend Lund (6’0/195) played very well as the Nationals split a pair of games. The native of Anchorage, AK was plenty busy as he had 101 shots come his way in the two games and he managed to stop 96 of them. On Friday, Lund made 44 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss against Helena. In the shootout, he managed to stop four of five shooters as well. On Saturday night, Lund made 52 saves through regulation and overtime and then stopped all five shooters in the shootout as Glacier beat Billings, 3-2. Despite having just a 2-8-3 record and a 3.93 goals against average, Lund has a sparkling 92% save percentage.

2nd Star: Mitchell McEwan, F, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tristan Henrichs F, Billings Bulls – Sean Kelley, G, Gillette Wild – Lauren Massie, G, Great Falls Americans – Cole Semchak, G, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Mykyta Sheptytsky - Texas Jr. Brahmas

Mykyta Sheptytsky

Texas leading scorer Mykyta Sheptytsky, 19, is on a roll and that continued this past weekend in a series at Sugar Land. The native of Kiev, Ukraine, managed to record five points in two wins as the Jr. Brahmas completed a weekend sweep. On Saturday, Sheptytsky (6’3/185) had three assists in a 9-2 win over the Imperials. On Sunday, he recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. He was also a +3 during the weekend. For the season, Sheptytsky has 24 points in 21 games played. "Mykyta did a fantastic job in all three zones of the ice this weekend for us. He has great size and reach, which allows him to puck protect and slow the game down for us in the offensive zone. He's really found his role as a playmaker for us this season and his defensive play has really improved over the course of the season, especially now that he is fully healthy again,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd star: None

 

West Star of the Week: Tyler Sworsky - Alexandria Blizzard

Tyler Sworsky

It was two big wins over the weekend for the Alexandria Blizzard and forward Tyler Sworsky, 19, led the charge as the native of Duluth, MN recorded six points in the two wins during the weekend and was also a +4. On Friday night, Sworsky (5’11/160) recorded the game-winning goal in a 3-0 shutout at home against Twin City. On Saturday, he recorded a goal and four assists in a 9-4 road win at Minnesota against the Flying Aces. For the season, Sworsky leads the Blizzard in scoring with 22 points in 18 games played. “Tyler's success this last week was due to all his hard work on the ice as of late.  He plays the game hard every shift.   Tyler plays a huge role for our team and it is great to see his hard work pay off,” said Alexandria head coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kole Kobel, D, Breezy Point North Stars – Crosby Steen, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Corey Taylor, D, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 25, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Nathan Viberg - Wisconsin Whalers

Nathan Viberg

The Wisconsin Whalers stayed in 1st place this weekend with a big road sweep in Peoria against the Mustangs. 18-year-old forward Nathan Viberg, who is an Illinois native, went back to his home state and played a big role in the sweep. Viberg (6’0/175) had two goals and an assists as the Whalers posted wins of 6-2 and 5-2. On Saturday, Viberg had a goal in the 6-2 win. On Sunday, he scored the game-winner and had an assist in a 5-2 win. For the second, Viberg is 2nd on the team in scoring with 25 points in 22 NA3HL games. “Nate is really coming into his own and playing well for us. He has been getting better every week,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Jace Cseter, F, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Brown, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Nikita Ermilov, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Same Harden, G, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Evan Moyse, G, Wisconsin Whalers – Josh Somers, F, West Michigan Wolves – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Alec Rounds - Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Alec Rounds

Cleveland goalie Alec Rounds had a perfect weekend as the 20-year-old native of Laguna Beach, California, picked up shutouts in both of his starts this past weekend in home wins against Cincinnati. Rounds (6’2/187) faced a total of 64 shots in the two games and stopped them all. On Friday, he made 28 saves in a 5-0 win. On Sunday, he made 36 saves in a 1-0 win. For the season, Rounds has a 7-7-2 record with a 2.65 goals against average and a 92.4% save percentage. He also has three shutouts on the season. “Alec has been playing at a high level all season. He provides strong leadership with team and sets good example with consistent work ethic and approach to practice and games,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson.

2nd Star: Brandon Kruger, G, Cincinnati Swords

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Baker, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Richie Doherty, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Zack Mlady, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Aaron Roschinsky, F, Toledo Cherokee – Hunter Schneider, F, Cincinnati Swords

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Brandon Mills - Helena Bighorns

Brandon Mills

Helena took wins in two of three games this past weekend as they picked up a road win in Billings before beating Glacier at home. Their lone loss was to division-leading Great Falls. Forward Brandon Mills, 19, was a key component in the two wins as he recorded a total of six points in the two wins. On Friday, the native of San Dimas, California, had a goal in a 4-3 road win in Billings. On Saturday, Mills (5’10/180) had the game-winning goal and four assists in an 8-0 win over Glacier. He was also a +6 on the weekend in three games. For the season Mills has 20 points in 16 games played. “Brandon is one of the most dedicated and hardest working players I have had the opportunity to coach. He was off to a slow start, but this weekend he broke out of his shell and we expect some big things the remainder of the season,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.

2nd Star: Tristan Henrichs, F, Billings Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade Boreing, F, Gillette Wild – Alex Feese, G, Gillette Wild – Alex Kruger, G, Helena Bighorns – Ryan Lund, G, Glacier Nationals – Ian Wiljanen, F, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Johanson - Topeka Capitals

Alex Johanson

For the second week in a row, Topeka forward Alex Johanson, 18, is the South Division Star of the Week. The native of Skokie, Illinois had another big week as the Capitals swept the St. Louis Jr. Blues. On Saturday, Johanson (6’1/190) had a goal and was +2 in a 4-0 shutout win. On Sunday, Johanson scored four goals  in a 7-1 win. In nine games with the Capitals this season, Johanson has 14 points. "Alex had a great weekend. He's an extremely hard worker and competes hard shift in and shift out. We are happy with the direction of his game and he has a bright future ahead of him,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trent Kulczyk, F, Nashville Jr. Predators – Nick Nitta, D, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Jacob Pelton, G, Topeka Capitals – Nick Tandeski, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

West Star of the Week: Brycon Johnson - Granite City Lumberjacks

Brycon Johnson

New Granite City defenseman Brycon Johnson, 18, made his Lumberjacks debut in grand fashion as the native of St. Peters, Missouri was all over the ice as the Lumberjacks split a weekend home-and-home series with the Alexandria Blizzard. Johnson (6’1/196) had five points in the two games. On Friday, Johnson had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal in a 4-0 shutout of the Blizzard. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss at Alexandria. It was Johnson’s first two games in a Lumberjacks uniform. “It was great to add a veteran and Brycon gave us a spark this weekend.  He has great skill and a great head for the game.  He is always in the right spot at the right time,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.

2nd Star: Jon Plaszcz, D, Twin City Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brooke Evans, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Brett Gravelle, F, North Iowa Bulls – Aharon Lara, F, Twin City Steel – Kendall Meyer, G, Granite City Lumberjacks – Sean Viti, D, Breezy Point North Stars – Dylan Zins, F, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 18, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Martin - Wisconsin Whalers

Ryan Martin

Whalers forward Ryan Martin, 19, had a big week as he helped his club to a three-point weekend in a home-and-home series with the La Crosse Freeze.  The native of Rochester, MN, has returned to the line-up with a vengeance as he racked up another seven points this past weekend and now has 17 points in just 10 games played this season. On Saturday, Martin (5’10/170) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss. On Sunday, Martin had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, and two assists in an 8-1 road win. “Ryan’s line is playing great together and he is really playing well. He has brought a lot to our team since coming back from mononucleosis,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Franky Melton, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Billy Hindle, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Franky Melton, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Cameron Scheuren, G, La Crosse Freeze – Corey Siwula, D, West Michigan Wolves – Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Gavin Cummings - Pittsburgh Vengeance

Gavin Cummings

Thanks to a pair of wins during the weekend over Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Vengeance increased their lead atop the East Division. Defenseman Gavin Cummings, 18, was excellent on the blueline as the native of Williamsville, NY record four points in the two wins. On Saturday, Cummings (6’4/180) had an assist in a 5-3 win at home against the Jr. Lumberjacks. On Sunday, Cummings scored twice, including the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win on the road. For the season, Cummings is tied for 2nd in NA3HL scoring for all defensemen with 20 points. “Gavin's offensive game has really blossomed for us this season especially on the power play. He is still young and developing his all around game,” said Pittsburgh head coach Dave Dorsey.

2nd Star: Mark Sunde, F, Southern Tier Xpress

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Henry, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Niklas Verbosky, F, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Brandt Miller - Helena Bighorns

Brandt Miller

The Helena Bighorns got back to the winning side of things this weekend with a home sweep of the Yellowstone Quake. 20-year-old forward Brandt Miller had a big weekend with six points and a +8 rating in the two games. On Friday, the native of Havre, MT had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, Miller (5’7/155) had two goals, including the game-winner and added an assist in a 6-1 win. For the season, Miller is 2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points in just 13 games played. “Brandt had a great weekend to add to his success this season. He is a guy that we can throw out in any situation during a game.  Brandt is becoming a natural leader and his teammates are growing and succeeding from his leadership,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.

2nd Star: Kendall Bolen-Porter, F, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Darren Banks, F, Gillette Wild – Jack Cleaver, D, Gillette Wild – Evan Hauser, G, Great Falls Americans – Lucas Lomax, F, Great Falls Americans

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Johanson - Topeka Capitals

Alex Johanson

New Topeka forward Alex Johanson, 18, had a big impact for the Capitals this weekend as they picked up a three-game sweep of the Imperials in Sugar Land to stay right in the heat of the South Division lead. The native of Skokie, IL had seven points in the three wins and had at least a point in each of the wins. On Friday, Johanson (6’1/190) scored twice and added an assist in a 9-4 win. On Saturday, he had the game-winning goal in a 6-3 win and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win. In seven games with the Capitals this season, Johanson already has nine points. "Alex was an addition to club a few weeks ago. He's been a welcomed addition to our organization and is buying into the Topeka culture very quickly. We are happy to see him adapt, be successful and look forward to seeing him grow as a player,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.

2nd Star: Justin Ball, G, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Dunn, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Frazer Ellis, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Noah Gilreath, D, Point Mallard Ducks – Travis Hall, D, Dallas Jr. Stars – Trent Kulczyk, F, Nashville Jr. Predators – Tre Opack, F, Topeka Capitals – Tyler Valentin, F, Dallas Jr. Stars – Matt Winkle, F, Sugar Land Imperials

 

West Star of the Week: Robbie Goor - Twin City Steel

Robbie Goor

Although they had just one game this past weekend, the Twin City Steel made it three wins in a row with a 3-0 shutout of Breezy Point on Saturday night to stay firmly in 3rd place in the West. 18-year-old goalie Robbie Goor posted his second consecutive shutout as he made 18 saves in the win. The native of Anoka, MN now has a shutout streak of 142:21 going and has posted a 7-4 record this season with a 2.98 goals against average and a 89.8% save percentage. “Robbie epitomizes what you want out of a goalie.  He comes ready to work, and is ready to step in net as soon as his number is called.  He is the first one at the rink each day as is well liked within the locker room.  We have asked Robbie to step up several times throughout the season and he certainly has won some big games for us,” said Twin City General Manager Bryant Black.

2nd Star: Jordan Moran, G, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joe Burgmeier, F, North Iowa Bulls – Travis Kemp, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Aharon Lara, F, Twin City Steel – Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 11, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Dakota Ulmer - West Michigan Wolves

Dakota Ulmer

The West Michigan Wolves kept pace in the Central Division this past weekend with two wins in three games. 18-year-old forward Dakota Ulmer had a hand in scoring in all three games. The native of Commerce, MI, had six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the three games as the Wolves beat the Metro Jets and split with the Peoria Mustangs. On Friday, Ulmer (5’9/160) had three assists in a 5-3 win over Metro. On Saturday, he tallied two goals in a 4-2 win over Peoria. On Sunday, Ulmer had a goal in a 5-2 loss to the Mustangs. For the season, Ulmer is 2nd in team scoring with 21 points in 14 games played. “Dakota has consistently been a top performer for us this season.  He's a highly skilled player that has made a smooth transition to junior hockey and has excelled in all situations,” said Wolves head coach Marc Fakler.

2nd Star: Sam Harden, G, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jace Cseter, F, La Crosse Freeze – Thomas Hanson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Adam Havener, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Kyle Keeder, D, West Michigan Wolves – Zach Lawson, F, La Crosse Freeze – Adam Schoenfeld, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Andrew Scofield, F, Peoria Mustangs – Nathan Scofield, F, Peoria Mustangs

 

East Star of the Week: Brandon Desrosiers - Southern Tier Xpress

Brandon Desrosiers

It was two wins for the Southern Tier Xpress this past weekend as they beat Cincinnati at home and beat Cleveland on the road. Forward Brandon Desrosiers, 20, played well in both wins as he totaled five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the victories. The native of Deerfield Beach, FL, began with an assist in a 2-1 home win over Cincinnati. He followed that up with four goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-3 road win in Cleveland. He was also a +4 on the weekend. Desrosiers (6’2/175) leads the Xpress in scoring with 24 points in 17 games played. "Brandon is playing at a high level right now. From day one he has come in and established himself as a leader for our hockey team. Brandon's work ethic, character and compete level make him a bona fide NCAA prospect and a player we will continue to rely on,” said Xpress head coach Rylan Galiardi.

2nd Star: Brian Baker, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Bogart, D, Toledo Cherokee – Brandon Kruger, G, Cincinnati Swords – James Schroeder, G, Cincinnati Swords

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Cade Boreing - Gillette Wild

Cade Boreing

Thanks to a pair of wins over the weekend, the Gillette Wild find themselves in 2nd place in the Frontier Division. Forward Cade Boreing, 18, played a big part in the Wild’s weekend home-and-home sweep of Yellowstone. On Friday, Boreing (5’11/160) scored one of two goals in a 2-0 shutout over the Quake. On Saturday, the native of Highlands Ranch, CO, had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in an 8-1 win. His 15 points to date ranks 2nd on the Gillette roster. “Cade is a player who finds success through his work ethic. He goes to the tough areas on the ice, pays the price and is rewarded for that type of effort,” said Gillette head coach Tom Winkler.

2nd Star: Cole Semchak, G, Billings Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Birklid, F, Billings Bulls – Sean Kelley, G, Gillette Wild – Sean Leahy, G, Yellowstone Quake – Lucas Lomax, F, Great Falls Americans – Zack Mese, F, Great Falls Americans

 

South Star of the Week: Justin Dunn - Point Mallard Ducks

Justin Dunn

At the South Division Showcase this past weekend, one player stood out among many notable performances as Point Mallard forward Justin Dunn, 18, lit up his opponents in the three games. The native of Trenton, MI helped the Ducks pick up wins in all three games as they climbed the South Division standings. In the three wins, Dunn (5’11/165) had 10 points, which included three goals and seven assists. On Friday, he scored the game-winning goal and had two assists in a 6-1 win over Sugar Land. On Saturday, Dunn had a goal and three assists in a 4-3 win against the Texas Jr. Brahmas. On Sunday, he finished his weekend with another goal and two more assists in an 8-4 win over Dallas. “Ryan showed a lot of patience and poise with the puck.  He is seeing the ice really well and is gaining confidence every day.  He has the ability to slow the play down and not force things.  His biggest play on the weekend was when he scored a one timer from a back door pass from Grant Dukus.  We were down 3-2 at the time late in the 3rd and his goal forced the game in OT,” said Ducks head coach Craig Bushey.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Chesrow, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Matt Jung, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Rudy Kalvitis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators – Nathan Klebe, G, Nashville Jr. Predators – Colin O’Conner, D, Topeka Capitals – Richard Yusa, F, Topeka Capitals

 

West Star of the Week: Johnny Panvica - North Iowa Bulls

Johnny Panvica

The North Iowa Bulls kept their winning streak going with two tough home wins over the Alexandria Blizzard this past weekend. 19-year-old forward Johnny Panvica continued his hot play with a four-point weekend, which included a goal and three assists. The native of Bloomington, MN started the weekend with a goal and two assists in a 5-4 win on Friday night. On Saturday, Panvica (5’8/175) picked up an assist in a 5-1 win. He was also a +3 for the weekend. Panvica is one of the hottest players in the league, as he is currently riding a nine-game point streak and has 19 points in 12 games this season. “Johnny had another great weekend. He continues to show his unselfishness with his playmaking ability, and when needed he has been burying the puck.  He is fun to watch and continues to show each week that he is an elite player in this league,” said associate head coach Mark Hicks.

2nd Star: Robbie Goor, G, Twin City Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tommi Ahlgren, G, North Iowa Bulls – David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Kyle Wagner, F, Twin City Steel

 

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Central Star of the Week: Ryan Martin - Wisconsin Whalers

Ryan Martin

Wisconsin forward Ryan Martin, 19, made his return to the line-up a few weeks ago after being sidelined with mononucleosis to start the season and hasn’t missed a beat. The same skill and play that saw the Rochester, MN native earn the NA3HL Rookie of the Year Award last year, has translated into success in the first six games this season and last weekend was no exception. Martin (5’10/170) helped the Whalers to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the La Crosse Freeze. In the two wins, Martin had six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and was a +6. In each of the two wins, Martin had two goals and an assist. In just six games played this season, Martin has 10 points. “It was a tough home and home series and Ryan was great. We also got some great goaltending as well. He is just getting back from having mono and really showed signs of playing like he did last year. Ryan is blessed with a lot of skill,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Austin Wisely, F, Peoria Mustangs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Adam Havener, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Franky Melton, F, St. Louis – Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves – David Volkmann, G, Wisconsin Whalers – Austin Ziakas, D, Peoria Mustangs

 

East Star of the Week: Mark McGee - Toledo Cherokee

Mark McGee

Toledo forward Mark McGee, 20, is another player that has experienced a lot of NA3HL success in a short amount of time. This past weekend the native of Canton, MI led the Cherokee to a weekend road sweep of Cincinnati. McGee (5’9/185) totaled seven points in the two wins, which included four goals and three assists. In addition he was a +3. On Saturday, McGee had a hat-trick and two assists in a 6-1 win. On Sunday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-1 win. In just five games with Toledo this season, McGee has 12 points. “Mark is an elite player, he has been a great addition to our lineup and his play this weekend showed that,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.

2nd Star: Tyler Dalton, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Glen Bates, G, Toledo Cherokee – Jessie Fracassi, F, Cincinnati Swords – Adam Schaffer, D, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Gennadi Zabeline, D, Cincinnati Swords

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Jack Cleaver - Gillette Wild

Jack Cleaver

With a weekend road split in Helena against the Bighorns, the Gillette Wild moved into 2nd place in the Frontier Division with an 8-5-0 record. 18-year-old defenseman Jack Cleaver was a factor in both games as the San Jose, CA native continued his recent strong of strong play. On Friday night, Cleaver (5’10/165) assisted on the eventual game-winning goal in a 5-1 win over the Bighorns. On Saturday night, Cleaver had a goal and an assist in a close 4-2 loss. For the weekend, Cleaver totaled three points and was a +5.  For the season, Cleaver leads all Wild defensemen in scoring with six points in 11 games played.“Jack played exceptional all weekend. It was important for us to get a quality win on the road and show we can compete in any situation,” said Gillette head coach Tom Winkler. 

2nd Star: Dylan Garton, F, Great Falls Americans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex King, F, Gillette Wild

 

South Star of the Week: Tre Kautzman - Topeka Capitals

Tre Kautzman

The Topeka Capitals kept pace in the South Division with a weekend sweep on the road in Dallas against the Jr. Stars. Leading the way was 18-year-old forward Tre Kautzman, who had a four-point weekend, which included three goals and an assist. Kautzman (6’0/175) also posted a +4 rating in the two games. On Friday night, Kautzman had two goals and an assist in a 6-0 shutout win. On Saturday, he scored another goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, Kautzman has eight points in 10 games played for the Capitals. “Tre has come into his own lately and he has really played well.  We are very happy with his progress and he is getting better every day,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.

2nd Star: Topi Aheristo, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Cooley, D, Topeka Capitals – Grant Dukus, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Matiss Gelazis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

West Star of the Week: Brett Gravelle - North Iowa Bulls

Brett Gravelle

The North Iowa Bulls have won six games in a row and conversely forward Brett Gravelle has been on fire during that time. The 18-year-old forward from Forest Lake, MN showed his skills this past weekend as the Bulls completed a weekend home sweep of the Breezy Point North Stars. Gravelle (5’11/165) had six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Gravelle had a goal and an assist in a 10-0 shutout win. On Saturday, he doubled his output with two goals and two assists for a four-point night in a 7-5 win. For the season, Gravelle leads the Bulls in scoring with 18 points in 12 games played. “Brett was really good last week, especially on the power play.  He is the reason it has been more effective lately. He is a very skilled guy who loves to shot the puck,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Tommi Ahlgren, G, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Horsmann, D, Granite City Lumberjacks – David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

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Central Star of the Week: Blake Olinyk - La Crosse Freeze

Blake Olinyk

La Crosse defenseman Blake Olinyk, 19, made his impact felt as the Freeze picked up a big road sweep of the West Michigan Wolves. The native of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, had four points on the weekend, including two goals and two assists from the blueline and was a +4. On Thursday, Olinyk (6’0/190) had scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win. On Friday, he added two assists in a 6-2 win. In six games with the Freeze this season, he has four points. “We acquired Blake in a trade a few weeks ago and he has really thrived in our organization to this point. We congratulate Blake and are excited about what he brings to our team both as a player and as an individual. We look forward to watching him develop throughout the rest of the season,” said Freeze head coach Ryan Egan.

2nd Star: Jared Bromberg, D, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Isaac Hale, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Ryan Martin, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Cody Maulsby - Southern Tier Xpress

Cody Maulsby

19-year-old Clear Lake, IA, native Cody Maulsby helped the Southern Tier Xpress to a weekend road split with the Metro Jets. In the two games, Maulsby (6’0/185) totaled five points, which included four goals and an assist. On Friday, Maulsby (6’0/185) had four goals, including the game-winner in a 7-5 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 8-5 loss. He was an impressive +6 during the weekend. In 12 games with the Xpress this season, Maulsby has 15 points. "Obviously scoring 4 goals in a game is impressive, however Cody's play away from the puck and his desire to take the puck to the net are what led to his success. Cody has been a leader for us offensively and if he continues to play the way he did last weekend he will be a big part of our teams offensive attack,” said Xpress head coach Rylan Galiardi.

2nd Star: Kyle Shreve, F, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Goodwin, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Cooper McLean, F, Metro Jets

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Evan Hauser - Great Falls Americans

Evan Hauser

Evan though he played in just one game, Great Falls goalie Evan Hauser, 20, made the most of it.  The native of St. Paul, MN made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Americans edged the previously unbeaten Helena Bighorns, 1-0 on Saturday. Hauser has a perfect 7-0 record this season and his seven wins are tied for the NA3HL lead. “Evan has been very solid and when he plays with confidence, he is hard to beat. He makes the saves look routine and is a big part of our success so far this season,” said Great Falls head coach Jeff Heimel. Helena coach Jon Jonasson added, “ “Evan is hands down one of the most skilled and competitive goaltenders that I have coached against. He plays with a great deal of poise and confidence in the crease. He did an outstanding job turning away 43 shots against us on Saturday night in GF 1-0 Victory against us. We wish him the best of luck and look forward.”

2nd Star: Cade Boreing, F, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trent Dillinger, F, Gillette Wild – TJ Theodosopolous, F, Billings Bulls – Ian Wiljanen, F, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Nick Mammel - Nashville Jr. Predators

Nick Mammel

Nashville flexed its South Division muscles this past weekend with a sweep of East Division foe Cincinnati. 20-year-old forward Nick Mammel (6’4/216) was a force up front as his six points in two wins lead the Jr. Predators.  The native of Midland, Michigan, scored three times and assisted on three more goals as Nashville scored 15 goals in the sweep. On Saturday, Mammel had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 6-3 win. On Sunday, he had two goals and assisted on another in a 9-3 win.  He was also a +7 during the weekend. In eight games this season, Mammel has nine points. “Nick has really stepped up this year with his work ethic and drive.  It’s nice to see it paying off on the score sheet. He has great set up skills matched with great size, and makes it hard for the opposing team to play against him. We are proud to have Nick on our team, he has been a huge help on and off the ice, we look forward to watching his progression as the year goes on,” said Nashville head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Rudy Kalvitis, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Valentin, F, Dallas Jr. Stars

 

West Star of the Week: Carmen Dalesandro - North Iowa Bulls

Carmen Dalesandro

It was a weekend for the record books for the North Iowa Bulls and newly acquired forward Carmen Dalesandro. The 19-year-old forward from Cannonsburg, PA, played a big part in the Bulls home sweep of the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Dalesandro (5’7/155) had a 10-point weekend, which included five goals and five assists and an amazing +10 rating. On Friday, Dalesandro had a goal and four assists in a 10-1 win. On Saturday, he scored four goals and had an assist in a 12-1 win. "Carmen instantly brought energy into our lineup.  He plays the game like his hair is on fire, competing hard every shift.  We are very fortunate to have him on our team right now,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Mitchell Gwost, D, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Horsmann, D, Granite City Lumberjacks – David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls – Jordan Pitlick, F, Twin City Steel – Tom Schmidt, F, Alexandria Blizzard

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 21, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Peter Henderson - Wisconsin Whalers

Peter Henderson

Wisconsin Whalers leading scorer Peter Henderson, 19, helped the Whalers take three of four points in their home-and-home series with new state rival, the La Crosse Freeze. The native of Libertyville, Illinois, had five points in the two games, which included three goals and two assists. On Saturday, Henderson (5’11/175) had two goals and an assist in a 7-1 win. On Sunday, Henderson had a goal and an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss. His 16 points leads the Whalers in scoring so far this season. “Peter is playing great for us.  He has many talents… skating, speed and intelligence. He understands what it takes to make he and his teammates successful and he is one of our offensive leaders,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cooper Cothran, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues - Marshall Gevers, F, Peoria Mustangs – Clayton Layne, F, Peoria Mustangs – Kyler Patenaude, G, West Michigan Wolves – Steven Rhodes, F, West Michigan Wolves – Daniel Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze – Nathan Viberg, F, Wisconsin Whalers

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Dalton - Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Tyler Dalton

Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks leading scorer Tyler Dalton, 19, helped the team to a weekend home-and-home split with the Southern Tier Xpress as the native of Northfield, Ohio totaled seven points in the two games. On Saturday, Dalton (5’10/180) had an assist in a tough 7-2 loss on the road at Southern Tier.  On Sunday, Dalton and Cleveland rebounded for a 7-1 win. Dalton had a goal and five assists in the victory. For the season, Dalton has 16 points in 12 games played. “Tyler provides a lot of veteran leadership and his play in the second game of the weekend was a testimonial to that. He put the team on his shoulders and made sure we were going to get out of the weekend with a win,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson.

2nd Star: James Schroeder, G, Cincinnati Swords

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marc Anderson, F, Cincinnati Swords – David Bogart, D, Toledo Cherokee – Matt Dempsey, F, Metro Jets – Zach Koonce, F, Metro Jets – Alec Rounds, G, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Austin Turner, F, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Brandt Miller - Helena Bighorns

Brandt Miller

Although he played in just one game last weekend, Helena Bighorns forward Brandt Miller, 20, made the most of it. The Havre, Montana native posted a six-point night in an 11-0 win against Bozeman. Miller’s night included two goals and four assists and a +4 rating. Miller (5’7/155) assisted on the first three goals of the game and scored both his goals in the 2nd period. For the season, Miller has nine points in six games played. “He played the best he has all season and has been a leader since Day 1. That is hopefully going to translate into consistency for the remainder of the season for him,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.

2nd Star: Evan Hauser, G, Great Falls Americans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trent Dillinger, F, Gillette Wild – Alex Lundstrom, F, Billings Bulls – Grant Martens, G, Helena Bighorns – Cody Page, F, Great Falls Americans – Sean Pilet, F, Yellowstone Quake – Mason Stewart, D, Yellowstone Quake – Steven Thompson, F, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: John Severson - Texas Jr. Brahmas

John Severson

The Texas Jr. Brahmas picked up a much needed sweep this past weekend in a home-and-home series with the Dallas Jr. Stars. Newly acquired forward John Severson, 19, made an immediate impact with a four-point weekend, which included three goals and one assist. On Friday, the native of Rockford, Illinois had an assist as the Brahmas shutout the Jr. Stars, 2-0. On Saturday, Severson (5’9/165) had a hat-trick, which included scoring all three goals in a 3-2 win. “Jon has been a nice addition and was a dominant player this weekend. He made his shots count and had a lot of chances to score.  We picked up two very big wins and hopefully that momentum is something we can build on,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Chris Mallon, G, Dallas Jr. Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hank Roers, F, Topeka Capitals – Alex Sauer, F, Topeka Capitals

 

West Star of the Week: Gavin Mindt - Alexandria Blizzard

Gavin Mindt

It was two more wins for the 6-2 Alexandria Blizzard this past weekend, which included a home-and-home sweep of Twin City. Defenseman Gavin Mindt, 17, helped out on both sides of the puck as the 6’0/185 lbs. defenseman totaled four points in the two wins and was also a +4. On Friday, the native of Bismarck, North Dakota, had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 home win over the Steel. On Saturday, he scored twice in a 5-1 road win in Twin City. For the season, Mindt has five points in seven games. “Gavin had a really good week. First and foremost, he put defense first and was fortunate enough to contribute offensively. He has been a really nice contribution to the team,” said Alexandria head coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Joe Kleven, D, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Evan Bisek, G, Alexandria Blizzard – Joe Burgmeier, F, North Iowa Bulls – Jordan Carey, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Alek Groth, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lunberjacks – Dakota McDonald, G, Breezy Point North Stars

 

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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