The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 23, 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: Owen Larson, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Bulls forward Owen Larson collected an impressive stat line over the weekend, grabbing 5 goals, 10 assists, and a +18 rating. The 19-year-old from Edina, Minnesota leads North Iowa with 16 goals this season, and has a total of 37 points. "Owen is a pure goal scorer. If you give him a chance to beat you, he will. He is an accurate shooter that wants the puck around the net," said Head Coach Todd Sanden.
2nd Star: Marshall Barnes, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Dabrowski, forward, La Crosse Freeze
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Nick Kent, goaltender, East Coast Minutemen
Goaltender Nick Kent picked up 39 saves in a shootout win for the East Coast Minutemen on Friday. The Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts native collected his second straight win of the season, currently holding a .901 SV%. “Nick’s performance in net kept the team motivated. He helped the team come back from being down 5-3 at the start of the 3rd, all the way through the shootout, where he made 7 saves on 8 shots,” said General Manager Neil Liston.
2nd Star: Aaron Deady, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Hammner, forward, New England Stars
East Division Star of the Week: Joel De Simone, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Noville, Switzerland native Joel De Simone gave the Pittsburgh Vengeance the chance to bump up their place in the East Division standings with him work in net over the week. De Simone had a 1-0 weekend, making 24 saves on 25 shots to earn a .960 SV%. “Joel De Simone has been a steady and calming influence for the team in goal. He gives us a chance to win every time he starts,” said Head Coach David Dorsey.
2nd Star: Nate Sudek, forward, West Michigan Wolves
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): EJ Gilbert, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Roman Malkov, goaltender, Toldeo Cherokee – Austin Martz, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Steven Nisbet, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
With his first career hat trick, Steven Nisbet led the Bozeman Icedogs through the weekend by grabbing 7 points on the road. The hometown native of Moseman, Montana was +2 through the weekend, and powered through with 3 power play goals. “Steven has been playing well all season for us, and this weekend was no exception. He recorded his first hat trick of his career and was consistent in all areas of the rink. Steven kills penalties and is on the power play as well and he is being rewarded for his play this weekend in the point column,” said Head Coach Mark Vichorek.
2nd Star: Stosh Skorulski, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ludvig Omdal, forward, Billings Bulls
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jack Hatton, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Hatton made a statement with a strong offensive effort for the St. Louis Jr. Blues this weekend. The Naperville, Illinois native collected 4 goals on Friday night, and totaled 9 points in two games. The 19-year-old forward was a +7 for the Blues, and contributed a power play goal on Saturday. “Jack contributed to our two wins this weekend by putting up some big numbers. Not only did he score several goals but he assisted on several other goals,“ said Head Coach Chris Flaugher.
2nd Star: Joe Nolan, defenseman, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Orem, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators – Weiland Parrish, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Zach Buchholz, defenseman, Roc City Royals
Hailing from Rochester, New York, defenseman Zach Buchholz extended his point streak to 6 games over the weekend, blocking 18 shots, while collecting 2 goals and 7 assists through 3 games. The 20-year-old leads the defensemen on the Royals with 17 points this season. "Bucky was a one-man show on Sunday vs. Skylands registering 6 points. He is a fierce competitor and one of the best I have even had the pleasure to coach," said Head Coach Marc Staley.
2nd Star: Brandon Corey, forward, Roc City Royals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dom Bogdziul, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Steven Kozikoski, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede – Freddie Schaljo, forward, Jersey Shore Wildcats – Nate Walker, forward, Syracuse Stampede – Jeremy Wilber, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators
South Division Star of the Week: Kyle Klatt, forward, Atlanta Capitals
With both game-winning goals over the weekend, Kyle Klatt made his debut for the Atlanta Capitals noteworthy. The 19-year-old had 5 points through two games played, and was a 5+. “We traded for Kyle on Thursday to be a top 6 guy, and he didn't let us down. He pushed us this weekend with 5 points in his first 2 games,” said Assistant Coach Jason Smith.
2nd Star: Anton Minaev, forward, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Bersani, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Kevin Lake, goaltender, Louisiana Drillers – Tyler Myers, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Timothy Zittel, forward, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Fritz Belisle, forward, New Ulm Steel
New Ulm’s Fritz Belisle took his offensive contributions to the next level for the Steel, grabbing 5 goals and 5 assists through 3 games this weekend. The Red Wing, Minnesota native grabbed his first game-winning goal of the year on Saturday. The 18-year-old forward collected 3 power play goals for the Steel, and had a +3 rating through the weekend. “With a 10 point weekend Fritz was a huge part in helping the team get three wins. Fritz's success on the ice is a product of him purely out-working everyone. He leaves it out on the ice each and every night, and he has big things to come ahead of him,” said General Manager, Bryant Black.
2nd Star: Nathan Siclovan, goaltender, New Ulm Steel
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Carroll, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Andrew Heckaman, defenseman, Breezy Point North Stars – Magnus Lindhe, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars – David Mulligan, goaltender, Granite City Lumberjacks – Logan Nelson, forward, Alexandria Blizzard – Alex Syring, forward, Willmar WarHawks