The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending February 15, 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: Nathan Viberg, forward, Wisconsin Whalers
The Wisconsin Whalers kept pace atop the Central Division with a weekend sweep of Peoria last weekend. Forward Nathan Viberg, 18, had a great weekend as the native of Orland Park, IL, had six points in two games, which included three goals and three assists. On Saturday, Viberg (6’0/175) had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-5 win over the Mustangs. On Sunday, he scored another game-winner and added two assists in a 5-1 win. With the Whalers this season, Viberg has 41 points in 38 games played. “Nate had a great weekend for us. He is really coming into his own. He is playing some great hockey and he scored some timely goals,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.
2nd Star: Chong Hyun Lee, F, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrej Buchko, F, Peoria Mustangs – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Andy McGlynn, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Joe Power Wayvon, D, Peoria Mustangs – Steven Rhodes, F, West Michigan Wolves – Michael Tratar, F, West Michigan Wolves – Andrew Wagner, G, La Crosse Freeze
East Division Star of the Week: Luke Sunde, forward, Southern Tier Xpress
Southern Tier forward Luke Sunde, 20, helped his club to a weekend road sweep in Cincinnati this past weekend. The native of Medina, OH, helped the Xpress offense explode for 17 goals in the two wins and Sunde (6’0/185) had five points in the two games. On Saturday, Sunde had a goal and an assist in a 9-3 win. On Sunday, Sunde had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 8-0 shutout win and also had an assist. In 43 games with the Xpress this season, Sunde has 56 points, which ranks 2nd on the team. “Luke has been an offensive leader for us the entire season and it was no different this past weekend. From a coaches perspective I am excited for Luke because the details of his game have really been improving. Luke can definitely score there is no doubt about that, however, his play away from the puck continues to improve and he is turning himself into a full 200 foot player,” said Xpress head coach Rylan Galiardi.
2nd Star: Justin Andriaccio, F, Southern Tier Xpress
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Bloom, F, Metro Jets – Tyler Dalton, F, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Sam Pikus, G, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Dominic Pisanti, F, Toledo Cherokee – Jake Stephan, G, Metro Jets
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Marvin Simmons, forward, Glacier Nationals
Newly acquired forward Marvin Simmons, 18, had a great weekend for his new club, the Glacier Nationals. The native of Phoenix, AZ, was able to help the Nationals to a weekend home split with Bozeman. The 5’10/165 lbs. forward had five points in two games during the weekend. On Friday, Simmons had Glacier’s first goal in a 3-2 loss against the Icedogs. On Saturday, Simmons had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 win over Bozeman. At the trade deadline, Simmons was acquired from Great Falls, where he had 22 points in 33 games this season “Marvin has great natural ability. For him to just step into the lineup and produce big numbers right away is fantastic. We knew he had that ability when we traded for him. We are very excited for his future here with Glacier and beyond,” said Glacier head coach and general manager Butch Kowalka.
2nd Star: Jordan Moran, G, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Darren Banks, F, Gillette Wild – Kendal Bolen-Porter, F, Helena Bighorns - Lance Knudson, G, Yellowstone Quake – Nick Trefry, D, Helena Bighorns - RJ Yusko, D, Gillette Wild
South Division Star of the Week: Josh Hamilton, forward, Point Mallard Ducks
The playoff-bound Point Mallard Ducks got another consistent weekend from forward Josh Hamilton, 18, this past weekend as the native of Jamestown, NC, helped his team pick up a win in a tough three-game series with Topeka, in which Hamilton recorded at least a point in the three games. On Friday, Hamilton (5’8/140) scored the lone Ducks goal in a close 2-1 loss. On Saturday, he would pick up an assist on the lone Ducks goal of the night in an 8-1 loss. On Sunday, he picked up two assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Hamilton has 28 points in 42 games played. “Josh is a player that every coach wants on his team. Josh handles every situation with a 1st class approach. I recently named Josh as one of the team’s captains. Josh's work ethic and compete levels has paid off this season. Josh has been really heating up this last month and is without question my most improved player this year,” said Point Mallard head coach Craig Bushy.
2nd Star: Matiss Gelazis, D, Nashville Jr. Predators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Cox, F, Point Mallard Ducks
West Division Star of the Week: Johnny Panvica, forward, North Iowa Bulls
North Iowa Bulls leading scorer Johnny Panvica, 19, helped the Bulls stay tied for the top spot in the West Division with a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Flying Aces, where the Bulls erupted for 18 goals in the two wins. Panvica (5’8/175) had seven points during the weekend and was a +5. On Friday, the native of Bloomington, MN, had two goals and three assists in an 8-0 win over the Flying Aces. The next night, Panvica scored two more goals in a 10-3 win. In 36 games this season, Panvica leads the Bulls with 55 points. "Johnny continues to be a reliable contributor offensively due to hard work and great chemistry with his linemates,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.
2nd Star: Jaxson Gosnell, G, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jordan Carey, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Bo Gronseth, F, Alexandria Blizzard – David Johnson, G, North Iowa Bulls – Travis Kothenbeutel, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tanner Skaja, F, Granite City Lumberjacks