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Stars of the Week Week of February 22, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Alec Seeger - La Crosse Freeze

Alec Seeger

La Crosse forward Alec Seeger led the way for the Freeze with a nine-point weekend. The 19-year-old forward from Anoka, MN scored four goals, which included two game-winners, through three games. Seeger collected five assists and was +10 in his performance. “Alec had a great weekend for us.  He was able to find open ice and create time and space for his teammates,” said General Manager and Head Coach Rod Hodnicki.

2nd Star: Connor Clemons, forward, North Iowa Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sean Mallonee, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Ben Ratner, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Curtis Schlearth, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Donny Schultz, forward, La Crosse Freeze – Alex Tarr, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks 

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Aaron Deady - Cape Cod Islanders

Aaron Deady

Veteran forward Aaron Deady continued to lead the Islanders with five goals through a weekend sweep. The 21-year-old from W. Greenwich, RI scored five goals for Cape Cod, including one on the powerplay. Deady was a +5 through two wins this weekend. “Aaron's offensive output this weekend allowed us to sweep Lewiston and strengthen our playoff position,” said Head Coach Jay Punsky.

2nd Star: Chris O’Donnell, forward, Cape Cod Islanders

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Metro Jets

Louis Boudon

With a strong seven-point weekend, Metro’s Louis Boudon continued to push the Jets to victory. The 18-year-old from Grenoble, France had five goals, which included one game-winning goal in the the two-game sweep this weekend. Boudon also grabbed two assists, and was +6 through the weekend.  “Louis had another big weekend for our club, standing out particularly on Sunday, where his three goals were the difference. He continues to consistently bring big games for us, even with a tough schedule,” said General Manager and Head Coach Justin Quenneville.

2nd Star: Nicholas Stanko, defenseman, Wooster Oilers

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brock Grandbois, forward, Toldeo Cherokee – Nicholas Mooney, forward, Wooster Oilers – Mathias Tellstrom, forward, Metro Jets 

 

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Tanner Congdon - Great Falls Americans

Tanner Congdon

Anchorage, AK native Tanner Congdon kept a hot stick through the weekend for Great Falls. The 19-year-old forward scored five goals, one being a game-winner, for the Americans - which included a hat trick on Saturday night.  “Tanner continues to do what he does best. He is exceptionally consistent and we love that about him,” said Assistant Coach Erik Gatson.

2nd Star: Steven Nisbet, forward, Bozeman Icedogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dustin Truex, Great Falls Americans

 

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

Trent Kulczyk

20-year-old Trent Kulczyk stepped up for the Jr. Predators in a two-win sweep this weekend. Native of Kalamazoo, MI, the forward notched five points, which included four assists and a power-play goal. Kulczyk blocked four shots and was +1 in his performance. “Trent was a great leader for us this past weekend with five points. He was also a large part of our PK unit, adding in some great efforts and blocked shots,” said General Manager and Head Coach J-P Dumont.

2nd Star: Ryan Edgar, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Fenemma, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Weiland Parrish, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Ryan Reifler - Binghamton Junior Senators

Ryan Reifler

Binghamton’s own Ryan Reifler brought the heat this weekend for the Jr. Senators. The 17-year-old scored eight goals and four assists, for a total of twelve points through three Binghamton wins. Reifler had three power-play goals and was +10 through the weekend. “Ryan had an outstanding week, recording two hat tricks and had three multi-goal games. He was one of the main reasons that we were able to pick up three wins this week,” said Assistant Coach Nick Perri.

2nd Star: Cole Skelly, defenseman, Binghamton Jr. Senators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Scheide, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede

 

South Star of the Week: Joey Bernardini - Point Mallard Ducks

Joey Bernardini

Goaltender Joey Bernardini stood strong in net this weekend for the Ducks. The 19-year-old from Chesterfield, MO made 50 saves through two games, capturing two big wins for Point Mallard. Bernardini grabbed one shutout win, and had a .980 SV% in net through the weekend. “Joe has been working extremely hard on his game. He did an outstanding job of challenging shooters and not giving up second chances. It is great to see him rewarded for his efforts,” said General Manager and Head Coach Tom Winkler.

2nd Star: Joey Lacjaj, forward, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony D’Aloisio, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Cameron Hamblett, forward, Point Mallard Ducks – Talon Medure, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Kyle Torgenson, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas 

 

West Star of the Week: Fritz Belisle - New Ulm Steel

Fritz Belisle

Red Wing, MN native Fritz Belisle continued his hot streak for the New Ulm Steel this weekend. The 19-year-old had two goals and three assists, which included one game-winning goal for the Steel. Belisle was +4 for New Ulm in their two-win weekend. “It's been incredible watching Fritz's development over the year. He is one of the most dominant players on the ice each and every night,” said General Manager Bryant Black.

2nd Star: Bronson Moore, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matej Krasny, forward, Breezy Point North Stars – Alex Nagel, forward, New Ulm Steel

 

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Central Star of the Week: Ben Ratner - Wisconsin Whalers

Ben Ratner

Elk Grove Village, IL native Ben Ratner put up seven points against on Saturday to push Wisconsin to victory. Ratner’s weekend included four goals, three assists and a +6 performance for the Whalers. “Ben played great this weekend,” said Head Coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Marshall Barnes, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Charles Bill, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks – Austin Lewis, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Bailey Schmitz, goaltender, Rochester Ice Hawks – Brendan Studioso, forward, North Iowa Bulls

 

Central Star of the Week: Kyle Truax - Gillette Wild

Kyle Truax

20-year-old Kyle Truax, from Las Vegas, NV, had a total of ten points over a three game series this weekend. Truax registered five goals (two short-handed) and five assists. The forward’s +10 performance this weekend helped Gillette earn three big wins. “Kyle had a great weekend for us this past week. Kyle has worked hard this year on and off the ice. His leadership has been great for us on and off the ice and we look forward to that continuing for us into the playoffs,” said Head Coach Brendon Hodge.

2nd Star: Tanner Loucks, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Mueller, forward, Gillette Wild 

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Chuck Costello - Cape Cod Islanders

Chuck Costello

Cape Cod forward Chuck Costello had five points this past weekend, which included two goals (one short-handed) and three assists fpr the Islanders. The 20-year-old, from Philadelphia, PA, had a +4 performance through the weekend. “Costello was dominant on Saturday. He skated, was all over the score sheet and his leadership was amazing,” said Head Coach Dan Hodge.

2nd Star: Chris O’Donnell, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

East Star of the Week: Jeremy Ross - Wooster Oilers

Jeremy Ross

Native of Trent, MI, defenseman Jeremy Ross had three goals this weekend. The 18-year-old’s performance included one short-handed goal and the winning overtime goal against the Southern Tier Express on Saturday. “Jeremy stepped up and commanded the ice. He led us to victory in a tight series all weekend. His hat trick was amazing. We are all very proud of the player he is becoming,” said Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Aaron Hernandez.

2nd Star: Joel De Simone, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Stefan Boskovic, defenseman, Metro Jets – Louis Boudon, forward, Metro Jets – Creighton Furber, goaltender, Wooster Oilers

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ryan Edgar - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Ryan Edgar

Ryan Edgar, of Wentzville, MO, stepped up this weekend for the Jr. Blues. The forward had two goals and three assists in two games this weekend against the Peoria Mustangs. This 18-year-old was a +3 through two games played. “Ryan had an outstanding weekend and helped our club get three of four points in a tough divisional matchup with Peoria. On Sunday, Ryan had a hand in four of the five goals we scored, and did an outstanding job on special teams,” said Head Coach and General Manager Chris Flaugher.

2nd Star: Daniil Ovchinnikov, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Josh Watterson - Syracuse Stampede

Josh Watterson

19-year-old, Josh Watterson of Sinking Springs, PA, took a lead role for Syracuse this weekend. The Stampede went to overtime with the Binghamton Junior Senators, with Watterson having a crucial goal in the third period helping take the Stampede into overtime. “Josh played great on the PK and added game tying goal versus one of the best teams in the NA3HLto earn us a point. Josh joins us from the Central Penn Panthers of the NA3AHL for the remainder of the season, and was an instant contributor on both offense and defense,” said General Manager and Head Coach Mike Beavis.

2nd Star: Lindros Beard, forward, Binghamton Junior Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Bandura, forward, Binghamton Junior Senators

 

South Star of the Week: Jake Cox - Point Mallard Ducks

Jake Cox

With eight total points, including five goals and three assists through four games this weekend, Point Mallard’s Jake Cox make an impact on the ice. The 19-year-old from Columbus, Georgia had a hattrick on Thursday night, and a +8 performance through the weekend. “Jake led us offensively in a weekend where we needed to win games to clinch a playoff spot. He had the overtime winner against Texas on Friday and scored a short handed winning goal against Euless on Thursday,” said General Manager and Head Coach Tom Winkler.

2nd Star: Michael Klintworth, forward, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sascha Figi, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Gary Glassman, goaltender, Point Mallard Ducks – Bryce Harrison, defenseman, Euless Jr. Stars – Brayden Hutchinson, forward, Louisiana Drillers – Kevin Lake, goaltender, Louisiana Drillers – William Rooney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars

 

West Star of the Week: Brey Effertz - Alexandria Blizzard

Brey Effertz

20-year-old Brey Effertz from Minot, North Dakota, held the Granite City Lumberjacks scoreless this weekend with a shutout win of 1-0. Playing the full sixty minutes, Effertz had a total of 25 saves against the Lumberjacks to earn his seventh shutout this season. “Brey continued his solid play with a great effort on Sunday.  He was very poised and focused against the 1st place team,” Head Coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Fritz Belisle, forward, New Ulm Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Casey Esselman, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Matej Krasny, forward, Breezy Point North Stars – Bronson Moore, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars – David Mulligan, goaltender, Granite City Lumberjacks – Nathan Siclovan, goaltender, New Ulm Steel

 

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Central Star of the Week: Max McConnell - Wisconsin Whalers

Max McConnell

Wisconsin’s own, Max McConnell played two exceptional games this weekend. The 20-year-old had a total of 79 saves for the weekend, only giving up two goals through the weekend. McConnell led the Whalers to two wins with an overall SV% of .975. “Max was outstanding this weekend for us. He played great,” said Head Coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Danny Toycen, forward, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Boscaccy, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Tyler Bump, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Braxton Collins, forward, North Iowa - Zach Curry, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks – Andrew Wagner, goaltender, La Crosse Freeze

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Aaron Deady - Cape Cod Islanders

Aaron Deady

Aaron Deady had an impeccable series of games this past weekend. This 21-year-old from Rhode Island contributed 6 points in the three games over the weekend, including 2 big assists in an overtime win against the Fighting Spirit. “Aaron is a hard worker and a true team player. He buys into the coaching staff’s message, and gives an honest effort each night,” said Head Coach Jay Punsky.

2nd Star: none
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

East Star of the Week: Roman Malkov - Toledo Cherokee

Roman Malkov

Yaroslavl, Russia native Roman Malkov had a grand total of 62 saves between his two wins this weekend against the Cincinnati Thunder. Malkov posted a .954 SV% to help the Cherokee in their two wins. “Roman is playing his best hockey. He gives us a chance to win every night and he showed that again this weekend helping us to two wins,” said General Manager and Head Coach Kenny Miller.

2nd Star: Connor Inger, forward, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Kwapich, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Nick Stanko, defenseman, Wooster Oilers – Mathias Tellstrom, forward, Metro Jets – Mike Zenone, forward, Wooster Oilers

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Gage Thompson - Billings Bulls

Gage Thompson

Billings’ Gage Thompson from Valley City, North Dakota had a productive weekend on the ice. With a total of six points between two games, the forward notched three goals and three assists. “Gage had a really good weekend of hockey. His compete level was very high the entire weekend and it is nice to see him get rewarded with points,” said Head Coach Michael Richardson.

2nd Star: Brendan Jester, forward, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Duncan Cameron, forward, Billings Bulls – Nick Ottenbacher, goaltender, Yellowstone Quake – Adam Vandenbos, forward, Great Falls Americans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ryan Kostelnik - Cincinnati Thunder

Ryan Kostelnik

Ryan Kostelnik showed a remarkable performance this weekend leading his team through overtime on Friday night, and a shootout on Saturday night, against Toledo. This 20-year-old from Rocky River had a total of 67 stops in two games with a .943 SV% for the Thunder through the weekend. “Ryan gave us a chance to win both games,” said Head Coach Ryan Colville.

2nd Star: Jake Ustorf, forward, Cincinnati Thunder
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Mathias Yttereng - Skylands Kings

Mathias Yttereng

Trondheim, Norway native Mathias Yttereng dominated the net this weekend. The 19-year-old earned a shutout on Friday night, going on to earn a .956 SV% for the weekend with 91 total saves. “Mathias was exactly what we needed him to be on Friday night, stopping all 59 shots. The game was tight, right to the end, and Mathias was able to shut everything down right from the puck drop,” said Hockey Director and Head Coach Patrick Choules.

2nd Star: Conor Landrigan, forward, Binghamton Junior Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Becker, forward, Binghamton Junior Senators

 

South Star of the Week: Kayne Fedor - Euless Jr. Stars

Kayne Fedor

20-year-old Kayne Fedor from Adelaide, Australia had a big weekend for the Jr. Stars.  With seven assists and 10 points in three games, Kayne Fedor has proved to be a big threat on the ice with his +10 weekend performance. “Kayne had a big weekend racking up ten points in three games with a big overtime goal on Friday,” said General Manager and Head Coach Donald Babineau.

2nd Star: Vincent Dekumbis, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Goodman, defenseman, Point Mallard Ducks Nick Hart, goaltender, Euless Jr. Stars – Brayden Hutchinson, forward, Louisiana Drillers – Kevin Mackey, goaltender, Point Mallard Ducks Tyler Myers, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Alex Regino, forward, Louisiana Drillers

 

West Star of the Week: Andrej Jamnicky - Granite City Lumberjacks

Andrej Jamnicky

Putting up four points and a +3 performance this weekend, Andrej Jamnicky of Liptovsky, Slovakia made his presence known on the ice. The 20-year-old played well against a tough North Iowa team, as he relentlessly attacked the goal. “Andrej played great in his first games after three weeks off. He played in both tough ends of the rink and showed his scoring touch with highlight goals. It was great to have him back,” Head Coach Bradley Willner.

2nd Star: Austin Langworthy, forward, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luc Kreuser, forward, New Ulm Steel – Matthew Sprink, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

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Central Star of the Week: Jacob Hough - Wisconsin Whalers

Jacob Hough

Morgantown, WV native Jacob Hough earned his first win as a Whaler with a shutout on Friday night. The 18-year-old stopped all 36 shots on goal that he faced to give Wisconsin the win. “Jake played great this weekend. He’s been a great addition to our team,” said Head Coach Tom McDermott.

2nd Star: Danny Toycen, forward, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Boscaccy, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Tyler Bump, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Brady Meyers, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls – Andrew Wagner, goaltender, La Crosse Freeze

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Shawn Peckham - Northeast Generals

Shawn Peckham

Veteran defenseman Shawn Peckham held down the blue line this weekend, helping the Generals to two big wins. The 20-year-old from Plymouth, MA scored two goals, notched an assist, was +2, and blocked 12 shots through two games. “Shawn has done a great job adding physicality to the blue line while also adding the ability to change the game in the offensive zone.  He continuously works to make himself and his teammates better,” said General Manager Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Austin Braley, forward, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

East Star of the Week: Michael Zenone - Wooster Oilers

Michael Zenone

Wooster forward Michael Zenone put on a five-point, +6 performance in a two-win weekend for the Oilers. The 20-year-old from North Ridgeville, OH collected two goals (one game-winner) and three assists for Wooster. “Mike was a playmaker this weekend. His decision making was on point. He was a leader on the ice with his intensity and character,” said Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Aaron Hernandez.

2nd Star: Andrew Kormos, goaltender, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robby Flannery, defenseman, Metro Jets – Dustin Foran, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Nicholas Mooney, forward, Wooster Oilers – Teddy Tarvis, forward, Toldeo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Hunter Ruschmeyer - Yellowstone Quake

Hunter Ruschmeyer

Hutchinson, MN native Hunter Ruschmeyer showed his offensive power from the blue line this weekend. The Quake’s 20-year-old veteran scored a goal that was a short-handed game-winner, and notched two assists. Ruschmeyer was +6 through his three-point weekend for Yellowstone. “Hunter has been consistent all season so far with his work ethic, and attitude, that help to bring success to our team. He brings a side of the game, as a defenseman, that any team would be lucky to have,” said General Manager and Head Coach Ryan Theros.

2nd Star: Tanner Congdon, forward, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryatt Bayne, forward, Helena Bighorns – Josh Chamberlain, forward, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Danny O’Donnell, defenseman, Great Falls Americans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jacob Friedman - Cincinnati Thunder

Jacob Friedman

With 3/5 of the Thunder’s goals this weekend, 18-year-old Jacob Friedman fired up Cincinnati’s offense. The Dayton, OH native scored three goals (one power-play goal) and was a +1 through the weekend. “Jacob had a great weekend for us, scoring 3 of our 5 goals.  As a second-year player, he continues to progress and expand his game.  His confidence continues to grow as we see him helping our team in different areas.  I look forward to continue seeing him progress in the future and I think he has amazing things ahead of him,” said Head Coach Ryan Colville.

2nd Star: none
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Oscar Lande - Syracuse Stampede

Oscar Lande

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, 20-year-old forward Oscar Lande lit the lamp for Syracuse this weekend. Lande grabbed five points, scoring four goals and grabbing an assist through the weekend in a +3 effort. “Oscar was big with his two-way play in all three of our games this past weekend. His 4 goals proved to be a huge contribution,” said General Manager and Head Coach Michael Beavis.

2nd Star: Peter Stenslend, goaltender, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Ethington, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Steven Kozikoski, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede

 

South Star of the Week: Santeri Seppinen - Louisiana Drillers

Santeri Seppinen

Refusing to give up a single goal in three straight contests, goaltender Santeri Seppinen continues to stand his ground in net. The 20-year-old from Vehmma, Finland had a two-shutout weekend, making 37 saves for the Drillers.  “Santeri's play the last couple of weeks has been amazing.  He is controlling the game by seeing the puck well and controlling his rebounds. He has given us a shot to get into the last playoff spot in the South Division.  Off the ice he is a leader, and now he is showing it on the ice also,” said General Manager Doug Alspaugh.

2nd Star: Trey Rooney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jesse Brown, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Thomas Delaney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – Boomer Miller, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Davis Van Gemerden, forward, Louisiana Drillers

 

West Star of the Week: Alex Weissenborn - Willmar WarHawks

Alex Weissenborn

Goaltender Alex Weissenborn stood tall in net this weekend, going 2-0 in a 85 save performance. In the third period when fatigue set in on his teammates on Saturday, Alex stopped 27/28 shots in the 3rd period to preserve a win. The 17-year-old from St. Louis, MO earned a .966 SV% for the WarHawks through the weekend.  “Alex Weissenborn was a force this weekend, stopping 85 of 88 shots while going 2-0. Alex continues to grow and develop into one of the best goalies in the NA3HL,” said Head Coach Chris Blaisuis.

2nd Star: Brady Dahl, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Alex Nagel, forward, New Ulm Steel – Logan Norman, forward, Alexandria Blizzard – Braden Shea, forward, Willmar WarHawks

 

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Central Star of the Week: Tyler Briley - La Crosse Freeze

Tyler Briley

With a strong offensive presence, Tyler Briley stepped up with a five-point, +5 performance for the Freeze this weekend. The 18-year-old from Anchorage, AK racked up four goals (one game-winner) and an assist through the weekend.  “Tyler had a very good weekend for us.  He jump-started the offense and gave us a spark when we needed it.  Tyler has been working hard to create more opportunities and get to scoring areas more frequently,” said General Manager and Head Coach Rob Hodnicki.

2nd Star: Charles Bill, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Barada, goaltender, Chicago Bulldogs – Alex Hufford, goaltender, Wisconsin Whalers – Connor Losen, defenseman, La Crosse Freeze

 

Coastal Star of the Week: James Brosnan - Cape Cod Islanders

James Brosnan

Cape Cod’s James Brosnan covered all ends of the ice in a weekend sweep for the Islanders.  The 19-year-old forward scored five goals (two short-handed, one on the power play) through the weekend offensively. On the defensive end of the ice with 18 seconds remaining in Sunday's 1 goal game, the Milford, CT native dove in front of an empty net, blocking a shot to preserve the Islanders win. “James is a complete three zone player with clutch scoring ability. His play this weekend catapulted us to a huge sweep of a divisional rival,” said Head Coach Jay Punsky.

2nd Star: Dylan Vrees, forward, L/A Fighting Spirit
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Harrington, forward, Northeast Generals – Ryan Perry, forward, Northeast Generals

 

East Star of the Week: Justin Bloomfield - West Michigan Wolves

Justin Bloomfield

Kalamazoo, MI native Justin Bloomfield led the way for West Michigan’s weekend sweep with five points. The 18-year-old scored three goals (one game-winner), had two assists, and finished the weekend at +4. He logged a considerable amount of ice time to propel the Wolves to a winning weekend.  “Justin led the way this weekend helping us earn 2 wins,” said General Manager and Head Coach Mark Lawrence.

2nd Star: Andrew Kormos, goaltender, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Day, forward, Metro Jets – Ricky Kwapich, forward, Toldeo Cherokee –  Roman Malkov, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee – Nick Stanko, defenseman, Wooster Oilers – Nate Sudek, forward, West Michigan Wolves – Mike Zenone, forward, Wooster Oilers

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Christian Ward - Missoula Junior Bruins

Christian Ward

Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Missoula’s Christian Ward found his name plastered all over the scoresheet this weekend. The 18-year-old had three goals (one short-handed), six helpers, and finished the weekend with a +8 rating. “Christian has been a top performer for us since we returned from Christmas break. This past weekend he was on top of his game, and was rewarded on the scoresheet,” said General Manager and Head Coach Marcus Baxter.

2nd Star: Steven Nisbet, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Ayers, goaltender, Great Falls Americans – Austin Azzinnaro, defenseman, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Ricards Bernhards, forward, Great Falls Americans – John Heddle, forward, Helena Bighorns – Nick Ligocki, defenseman, Yellowstone Quake – Bryan Miller, forward, Billings Bulls – Kyle Mueller, forward, Billings Bulls – Pablo Pantoja, forward, Yellowstone Quake – Gabe Rankin, forward, Bozeman Icedogs

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Brandon Bornkamp - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Brandon Bornkamp

The offensive drive of Fort Wayne, IN native Brandon Bornkamp led the Jr. Blues to a winning weekend with six total goals. The 19-year-old was +6 through the weekend, and registered a short-handed goal for the Jr. Blues in his performance. “Brandon had an outstanding weekend. He took his game to another level this weekend and helped our club win two games,” said General Manager and Head Coach Chris Flaugher.

2nd Star: Nick Balestra, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues.
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Blake Bennett - Lockport Express

Blake Bennett

For the second time this season, Grand Island, NY native Blake Bennett has earned the Northeast Division Star of the Week. Bennett’s six-point performance included five goals (one game-winner, one on the power play), and an assist. The forward went +2 in a weekend sweep for Lockport.  “Benny simply scores goals. His game winner on Saturday night was huge for us,” said General Manager and Head Coach Frank Vecchio.

2nd Star: Jake Beck, defenseman, Jersey Shore Wildcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Fitzpatrick, goaltender, Lockport Express – Michael Hennekens, defenseman, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Zach Oualadelhadjahmed, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators –  Ryan Scheide, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede – Nate Walker, forward, Syracuse Stampede

 

South Star of the Week: Sascha Figi - Atlanta Capitals

Sascha Figi

Continuing his award-winning weekend's was Atlanta’s 19-year-old Sascha Figi. The Kloten, Switzerland native collected three goals (one on the power play), five assists, and was +4 in his eight-point weekend for the Capitals.  “Sascha continues to put up points. He had 3 goals and 5 assists. He anchors our power play, which went 7 for 12 on the weekend,” said Head Coach Jason Smith.

2nd Star: Matt Goodman, defenseman, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dalton Caesar, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – Arturo Garcia, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Michael Klintworth, defenseman, Atlanta Capitals – Melker Kroon, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Samuel Solomon, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas

 

West Star of the Week: Jordan Olson - Granite City Lumberjacks

Jordan Olson

Defenseman Jordan Olson made an impact from the blue line in his four-point performance for the Lumberjacks this weekend. The 18-year-old from Nowthen, MN scored two goals (one game winner on the power play, and another power play) and had two assists while finishing the weekend at +1. “Jordan played solid all weekend for us.  His offensive ability is starting to shine as he gains confidence in his game,” said Head Coach Bradley Willner.

2nd Star: Brenden Payne, forward, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Erickson, forward, New Ulm Steel – Casey Esselman, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Alec Skar, defenseman, Willmar Warhawks – Alex Weissenborn, goaltender, Willmar Warhawks

 

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Central Star of the Week: Bailey Schmitz - Rochester Ice Hawks

Bailey Schmitz

Earning his first shutout of the season in a three-game weekend performance was Rochester’s goaltender Bailey Schmitz. The 18-year-old from Red Lake Falls, MN stopped 90 shots in 179+ minutes this weekend. “Bailey saw three games in three days against divisional rivals. This weekend, the team earned their first two-win weekend this season, along with their first shut-out this season. Bailey posted a .923, .900, and 1.00 respectively through all three games this weekend; he was hands down a game changer. Bailey gave his team a momentum boost at the right time, and because of his play, the team was able to compete and pick up four points,” said Head Coach Eric Hofmann.

2nd Star: Tyler Bump, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Arnold, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Tyler Briley, forward, La Crosse Freeze – Jake Faulkner, defenseman, Wisconsin Whalers – Will Graves, goaltender, La Crosse Freeze – Brody Richards, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Skylar Watt, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Kevin Perry - Northeast Generals

Kevin Perry

Hull, MA native Kevin Perry paved the way with five points for the Generals this weekend. The 19-year-old forward registered a game-winning goal, and shorthanded goal, and a power-play goal in his +2 performance. “Kevin is a great kid with an incredible work ethic.  Great things happen to kids that work hard, and Kevin shows that every day,” said General Manager Bryan Erikson

2nd Star: none
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Groth - Wooster Oilers

Tyler Groth

For the second time this season, Oilers defenseman Tyler Groth takes home the East Division Star of the Week title. The South Lyon, MI native made his veteran presence known with a four-point performance from the blue line. Groth had two goals, two assists, and completed the weekend as a +4 for Wooster. “Tyler Groth has stepped up for us as the season has progressed. He has really contributed to our team offensively from the blue line,” said Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Aaron Hernandez.

2nd Star: Jake Gwillim, goaltender, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vince Casale, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Graham Day, forward, Metro Jets – EJ Gilbert, forward, Toldeo Cherokee – Brock Grandbois, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Evan Tasker, defenseman, Wooster Oilers – Cam Williams, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Colby Birch - Missoula Junior Bruins

Colby Birch

With four goals in Missoula’s weekend sweep on the road, Colby Birch brought his offensive power to push the Bruins to victory. Hailing from Vernal, UT, the 20-year-old forward had the game-winning goal on Saturday, and finished the weekend +2. “Colby had a great weekend in Havre. He created a lot of opportunities for himself and his teammates,” said General Manager and Head Coach Marcus Baxter.

2nd Star: Nick Nast, goaltender, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Battaglia, goaltender, Helena Bighorns – Austin Charnholm, forward, Bozeman Icedogs – Tegan Harrington, forward, Great Falls Americans – Steven Nisbet, forward, Bozeman Icedogs –  Ethan Wiese, goaltender, Billings Bulls

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Kody Kifer - Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts

Kody Kifer

Evansville’s own Kody Kifer rocked the scoresheet for the Jr. Thunderbolts this weekend. The 17-year-old earned two points on Friday, along with four points on Saturday night in a +6 weekend performance. “Kody has grown on our team and he has changed his game for the better. He works hard every day in practice, plays with a lot of energy, and continues to improve his game every week. This weekend he worked very hard, did all the little things right, and he was rewarded for it with a six-point weekend,” said Head Coach Dylan Clarke.

2nd Star: Bradley Begeman, forward, Cincinnati Thunder
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cameron Sangster, forward, Cincinnati Thunder

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Jan Broz - Skylands Kings

Jan Broz

An eight-point effort from Skylands’ Jan Broz helped the Kings earn four big points this weekend. The 20-year-old from Milevsko, Czech Republic scored five goals (one game-winner and three on the power play), while adding three assists in his +2 weekend performance. “Jan had a great weekend. He was a very effective player in all three zones and provided us with big points at crucial times,” said Head Coach Patrick Choules.

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