NA3HL Tryouts

Easton's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of March 3, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Alex Anderson - Wisconsin Whalers

Alex Anderson

The Whalers ended the regular season with a pair of wins over St. Louis this past weekend and forward Alex Anderson, 20, was a part of the offensive onslaught that produced 14 goals in two games. The native of Knife River, Minnesota, had six points in the two wins and was also a +7. On Saturday, Anderson (5’11/175) recorded two assists in a 6-2 win and on Sunday, he chimed in with a goal and three assists in an 8-2 win. For the season, Anderson finished 3rd in team scoring with 49 points in 44 games played. “Alex is playing his best hockey of the season now, which really compliments itself nicely to our offensive depth. He is doing all the little things well right now and that is hopefully going to help us come playoff time,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Steven Rhodes, F, West Michigan Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Alcott, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Andrew Bond, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Cooper Cothran, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tyler Gorniak, F, La Crosse Freeze – Hunter Smith, F, La Crosse Freeze – Ethan Stafford, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Layle - Metro Jets

Tyler Layle

Thanks to two big wins during the weekend, the Metro Jets won the East Division regular season title and 19-year-old defenseman Tyler Layle played a big part in the team’s success. The native of Grandville, Michigan was able to chip in during both wins as the Jets swept Cleveland in a home-and-home series. On Friday night, Layle (6’0/220) scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 home win over the Lumberjacks and on Sunday, Layle picked up two assists in a 4-1 win in Cleveland that clinched the division title for Metro. For the season, Layle led all Jets defensemen in scoring with 33 points in 46 games played. "Tyler has a been a consistent point producer on the back end for us this year. He's come a long way from the start of the year and has committed himself on both sides of the puck now, and is being rewarded for it,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.

2nd Star: Parker Henry, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brennan Osen, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – James Schroeder, G, Cincinnati Swords – Jake Stephan, G, Metro Jets – Zach Swanson, F, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Kegan Couture - Bozeman Icedogs

Kegan Couture

The Bozeman Icedogs wrapped up their 2014-15 season, winning two out of three games this past week against teams bound for the NA3HL Playoffs and 19-year-old forward Kegan Couture had a big week. The native of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota registered seven points in the three games and was a +4. On Thursday night, Couture (5’10/175) had three assists in a 4-2 home win over Helena. On Friday night, he had the game-winning goal and two more assists in a 5-2 win in Gillette. On Saturday, he picked up an assist on the lone Bozeman goal in a 4-1 loss. He also played for the Frontier team earlier in the week at the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. For the season, Couture finished 2nd in team scoring with 52 points in 44 games played. “Kegan has been the most consistent player we have had all year and he continued that this past week in three games.  Kegan was distributing the puck really well and it was great to see him continue to improve throughout the season, so that at the end he was playing his best hockey," said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.

2nd Star: Johnny Bonta, F, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): TJ McMinn, F, Gillette Wild – Brandt Miller, F, Helena Bighorns – Gunnar Mogck, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Cody Page, F, Great Falls Americans – Lucas Stover, D, Great Falls Americans – Austin Tennant, D, Gillette Wild

 

South Star of the Week: Nick Nitta - Texas Jr. Brahmas

Nick Nitta

It was a big week for Texas defenseman Nick Nitta.  The 20-year-old native of Corinth, Texas began the week with a sold showing at the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the South team. That was followed by two wins to finish the regular season against cross-town rival Dallas. On Sunday, Nitta (6’0/195) recorded two assists in a 6-1 win and on Monday morning, he had four more assists in an 8-1 win to wrap up the regular season. For the weekend, Nitta finished with six points in two wins and was a +6. His 47 points and 37 assists were tops among all NA3HL defensemen this season. "Nick finished the regular season displaying the same skill set he has every weekend for us, which is being a top shut down defenseman, as well as, producing offensively. He has played all three zones for us well all season, plays a lot of minutes in various roles and this weekend was no exception. He's our Captain, our leader both on and off the ice, and he has been a central figure to our team’s success this season,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Nick Ford, F, Texas Jr. Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Dunn, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Noah Gilreath, D, Point Mallard Ducks – Jon Severson, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

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

Jared Sprink

The Granite City Lumberjacks put themselves in position to win the West during the regular season, but just fell short in three games during the weekend. Forward Jared Sprink, 21, did all he could for his club as he totaled six points and recorded at least a point in the three games, and was also a +3. On Friday night, Sprink (6’0/175) had three assists in a 6-4 loss at North Iowa against the Bulls. A night later, the native of Mosinee, Wisconsin picked up another assist in a 4-3 loss. To finish the weekend, Sprink had a goal and an assist on Sunday in a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Flying Aces. For the season, Sprink finished 2nd on the team in scoring with 50 points in 40 games played. “Jared had a great weekend for us.  He was seeing the ice very well and that led to scoring opportunities for his teammates.  We are happy he is back on track after being held scoreless the previous weekend for only the 8th time this season,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jaxson Gosnell, G, Breezy Point North Stars – Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ben Smieja, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Bennett Witta, D, Twin City Steel – Dylan Zins, F, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 24, 2015sponsored by Easton

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

Hunter Vorva

The West Michigan Wolves gave their division title chances a big shot in the arm as they picked up a big weekend sweep in Wisconsin against the Whalers. 19-year-old goalie Hunter Vorva was on fire during the weekend as the Kalamazoo, Michigan native started and won both games, giving up just two goals in the process. Vorva (5’10/150) faced a total of 111 shots in the two games and made 109 saves. On Friday, Vorva made 57 saves in a 2-1 win and on Saturday he made 52 saves in a 3-1 win. For the season, Vorva ranks 1st among all NA3HL active goalies with a 94.2% save percentage. “Hunter is playing very strong right now and he has a lot of confidence.  He is ready for the next level and it is showing in the way he has climbed the ladder of development,” said West Michigan head coach Marc Fakler.

2nd Star: Mitchell McPherson, F, Peoria Mustangs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Billy Hindle, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Chris Johansen, G, Wisconsin Whalers – Nathan Marlow, D, Peoria Mustangs – Andrew McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Evan Moyse, G, Wisconsin Whalers – Dan Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze

 

East Star of the Week: Ryan Bloom - Metro Jets

Ryan Bloom

The Metro Jets kept their division title hopes alive with a sweep of Southern Tier to stay in a tie for the 1st place in the East Division. Newly acquired forward Ryan Bloom, 19, had three goals during the weekend sweep with a +2 rating. He scored the game-winning goal in both of the wins. On Friday night, the Northville, Michigan native had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, Bloom (5’11/175) had the game-winner in a 4-0 win. In five games with the Jets this season, Bloom has seven points and six goals. He spent the earlier part of this season with the Michigan Warriors in the NAHL. "Ryan has been a great addition to our club and has made a smooth transition from the Warriors. He brings another element of offensive punch and is a character young man. Hopefully this environment will help provide him another element of exposure, because he has a bright future,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.

2nd Star: Brenden Williams, F, Cincinnati Swords

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Ahlberg, F, Cincinnati Swords – Brandon Desrosiers, F, Southern Tier Xpress – Kameron Limburg, G, Metro Jets

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Gunnar Mogck - Bozeman Icedogs

Gunnar Mogck

Bozeman leading scorer Gunnar Mogck, 19, helped his team split a pair of weekend games and had five points in the process. On Friday, the native of Fargo, North Dakota, had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss vs. division-leading Great Falls. On Saturday, Mogck (5’7/170) scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-1 win against Yellowstone. He was also +2 for the weekend. In 44 games this season, Mogck leads the team with 50 points and 23 goals. “Gunnar has been upping his game at the end of the year and has done a good job for us before heading to the Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Gunnar leads the team in scoring for the second season in a row and has done a much better job in the defensive end as well," said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.

2nd Star: Tyler Reble, D, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bochert, F, Gillette Wild – Johnny Bonta, F, Helena Bighorns – Devin Panzeca, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Marvin Simmons, F, Glacier Nationals – Nick Trefry, D, Helena Bighorns

 

South Star of the Week: Devin Pierce - Texas Jr. Brahmas

Devin Pierce

Texas forward Devin Pierce, 18, was a one-man wrecking crew this weekend as the playoff-bound Jr. Brahmas picked up a three-game sweep on the road in Sugar Land. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Franklin, Tennessee, totaled 11 points in the three wins and was a +6. On Friday, Pierce had two goals and three assists in a 9-3 win. On Saturday, he recorded three more assists in an 8-2 win and on Sunday, he scored two more goals and added an assist in a 8-2 win to complete the big weekend. In 30 games this season with Texas, Pierce has 40 points. "Devin once again demonstrated his growth and development as a player this past weekend. He is really hitting his stride at the right time of year for us, and it was a great way to head up to Top Prospects this week as a representative of the Brahmas on the NA3HL Selects team there. He works hard on and off the ice on his game to better himself and it shows. He's really playing lights out hockey for us right now,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Justin Provencher, D, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Ford, F, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Chris Mallon, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Nick Mammel, F, Nashville Jr. Predators – Brad Reitter, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Aaron Torres, F, Dallas Jr. Stars

 

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

Brett Gravelle

The North Iowa Bulls put themselves in the driver’s seat for another division title as they picked up a weekend home-and-home sweep over the Twin City Steel. 19-year-old forward Brett Gravelle was a big part of the offense that scored 12 goals in the two wins as the Forest Lake, Minnesota native chimed in with five points in the two wins. On Friday, Gravelle (5’10/180) had two assists in a 7-5 road win in Twin City and on Saturday, he picked up three more assists in a 5-2 home win against the Steel. For the season, Gravelle ranks 2nd in the team scoring with 57 points in just 34 games played. “The consistency in his production is driving his success. Brett has had a big impact on the power play, which is a big part of our overall success as a team,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathias Ahman, D, Twin City Steel – Chris Amsden, G, North Iowa Bulls – Brooke Evans, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Ryan Herbert, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Will Mix, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tom Reilly, F, Twin City Steel

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 17, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Nathan Viberg - Wisconsin Whalers

Nathan Viberg

The Wisconsin Whalers kept pace atop the Central Division with a weekend sweep of Peoria last weekend. Forward Nathan Viberg, 18, had a great weekend as the native of Orland Park, IL, had six points in two games, which included three goals and three assists. On Saturday, Viberg (6’0/175) had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-5 win over the Mustangs. On Sunday, he scored another game-winner and added two assists in a 5-1 win. With the Whalers this season, Viberg has 41 points in 38 games played. “Nate had a great weekend for us. He is really coming into his own. He is playing some great hockey and he scored some timely goals,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Chong Hyun Lee, F, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrej Buchko, F, Peoria Mustangs – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Andy McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Joe Power Wayvon, D, Peoria Mustangs – Steven Rhodes, F, West Michigan Wolves – Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves – Andrew Wagner, G, La Crosse Freeze

 

East Star of the Week: Luke Sunde - Southern Tier Xpress

Luke Sunde

Southern Tier forward Luke Sunde, 20, helped his club to a weekend road sweep in Cincinnati this past weekend. The native of Medina, OH, helped the Xpress offense explode for 17 goals in the two wins and Sunde (6’0/185) had five points in the two games. On Saturday, Sunde had a goal and an assist in a 9-3 win. On Sunday, Sunde had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 8-0 shutout win and also had an assist. In 43 games with the Xpress this season, Sunde has 56 points, which ranks 2nd on the team.  “Luke has been an offensive leader for us the entire season and it was no different this past weekend. From a coaches perspective I am excited for Luke because the details of his game have really been improving. Luke can definitely score there is no doubt about that, however, his play away from the puck continues to improve and he is turning himself into a full 200 foot player,” said Xpress head coach Rylan Galiardi.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bloom, F, Metro Jets – Tyler Dalton, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Sam Pikus, G, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Dominic Pisanti, F, Toledo Cherokee – Jake Stephan, G, Metro Jets

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Marvin Simmons - Glacier Nationals

Marvin Simmons

Newly acquired forward Marvin Simmons, 18, had a great weekend for his new club, the Glacier Nationals. The native of Phoenix, AZ, was able to help the Nationals to a weekend home split with Bozeman. The 5’10/165 lbs. forward had five points in two games during the weekend. On Friday, Simmons had Glacier’s first goal in a 3-2 loss against the Icedogs. On Saturday, Simmons had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 win over Bozeman. At the trade deadline, Simmons was acquired from Great Falls, where he had 22 points in 33 games this season “Marvin has great natural ability. For him to just step into the lineup and produce big numbers right away is fantastic.  We knew he had that ability when we traded for him. We are very excited for his future here with Glacier and beyond,” said Glacier head coach and general manager Butch Kowalka.

2nd Star: Jordan Moran, G, Great Falls Americans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Darren Banks, F, Gillette Wild – Kendal Bolen-Porter, F, Helena Bighorns - Lance Knudson, G, Yellowstone Quake – Nick Trefry, D, Helena Bighorns - RJ Yusko, D, Gillette Wild

 

South Star of the Week: Josh Hamilton - Point Mallard Ducks

Josh Hamilton

The playoff-bound Point Mallard Ducks got another consistent weekend from forward Josh Hamilton, 18, this past weekend as the native of Jamestown, NC, helped his team pick up a win in a tough three-game series with Topeka, in which Hamilton recorded at least a point in the three games. On Friday, Hamilton (5’8/140) scored the lone Ducks goal in a close 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he would pick up an assist on the lone Ducks goal of the night in an 8-1 loss. On Sunday, he picked up two assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Hamilton has 28 points in 42 games played. “Josh is a player that every coach wants on his team.  Josh handles every situation with a 1st class approach.  I recently named Josh as one of the team’s captains.  Josh's work ethic and compete levels has paid off this season.  Josh has been really heating up this last month and is without question my most improved player this year,” said Point Mallard head coach Craig Bushy.

2nd Star: Matiss Gelazis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Cox, F, Point Mallard Ducks

 

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

Johnny Panvica

North Iowa Bulls leading scorer Johnny Panvica, 19, helped the Bulls stay tied for the top spot in the West Division with a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Flying Aces, where the Bulls erupted for 18 goals in the two wins. Panvica (5’8/175) had seven points during the weekend and was a +5. On Friday, the native of Bloomington, MN, had two goals and three assists in an 8-0 win over the Flying Aces. The next night, Panvica scored two more goals in a 10-3 win. In 36 games this season, Panvica leads the Bulls with 55 points. "Johnny continues to be a reliable contributor offensively due to hard work and great chemistry with his linemates,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Jaxson Gosnell, G, Breezy Point North Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jordan Carey, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Bo Gronseth, F, Alexandria Blizzard – David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tanner Skaja, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 10, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Martin - Wisconsin Whalers

Ryan Martin

For the second week in a row, Wisconsin Whalers forward Ryan Martin, 20, was honored as the Central Star of the Week for another outstanding effort. The native of Rochester, MN, totaled seven points in two more wins during the weekend as the Whalers maintained their spot atop of the division with a weekend home-and-home sweep of Chicago. On Friday, Martin (5’10/170) had a hat-trick in a 7-2 win over the Jr. Bulldogs. On Saturday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal and had two assists in a 9-2 home win. He was also a +6 during the weekend. Martin is 2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points in 31 games played. His 57 points ranks 3rd among all NA3HL scorers and his 30 goals leads the league. Martin has been selected to play on the Central Division team at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. “Ryan is playing some of his best hockey right now and is one of our leaders heading to our playoff run,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrej Buchko, F, Peoria Mustangs – Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Marc Hayton, G, Peoria Mustangs – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Andy McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Hunter Smith, F, La Crosse Freeze – Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Zalecki - Toledo Cherokee

Tyler Zalecki

Toledo cruised to a weekend home sweep of Cincinnati and veteran forward Tyler Zalecki, 19, was all over the ice. The native of Northwood, OH, had six points during the two wins and was also a +5. On Friday, Zalecki (5’11/185) had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 7-1 win. On Saturday, Zalecki had another goal and an assist in a 7-0 win. For the season, Zalecki is 2nd in team scoring with 50 points in 41 games played and leads the team with 21 goals. Zalecki has been selected to play at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for Team East. "Tyler has been our most consistent two-way player this season and his offensive outburst this past weekend just shows what kind of player he can be,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.

2nd Star: Cody Gibson, G, Southern Tier Xpress

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Grossman, F, Southern Tier Xpress

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Grant Martens - Helena Bighorns

Grant Martens

Helena Bighorns goalie Grant Martens, 19, had a couple of big games this past weekend as Helena continued to climb the standings in the Frontier Division. The native of Bloomington, MN, picked up back-to-back wins on Saturday and Sunday, allowing just two goals in the process. On Saturday, Martens (6’2/192) posted his league-leading 6th shutout of the season in a 6-0 home win over the Glacier Nationals, making 20 saves. On Sunday, Martens made 46 saves and stopped 8 of 9 shooters in the shootout as Helena went on the road and picked up a 3-2 shootout win against the 1st place Great Falls Americans. For the weekend, Martens stopped 66 of the 68 shots that came his way. Martens was selected to represent the Frontier Division at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament later in February. “Grant has had a great year and has been very consistent throughout the season. He has really stepped up since break putting up excellent numbers. We are looking to make a big run at this time of the season into post season and he is a huge contributor in that for our team,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.

2nd Star: Lucas Lomax, F, Great Falls Americans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Babineau, F, Helena Bighorns – Cade Boreing, F, Gillette Wild – Sean Kelley, G, Gillette Wild – Lauren Massie, G, Great Falls Americans

 

South Star of the Week: Tre Kautzman - Topeka Capitals

Tre Kautzman

Topeka forward Tre Kautzman, 18, continued his hot play as he helped the Captials take three of four points in a weekend road series in St. Louis against the Jr. Blues. The native of Bismarck, ND, had five points and was a +3 in the two games. On Saturday, Kautzman (6’0/175) had a goal and three assists in a 6-5 overtime loss. On Sunday, Kautzman scored again as the Capitals defeated the Jr. Blues 4-2. For the season, Kautzman is 3rd on the Capitals roster in scoring with 35 points in 33 games played. His 20 goals leads the team.  "Tre played a vital part of this past weekend. He is really turning into a team leader and I'm proud of his progress so far this season,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.

2nd Star: Jon Severson, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Crusinberry, D, Topeka Capitals – Josh Hamilton, F, Point Mallard Ducks - Chris Mallon, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Justin Provencher, D, Point Mallard Ducks - Roni Sener, G, Sugar Land Imperials

 

West Star of the Week: Michael Orke - Granite City Lumberjacks

Michael Orke

The Granite City Lumberjacks maintained their slim lead atop of the West Division this past week with wins over Breezy Point and Twin City. 18-year-old forward Michael Orke stepped up big as the native of Plymouth, MN, had six points in the two wins and was a +7. Orke (5’10/160) began the weekend with a goal and two helpers in a 5-2 win in Breezy Point on Friday. On Saturday, Orke was one of three Lumberjacks players with a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in a 12-1 home win over the Steel. For the season, Orke has 19 points in 22 games played and is a +15. Earlier on this season he appeared in six games with the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness. He has also been selected to play on the West Division team at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. “Michael had a great weekend for us. It is nice to see him finally get rewarded for all the hard work that he has put in,” said Lumberjacks head coach Brad Willner.

2nd Star: Bo Gronseth, F, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Coleton Anderson, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Joe Burgmeier, F, North Iowa Bulls – Joe Carney, D, Alexandria Blizzard – Trey Gardner, F, North Iowa Bulls – Seyia Hayata, D, Breezy Point North Stars – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 3, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Martin - Wisconsin Whalers

Ryan Martin

Although he played in just one game this past week, Wisconsin forward Ryan Martin, 20, made it count as he led the division-leading Whalers to a 4-2 road win in Peoria on Wednesday. The native of Rochester, MN, scored the final two goals of the game, including the game-winner as the Whalers crept closer to a playoff spot in the Central Division. He also picked up an assist and was a +2 in the game. For the season, Martin (5’10/170) is 2nd on the team in scoring with 50 points in 29 games played. His 50 points ranks 6th among all NA3HL scorers and his 25 goals ranks 2nd. Martin has been selected to play on the Central Division team at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. “Ryan is playing great for us right and doing everything asked of him and more this season,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Andy McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Havener, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Chong Lee, F, La Crosse Freeze – Yves Leemann, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze

 

East Star of the Week: Jacob Drinkard - Metro Jets

Jacob Drinkard

Metro forward Jacob Drinkard, 18, helped the Jets clinch a playoff berth in the East Division thanks to a weekend road sweep in Cincinnati against the Swords. The native of Lapeer, MI, had six points in the two wins, which included three goals and three assists along with a +9 rating. On Saturday, he scored a goal and added three assists in a 11-2 win. On Sunday, he had two goals, including the game-winner and a 6-3 win. “Jacob’s line was dominant this past weekend against Cincinnati.  They controlled the play a lot because of his play and presence on the ice around the puck. When we had the opportunity to acquire him, I knew we were solidifying our depth chart up front. He brings another element of toughness to our forward core and versatility that every team needs. He’s big, strong, smart, tough and coachable. We are lucky to have him and will need him in playoffs,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.

2nd Star: Jacob Stack, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gavin Cummings, D, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Cody Gibson, G, Southern Tier Xpress – Mark McGee, F, Toledo Cherokee – Luke Sunde, F, Southern Tier Xpress

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Tristan Henrichs - Billings Bulls

Tristan Henrichs

The Billings Bulls kept rolling this past weekend with two more wins and forward Tristan Henrichs, 19, played a big part in his team’s success. The native of Billings, MT, totaled five points during the two weekend wins, which included a goal and four assists along with a +4 rating. On Friday, Henrichs (5’10/185) had two assists in a 4-3 shootout win over division-leading Great Falls. On Saturday, Henrichs had a goal and two assists in a 7-1 home win over Yellowstone. For the season, Henrichs leads the Bulls in scoring with 38 points and 20 goals. He has been selected to play in the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Frontier Division team. “Tristan has been a consistent contributed for us all season long no matter who we put him on the ice with. With our lineup contributing from top to bottom right now he has been an asset that can really break games open for us. He has one of the best shots in the division and is always finding a way to get the puck past goaltenders,” said Billings coach Joe Deptula.

2nd Star: Ryan Lund, G, Glacier Nationals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonnathan Carpenter, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Alex Feese, G, Gillette Wild – Bryce Jensen, F, Billings Bulls – Bryce Mitzel, F, Gillette Wild – AJ O’Dell, F, Bozeman Icedogs

 

South Star of the Week: Roman Bengert - Point Mallard Ducks

Roman Bengert

Point Mallard goalie Roman Bengert was tremendous in the Mallards home-and-home series against division-leading Nashville. The 18-year-old goalie from Cole Harbour, NS, allowed just four goals in the two games, as the Mallard had a pair of one-goal losses. On Friday, Bengert (6’2/175) made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss. On Saturday, he allowed just one goal and made 34 saves in a 1-0 loss. Over the course of the weekend, Bengert stopped 65 of 69 shots. In five games with the Mallards this season, Bengert has posted a 1.98 goals against average and a 92.6% save percentage. “In the short time that Roman has been here, he has shined.  He has a great attitude, great work ethic and never quits.  The Ducks plays with confidence when he is in the net.  Roman has the ability to steal games for us. Going into the playoffs he gives us a solid chance to do something special,” said Point Mallard head coach Craig Bushy.

2nd Star: Aaron Torres, F, Dallas Jr. Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Ball, G, Nashville Jr. Predators – Davis Hudson, D, Point Mallard Ducks – Tyler Valentin, F, Dallas Jr. Stars

 

West Star of the Week: Jaxson Gosnell - Breezy Point North Stars

Jaxson Gosnell

Two starts and two wins helped Breezy Point goalie Jaxson Gosnell, 20, earn West Star of the Week honors. The native of Phoenix, AZ, allowed just three goals in the two starts during the week and stopped 61 of a combined 64 shots. On Wednesday, Gosnell (6’1/185) posted a shutout of his old team as he made 19 saves in a 6-0 win over the Minnesota Flying Aces. On Friday night, Gosnell made 42 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over the Alexandria Blizzard. It was Gosnell’s first wins since early December. Since joining Breezy Point, Gosnell has posted a 2.95 goals against average and a 92.1% save percentage. “Even though Jaxson is in his last year of playing junior hockey he has done nothing but work hard and stay positive in a rough season. He has made big some big saves, but he has made every save that you need your goalie to make to win games,” said Breezy Point head coach Jeff Worlton.

2nd Star: Tommy Hall, F, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Amsden, G, North Iowa Bulls – David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Linder Kenyon, D, Breezy Point North Stars – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Jake Mullendore, F, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 27, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Toms Taurins - Chicago Junior Bulldogs

Toms Taurins

Exactly a quarter of Toms Taurins points to date came this past weekend as the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs played a three-game weekend home set. The 19-year-old native of Plainfield, Illinois, totaled nine points in the three games as Chicago went 1-2. On Friday, Taurins (5’10/164) had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 loss to West Michigan. On Saturday night, Taurins had another goal in a 6-3 loss to St. Louis and on Sunday, Taurins had a goal and four assists in a 7-4 win over the Jr. Blues. Taurins leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 36 points in 38 games played. “Toms is a sturdy lead by example player. He can play any position on team and he has for the Bulldogs.  His excellent play making ability goes unnoticed until you check the game stats where you see Toms efforts appear in the number points he has accumulated. The Chicago coaching staff will be leaning on him and his line mates Ryan Maksimovic and Tyler Seltenreich hard as the Bulldogs make a push for the playoffs,” said Chicago General Manager Ken Kestas.

2nd Star: Ryan Maksimovic, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mike Difranco, D, West Michigan Wolves – Ben Henderson, F, La Crosse Freeze – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Brandon Mezuk, F, West Michigan Wolves – Evan Moyse, G, Wiscosin Whalers – Zeth O’Bryan, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Brian Schumacher, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Daniel Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze

 

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

Alec Rounds

Cleveland goalie Alec Rounds put in another MVP worthy weekend as he led the Lumberjacks to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Southern Tier Xpress. The 20-year-old native of Laguna Beach, California, stopped 84 of 87 shots in the two wins as Cleveland gained ground on the final playoff spot in the East. On Friday night, Rounds (6’2/187) made 45 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday night, Rounds made 39 saves in a 4-1 win. Despite having a 12-11-2 record, Rounds is tied for 4th in the NA3HL with a 93% save percentage and ranks 3rd in games played. “Alec continues to be a leader both on and off ice for us. He has consistently played at a high level and helped us remain in the hunt for a playoff spot,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson.

2nd Star: Nils Markgren, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Baker, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Tyler Dalton, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Cody Estrel, F, Toledo Cherokee – Kameron Limburg, G, Metro Jets – Cooper McLean, F, Metro Jets

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Blake Evennou - Glacier Nationals

Blake Evennou

It was a big weekend for 16-year-old Blake Evennou and the Glacier Nationals, who swept a two-game set from the Yellowstone Quake on the road. The defenseman from Macomb, Michigan, who is one of the youngest players in the league, had a big weekend totaling five points in the two wins along with a +4 rating. On Friday night, Evennou (5’8/165) had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. On Saturday night, Evennou was even better with three assists, all on the power play, as Glacier came away with an 8-5 win. Evennou now has a point in five straight games and for the season, leads all Glacier defensemen in scoring with 16 points in 33 games played. "After a long three-week fight with bronchitis, Blake played very well on both ends of the ice. His coachability and adjustments on the power play from one game to another really shows he listens and adjusts well. The new power play is truly a team effort,” said Glacier head coach Butch Kowalka.

2nd Star: Alex Feese, G, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Forbes, F, Helena Bighorns – Tommy Kaddatz, F, Glacier Nationals – Grant Martens, G, Helena Bighorns – Kyle Reilly, F, Gillette Wild – TJ Theodosopoulos, F, Billings Bulls

 

South Star of the Week: Ryan Dunner - Texas Jr. Brahmas

Ryan Dunner

Texas forward Ryan Dunner, 18, returned from his stint in the NAHL and had an immediate impact for the Jr. Brahmas as they took two of three games from the visiting Sugar Land Imperials. In the three games, the native of Glassboro, New Jersey had 11 points and was a +5.  Dunner (5’10/175) began the weekend with three assists in Friday’s 5-2 win. On Saturday, Dunner had four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in an 8-1 win. On Sunday, Dunner had a goal and two more assists in a 7-5 loss. In 35 NA3HL games played this season, Dunner has 41 points. "Ryan has really matured as a player on and off the ice for us this season. He's really bought into playing a more structured game and in doing so his offensive production has taken off. It was great to see him rewarded with a call up to the NAHL last weekend for Rio Grande, and he returned an energized player for us. He has speed to burn and was a real offensive force for us this weekend,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Justin Dunn, F, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Galliart, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Josh Hamilton, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Chris Mallon, G, Dallas Jr. Stars – Matt Winkle, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Ryan Worley, F, Sugar Land Imperials

 

West Star of the Week: Evan Bisek - Alexandria Blizzard

Evan Bisek

Alexandria goalie Evan Bisek, 19, was plenty busy this weekend and faced a tough task of trying to help the Blizzard win two road games in North Iowa against the division-leading Bulls. Bisek (5’11/200) and the Blizzard came out of the series with three of a possible four points in the process with the native of New Prague, Minnesota facing 85 shots in the two games. On Friday, Bisek made 39 saves in a 7-5 win. On Saturday, he made another 39 saves in a close 3-2 shootout loss. For the season, the second-year NA3HL goalie has a 15-5-1 record with a 3.04 GAA and a 90.7% save percentage. “Evan has really picked up his game as of late.  He has been much more focused and determined lately which has carried over onto the ice.  I look forward to watching his current success throughout the rest of the season and playoffs,” said Alexandria head coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Bo Gronseth, F, Alexandria Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Johnson, F, North Iowa Bulls – Adam Orn, D, North Iowa Bulls – Jay Paul, F, Twin City Steel – Luke Richardson, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Jared Sprink, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Kyle Wagner, F, Twin City Steel

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 20, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Jason Hoehn - Peoria Mustangs

Jason Hoehn

Peoria forward Jason Hoehn, 19, helped his club to a weekend road split against the La Crosse Freeze as the native of Port Byron, Illinois totaled five points in the two games over the weekend, which included two goals and three assists. On Saturday, Hoehn had one of the best games of the season with two goals and two assists in a 7-5 win. On Sunday, Hoehn (6’0/190) picked up an assist on one of Peoria’s two goals in a 3-2 loss. He was also a +3 on the weekend. In 29 games played this season, Hoehn has recorded 23 points. “Jason is a veteran player that wants to lead this team into the playoffs. He played with energy and emotion on the weekend and it's something I'm going to look from him every game the rest of the season,” said Peoria head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Adam Schoenfeld, F, Wisconsin Whalers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Tyler Gorniak, F, La Crosse Freeze – Mitchell McPherson, F, Peoria Mustangs – Brandon Mezuk, F, West Michigan Wolves – Anthony Miller, F, La Crosse Freeze

 

East Star of the Week: Adam Goudelock - Cincinnati Swords

Adam Goudelock

The Cincinnati Swords snapped a 12-game losing streak this past weekend thanks to a home split with the Pittsburgh Vengeance. Defenseman Adam Goudelock, 19, was a major force at both ends of the ice as he totaled four points in the two games. The native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was able to chime in and help his team with two goals and two assists. On Saturday, Goudelock (5’11/185) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. On Sunday, he had anther goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss. For the season, Goudelock has recorded 19 points in 30 NA3HL games played. “Adam has been a great source of offense all year for us from the blueline.  Along with the heavy minutes he plays against top players and lines, he is becoming a very well rounded defenseman who keeps getting better each week,” said Cincinnati head coach Ryan Colville.

2nd Star: Mark McGee, F, Toledo Cherokee

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cody Black, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Brody Duncan, F, Toledo Cherokee – Blake Hinds, F, Cincinnati Swords – Cooper McLean, F, Metro Jets – Jake Stephan, G, Metro Jets

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Alex Feese - Gillette Wild

Alex Feese

The road didn’t seem to be a problem for the Gillette Wild and goalie Alex Feese, 19, this past weekend as the native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, helped his club to a weekend sweep in Bozeman against the Icedogs. On Friday, Feese (5’8/180) stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his 2nd shutout of the year in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, Feese stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 5-1 win. For the weekend, Feese stopped 50 of 51 shots. Feese is ranked 2nd in the NA3HL with 16 wins and ranks 7th in both goals against average and save percentage. "Alex has been playing extremely well, his poise and confidence on the net right now is obvious. He is tracking the puck extremely well and he gives the guys in front of him a ton of confidence,” said Gillette head coach Tom Winkler.

2nd Star: Brandt Miller, F, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bryce Jensen, F, Billings Bulls – Ralfs Karelis, D, Billings Bulls – Adam Ranck, G, Helena Bighorns – Kyle Reilly, F, Gillette Wild

 

South Star of the Week: Tre Kautzman - Topeka Capitals

Tre Kautzman

The Topeka offense was in full force this weekend as the team swept a three-game series from the Dallas Jr. Stars by a combined 26-4 score. Forward Tre Kautzman, 18, was one of the offensive stars as the native of Bismarck, North Dakota had seven points in the three wins, which included two goals and five assists. On Friday, Kautzman (6’0/175) had two assists in a 10-3 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 6-1 win over the Jr. Stars and on Sunday, he saved his best for last as he had a goal and three assists in a 10-0 win. In 31 games played this season, Kautzman has 30 points. "We had a lot of players that could of won this award this week, our entire team played extremely well. Tre has been playing well and he's maturing as an athlete and it's showing in his game,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.

2nd Star: Chris Corgan, F, Point Mallard Ducks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Roman Bengert, G, Point Mallard Ducks – Alex Johanson, F, Topeka Capitals

 

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

Johnny Panvica

The North Iowa Bulls stayed in 1st place in the West Division with a weekend road sweep in Minnesota against the Flying Aces. 19-year-old forward Johnny Panvica had four goals during the weekend as North Iowa exploded for 16 goals in the two wins. The native of Bloomington, Minnesota, scored a goal in Friday’s 7-3 win and on Saturday, Panvica (5’8/175) had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 9-0 shutout. For the season, Panvica is tied for the team lead in scoring with 40 points in 28 games played. "Johnny is a multi dimensional player who we use in all situations.  His latest offensive production is due to his work ethic and natural ability.  His consistency is the result of his drive to succeed every time he steps on the ice.  We are thankful for Johnny being with our team,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Russel Barone, F, Twin City Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathias Ahman, D, Twin City Steel - David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls - David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Luke Richardson, F, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 13, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Peter Henderson - Wisconsin Whalers

Peter Henderson

The NA3HL’s leading scorer Peter Henderson, 19, was at it again this past weekend as the Wisconsin Whalers forward led his 1st place club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Peoria Mustangs. The native of Liberyville, Illinois, racked up five more points during the two wins and brought his league-leading total to 60, which is 14 more than his nearest competition. On Friday, Henderson (5’11/175) had three assists in a 7-4 home win over the Mustangs. On Saturday, he scored both goals, including the game-winner, in a 2-0 shutout on the road in Peoria. “Peter has played great for us all year. He has proven to one of our leaders on and off the ice,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kai Barber, F, Peoria Mustangs – Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Adam Havener, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Marc Hayton, G, Peoria Mustangs – Andrew McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Evan Moyse, G, Wisconsin Whalers

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Zalecki - Toledo Cherokee

Tyler Zalecki

Third-year Toledo Cherokee forward Tyler Zalecki, 19, helped his team move into 2nd place in the East Division with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Northwood, Ohio, totaled five points in the two wins, which included two goals, three assists and a +3 rating. On Friday, Zalecki had the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 5-2 home win over Cleveland. On Saturday, Zalecki was even better, recording a goal and assisting on the other two goals in a 3-0 road shutout of the Jr. Lumberjacks. Zalecki is 2nd on the Cherokee roster this season in scoring with 36 points in 33 games played. “Tyler had a very good weekend for us, he played very well and his hard worked paid off on the score-sheet which helped us earn our two game sweep,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Baker, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Cody Estel, F, Toledo Cherokee - Nils Markgren, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Kyle Shreve, F, Metro Jets

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Denijs Romanovskis - Bozeman Icedogs

Denijs Romanovskis

17-year-old Bozema goalie Denijs Romanovskis (5’10/165) opened up his 2015 year in style as the netminder from Jelgava, Latvia helped the Icedogs extend their winning streak to three straight with two more wins last weekend. Romanovskis was spectacular in a road win against Helena and a road win in Billings, as he stopped 80 of a possible 81 shots that came his way. On Friday, Romanovskis made 32 saves in a 4-1 home win over the Billings Bulls. On Sunday, Romanovskis played perhaps his best game of the season as he made a season-high 48 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Helena Bighorns in Helena, which was also his first shutout of the season. For the season, Romanovskis has a 3.10 goals against average and a 91.7% save percentage. "Denijs has continued to stay consistently good in net for us and making a difference in our three-game win streak.  It is nice to see the confidence in your team when they know your goalie can help steal a game for you when the chips are down in a game.  He really deserves a call up to the NAHL or the USHL the way he is playing,” said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.

2nd Star: Adam Ranck, G, Helena Bighorns

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Chartier, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Brandt Miller, F, Helena Bighorns

 

South Star of the Week: Devin Pierce - Texas Jr. Brahmas

Devin Pierce

The Texas Jr. Brahmas took two of three games over the weekend at home against the Point Mallard Ducks to strengthen their hold on 3rd place in the South Division. Forward Devin Pierce, 18, led the way for Texas with seven points in the three games, which included five goals, two assists and a +6 rating. On Saturday, Pierce (5’11/175) had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 5-3 win over the Ducks. After being shutout on Sunday, the native of Franklin, Tennessee returned in style to finish the series on Monday morning with two more goals and another assist in a 4-2 win. In 22 games with the Jr. Brahmas this season, Pierce has 20 points. "Devin is a fast and strong skater that goes to the dirty areas of the ice, and has a good balance of grit and finesse that allows him to shine in a variety of situations. He wins faceoffs, battles along the boards, goes to the net, he does it all for us. He's as comfortable doling out hits as he is taking a hit to make the play. He's done all we've asked and more since his arrival here with the Brahmas. I think his ceiling is still higher yet, and it's an absolute pleasure to Coach a player like him, both on and off the ice,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Kyle Van Wyk, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matiss Gelazis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators – Noah Gilreath, D, Point Mallard Ducks – Tre Kautzman, F, Topeka Capitals – Steve MacIver, F, Topeka Capitals – Brad Reitter, F, Point Mallard Ducks

 

West Star of the Week: Mathias Ahman - Twin City Steel

Mathias Ahman

Twin City Steel defenseman Mathias Ahman, 20, was a big factor this weekend as the Steel split their home series against the Topeka Capitals from the South Division. The native of Harnosand, Sweden, had four points in the two games, scoring a goal and an assist in each game, while also posting a +2 rating. Ahman (6’0/185) started the weekend on Friday as he factored in on both Twin City goals, scoring one and adding an assist on the other in a 5-2 loss. On Saturday, Ahman added another goal and another assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Ahman is 4th in team scoring and leads all Steel defensemen with 24 points in 36 games played. “Mathias has been nothing short of outstanding this season.  He is our captain, runs our power play and exemplifies everything that you would want from a leader.  His passion for the game and his ability will carry him far, and I look forward to watching him play in college in the upcoming years,” said Steel General Manager Bryant Black.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tom Lindgren, D, North Iowa Bulls – Jared Sprink, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Dylan Zins, F, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 6, 2015sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Andy McGlynn - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Andy McGlynn

In his first NA3HL games of the year, St. Louis forward Andy McGlynn, 17, helped the Jr. Blues snap a 13-game losing streak with a great performance in two road games in Chicago against the Jr. Bulldogs. On Saturday, the native of St. Louis, MO, had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss. On Sunday, McGlynn (5’10/170) had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal and added two assists in a 7-4 win. For the weekend, McGlynn totaled seven points in the two games. McGlynn had spent the entire first half of the season with the Springfield Jr. Blues in the NAHL. “Andy came back to us from the NAHL this week and had a dynamic performance. Andy wants to get back to that level and it showed with his play this weekend.  He made a difference for us every shift he played.  If he keeps playing the way he did this weekend it will be matter of time before he gets back to the NAHL,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher.

2nd Star: Anthony Miller, D, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Adam Alcott, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Andrew Bond, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Thomas Hanson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Mitch McPherson, F, Peoria Mustangs – Josh Somers, F, West Michigan Wolves – Daniel Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze – Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves -  Austin Ziakas, D, Peoria Mustangs

 

East Star of the Week: David Chavis - Metro Jets

David Chavis

Metro Jets defenseman David Chavis, 19, led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Cincinnati Swords to push the Jets winning streak to five straight games. The native of Grosse Point Wood, MI, was good at both the offensive and defensive ends as he totaled five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins and was also a +7. On Saturday, Chavis (6’4/205) had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 6-2 win over the Swords. On Sunday, Chavis picked up another assist in a 5-0 shutout win. For the season, Chavis leads all Jets defensemen in scoring with 19 points in 29 games played. His +29 rating not only leads the Jets, but is tied for 3rd among all NA3HL players. “David has been playing excellent hockey of late.  He is our leader and captain, and is continuously improving on his game.  He plays big time minutes for this club and leads by example every time he steps on the ice.  Glad to see him get rewarded this past weekend,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.

2nd Star: Nils Markgren, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Andriaccio, F, Southern Tier Xpress – Tyler Dalton, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Avery Huibregtse, D, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Mark McGee, F, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Steven Thompson - Billings Bulls

Steven Thompson

It was a big week for the Billings Bulls as they picked up three wins against three different opponents to climb the Frontier Division standings. 20-year-old forward Steven Thompson was not only productive during the week, but consistent as well as the native of Palmdale, CA racked up six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the three wins, along with a +5 rating. On New Year’s Eve, Thompson (5’8/160) had a goal and two assists in a 6-1 home win over Great Falls. On Saturday night, he picked up an assist in a 5-2 road win at Yellowstone and on Sunday, he scored twice in a 3-2 home win over the Helen Bighorns. For the season, Thompson has 22 points in 29 games played. “Steven has been one of our smartest hockey players this season and is a guy that plays in all situations for us.  It was nice to have him producing this last week, which includes a goal on Sunday, that in my eyes could be up there for goal of the year in the NA3HL,” said Billings head coach Joe Deptula.

2nd Star: Alex Lundstrom, F, Billings Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cade Boreing, F, Gillette Wild – Alex Feese, G, Gillette Wild

 

South Star of the Week: Trent Kulczyk - Nashville Jr. Predators

Trent Kulczyk

At the top of the NA3HL and South Division standings is the Nashville Jr. Predators, who are led by forward Trent Kulczyk. The 18-year-old native of Kalamazoo, MI, had another strong weekend as the Jr. Predators ran their win streak to seven straight games with a home-and-home sweep of Point Mallard. On Friday, Kulczyk (5’11/181) had two assists in a 5-3 home win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 road win. For the season, Kulczyk leads the Jr. Predators in scoring with 36 points in 25 games played. His 21 goals is tied for 2nd in the NA3HL.“Trent has been a great leader on and off the ice.  The best thing about Trent is we can count on his consistency every weekend.   We are truly lucky to have such a positive, skilled athlete playing for us, and mentoring his fellow teammates.  He is extremely happy to be playing in Nashville, and is looking forward to helping this team succeed in the upcoming playoffs,” said Nashville head coach Karlis Zirnis.

2nd Star: Jacob Lainesse, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

West Star of the Week: Bo Gronseth - Alexandria Blizzard

Bo Gronseth

The Alexandria Blizzard picked up two wins in their three games last week and forward Bo Gronseth, 20, was the offensive leader. The native of Hermantown, MN, totaled six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in the three games as the Blizzard went 2-1. On New Year’s Eve, Gronseth (5’11/180) had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 home win over Twin City. After the team was shutout on Friday against Granite City, the club turned around on Saturday and got a 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks. Gronseth had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in the win. For the season, Gronseth has 28 points in 22 games played for Alexandria this season. “Bo really picked up his work ethic and intensity since coming back after break and it has lead to him getting off to a hot start so far after Christmas.  I am looking forward to watch him be one of my leaders for the rest of the season,” said Alexandria head coach Jeff Crouse.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ryan Mezera, D, Breezy Point North Stars – Alex Mimmack, D, Breezy Point North Stars – Jay Paul, F, Twin City Steel – Kohei Sato, F, North Iowa Bulls – Zach Voss, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Dylan Zins, F, North Iowa Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 23, 2014sponsored by Easton

Central Star of the Week: Austin Wisely - Peoria Mustangs

Austin Wisely

Peoria leading scorer Austin Wisely, 18, was front and center last weekend as the Mustangs picked up an important weekend sweep of the Jr. Blues in St. Louis. The 5-10/200 lbs. forward from Chillicothe, IL, had six points in the two wins and was also a +3. On Saturday, Wisely had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win, and then on Sunday, he duplicated the feat with another goal and two more assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Wisely leads the Mustangs in scoring with 38 points in 29 games played. “Austin is a veteran guy who knows how important every game is in our division and he has been my best player the last few weeks,” said Peoria head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Dakota Ulmer, F, West Michigan Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Barna, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Matt Blaszkiewicz, D, Peoria Mustangs – Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Sam Maddox, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tyler Seltenriech, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Corey Siwula, D, West Michigan Wolves – Hunter Smith, F, La Crosse Freeze – Daniel Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze

 

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

Brandon Desrosiers

The Southern Tier Xpress moved into a tie for 2nd place in the East with their weekend road sweep of Cincinnati. Brandon Desrosiers (6’2/175) had another big weekend as the forward from Deerfield Beach, FL, racked up six points and a +5 rating in the two wins. On Saturday night, Desrosiers had two goals and two assists in a 5-1 win. On Sunday, he picked up another goal and an assist in an 8-2 win. For the season, Desrosiers leads the Xpress in scoring and is tied for 2nd in NA3HL scoring with 42 points in 27 games played. His 20 goals ranks him 3rd in the NA3HL. "Our team is playing very well right now and Brandon is leading the way. Every night he is making things happen but what is impressive is his compete level. He brings so much to the team both with and without the puck. Brandon has proven himself to be a top college prospect and I expect him only to get better,” said Xpress head coach Rylan Galiardi.

2nd Star: Kameron Limburg, G, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brody Duncan, F, Toledo Cherokee – Alex Holm, F, Metro Jets – Luke Sunde, F, Southern Tier Xpress

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Brandt Miller - Helena Bighorns

Brandt Miller

The Helena Bighorns picked up three wins over the weekend by a combined score of 23-4. 20-year-old forward Brandt Miller (5’7/155) was a factor in all three games as the veteran from Havre, MT totaled seven points and a +9 rating in the three wins. On Friday, Miller had a goal in a 4-2 win at home over Yellowstone. On Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 11-0 win over Yellowstone. On Sunday, he had the game-winning goal and an assist in an 8-2 win over Bozeman. For the season, Miller leads the Bighorns in scoring with 39 points in 26 games played.   “Brandt was a huge contribution to the team's success this past weekend. He is turning into an elite player in this league and it's showing in his weekly production and leadership on and off the ice,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.

2nd Star: Sean Kelley, G, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Lomax, F, Great Falls Americans – Mitchell McEwan, F, Gillette Wild – Brian Skillicorn, D, Helena Bighorns

 

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

Mykyta Sheptytsky

The Texas Jr. Brahmas picked up three road wins over the weekend in Point Mallard with 19-year-old forward Mykyta Sheptytsky leading the way. The native of Kiev, Ukraine, had seven points and a +6 rating in the three wins. On Friday, Sheptytsky scored four goals and assisted on the game-winner in a 5-2 win. He didn’t score in Saturday’s 4-3 win, but was +1. On Sunday, he added two more goals, including the game-winner in a 3-2 win. For the season, Sheptytsky (6’3/185) leads the Brahmas in scoring with 34 points in 30 games played. "He is a game changer, no doubt. He's really starting to gain traction on this season and it's showing for him and our team. He was battling injuries for a solid month early on and now has been healthy and is imposing his will at times on our opponents. The best part is he's a great guy in the locker room and he puts up points without playing selfish. He's a team first player and it's always good to see players like himself reap the rewards of the hard work he's put in to overcome his earlier injuries,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Rudy Kalvitis, D, Nashville Jr. Predatorys

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tristan Canter, G, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Trent Kulczyk, F, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

West Star of the Week: Trey Gardner - North Iowa Bulls

Trey Gardner

The North Iowa Bulls find themselves alone atop of the West Division thanks to another weekend sweep, this time of the Minnesota Flying Aces. 20-year-old forward Trey Gardner had a five-point weekend, which included four goals. On Friday, the 5’7/160 lbs. native of Sun Prairie, WI, had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, Gardner exploded for a hat-trick in a 14-2 win. For the season,  Gardner has 27 points in 25 games played for the Bulls. "Trey has been an offensive catalyst for us lately.  He has been scoring some very important goals including special teams goals," said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Evan Mills, D, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brooke Evans, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Ryan Herbert, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Dallas Marvin, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Michael Orke, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tom Schmidt, F, Alexandria Blizzard

 

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 4, 2014sponsored by Easton

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 28, 2014sponsored by Easton

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