The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending October 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 six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Nick Paulson, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks
The Rochester Ice Hawks picked up their first wins of the season and in the NA3HL as they posted a three-game road sweep of the Jr. Bulldogs in Chicago. Forward Nick Paulson, 20, was a factor in all three wins as the native of Rochester, MN, recorded nine points in the three games. On Friday, Paulson (6’2/190) had three assists in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, he was on fire with a goal and four assists in a 7-6 win and on Sunday, he added an assist in a 3-1 win. In seven games played this season, Paulson has 11 points. “Nick came up big all weekend. He was working hard and making everyone around him better. It was nice to see his name all over the scoresheet all weekend. He's been very versatile helping out on the blue line when needed as well. It is always good to have a heady player that can produce from any spot in the line up,” said Rochester head coach Nick Fatis.
2nd Star: Tommi Ahlgren, G, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Will Graves, G, La Crosse Freeze – Thomas Hanson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Zach Mains, G, Rochester Ice Hawks – Max McConnell, G, Wisconsin Whalers - Mick Nisbet, F, La Crosse Freeze – Kohei Sato, F, North Iowa Bulls
East Division Star of the Week: Austin Turner, forward, Toledo Cherokee
Toledo forward Austin Turner, 20, helped the Cherokee to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the West Michigan Wolves this past weekend. The native of Temperance, MI, had four points in the two games and was a +2. On Friday, Turner (6’1/190) had an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. On Saturday night, he recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal in another 5-4 win. For the season, Turner is currently tied for the team lead in points with 16 points in 10 games played. “Austin was a difference-maker this weekend and he is very deserving of this honor this week,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller.
2nd Star: Joe Morgan, G, Wooster Oilers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Andriaccio, F, Southern Tier Xpress – Cody Gibson, G, Southern Tier Xpress – Mike Zenone, F, Wooster Oilers
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Tyler McMahon, forward, Glacier Nationals
The Glacier Nationals picked up their first win of the 2015-16 season with a split of a weekend series in Billings against the Bulls. Forward Tyler McMahon, 19, was a leader for the Nationals as he recorded four points (all goals) in the weekend split. On Friday, the native of Zeeland, MI, played very well in a 7-4 loss as he recorded a hat-trick. On Saturday, McMahon (5’11/175) had the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win, to give the Nationals their first triumph of the season. McMahon has nine points this year and all nine points are goals. "Tyler was very fast through the neutral zone this weekend. That speed created many offensive opportunities for him and his linemates. He is playing a good two-way game right now, very focused on getting pucks to the net,” said Glacier head coach Butch Kowalka.
2nd Star: Hunter Ruschmeyer, D, Yellowstone Quake
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Amundson, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Tristan Henrichs, F, Billings Bulls - Edward Hoppman, F, Billings Bulls – Derrick Lacombe, G, Yellowstone Quake – Nick Thompson, D, Bozeman Icedogs
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Cameron McAtee, defenseman, St. Louis Jr. Blues
The St. Louis Jr. Blues kept things rolling this past weekend with a sweep of the Cincinnati Thunder and held their solid 1st place standing in the Midwest Division. 18-year-old defenseman Cameron McAtee was a force in both ends of the ice as the native of O’Fallon, MO, recorded seven points in a weekend home sweep of the Thunder. On Saturday, McAtee (5’11/190) had a goal and two assists in an 11-2 win. On Sunday, he assisted on four goals in an 8-1 win. He was also a +6 on the weekend. In nine games played so far this season, McAtee has 10 points and a +10 rating. “Cameron had a very solid weekend both offensively and defensively. He quietly showed up on the scoresheet in a big way both games,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher.
2nd Star: Zach Mitchell, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Koester, F, Peoria Mustangs – Thomas Kolaz, F, Peoria Mustangs
South Division Star of the Week: Mykyta Sheptytsky, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
The Jr. Brahmas moved to within two points of 1st place in the South with a three-game road sweep of the Sugar Land Imperials. 20-year-old forward Mykyta Sheptytsky was an offensive force for Texas as the native of Kiev, Ukraine, recorded eight points in the three wins. On Friday, Sheptytsky had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he had two assists in a 4-2 win and on Sunday, Sheptytsky (6’5/190) had two goals and an assist in a 9-4 win. "Mykyta was a game-changer for us last year, and after adding him to our roster early this season as player who came from the NAHL, he has continued to be a difference maker at this level. His combination of size and reach, to go along with his puck possession skills and patience is lethal for our opponents. He makes players around him better and his attitude and work ethic has helped the team as well,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.
2nd Star: Jacob Istre, F, Louisiana Drillers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Adnell, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Ryan Dunner, F, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Brayden Hutchinson, F, Louisiana Drillers – Zac McKenna, F, Sugar Land Imperials
West Division Star of the Week: Aaron Ryback, forward, Alexandria Blizzard
Alexandria forward Aaron Ryback, 20, helped the Blizzard get back on track this weekend with a pair of road wins over the Granite City Lumberjacks and Minnesota Flying Aces. The native of Winnipeg, MB, totalled nine points in the two wins. On Friday, Ryback (6’1/200) had four of Alexandria’s five goals in a 5-2 road win against the Lumberjacks. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner and three assists in a 5-3 win over the Flying Aces. Of Alexandria’s 10 goals scored over the weekend, Ryback recorded points on nine of them. He leads the Blizzard in scoeing this season with 13 points in just eight games played. “Aaron's success this week was due to his hard work and his leadership over the first part of the season. He had a slow start but stayed confident and in a good mind set and it finally paid off for him. It was fun to watch,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.
2nd Star: Magnus Lindhe, G, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Larwood, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Adam Marty, F, Granite City Lumberjacks