The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending January 11, 2015. 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 five divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Peter Henderson, forward, Wisconsin Whalers
The NA3HL’s leading scorer Peter Henderson, 19, was at it again this past weekend as the Wisconsin Whalers forward led his 1st place club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Peoria Mustangs. The native of Liberyville, Illinois, racked up five more points during the two wins and brought his league-leading total to 60, which is 14 more than his nearest competition. On Friday, Henderson (5’11/175) had three assists in a 7-4 home win over the Mustangs. On Saturday, he scored both goals, including the game-winner, in a 2-0 shutout on the road in Peoria. “Peter has played great for us all year. He has proven to one of our leaders on and off the ice,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.
2nd Star: Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kai Barber, F, Peoria Mustangs – Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Adam Havener, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Marc Hayton, G, Peoria Mustangs – Andrew McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Evan Moyse, G, Wisconsin Whalers
East Division Star of the Week: Tyler Zalecki, forward, Toledo Cherokee
Third-year Toledo Cherokee forward Tyler Zalecki, 19, helped his team move into 2nd place in the East Division with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Northwood, Ohio, totaled five points in the two wins, which included two goals, three assists and a +3 rating. On Friday, Zalecki had the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 5-2 home win over Cleveland. On Saturday, Zalecki was even better, recording a goal and assisting on the other two goals in a 3-0 road shutout of the Jr. Lumberjacks. Zalecki is 2nd on the Cherokee roster this season in scoring with 36 points in 33 games played. “Tyler had a very good weekend for us, he played very well and his hard worked paid off on the score-sheet which helped us earn our two game sweep,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.
2nd Star: Mark Sunde, F, Southern Tier Xpress
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Baker, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Cody Estel, F, Toledo Cherokee - Nils Markgren, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Kyle Shreve, F, Metro Jets
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Denijs Romanovskis, goalie, Bozeman Icedogs
17-year-old Bozema goalie Denijs Romanovskis (5’10/165) opened up his 2015 year in style as the netminder from Jelgava, Latvia helped the Icedogs extend their winning streak to three straight with two more wins last weekend. Romanovskis was spectacular in a road win against Helena and a road win in Billings, as he stopped 80 of a possible 81 shots that came his way. On Friday, Romanovskis made 32 saves in a 4-1 home win over the Billings Bulls. On Sunday, Romanovskis played perhaps his best game of the season as he made a season-high 48 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Helena Bighorns in Helena, which was also his first shutout of the season. For the season, Romanovskis has a 3.10 goals against average and a 91.7% save percentage. "Denijs has continued to stay consistently good in net for us and making a difference in our three-game win streak. It is nice to see the confidence in your team when they know your goalie can help steal a game for you when the chips are down in a game. He really deserves a call up to the NAHL or the USHL the way he is playing,” said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.
2nd Star: Adam Ranck, G, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Chartier, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Brandt Miller, F, Helena Bighorns
South Division Star of the Week: Devin Pierce, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
The Texas Jr. Brahmas took two of three games over the weekend at home against the Point Mallard Ducks to strengthen their hold on 3rd place in the South Division. Forward Devin Pierce, 18, led the way for Texas with seven points in the three games, which included five goals, two assists and a +6 rating. On Saturday, Pierce (5’11/175) had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 5-3 win over the Ducks. After being shutout on Sunday, the native of Franklin, Tennessee returned in style to finish the series on Monday morning with two more goals and another assist in a 4-2 win. In 22 games with the Jr. Brahmas this season, Pierce has 20 points. "Devin is a fast and strong skater that goes to the dirty areas of the ice, and has a good balance of grit and finesse that allows him to shine in a variety of situations. He wins faceoffs, battles along the boards, goes to the net, he does it all for us. He's as comfortable doling out hits as he is taking a hit to make the play. He's done all we've asked and more since his arrival here with the Brahmas. I think his ceiling is still higher yet, and it's an absolute pleasure to Coach a player like him, both on and off the ice,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.
2nd Star: Kyle Van Wyk, F, Nashville Jr. Predators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matiss Gelazis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators – Noah Gilreath, D, Point Mallard Ducks – Tre Kautzman, F, Topeka Capitals – Steve MacIver, F, Topeka Capitals – Brad Reitter, F, Point Mallard Ducks
West Division Star of the Week: Mathias Ahman, defense, Twin City Steel
Twin City Steel defenseman Mathias Ahman, 20, was a big factor this weekend as the Steel split their home series against the Topeka Capitals from the South Division. The native of Harnosand, Sweden, had four points in the two games, scoring a goal and an assist in each game, while also posting a +2 rating. Ahman (6’0/185) started the weekend on Friday as he factored in on both Twin City goals, scoring one and adding an assist on the other in a 5-2 loss. On Saturday, Ahman added another goal and another assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Ahman is 4th in team scoring and leads all Steel defensemen with 24 points in 36 games played. “Mathias has been nothing short of outstanding this season. He is our captain, runs our power play and exemplifies everything that you would want from a leader. His passion for the game and his ability will carry him far, and I look forward to watching him play in college in the upcoming years,” said Steel General Manager Bryant Black.
2nd Star: Robbie Goor, G, Twin City Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tom Lindgren, D, North Iowa Bulls – Jared Sprink, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Dylan Zins, F, North Iowa Bulls