The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending December 6, 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 two divisions of the NA3EHL as nominated by their head coaches.
East Division Star of the Week: Chuck Costello, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
The Cape Cod Islanders continued to roll and increased their lead in the East Division with two more wins last weekend, which moved their winning streak to nine straight games. Forward Chuck Costello, 19, came through in a big way for the Islanders during the weekend as he recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) during the two wins. On Friday, the native of Philadelphia, PA, scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win on the road against the East Coast Minutemen. The next night, Costello (6’1/180) had another game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-1 win on the road against the L/A Fighting Spirit. In 26 games this season, Costello leads the Islanders in scoring with 42 points. “Chuck is a fast skating, offensively gifted player that opposing teams have to game plan against. In two games this past weekend, the two goals he scored proved crucial to our team’s success, as they were both game-winning goals. When he finds his way onto the score sheet our team typically gets two points,” said Cape Cod head coach Jay Punsky.
2nd Star: Josh Mead, F, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brian Glover, D, New England Stars - Matt Jerome, F, Maine Wild - Mason Smith, F, East Coast Minutemen – Kyle Weiss, F, New England Stars
West Division Star of the Week: Jared Karas, forward, Jersey Shore Wildcats
It was a busy weekend for the West Division-leading Jersey Shore Wildcats as they picked up four more wins during the week. They were led once again by their leading scorer Jared Karas. The 20-year-old native from Port Matilda, PA, had seven points during the week in the four wins, which included five goals, two assists and a +6 rating. It also included scoring the game-winning goal in three of the four wins during the week. Karas (6’0/180) began the week with two assists in a come-from-behind 5-4 win in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He then had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-4 win over the Skylands Kings on Friday. On Saturday, Karas had the game-winning goal in a 3-0 shutout over the Syracuse Stampede and on Sunday, he scored twice more, including the game-winning goal in a 5-0 shutout of the Stampede. Karas currently leads the NA3EHL in scoring with 62 points in just 27 games played. "Jared's development is paying off and Jared is one of those players who are not afraid of going the extra mile either in the gym or on the ice after practices to keep improving his game and the details with a Team 1st attitude. The key for him and the rest of his teammates is to keep focusing on the structure of the program and good things will happen. We are into about half the season now and a few NCAA Colleges are starting to get some serious interest in him and others as well, and not only it's a good sign, but also what the program is all about," said Wildcats head coach Eric Brule.
2nd Star: Chris Gasiewicz, F, Lockport Express
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Scott Albertoni, G, Jersey Shore Wildcats – Ryan Logar, F, Lockport Express – Raymond Rowe, D, Syracuse Stampede