Bauer's Stars of the Week
Stars of the Week Week of October 27, 2020
Central Star of the Week: Teddy Marion - Milwaukee Power
Marion and the Power cruised to a pair of wins over Wausau this weekend, thanks in large part to the Franklin, WI native’s seven points in those outings. After being held to three points in his first four games of the year, Marion exploded against the RiverWolves on Friday and Saturday, scoring twice and adding two assists in the first game, then notching three more helpers in round two. His 3g-7a—10pts now lead all Power skaters on the year.
2nd Star: Tyler Nelson, F, Milwaukee Power
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
East Star of the Week: Brandon Avezov - New Jersey Titans
Fresh off of being named last week’s Star of the Week in the East, Avezov kept his hot streak rolling with four points in two games last week. Avezov got things started by scoring his team’s only goal in a Wednesday matinee matchup against Long Beach, then potted a pair on Friday to go with another assist, marking his third three-point outing in four games this season. With goals in each contest, Avezov has also lit the lamp in each game this season, and his 5g-5a—10pts in four games are tops among all Titans skaters.
2nd Star: Ryan Wojciechowski, D, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Philippe Doucette, F, New Jersey Titans — Trey Hirschfield, G, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Frontier Star of the Week: Jack Harris - Yellowstone Quake
In the midst of a dynamite start to the season, Harris posted his second consecutive three-point outing in Yellowstone’s only game this week, featuring on each Quake tally in a 6-3 loss to Bozeman. With two goals and one assist in Friday’s tilt, the Cody, WY native now leads all Yellowstone skaters with 8g-5a—13pts in just six games, and boasts points in every game played this season.
2nd Star: Jake Hayes, F, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trever Mellen, G, Great Falls Americans
South Star of the Week: Jacob Ahl - Oklahoma City Blazers
The Blazers went on the road to take on the most recent Fraser Cup champions over the weekend and came away with a two-win sweep over the Brahmas, buoyed by a pair of outstanding performances by Ahl between the pipes. Facing 37 shots from the dangerous Brahmas on Saturday, Ahl stopped 34 for a .919 save percentage in the contest. The Swedish backstop was unflappable on Sunday as well, stopping 34 of 35 shots to move to a perfect 4-0-0 record on the season. Ahl now boasts a stunning .964 save percentage and 1.00 GAA with two shutouts across his four starts this year.
2nd Star: Nicholas Cyprian, F, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Hein, G, Texas RoadRunners — Josh Hrip, F, Louisiana Drillers — Brendan Krawczyk, F, Louisiana Drillers — Noah Roitman, D, Oklahoma City Blazers — Eddie Slack, F, Atlanta Capitals — Myles Westbrook, D, Texas RoadRunners
West Star of the Week: Brayden Uttech - North Iowa Bulls
After a streaky start to his NA3HL career with five points in five games, but three pointless outings in that span, Uttech found consistency this week with points back-to-back games, extending his points streak to three games. With two goals and an assist on Friday and an assist on Saturday, Uttech has now logged 3g-3a—6pts on his current streak, and leads all North Iowa skaters with 4g-5a—9pts in 7 games this season.
2nd Star: Joey Gimberlin, F, New Ulm Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Troy Dalheimer, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Bailey Huber, G, Granite City Lumberjacks — Austin Jozwick, F, Willmar Warhawks — Cal Nauss, D, North Iowa Bulls — Brady O’Brien, D, Willmar Warhawks
Stars of the Week Week of October 20, 2020
Central Star of the Week: Sam VanderHoeven - Oregon Tradesmen
VanderHoeven helped lead the Tradesmen to a pair of wins over Peoria this week, logging a total of six points in that span. Friday’s 6-2 blowout was his shining moment, as the Beaver Dam, WI native bagged two goals and three assists, featuring on all but one Oregon goal. VanderHoeven played a key role on Saturday as well, notching the second goal in Oregon’s three-goal comeback en route to a 4-3 OT victory. VanderHoeven now boasts 4g-4a—8pts in five games, good for a share of second in team scoring.
2nd Star: Reid Lune, F, Peoria Mustangs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Bennett, F, Peoria Mustangs — Jacob Best, F, Oregon Tradesmen — Owen Carlson, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Jackson Henningsgard, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues
East Star of the Week: Brandon Avezov - New Jersey Titans
Avezov and the Titans opened up the season on a hot streak, as the Bellmore, NY native recorded six points to lead his team to a pair of wins over Danbury. After scoring his first goal of the season and recording two assists on Thursday, Avezov followed up with an identical stat line on Friday, again scoring and setting up two teammates for goals. His six points lead all Titans skaters after their first two NA3HL contests.
2nd Star: Troy Harwell, F, Bay State Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Kavanaugh, G, New Jersey Titans — Nathan Moffitt, G, Bay State Bobcats
Frontier Star of the Week: Trever Mellen - Great Falls Americans
Mellen was on his game from the first drop of the puck this week, recording 66 saves on 70 shots for a .943 save percentage and, most importantly, two wins to keep his perfect 6-0-0 start to the season intact. Mellen shone brightest on Friday night with his first shutout of the season — a 35-save effort against Gillette — and followed up with another steady showing between the pipes as he turned aside 31 pucks in another win over the Wild. In addition to his unblemished win/loss record, Mellen now boasts a 1.92 GAA and .937 save percentage on the year, both of which lead all NA3HL goaltenders with at least four starts.
2nd Star: Declan Young, F, Gillette Wild
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Fanning, D, Gillette Wild — Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake — Cole Komarek, F, Great Falls Americans — Cade Rosansky, F, Yellowstone Quake
South Star of the Week: Greg Smith - Atlanta Capitals
It’s not often a single goaltender takes the ice for each of a team’s three games in a weekend tripleheader, but Smith did just that in nearly perfect fashion. His 15-save shutout on Friday and 13-save shutout on Saturday were eyebrow-raising performances in their own right, but Smith put it all together once more on Sunday to stop 22 of 23 shots for another win and a rare three-game sweep. In total, Smith turned aside 50 of 51 shots and turned in a sterling 0.33 GAA and .980 save percentage on the weekend.
2nd Star: Jack Cooper, F, Texas Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Kalandyk, F, Texas Brahmas — Kyle Karoleski, G, Louisiana Drillers — Brendan Krawczyk, F, Louisiana Drillers — Vyacheslav Nilov, F, Atlanta Capitals
West Star of the Week: Garrett Freeman - North Iowa Bulls
Freeman got on the board for the first time this season last week, and built on that success this week with four points in the Bulls’ two-game sweep over the Steel. Freeman’s playmaking ability was on full display Friday night as he recorded two assists, while Saturday saw more balance from his offense. The Sartell, MN native scored the game-winning goal to go along with another helper to pace another North Iowa win. With two points in each of his last three games, Freeman has now logged 2g-4a—6pts in his first five games of the season after being held off the scoresheet in the first two outings.
2nd Star: Carson Simon, F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Bellig, D, North Iowa Bulls — Joey Gimberlin, F, New Ulm Steel — Jonah Jangula, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Michael Sweetland, F, Willmar Warhawks
Stars of the Week Week of October 13, 2020
Central Star of the Week: Joseph LaForge - Wausau RiverWolves
After coughing up eight goals against the Tradesmen on October 2, Wausau goaltender Joseph LaForge rebounded with a stellar start on Friday night, turning in a stunning 55-save shutout against Oregon. Backstopping the RiverWolves’ 2-0 win, LaForge faced 17, 18 and 20 shots in each respective period of Friday’s contest, and slammed the door on four Oregon power-play opportunities. The veteran netminder has now faced down 91 of 99 shots on the season.
2nd Star: Trey Bess, F, Milwaukee Power
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mason Ausmus, D, Milwaukee Power — Owen Carlson, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Mike Deeba, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — George Giese, F, Peoria Mustangs — Tyler Huffer, D, Rochester Grizzlies — Dylan Schneider, F, Rochester Grizzlies — Cole Walter, G, Peoria Mustangs — Isaac Wickersheim, F, Wausau RiverWolves
East Star of the Week: Sam Brickley - Long Beach Sharks
Brickley and the Sharks went a middling 1-1-1 in a three-game set against Bay State this week, but the defenseman was lights-out from the blue line in each game, logging 2g-3a—5pts across the trio of tilts. Brickley, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Park City, UT, scored his first goal of the season on Friday before turning up his playmaking skills with two assists in a tough loss Saturday night. In Sunday’s victory, though, Brickley was a driving force, scoring once and setting up a teammate to score for his second straight multi-point outing. Brickley’s five points lead all Sharks skaters through three games.
2nd Star: Brandon Cope, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zan Mojzer, F, Long Beach Sharks — Nicholas Rogers, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Frontier Star of the Week: Dylan Rumpke - Yellowstone Quake
Following a pair of goose-eggs in his first two games of the season, Rumpke came alive with six points across Yellowstone’s two games this week. Friday saw his playmaking skills on display, as the Columbus, OH native dished out three helpers in a 7-5 win. Sunday saw a more direct performance from Rumpke, who notched two goals and another assist despite a tough loss. After posting 75 points as one of the Quake’s top players last season, Rumpke is off to a steady start in the new campaign with six points in four games.
2nd Star: Jacob Cummings, F, Sheridan Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Liam Bland, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Pablo Frank, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake — Alex Jackson, F, Great Falls Americans — Trever Mellen, G, Great Falls Americans — Logan Syrup, F, Sheridan Hawks
South Star of the Week: Michael Onda - Oklahoma City Blazers
The Blazers got their NA3HL days start off quite well with a a 2-1-0 weekend against the Louisiana Drillers, with Onda leading the way. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound forward was on his game early, logging 3g-6a—9pts to start the season. Friday’s OT thriller saw Onda net a goal and two assists, before setting up another goal in Saturday’s defeat. Onda was in top form on Sunday, though, where he scored twice —including the game-winning goal — and recorded three helpers as the Blazers took the weekend series with a 6-1 win. Onda’s nine points lead all Blazers skaters after the first weekend set of the season.
2nd Star: Josh Hrip, F, Louisiana Drillers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Derek Boutin, F, Texas RoadRunners — Artem Korolev, F, Oklahoma City Blazers — Aidan Rudolf, G, Texas RoadRunners — Landen Sill, F, Louisiana Drillers
West Star of the Week: Joey Gimberlin - New Ulm Steel
Despite his team suffering a loss in its only game of the weekend, Gimberlin shone brightly with a hand in each Steel goal from the weekend. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound native of St. Paul, MN, rebounded from a pointless first outing of the season with 2g-1a—3pts on Friday night, including a shorthanded tally early in the third period to give his team a two-goal advantage at the time. And though he played in one less game than many of his teammates, Gimberlin and his three points in two games still sit atop New Ulm’s scoring ranks.
2nd Star: Jeremiah Konkel, F, Willmar Warhawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Corbid, F, Willmar Warhawks — Gijs DeSchepper, D, North Iowa Bulls — Bailey Huber, G, Granite City Lumberjacks — Cal Nauss, D, North Iowa Bulls — Carson Simon, F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Stars of the Week Week of October 6, 2020
Central Star of the Week: Ethan McCormack - Oregon Tradesmen
McCormack helped the Tradesmen open their inaugural NA3HL in the best way possible, tallying three goals and an assist across a pair of comfortable wins over divisional opponents. Friday’s opener saw him net two goals — including the game-winner — and one assist, and he followed up that impressive debut with another goal on Saturday. An NA3HL veteran, McCormack previously played for the St. Louis Jr. Blues and the Coulee Region Chill, and appears poised as an important piece for the Tradesmen moving forward.
2nd Star: Hunter Wilmes, F, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Derrick Brown, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Brent Edmondson, F, Oregon Tradesmen — Jeb Lindy, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Zach Wiese, G, Rochester Grizzlies
East Star of the Week: Nick Ramm - Northeast Generals
Ramm helped last season’s highest-scoring team pick up right where they left off, with a whopping four goals in his NA3HL debut to guide the Generals past the Jr. Hat Tricks on Saturday. Ramm’s brother Tyler assisted on three of those goals. After a successful run with the Generals’ NAPHL youth teams, including a trip to the 2019 NAPHL All-Star Game, Nick Ramm has kicked off his Junior career with a bang and will look to keep it going against Danbury once more on Sunday.
2nd Star: Espen Reager, G, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
Frontier Star of the Week: Jacob Cummings - Sheridan Hawks
Entering his second NA3HL stint, Cummings started off on the right foot with six points across a pair of road games in Bozeman. The Anchorage, AK native was dishing out goals to his teammates on Friday, logging five assists in a 7-0 victory. The playmaker turned goal-scorer in Saturday’s defeat, tying the game at one early in the second period. After six games with the Hawks last season, Cummings looks to be cementing his place in Sheridan early in the season.
2nd Star: Liam Bland, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake — Jake Hayes, F, Great Falls Americans — Alex Jackson, F, Great Falls Americans — Brandon Kididis, F, Yellowstone Quake — Owen Miley, D, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Logan Syrup, F, Sheridan Hawks
South Star of the Week: No Award
West Star of the Week: John Blake - Granite City Lumberjacks
Leading from the blue line, John Blake finished tied atop the Lumberjacks’ scoring leaders with four points in Granite City’s lone contest last weekend. Blake struck twice in a six-minute span in the first period, and his initial marker stood as the game-winner. After making such a sizable early impact, the rookie blueliner’s next test comes in a pair of back-to-back home tilts against rival North Iowa this weekend.
2nd Star: Hayden Fox, F, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Caleb Huffman, D, North Iowa Bulls — Brockston Masseth, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Luke Weberg, G, Willmar Warhawks — Nick Wieben, F, New Ulm Steel