The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending January 18, 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: Jason Hoehn, forward, Peoria Mustangs
Peoria forward Jason Hoehn, 19, helped his club to a weekend road split against the La Crosse Freeze as the native of Port Byron, Illinois totaled five points in the two games over the weekend, which included two goals and three assists. On Saturday, Hoehn had one of the best games of the season with two goals and two assists in a 7-5 win. On Sunday, Hoehn (6’0/190) picked up an assist on one of Peoria’s two goals in a 3-2 loss. He was also a +3 on the weekend. In 29 games played this season, Hoehn has recorded 23 points. “Jason is a veteran player that wants to lead this team into the playoffs. He played with energy and emotion on the weekend and it's something I'm going to look from him every game the rest of the season,” said Peoria head coach Tyler Rennette.
2nd Star: Adam Schoenfeld, F, Wisconsin Whalers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dan Addie, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Devin Farkas, F, West Michigan Wolves – Tyler Gorniak, F, La Crosse Freeze – Mitchell McPherson, F, Peoria Mustangs – Brandon Mezuk, F, West Michigan Wolves – Anthony Miller, F, La Crosse Freeze
East Division Star of the Week: Adam Goudelock, defenseman, Cincinnati Swords
The Cincinnati Swords snapped a 12-game losing streak this past weekend thanks to a home split with the Pittsburgh Vengeance. Defenseman Adam Goudelock, 19, was a major force at both ends of the ice as he totaled four points in the two games. The native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was able to chime in and help his team with two goals and two assists. On Saturday, Goudelock (5’11/185) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout win. On Sunday, he had anther goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss. For the season, Goudelock has recorded 19 points in 30 NA3HL games played. “Adam has been a great source of offense all year for us from the blueline. Along with the heavy minutes he plays against top players and lines, he is becoming a very well rounded defenseman who keeps getting better each week,” said Cincinnati head coach Ryan Colville.
2nd Star: Mark McGee, F, Toledo Cherokee
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cody Black, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Brody Duncan, F, Toledo Cherokee – Blake Hinds, F, Cincinnati Swords – Cooper McLean, F, Metro Jets – Jake Stephan, G, Metro Jets
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Alex Feese, goalie, Gillette Wild
The road didn’t seem to be a problem for the Gillette Wild and goalie Alex Feese, 19, this past weekend as the native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, helped his club to a weekend sweep in Bozeman against the Icedogs. On Friday, Feese (5’8/180) stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his 2nd shutout of the year in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, Feese stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 5-1 win. For the weekend, Feese stopped 50 of 51 shots. Feese is ranked 2nd in the NA3HL with 16 wins and ranks 7th in both goals against average and save percentage. "Alex has been playing extremely well, his poise and confidence on the net right now is obvious. He is tracking the puck extremely well and he gives the guys in front of him a ton of confidence,” said Gillette head coach Tom Winkler.
2nd Star: Brandt Miller, F, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bryce Jensen, F, Billings Bulls – Ralfs Karelis, D, Billings Bulls – Adam Ranck, G, Helena Bighorns – Kyle Reilly, F, Gillette Wild
South Division Star of the Week: Tre Kautzman, forward, Topeka Capitals
The Topeka offense was in full force this weekend as the team swept a three-game series from the Dallas Jr. Stars by a combined 26-4 score. Forward Tre Kautzman, 18, was one of the offensive stars as the native of Bismarck, North Dakota had seven points in the three wins, which included two goals and five assists. On Friday, Kautzman (6’0/175) had two assists in a 10-3 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 6-1 win over the Jr. Stars and on Sunday, he saved his best for last as he had a goal and three assists in a 10-0 win. In 31 games played this season, Kautzman has 30 points. "We had a lot of players that could of won this award this week, our entire team played extremely well. Tre has been playing well and he's maturing as an athlete and it's showing in his game,” said Topeka head coach Anthony Bohn.
2nd Star: Chris Corgan, F, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Roman Bengert, G, Point Mallard Ducks – Alex Johanson, F, Topeka Capitals
West Division Star of the Week: Johnny Panvica, forward, North Iowa Bulls
The North Iowa Bulls stayed in 1st place in the West Division with a weekend road sweep in Minnesota against the Flying Aces. 19-year-old forward Johnny Panvica had four goals during the weekend as North Iowa exploded for 16 goals in the two wins. The native of Bloomington, Minnesota, scored a goal in Friday’s 7-3 win and on Saturday, Panvica (5’8/175) had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 9-0 shutout. For the season, Panvica is tied for the team lead in scoring with 40 points in 28 games played. "Johnny is a multi dimensional player who we use in all situations. His latest offensive production is due to his work ethic and natural ability. His consistency is the result of his drive to succeed every time he steps on the ice. We are thankful for Johnny being with our team,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.
2nd Star: Russel Barone, F, Twin City Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mathias Ahman, D, Twin City Steel - David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls - David Kenney, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Luke Richardson, F, Granite City Lumberjacks