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Stars of the Week Week of February 15, 2017sponsored by Bauer

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 8, 2017sponsored by Bauer

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 1, 2017sponsored by Bauer

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 25, 2017sponsored by Bauer

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

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 18, 2017sponsored by Bauer

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.

2nd Star: Conor Landrigan, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Becker, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Craig Garrigan, forward, Skylands Kings – Tim O’Connor, forward, Jersey Shore Wildcats

 

South Star of the Week: Tyler Myers - Texas Jr. Brahmas

Tyler Myers

With two-shutouts this weekend, Texas goaltender Tyler Myers remained solid in net for a Brahmas’ three-win weekend. The Thornton, CO native made 77 stops in 185 minutes in net.  “Tyler Myers just keeps doing his thing.  He is solid game in and game out.  He had two huge shutouts for the Brahmas this weekend,” said Head Coach Michael Hill

2nd Star: Jacob Peterson, defenseman, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sascha Figi, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Kenatae Medure, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Santeri Seppinen, goaltender, Louisiana Drillers 

 

West Star of the Week: Luc Kreuser - New Ulm Steel

Luc Kreuser

Five was Luc Kreuser’s magic number this weekend, as the New Ulm forward scored five goals in a +5 performance for the Steel. The Wisconsin Rapids, WI native added an assist to contribute six points through two games. “Luc stepped up in a huge way this weekend. He created plays and put us in a position to earn three out of four points. He's a top guy in this league with big things ahead of him,” said General Manager Bryant Black.

2nd Star: Connor Nilson, defenseman, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle, forward, New Ulm Steel – Ryan Higgins, forward, Breezy Point North Stars – Nick Lucas, forward, Alexandria Blizzard

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 11, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ben Ratner - Wisconsin Whalers

Ben Ratner

Wisconsin forward Ben Ratner led the way for the Whalers this weekend, going on a “pointstreak” of all goals scored through the weekend. The 19-year-old forward was part of every goal, having either the goal or assist, to total 12 points through three games. Ratner had three goals (one game-winner) and nine assists in a +9 performance. “Ben was part of every goal this weekend. He played some of his best hockey this season,” said Head Coach Tom Mc Dermott.

2nd Star: Will Graves, goaltender, La Crosse Freeze

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Lewis, forward, Wisconsin Whalers –  Kadin Machusak, forward, La Crosse Freeze – Drew Scites, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Phil Garcia - Long Beach Sharks

Phil Garcia

Brooklyn, NY native Phil Garica made his presence known at the blue line for Long Beach this weekend. The 20-year-old defenseman played a full ice game, notching two goals and two assists. Garcia was +4 in the two-win weekend for the Sharks. “Phil played very sound defensively as he usually does. He is a very physical player and did an excellent job shutting down his opposition this weekend despite being under the weather,” said Head Coach Mike Stanaway.

2nd Star: Aaron Deady, forward, Cape Cod Islanders

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Caleb Labrie, forward, L/A Fighting Spirit – Dan Moore, forward, Cape Code Islanders – Kyle Van Wagner, goaltender, Long Beach Sharks

 

East Star of the Week: Ricky Kwapich - Toledo Cherokee

Ricky Kwapich

Hometown hero Ricky Kwapich racked up seven points for the Cherokee through their two-game weekend. Hailing from Toldeo, OH, the forward grabbed five goals (one game-winner) and two assists, while remaining +5 for the Cherokee. “Ricky was a difference maker this weekend, he has the ability to put points on the board every game and this weekend we proved it. He is very deserving of this award,” said General Manager and Head Coach Ken Miller.

2nd Star: Mathias Tellstrom, forward, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Inger, forward, Metro Jets – Tristin Snyder, forward, Toledo Cherokee

 

Frontier Star of the Week: No Award

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Thomas Kolaz - Peoria Mustangs

Thomas Kolaz

Leading the Mustangs to a two-win weekend was forward Thomas Kolaz. The Springfield, IL native hit double-digits in both points and performance, registering three goals and seven assists in a +11 effort. Kolaz also was credited with Saturday’s game-winning goal.    “As a 20 year old on the team, Thomas has been a leader on and off the ice. It's great to see him get some recognition for his efforts,” said General Manager and Head Coach David Karpa.

2nd Star: Weiland Parrish, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Peter Cabala, defenseman, Nashville Jr. Predators – Ryan Edgar, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Jack Hatton, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Braden Stewart, forward, Peoria Mustangs 

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Michael Gulawsky - Jersey Shore Wildcats

Michael Gulawsky

Jersey Shore forward Michael Gulawsky contributed three points to help the Wildcats a winning weekend. The Detroit, MI native scored two goals (one game-winner) and an assist for three points in a +3 performance. Gulawsky grabbed 20 faceoff wins, five blocked shots, and registered a game-high of six hits this weekend for the Wildcats. “Michael played a big role in Sunday’s 3-2 win against Lockport. He scored the game-winning goal, and had an impact all over the ice,” said Head Coach Corey Leivermann.

2nd Star: Ryan Flanagan, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dom Bogdziul, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators –  Sam Fitzpatrick, goaltender, Lockport Express

 

South Star of the Week: Niki Raiskio - Louisiana Drillers

Niki Raiskio

Coming in hot for the Drillers this weekend was defenseman Niki Raiskio. The 19-year-old from Tampere, Finland hopped on his flight to contribute eight points this weekend, which included five goals and three assists. Raiskio was +7 through three games, and registered a power play goal. “Niki has been a great find for our team. Not only does he have great skill on the ice, but he is well liked by his teammates. I expect great things from him as we make our push to the playoffs,” said Head Coach Shawn McNeil.

2nd Star: Thomas Delaney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Cox, forward, Point Mallard Ducks – Sascha Figi, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Kristian Kause, forward, Louisiana Drillers – Kevin Mackey, goaltender, Point Mallard Ducks – Talon Medure, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Nick Sheridan, forward, Euless Jr. Stars

 

West Star of the Week: Brey Effertz - Alexandria Blizzard

Brey Effertz

Winning both games in net for the Blizzard this weekend was goaltender Brey Effertz. The Minot, ND native played all 120 minutes in net, registering his sixth shutout in Saturday night’s game. Effertz faced 50 shots through both games, making 48 total saves through the weekend. “Brey had a great weekend in net, leading our team to two victories.  He was very solid in a great road win, and earned his league-leading 6th shutout on the season,” said Head Coach Jeff Crouse.

2nd Star: Jack Petroske, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathew Sprink, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 4, 2017sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Mitch Dolter - North Iowa Bulls

Mitch Dolter

Faribault, MN native Mitch Dolter returned from the holiday with the gift of goals for the North Iowa Bulls. The 19-year-old forward netted three goals this weekend, which included one on the power-play, and one being a game-winner. Dolter was +3 through the weekend for North Iowa. “Mitch Dolter, from Faribault, MN has been finding the back of the net consistently lately.  His three goals last weekend were part of a stretch where he has scored in 5 of our last 6 games,” said General Manager and Head Coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Mike Lyons, defenseman, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bailey Schmitz, goaltender, Rochester Ice Hawks

 

Coastal Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: No Award

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Jesse Johnson - Great Falls Americans

Jesse Johnson

Playing a strong two-way game this weekend was Great Falls defenseman Jesse Johnson. The 20-year-old from Anchorage, AK notched five points for the Americans, including two goals and three assists. Johnson was also a +5.  “Jesse recently got his wisdom teeth removed, and he had not seen game-speed on the ice in a bit. To see him come back, and not miss a beat, was great,” said Assistant Coach Erik Gatson.

2nd Star: Dane Rieger, defenseman, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Ahiers, defenseman, Bozeman Icedogs – Alex Kruger, goaltender, Helena Bighorns – Liam Millar, forward, Bozeman Icedogs – Adam Vandenbos, forward, Great Falls Americans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Nick Balestra - St. Louis Jr. Blues

Nick Balestra

Ringing in the new year with double-digit points was St. Louis forward Nick Balestra. The 18-year-old Jr. Blues stand out registered ten points through the weekend, which included four goals (one game-winner) and six assists. The Ballwin, MO native was +6, and had two goals on the power-play. “Nick had an outstanding weekend on the scoresheet. He played a big role in our 3-game sweep, and helped the team snap their losing streak,” said Head Coach Chris Flaugher.

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

 

Northeast Star of the Week: No Award

 

South Star of the Week: No Award

 

West Star of the Week: Will Mix - Granite City Lumberjacks

Will Mix

Granite City’s Will Mix showed off his leadership this weekend for the Lumberjacks. The 20-year-old from Kennewick, WA scored three goals, including a game-winning goal, and was +2 through the weekend. “Will had a great offensive game for us against Alexandria.  Just after Alex tied the game, he scored on the next shift to lead us to victory. That's being a great leader,” said Head Coach Bradley Willner.

2nd Star: Alex Weissenborn, goaltender, Willmar WarHawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brady Dahl, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Dylan Gast, forward, Willmar WarHawks – Max Kjome, defenseman, New Ulm Steel – Orlando Scherz, forward, New Ulm Steel

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 21, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Spencer Hadacek - Rochester Ice Hawks

Spencer Hadacek

Earning Rochester’s first hat-trick of the season, forward Spencer Hadacek shined in the Ice Hawks’ contest against Cape Code on Sunday. The Mason City, IA native was +3 with three goals over the weekend, one of which was on the power play. “Spencer's performance all weekend was excellent. He continued to bring his top-notch work ethic, and was rewarded with a hat-trick on our last game of the weekend. Hadacek helped Rochester pick up a Win over Cape Cod,” said Head Coach Eric Hofmann.

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

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Faulkner, defenseman, Wisconsin Whalers – Anthony Fortin, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Jason Miner, defenseman, North Iowa Bulls

 

Coastal Star of the Week: Connor Busch - Maine Wild

Connor Busch

Playing all 200-feet this weekend, defenseman Connor Busch made his presence known during the NA3HL Showcase. The Lake of the Hills, IL native registered seven points this weekend including three goals (one game-winner and one short-handed goal), and four assists. Busch was +5 through three games in Blaine.  “Connor is one of best D men in our league. He is a leader on our team and works daily with our younger players,” said Head Coach Jack Lowry.

2nd Star: Leo Lake, goaltender, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Moore, forward, Cape Cod Islanders

 

East Star of the Week: Tyler Groth - Wooster Oilers

Tyler Groth

Helping the Wooster Oilers to a weekend sweep, defenseman Tyler Groth stepped up his game from the blue line. The South Lyon, MI native notched five points (one goal and four assists) and was +5 through three games. “Tyler Groth helped us defensively throughout the entire showcase. We were 100% on our penalty kill through the showcase and Tyler was a huge part of that. Not only that, he also contributed offensively putting up five points in three games (1 G, 4 A),” said Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Aaron Hernandez.

2nd Star: Andrew Kormos, goaltender, Metro Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Louis Boudon, forward, Metro Jets – Ben Hamilton, defenseman, Toledo Cherokee – Ricky Kwapich, forward, Toldeo Cherokee – Mike Zenone, forward, Wooster Oilers

 

Frontier Star of the Week: Cade Boreing - Gillette Wild

Cade Boreing

With six points at the NA3HL Showcase, Gillette’s Cade Boreing helped the Wild to a perfect weekend sweep. The Littleton, CO native registered three goals (two game-winning goals and one on the power-play), three assists, and was a +5.  “Cade had a great weekend for us at the showcase. He helped us go 3-0 at the showcase, and we look for Cade continue to help us in the second half of the year,” said Head Coach Brendon Hodge.

2nd Star: Kyle Truax, forward, Gillette Wild

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Brandon Rozema - Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts

Brandon Rozema

Evansville’s Brandon Rozema led the way for the Jr. Thunderbolts’ offense through three tough games this weekend. The Grandville, MI native tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) and was +3 while in Blaine. “Rozema has been a leader all year, and this weekend he was nothing but great. He leads on and off the ice, that's why he our captain. He works hard and is willing to pay the price to score a goal,” said Head Coach Dylan Clarke.

2nd Star: Jake Ustorf, forward, Cincinnati Thunder

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Dunaway, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Jack Hatton, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Cameron Sangster, forward, Cincinnati Thunder

 

Northeast Star of the Week: Blake Bennett - Lockport Express

Blake Bennett

Heating up in the Northeast this weekend was Blake Bennett of the Lockport Express, who contributed eleven points in the team’s Showcase sweep. The Grand Island, NY native grabbed six goals and five assists through three games, which included two power-play goals and a game-winning goal. Bennett was +10 through the weekend.  “Blake Bennett is a pure goal scorer, plain and simple.  He always finds a way to put the puck in the net,” said General Manager and Head Coach Frank Vecchio.

2nd Star: Ryan Flanagan, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Logar, forward, Lockport Express – Cole Skelly, defenseman, Binghamton Jr. Senators

 

South Star of the Week: Tucker Alspaugh - Louisiana Drillers

Tucker Alspaugh

Drillers’ defenseman Tucker Alspaugh started his weekend at the NA3HL Showcase by scoring a breakaway, game-winning goal with seven seconds left for Louisiana. The Lafayette, LA native gathered two goals, three assists, and was +1 in a three-game weekend for the Drillers. Alspaugh commented on his weekend by saying, “Being able to help the team by scoring a few goals is a good feeling.”"Tucker is a raw talent that skates as good as anyone in this league. He's a player that can play in all situations in a game," said head coach Shawn McNeil.

2nd Star: Sascha Figi, forward, Atlanta Capitals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jesse Brown, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Gary Glassman, goaltender, Point Mallard Ducks – Niki Raiskio, defenseman, Louisiana Drillers

 

West Star of the Week: Dylan Gast - Willmar WarHawks

Dylan Gast

Sparking the offense in Willmar’s NA3HL Showcase sweep was forward Dylan Gast. The White Bear Lake native stayed hot with six points for the WarHawks, registering four goals and two assists. Gast was +7 through the weekend in Blaine. “Dylan was a dominant force all weekend in all aspects of the game. He's just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can do,” said Head Coach Christopher Blaisuis.

2nd Star: Andrej Jamnicky, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Smith, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 14, 2016sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Sam Dabrowski - La Crosse Freeze

Sam Dabrowski

With two game-winning goals in both wins this weekend, forward Sam Dabrowski put up five points for the Freeze in a stellar weekend performance. The Onalaska, WI native also notched a power play goal, and was +1 through three games.  “Sam had a great weekend. He's led our offense all season, and this weekend he stepped it up again by scoring big goals for us at clutch times,” said General Manager and Head Coach Robert Hodnicki.