The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending October 5, 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 six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Jared Bromberg, defenseman, La Crosse Freeze
The La Crosse Freeze stayed perfect on the season and in 1st place in the Central thanks to a dominating weekend in Chicago. Defenseman Jared Bromberg, 20, played a big role in the sweep, as the native of Rochester, MN, posted five points and was a +7 in the two wins. Bromberg (6’2/185) current leads the Freeze in scoring with 10 points in six games. “We are extremely excited about the start Jared has had thus far this season. He has high expectations of himself and this year’s team. He is playing with confidence and the rest of the team will hopefully continue to follow suit,” stated La Crosse head coach Ryan Egan.
2nd Star: Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mick Nisbet, F, La Crosse Freeze – Ben Ratner, F, Wisconsin Whalers
East Division Star of the Week: Michael Tratar, forward, Metro Jets
Metro Jets forward Michael Tratar, 20, helped the 1st place Jets to two more wins last weekend at home against the Pittsburgh Vengeance. The native of Madison Heights, MI, recorded seven points in the two wins as the Jets posted wins of 5-2 and 6-1. On Saturday, Tratar (5’9/165) had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. On Sunday, Tratar had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 6-1 win. He was also a +5 during the weekend. “Michael had a breakout weekend and has consistently felt more comfortable in this new system. He has versatility, great vision and brings much more than offensive numbers to our club,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.
2nd Star: Chase Whallon, F, West Michigan Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Rubin Chavarria, F, Wooster Oilers – Austin Kane, G, Metro Jets – Joe Licata, G, West Michigan Wolves – Joe Morgan, G, Wooster Oilers – Tristin Snyder, F Toledo Cherokee
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Alex Feese, goaltender, Gillette Wild
Gillette goalie Alex Feese, 20, had a busy weekend as the Wild battled in two close games in Helena against the Bighorns. For the weekend, the native of Colorado Springs, CO, faced a total of 90 shots and 86 of them as the Wild split two games. On Friday, Feese (5’8/180) made 39 saves in a 5-3 win. On Saturday, he stopped 47 of 48 shots in a close 1-0 loss. To date, Feese has allowed just six goals on 124 shots this season. He has a career save percentage of 91.0% “To be honest, Alex’s work ethic is off the charts. I'm glad that his hard work is getting recognized,” said Gillette head coach Brendon Hodge.
2nd Star: Alex Kruger, G, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Birklid, F, Billings Bulls – Brendan Jester, F, Great Falls Americans – Austin Krantz, F, Great Falls Americans – Gage Overby, G, Billings Bulls
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Bayley Marshall, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
St. Louis forward Bayley Marshall had quite the season debut this past weekend. The 18-year-old native of St. Charles, IL, exploded for 11 points in two road wins over the Evansville Thunderbolts. Marshall (6’3/195) was also +8 in the two games and scored six goals. On Saturday, Marshall had two goals, including the game-winner, and three assists in a 9-0 win. On Sunday he was even better scoring four goals and adding two assists in a 10-2 win. “Bayley just joined our team and has made an immediate impact. He's a highly skilled forward with great offensive instincts. He instantly jelled with line-mates Zach Mitchell and Sam Maddox and the scoresheet shows it,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher.
2nd Star: Nicholas Redmon, D, Nashville Jr. Predators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marc Candotti, D, Peoria Mustangs – Andrew Kluge, F, Nashville Jr. Predators – Ryan Reader, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Austin Wisely, F, Peoria Mustangs
South Division Star of the Week: Alek Zendejas, goaltender, Atlanta Capitals
The Capitals continued to climb the South Division standings with four road wins this past weekend. Goalie Alek Zendejas was in goal for the three of the four wins, stopping 66 of 69 shots in the process. On Friday, the 19-year-old native of Mission Viejo, CA, stopped all 26 shots that came his way in a 9-0 win over the Euless Jr. Stars. On Sunday, Zendejas (6’1/210) stopped all 17 shots in a 3-0 win against the Texas Jr. Brahmas and posted his second straight shutout. On Monday, he made 23 saves in a 4-3 overtime win against Texas. "Alek is really coming into his own and his game is just getting better everyday. He believes in the guys in front of him and he makes those guys believe in him,” said Atlanta head coach Anthony Bohn.
2nd Star: Josh Hamilton, F, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Cooley, D, Atlanta Capitals – Justin Delisle, D, Point Mallard Ducks
West Division Star of the Week: Matt Flom, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
The Granite City Lumberjacks picked up a big out-of-division series sweep this past weekend when they won two close home games over the Wisconsin Whalers. Newly acquired forward Matt Flom, 18, was a difference-maker in the series, scoring four points. On Friday, the native of Bismarck, ND, had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he assisted on a goal in a 6-3 win. In four games with Granite City this season, Flom has five points. “Matt has progressed each game since coming to us from the Bismarck Bobcats. He is starting to gel with his teammates and showed us last weekend he can be a force on the ice,” said Lumberjacks head coach Brad Willner.
2nd Star: Wes Paupore, G, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Casey Esselman, D, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tyler Frischmon, F, Alexandria Blizzard – Jake Tomkowiak, F, Breezy Point North Stars