The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 9, 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 eight divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Connor Clemons, forward, North Iowa Bulls
For the second week in a row, the North Iowa Bulls have taken the Central Division Star of the week, this time, Connor Clemons grabbing the title. The 6’1/175 lbs forward gathered a goal and 7 assists through the weekend, while also posting a +6 rating. The Savage, Minnesota native scored a power play goal for the Bulls in the 2-win sweep of the Wisconsin Whalers. "Connor has shown an ability to mesh with our top players, and has provided consistent offense while he has been in the line up," said Head Coach Todd Sanden.
2nd Star: Ben Ratner, foward, Wisconsin Whalers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Austin Lewis, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Nathan Marquardt, forward, La Crosse Freeze – Jason Miner, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Oskar Lindberg, forward, Long Beach Sharks
In second place for leading scorers within the league, Oskar Lindberg continued to impress through another weekend of play. The 19-yead-old from Stockholm, Sweden added 5 goals and an assist to his record over the weekend, extending his point streak to 11 games. Standing at 5’8/ 160 lbs, the forward tallied two power play goals for the Sharks in two close games over the weekend. "Oskar has shown to be a top player in this league. He is serious about winning and pursuing an opportunity in the NCAA, which I think he is on the right track to achieve those goals,” said Head Coach Mike Stanaway.
2nd Star: Austin Braley, forward, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chris Conlin, forward, Cape Cod Islanders, Craig Lauzon, defenseman, Northeast Generals
East Division Star of the Week: Andrew Kormos, goaltender, Metro Jets
Kormos stands as a 5’11/ 165 lbs brick wall for the Jets, collecting his 5th and 6th wins on the road this weekend. Through two games, Kormos showed a stellar effort in net, making 48 total saves and collecting a shut out. The Milford, Michigan native holds an undefeated 6-0-0 record thus far. “Andrew was a big reason for our 2 wins in Peoria this weekend. We knew we were going to be in for some tough games, but Andrew made some timely saves to ensure our leads both nights,” said Head Coach Justin Quenneville. “He is a very agile goalie, and he competes every night. Our guys really feed off his energy. We are fortunate here with the goalie situation where all our guys push themselves during the week. Having a high level Goalie Coach in Randy Wilson and a veteran goalie in Jake Gwillim around helps out a lot as well,” continued Quenneville.
2nd Star: Brian Dee, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Bloomfield, forward, West Michigan Wolves - Chase Sereno, forward, Metro Jets - Anthony Weinrich, forward, Toledo Cherokee - Cam Williams, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Max Meyer, forward, Yellowstone Quake
Two big wins at home for the Yellowstone Quake were attributed to the offensive efforts of 19-year-old forward, Max Meyer. The Minnetonka, Minnesota native scored 6 goals for the Quake, one a game winning goal, while collecting 3 assists and a +7 rating through the weekend. "Max has been a great addition to the Yellowstone Quake. His attitude and effort coming in has been great throughout. He sees the ice very well, and makes good plays to be in the right spot at the right time. I am excited for his development to continue through the season," said Head Coach Ryan Theros.
2nd Star: Jamahl Eakett, forward, Glacier Nationals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zach Ahiers, forward, Bozeman Ice Dogs – Kadin Ferguson, forward, Bozeman Ice Dogs – Matt Janke, forward, Great Falls Americans – Austin Lange, forward, Billings Bulls – Ludvig Omdal, forward, Billings Bulls
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Michael Redmon, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators
The Nashville Jr. Predators snuck in two quick wins over the weekend with help from 18-year-old Michael Redmon. The 5’11/ 165 lbs forward grabbed 2 goals and an assist for Nashville, one goal being a game winner, and the other coming in on a power play. “Michael contributed in a big way against Atlanta over the weekend. Not only did he score in both games, and register an assist, but he also did an excellent job on the PK. He was dominant in the face-off circles,” said Head Coach J-P Dumont.
2nd Star: Dylan Schmidt, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Jeremy Wilber, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Hailing from Endwell, New York, 19-year-old Jeremy Wilber kept the Jr. Senators hot with two hat-tricks through 3 games this weekend. The 5’11/ 210lbs forward had 6 goals (one on the power play), 4 assists, and a +5 rating to help Binghamton grab 3 big wins. “Jeremy is a player that we rely on for offense, and he stepped up big time for us over the weekend. Back-to-back hat-tricks is a difficult feat, and we are very proud of him for his accomplishments,” said Assistant Coach Nick Perri.
2nd Star: Matt Allen, forward, Syracuse Stampede
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eddie Cannon, forward, Syracuse Stampede – Ryan Flanagan, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators
South Division Star of the Week: Tyler Myers, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Back-to-back wins in net for Tyler Myers gave the Jr. Brahmas’ two wins in their home and home series with Euless this weekend. The 6’0/ 200 lbs goaltender from Thornton, Colorado went 51/53 in 120 minutes of play, posting a .963 SV% through the two games. Myers holds a undefeated 5-0-0 overall record so far this season. “Tyler has been one of our most consistent players on and off the ice the past couple of weeks. The way he competes in practice really shows in the game. His level of competition and enthusiasm during practices is contagious, and it helps his teammates to perform better,” said Head Coach Michael Hill
2nd Star: Jake Cox, forward, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jesse Brown, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Thomas Driscoll, defenseman, Louisiana Drillers, Matt Goodman, forward, Point Mallard Ducks – Jacob Istre, forward, Louisiana Drillers - Remy Kesling, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – William Rooney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – Cole Schulz, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
West Division Star of the Week: Kyle Wendorf, forward, Willmar WarHawks
Willmar’s two wins over the weekend were made possible by the offensive efforts of Richfield, Minnesota native Kyle Wendorf. The 20-year-old forward had 3 goals and an assist in the two games, posting a +1 rating, a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in his stat line. “Kyle's performance this week was dominant in every facet of the game. In the Breezy Point game, he was without question the best player on the ice for either team. Not only was his performance dominant, he was clutch when the team needed a big play at a critical time. Kyle stepped up time and time again. Kyle’s performance continues to display his growth and maturity as a leader,” said Head Coach Chris Blaisuis.
2nd Star: Tyler Larwood, forward, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luc Kreuser, forward, New Ulm Steel - Jack Petroske, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Nathan Siclovan, goaltender, New Ulm Steel - Owen Sikich, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Brody Surette, forward, Willmar WarHawks