The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending February 21, 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: Ian Dvorak, goaltender, Wisconsin Whalers
Although he played in just one game during the weekend, Wisconsin Whalers goalie Ian Dvorak, 20, made it count. The native of Rochester Hills, MI got the start against the high-powered North Iowa Bulls on Saturday night at home and promptly stopped 48 of 49 shots in a 3-1 win over the Bulls, handing them only their second regulation loss of the season. Dvorak (6’1/195) was acquired by the Whalers from the St. Louis Jr. Blues right before the trade deadline and in his two starts with the Whalers, he is 2-0 and has stopped 64 of a possible 66 shots. “Ian joined us a few weeks ago and has fit in great. He has been great in practice and it showed in the game,” said Wisconsin head coach Tom McDermott.
2nd Star: Quinn Fuchs, F, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Greco, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Peter Henderson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Ben Johnson, F, La Crosse Freeze – Kohei Sato, F, North Iowa Bulls – Dan Toycen, F, La Crosse Freeze – Ryne Wiederer, F, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs
East Division Star of the Week: David Chavis, defense, Metro Jets
Metro defenseman David Chavis, 20, led his club to two more wins over the weekend as the Jets locked up the East Division title. The native of Grosse Pointe, MI, had seven points and was a +5 in two wins over the West Michigan Wolves. Chavis (6’4/205), had three assists in Friday’s 4-0 shutout win on the road. On Saturday, he scored a goal and added three more assists in a 7-4 win at home. Chavis also played for the East Division team at the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament earlier in the week where he helped the team to a perfect 3-0 record. In 23 games this season with the Jets, Chavis has 20 points. “David came off a good week at the Top Prospects event and it carried into this past weekends’ games. He is a big part of the team’s success this season and brings a lot more to the line-up than his numbers. When he is on his game and playing smart with and without the puck, he is arguably one of the top defensemen in the league,” said Metro head coach Justin Quenneville.
2nd Star: Isaiah Crawford, F, Toledo Cherokee
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Vincent Casale, F, Pittsburgh Vegenace – Kevin Shand, F, Metro Jets - - Perry Shiring, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Josh Somers, F, Toledo Cherokee
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Kegan Couture, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Bozeman leading scorer Kegan Couture, 20, had a big week as he helped the Icedogs to two wins in three games during the week. The native of Pequot Lakes, MN, began the week with two assists in Thursday’s 3-2 win at Glacier. On Friday, Couture (5’10/175) had four assists in a 7-2 win. The Icedogs were edged in the final game of the weekend, a 2-1 loss at home against 1st place Yellowstone. On top of all that, Couture played in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Frontier Division team earlier in the week. His 63 points leads the Bozeman team so far this season. "Kegan had a very good week this week playing six games in seven days in three different cities, which can be very tiring. After all that, putting up the numbers he has shows his resilience as well as his work ethic and ability to overcome tough odds. That is the type of player that makes up a very good hockey player at any level, including college,” said Bozeman Head Coach Mark Vichorek.
2nd Star: Gunnar Mogck, F, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Heiser, D, Billings Bulls – Bryan Miller, F, Billings Bulls
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Anthony Iacullo, forward, Peoria Mustangs
Since joining the Mustangs in mid-January, forward Anthony Iacullo, 18, has been a big addition for the team. The native of Barrington, IL, made his presence felt this weekend as the Mustangs picked up a weekend sweep of the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs to increase their lead for 2nd place in the Midwest Division. Iacullo (5’6/160) had 10 points and was a +9 in the two wins. On Friday, Iacullo had a goal and four assists in a 10-0 win and on Saturday, he had four goals and an assist in a 10-3 win. In just 12 games with the Mustangs this season, Iacullo has 20 points.
2nd Star: Albert Janele, F, Cincinnati Thunder
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Derek Fitzgerald, G, Peoria Mustangs – Brenden Williams, F, Cincinnati Thunder
South Division Star of the Week: Miko Siren, forward, Louisiana Drillers
Louisiana forward Miko Siren, 20, has been a very positive addition for the Drillers since joining the team in mid-January. This past weekend was a great example as the native of Tampere, Finland, helped his club to a weekend road sweep of the Euless Jr. Stars. Siren (6’0/170) had five points and was a +6 in the two wins. On Friday, Siren had a hat-trick and an assist in a 6-1 win and on Saturday, he had another goal in another 6-1 win. In just eight games with the Drillers this season, Siren has 12 points and is a +3. "Miko brings alot of vision, patience and poise with the puck he sees the ice really well to set up his teamates, but can also find the back of the net," said Louisiana head coach Kevin Kaminski.
2nd Star: Davis VanGemerden, F, Louisiana Drillers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Drue Amato, D, Point Mallard Ducks – Justin Dunn, F, Point Mallard Ducks
West Division Star of the Week: Fritz Belisle, forward, Twin City Steel
The Twin City Steel stayed hot the heels of Granite City in the chase for the West crown as they picked up a big weekend home-and-home sweep of Rochester. Forward Fritz Belisle, 18, had his best weekend of the year as the forward from Red Wing, MN, recorded six points in the two wins and was a +6. On Friday, Belisle (5’9/165) had the game-winning goal and an assist in an 8-2 win on the road in Rochester. On Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in an 11-4 home win. In 35 games played this season, Belisle has 22 points, which includes 11 goals and 11 assists. “Fritz has really shown true progression throughout the year. You never have to question his work ethic on and off the ice. He is one of those players that you can count on time in and time out, and makes everyone around him better,” said Twin City head coach Jay Witta.
2nd Star: Tyler Nystrom, D, Twin City Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ty Ennis, F, Minnesota Flying Aces – Tommy Hall, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Adam Marty, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tre Opack, F, Minnesota Flying Aces