The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending January 3, 2016. 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: Quinn Fuchs, forward, North Iowa Bulls
The North Iowa Bulls line-up has gotten deeper with the addition of forward Quinn Fuchs, 20, and that was evident again this weekend as the Bulls ran their winning streak to 25 straight games with a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Rochester Ice Hawks. The native of Minot, ND, who began the season with the Minotauros in the NAHL, scored three goals in the series to help the Bulls keep their winning streak going. On New Year’s Eve, Fuchs (5’7/160) scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in a 6-1 road win. On Saturday night, Fuchs scored again in a 7-2 home win. He was also a +4 on the weekend. In 12 games with the Bulls this season, Fuchs has 10 points. “Quinn has been really good for us lately and his goal production is something we hope he continues to deliver,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.
2nd Star: Matt Wolter, D, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jerame Schuetzle, F, La Crosse Freeze – Jeff Solow, D, North Iowa Bulls
East Division Star of the Week: No Games
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Jarrett Scheibel, forward, Helena Bighorns
The Helena Bighorns picked up two more wins this weekend and forward Jarrett Scheibel played a big role in the victories. The native of New Ulm, MN, racked up eight points and was a +6 in the two wins. On Friday, Scheibel (6’3/205) had two goals and three assists in a 9-1 home win over the Glacier Nationals. The next night, he had a goal and two assists in a 7-6 overtime win in Billings against the Bulls. In seven games played this season, Scheibel has nine points, eight of which came this weekend. “Jarrett had an outstanding couple of games this weekend. He unfortunately spend the first half of the season out of the line-up and spent that time refining his game and that showed this weekend. In his time playing for me he has never had so much patience with the puck. Jarrett will be a huge part of our race to make playoffs within our division,” said Helena head coach Jon Jonasson.
2nd Star: Reed Kelly, F, Yellowstone Quake
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Daugherty, F, Helena Bighorns - Tristan Henrichs, F, Billings Bulls – Chris Nicolai, F, Billings Bulls
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Mike Kelley, forward, Evansville Thunderbolts
It was a memorable weekend for the Evansville Thunderbolts, who not only racked up 11 goals in two games against the Point Mallard Ducks, but also picked up their first NA3HL win with a 7-4 win on Sunday. Forward Mike Kelley was one of those Thunderbolt players who stood out and contributed as the native of Fort Wayne, IN, recorded five points in the two-game series. Kelley (5’9/160) had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 loss on Saturday, but then turned it around and recorded a goal and two assists in a 7-4 win on Sunday as Evansville finally broke through with their first win of the season. Kelly, 17, was a +3 on the weekend and ranks 3rd on the team in scoring with 24 points in 22 games played. “I'm very excited for Mike to receive this award. He had a great weekend and gave us that offensive spark we needed for our first win. Mike along with the whole team have improved all year and looking forward for more to come,” said Evansville head coach Scott Fankhouser.
2nd Star: Dakota Wilson, F, Nashville Jr. Predators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrej Buchko, F, Peoria Mustangs – Jon Grimm, F, Evansville Thunderbolts – Ross Lipic, G, Peoria Msutangs – Nicholas Ottenbacher, G, Nashville Jr. Predators
South Division Star of the Week: Ryan Dunner, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
The Texas Jr. Brahmas widened their lead in the South Division with a three-game home sweep of the Louisiana Drillers. Forward Ryan Dunner, 19, was at the forefront again with another strong performance, totaling eight points and a +9 rating in the three wins. On Friday, the native of Glassboro, NJ, had the game-winning goal in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, Dunner (5’10/180) had two goals, including another game-winner, and added two assists in a 5-0 win. On Sunday, Dunner had another goal and added two assists in a 6-0 win. For the season, Dunner leads the NA3HL in scoring with 55 points in 29 games played. “Ryan once again proved to be a game changer for us this weekend. He is having an absolutely outstanding season for us to this point and I am hoping it translates to new opportunities at the next level for him, be that in the NAHL this season or college next season. He is working really hard, is a great teammate and deserves all the accolades and opportunities that come his way,” said Texas head coach Al Rooney.
2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
West Division Star of the Week: No Nominations