NA3HL announces Easton Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending November 1, 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: Brett Gravelle, forward, North Iowa Bulls
The North Iowa Bulls opened their home schedule with an impressive sweep of the Wisconsin Whalers. Veteran forward Brett Gravelle, 19, was his usual self as he was at the forefront of the team’s production and success as the Bulls outscored the Whalers 12-1 in two games. The native of Forest Lake, MN, had four goals in the two wins and was a +3. On Friday, Gravelle (5’11/165) scored twice in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he recorded two more goals in an 8-0 win, which also included the game-winning goal. In 10 games played so far this season, Gravelle has 22 points. "Brett is a team leader in production and character. We are very fortunate to have him on our team,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.
2nd Star: Garrett Matz, G, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): JP Eykyn, F, La Crosse Freeze – Thomas Hanson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Tom Lindgren, D, North Iowa Bulls – Kyle Plantz, G, Rochester Ice Hawks – Nathan Viberg, F, Wisconsin Whalers
East Division Star of the Week: Jason Watts, defenseman, Wooster Oilers
Wooster Oilers defenseman and captain Jason Watts, 19, played a big role in earning his club some valuable points in a home-and-home series against Southern Tier. The native of Crestwood, KY, had four assists in the two games as the Oilers fell in a shootout both nights. On Saturday, Watts (6’0/230) recorded one assist and on Sunday, he recorded three assists. “Jason has been with Aaron and I since our first season in Wooster. Each year he just keeps getting better not only as a player, but as a human being and closer to achieving his goal of playing in the NAHL and college. He has been our captain since last season. This past weekend he contributed on four goals, but each weekend he contributes much more when he is on the ice. Players know who he is and know they will have to battle to get the best of him,” said Wooster head coach Valentino Hernandez.
2nd Star: Gavin Cummings, D, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Marcus Gloss, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Cameron Teel, F, Wooster Oilers – Tyler Zalecki, F, Toledo Cherokee
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Tony Dahlberg, forward, Yellowstone Quake
Yellowstone forward Tony Dahlberg, 19, helped his club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Billings Bulls. The native of Lakeville, MN, recorded six points in the two wins and was a +6 for the weekend. On Friday, Dahlberg (5’10/168) had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 9-2 win in Billings. On Saturday, he recorded four of his team’s six goals in a 6-1 win. In 13 games played this season, Dahlberg leads the Quake in scoring with 16 points. For just being a rookie, Tony was instrumental in the games this weekend versus Billings. Tony had a great outing has been getting better and better everyday and his work ethic has helped him improve to continue to have success on the ice,” said Ryan Theros, head coach of Yellowstone.
2nd Star: Gunnar Mogck, F, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanner Congdon, F, Great Falls Americans – Kegan Couture, F, Bozeman Icedogs – Max Doner, F, Yellowstone Quake
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Zach Young, goaltender, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Jr. Blues goalie Zach Young, 18, was in goal for both weekend contests as St. Louis hosted Peoria in a Midwest Division match-up. The Jr. Blues and Young (5’10/170) ended up taking three of four points in the series. On Friday, the native of Robertsville, MO, made 28 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss. The next day, Young stopped all 39 shots that came his way for his 2nd shutout of the year in a 7-0 win. For the weekend, Young stopped 67 of 70 shots. “Zach was tasked to play two games against a very good Peoria team. After a back and forth shootout loss on Friday, he stood tall on Saturday and made several big saves early in the game that eventually led to a 39 save shutout,” said St. Louis head coach Chris Flaugher.
2nd Star: Thomas Kolaz, F, Peoria Mustangs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Klaesner, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues
South Division Star of the Week: Tyler Myers, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Texas Jr. Brahmas goalie Tyler Myers, 17, led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Euless Jr. Stars. In the two-game sweep, the native of Thornton, CO, stopped 39 of 41 shots that came his way. On Friday, Myers (5’11/175) made 19 saves in a 6-2 win. On Saturday, Myers was even better as he stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 win. Myers has a 4-1-1 record to date with a 2.17 goals against average and a 91.1% save percentage. "Tyler has come in and proven that he is capable of being a top flight goalie at this level right from the outset of training camp this season. I am not the least bit surprised at his level of play thus far this season and expect him to be a difference maker for us this year. He has a bright future ahead of him and I'm excited that we are seeing his attention to detail and work ethic pay off both for himself and the team,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.
2nd Star: Tucker Alspaugh, D, Louisiana Drillers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Adnell, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Jeremy Brown, F, Louisiana Drillers – Frank Muscarella, D, Sugar Land Imperials – Bryan Whelan, F, Texas Jr. Brahmas
West Division Star of the Week: Magnus Lindhe, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars
Breezy Point goalie Magnus Lindhe, 19, posted his second and third straight wins over the weekend as he led the North Stars to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Rochester Ice Hawks. The native of Stockholm, Sweden was stellar in goal as he allowed just two goals all weekend. On Friday, Lindhe (6’4/200) made 23 saves in a 4-1 road win in Rochester. On Saturday, he made 26 saves in a 3-1 home win. Overall, he stopped 49 of 51 shots that came his way in the two games. “Magnus is doing his job and than some. He works is tail off everyday and it's starting to show. He has done any and all things I have asked him to do, his attitude and no quit work ethic is making him better and his teammates better,” said North Stars head coach Jeff Worlton.
2nd Star: Cory Dennis, D, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chase Di Bari, F, Granite City Lumberjacks