The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending November 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 six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Peter Henderson, forward, Wisconsin Whalers
Last year’s NA3HL Forward and Rookie of the Year, Peter Henderson, is starting to heat up and show signs of playing like he did last season as he helped the Whalers to a weekend road sweep of the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs. The native of Libertyville, IL, had eight points in the two-game sweep, which included three goals, five assists and a +6 rating. On Friday, Henderson (5’11/175) had three assists in a 12-1 win. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick and two assists in a 12-3 win. In 16 games played this season, Henderson, 20, has 29 points. “Peter is really getting his game from last season back and it's brining the whole team up a level,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.
2nd Star: Thomas Hanson, F, Wisconsin Whalers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Gravelle, F, North Iowa Bulls – Ben Henderson, F, La Crosse Freeze – Mick Nisbet, F, La Crosse Freeze – Adam Orn, D, North Iowa Bulls – Connor Senn, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Dan Spano, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs
East Division Star of the Week: Jacob Drinkard, F, Metro Jets
Thanks to a weekend sweep of the West Michigan Wolves, the Metro Jets lead atop the East equals the largest in the NA3HL. Forward Jacob Drinkard, 19, was a one-man wrecking crew during the weekend as the native of Lapeer, MI, totaled eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in the two games and was a +5. On Friday, Drinkard (6’3/225) had two goals, including the game-winner, and added three assists in an 8-3 road win in West Michigan. On Saturday, he scored two more goals and added another assist in a 4-3 home win over the Wolves. In 19 games played this season, Drinkard has 20 points. "Jacob had a big weekend for our club. Our leaders have been playing great of late and he is one of them who got rewarded in a big way finally,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.
2nd Star: Marcus Gloss, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Day, F, Metro Jets – Nicholas Lyon, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Joe Morgan, G, Wooster Oilers – Will Schober, F, Wooster Oilers
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Dylan Michaud, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Bozeman forward Dylan Michaud, 19, helped his club pick up five out of a possible six points this past week as Bozeman picked up a road sweep in Glacier and also picked up a point in an overtime loss against Yellowstone. The native of Esko, MN, had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) during the week and was also a +4. On Thursday, Michaud (6’1/200) had an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss at home against the Quake. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout win in Glacier. On Saturday, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 4-2 win at Glacier. In 14 games played this season, Michaud has 16 points. "Dylan played very well this weekend and worked extremely hard in both ends of the rink. Dylan uses his size and good shot to put himself in a position to help his linemates and team to be successful and we need that every week," said Bozeman head coach Mark Vichorek.
2nd Star: Johnny Bonta, F, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Dominic Caito, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
17-year-old forward Dominic Caito helped the 1st place Jr. Blues to another pair of wins this past weekend in Cincinnati, which extended the team winning streak to five straight games. During the weekend, Caito (6’0/165) had four points (all goals) in the two wins and was a +3. On Saturday, the native of St. Louis, MO, had a goal in a 3-2 overtime win. On Sunday, Caito had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-0 shutout win. For the season, Caito has 15 points in 18 games played. “Dominic had a break out weekend for us. He scored an important goal Saturday night to help the team start a comeback in the 3rd period and followed up on Sunday with a hat trick. He is making a transition from defense to forward and is adopting very well and producing points at the same time,” said St. Louis head coach Chris Flaugher.
2nd Star: Austin Wisely, F, Peoria Mustangs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Rory Callihan, F, Cincinnati Thunder – Adam Conkling, G, Evansville Thunderbolts – Kyle Kinnaman, F, Cincinnati Thunder – Joe Nolan, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Aaron Siegrist, D, Peoria Mustangs
South Division Star of the Week: Alex Johanson, forward, Atlanta Capitals
In a battle for 1st place in the South Division this past weekend the Atlanta Capitals and Point Mallard Ducks played a great series ending up in a split. Capitals forward Alex Johanson, 19, was a big time factor in both games as the native of Skokie, IL, totaled six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the weekend split for Atlanta. On Friday, Johanson (6’1/200) had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 loss. On Saturday, he duplicated the feat of two goals and an assist, which resulted in a 4-1 win. He was also a +3 for the weekend. In 15 games so far this season, Johanson has 26 points. "Alex has such a determination to be a key contributor every night. His work ethic, passion for his team and the game are some of the reasons he's been successful so far. He is one of the key pieces of our puzzle and has flourished with that responsibility, we are happy he's being recognized for it,” said Atlanta head coach Anthony Bohn.
2nd Star: Tristan Wilson, F, Euless Jr. Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tucker Alspaugh, D, Louisiana Drillers – Justin Clark, F, Point Mallard Ducks – Matt Cozzan, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Ryan Dunner, F, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Brayden Hutchinson, F, Louisiana Drillers – Alex Norwinski, F, Sugar Land Imperials – Kyle Rimbach, F, Atlanta Capitals – Cooper Seedot, G, Point Mallard Ducks
West Division Star of the Week: Robbie Goor, goaltender, Granite City Lumberjacks
Granite City Lumberjacks goalie Robbie Goor, 19, led his team to two big wins over the weekend, which vaulted the Lumberjacks into 1st place in the West Division. For the weekend, the native of Anoka, MN, stopped 42 of 44 shots in wins over the Minnesota Flying Aces and Alexandria Blizzard. On Friday, Goor (6’3/200) made 17 saves in a 5-1 home win over the Flying Aces. On Saturday, Goor made 25 saves in a 2-1 road win against the Alexandria Blizzard. It was his first action since October 17th. Goor is 2nd in the NA3HL with a 1.50 goals against average and 4th in save percentage with a 93.6% mark. “Robbie was solid all weekend. He made some big saves for us and was great with his rebound control. He was great after being off for three weeks,” said Lumberjacks head coach Brad Willner.
2nd Star: Matthew Sprink, F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Mezera, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Christian Sanzottera, G, Breezy Point North Stars