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
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
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
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
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
After the first weekend of the year, Pittsburgh forward Cody Black, 20, leads the league in scoring as he helped the Vengeance take three of four points in their series on the road against the Southern Tier Xpress. On Friday night, Black (5’8/165) had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss. On Saturday, the Wexford, PA native scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. His five points is tops in the NA3HL after the first weekend. “Cody had a real strong weekend for us at both ends of the ice. He leads by example and is a tremendous role model for the younger players,” said Vengeance head coach Dave Dorsey.
2nd Star: Aaron Callan, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marc Anderson, forward, Cincinnati Swords – Curtis Carlson, forward, Southern Tier Xpress – Brandon Desrosiers, forward, Southern Tier Xpress – Alex Holm, forward, Metro Jets – Ramsey Mayne, defense, Cincinnati Swords – Dominic Pisanti, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Kyle Plantz, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Jake Stephan, goaltender, Metro Jets.