The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending September 28, 2014. The divisional stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in each of the four divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Scott Coash Jr., forward, Chicago Junior Bulldogs
17-year-old forward Scott Coash (5’8/160) helped the Junior Bulldogs to a weekend home split against the Peoria Mustangs. In a 3-2 loss on Saturday, Coash had an assist on Chicago’s first goal. On Sunday, the native of Plainfield, IL elevated his game as he recorded a hat-trick and added an assist in a 8-2 win over the Mustangs. For the weekend, Coash had five points and was a +6 in the two games. For the season, he is tied for 3rd in scoring on the Junior Bulldogs roster, with all of his points to date coming last weekend.
2nd Star: Taylor Trapp, F, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Billy Hindle, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Franky Melton, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Connor Morgan, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Cameron Scheuren, G, La Crosse Freeze – Nathan Viberg, F, Wisconsin Whalers
East Division Star of the Week: John Barlow, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
Even though the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks split their series this past weekend with two road games in Cincinnati, that didn’t stop veteran forward John Barlow from having a career weekend. The 20-year-old native of Shelby Township, MI was a one-man wrecking crew as he racked up six points in the two games. On Saturday, Barlow (5’7/155) had a pair of assists in a 5-3 loss. On Sunday, Barlow had a hat-trick and added an assist in a big 6-4 win over the Swords, which included the game-winning goal. With eight points, Barlow is tied for the team scoring lead. “John is a ball of energy and creates a lot of his own opportunities with his hard work. He is a veteran and knows what it takes to be successful in this league,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson.
2nd Star: Drew Hill, F, Cincinnati Swords
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Grossman, F, Southern Tier Xpress – Andrew Kraska, D, Cincinnati Swords – Cam Schwartz, F, Toledo Cherokee – Luke Sunde, F, Southern Tier Xpress
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Miles Giorgione, defenseman, Great Falls Americans
Great Falls defenseman Miles Giorgione made the most of his NA3HL debut this past weekend as he helped the Americans to two wins. On Friday, the 18-year-old native of Anchorage, AK, had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 7-0 home win over the Bozeman Icedogs. On Saturday, Giorgione (5’10/175) had another game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-3 win at Billings against the Bulls. He was also a +1 during the weekend. “Miles has been a great addition. He plays a physical game and is very effective on the power play. Has a great ability to shoot the puck and gets it to the net. He is a constant threat when he is on the ice and is a very good all-around defenseman,” said Americans head coach Jeff Heimel.
2nd Star: Trent Dillinger, F, Gillette Wild
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kendall Bolen-Porter, F, Helena Bighorns – Taylor Garner, F, Gillette Wild – Grant Martens, G, Helena Bighorns – Ian Wiljanen, F, Billings Bulls – Wade Wylie, F, Great Falls Americans
South Division Star of the Week: Alex Sauer, forward, Topeka Capitals
The Topeka Capitals find themselves in 1st place in the South Division thanks to a three-game road sweep of the Texas Jr. Brahmas this past weekend. Tied for the team scoring lead is 19-year-old forward Alex Sauer, who had a five-point weekend in the three wins. The native of Atlanta, GA, didn’t score, but played well in a 2-1 win on Friday. On Saturday, Sauer (5’10/170) had an assist in a 6-2 win. Sauer’s best game came on Sunday when he had a goal and three assists in a 4-3 win against the Jr. Brahmas. “Alex’s game is evolving everyday and that should open up some opportunities for him at the next level. Everyone stepped up this weekend. Winning three games on the road during a weekend is never an easy thing to do in this league, so we are going to try and build off it,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.
2nd Star: Trey Opack, F, Topeka Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
West Division Star of the Week: Blake Phenow, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
One of only four undefeated teams remaining in the NA3HL, the Granite City Lumberjacks continued their hot start with two more wins last weekend. On Friday, in a 4-0 road win in Twin City, forward Blake Phenow (5’11/190) had a goal. On Saturday, the local Sauk Rapids, MN native had a hat-trick and an assist in a 7-0 at Minnesota against the Flying Aces. He was also +2 on the weekend. In five games so far this season, Phenow leads the Lumberjacks in goals with five and is tied for 3rd in scoring. “Blake had a great weekend. Most of his points came from hard work. He was recently voted as an assistant captain, so his teammates think a lot of him. He is a local guy, so nice to see those type of players have success with us,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.
2nd Star: Jake Mullendore, F, Minnesota Flying Aces
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Budreau, D, North Iowa Bulls – Sam Goetsch, G, Granite City Lumberjacks – Ryan Herbert, F, Breezy Point North Stars – David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls – Darien Jones, G, Twin City Steel – Crosby Steen, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Kyle Wagner, F, Twin City Steel