The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending January 22, 2017. The divisional stars of the week are 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: Tyler Briley, forward, La Crosse Freeze
With a strong offensive presence, Tyler Briley stepped up with a five-point, +5 performance for the Freeze this weekend. The 18-year-old from Anchorage, AK racked up four goals (one game-winner) and an assist through the weekend. “Tyler had a very good weekend for us. He jump-started the offense and gave us a spark when we needed it. Tyler has been working hard to create more opportunities and get to scoring areas more frequently,” said General Manager and Head Coach Rob Hodnicki.
2nd Star: Charles Bill, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brendan Barada, goaltender, Chicago Bulldogs – Alex Hufford, goaltender, Wisconsin Whalers – Connor Losen, defenseman, La Crosse Freeze
Coastal Division Star of the Week: James Brosnan, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
Cape Cod’s James Brosnan covered all ends of the ice in a weekend sweep for the Islanders. The 19-year-old forward scored five goals (two short-handed, one on the power play) through the weekend offensively. On the defensive end of the ice with 18 seconds remaining in Sunday's 1 goal game, the Milford, CT native dove in front of an empty net, blocking a shot to preserve the Islanders win. “James is a complete three zone player with clutch scoring ability. His play this weekend catapulted us to a huge sweep of a divisional rival,” said Head Coach Jay Punsky.
2nd Star: Dylan Vrees, forward, L/A Fighting Spirit
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Harrington, forward, Northeast Generals – Ryan Perry, forward, Northeast Generals
East Division Star of the Week: Justin Bloomfield, forward, West Michigan Wolves
Kalamazoo, MI native Justin Bloomfield led the way for West Michigan’s weekend sweep with five points. The 18-year-old scored three goals (one game-winner), had two assists, and finished the weekend at +4. He logged a considerable amount of ice time to propel the Wolves to a winning weekend. “Justin led the way this weekend helping us earn 2 wins,” said General Manager and Head Coach Mark Lawrence.
2nd Star: Andrew Kormos, goaltender, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Graham Day, forward, Metro Jets – Ricky Kwapich, forward, Toldeo Cherokee – Roman Malkov, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee – Nick Stanko, defenseman, Wooster Oilers – Nate Sudek, forward, West Michigan Wolves – Mike Zenone, forward, Wooster Oilers
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Christian Ward, forward, Missoula Jr. Bruins
Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Missoula’s Christian Ward found his name plastered all over the scoresheet this weekend. The 18-year-old had three goals (one short-handed), six helpers, and finished the weekend with a +8 rating. “Christian has been a top performer for us since we returned from Christmas break. This past weekend he was on top of his game, and was rewarded on the scoresheet,” said General Manager and Head Coach Marcus Baxter.
2nd Star: Steven Nisbet, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Ayers, goaltender, Great Falls Americans – Austin Azzinnaro, defenseman, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Ricards Bernhards, forward, Great Falls Americans – John Heddle, forward, Helena Bighorns – Nick Ligocki, defenseman, Yellowstone Quake – Bryan Miller, forward, Billings Bulls – Kyle Mueller, forward, Billings Bulls – Pablo Pantoja, forward, Yellowstone Quake – Gabe Rankin, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Brandon Bornkamp, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
The offensive drive of Fort Wayne, IN native Brandon Bornkamp led the Jr. Blues to a winning weekend with six total goals. The 19-year-old was +6 through the weekend, and registered a short-handed goal for the Jr. Blues in his performance. “Brandon had an outstanding weekend. He took his game to another level this weekend and helped our club win two games,” said General Manager and Head Coach Chris Flaugher.
2nd Star: Nick Balestra, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues.
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Blake Bennett, forward, Lockport Express
For the second time this season, Grand Island, NY native Blake Bennett has earned the Northeast Division Star of the Week. Bennett’s six-point performance included five goals (one game-winner, one on the power play), and an assist. The forward went +2 in a weekend sweep for Lockport. “Benny simply scores goals. His game winner on Saturday night was huge for us,” said General Manager and Head Coach Frank Vecchio.
2nd Star: Jake Beck, defenseman, Jersey Shore Wildcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Fitzpatrick, goaltender, Lockport Express – Michael Hennekens, defenseman, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Zach Oualadelhadjahmed, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Ryan Scheide, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede – Nate Walker, forward, Syracuse Stampede
South Division Star of the Week: Sascha Figi, forward, Atlanta Capitals
Continuing his award-winning weekends was Atlanta’s 19-year-old Sascha Figi. The Kloten, Switzerland native collected three goals (one on the power play), five assists, and was +4 in his eight-point weekend for the Capitals. “Sascha continues to put up points. He had 3 goals and 5 assists. He anchors our power play, which went 7 for 12 on the weekend,” said Head Coach Jason Smith.
2nd Star: Matt Goodman, defenseman, Point Mallard Ducks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dalton Caesar, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – Arturo Garcia, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Michael Klintworth, defenseman, Atlanta Capitals – Melker Kroon, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Samuel Solomon, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas
West Division Star of the Week: Jordan Olson, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks
Defenseman Jordan Olson made an impact from the blue line in his four-point performance for the Lumberjacks this weekend. The 18-year-old from Nowthen, MN scored two goals (one game winner on the power play, and another power play) and had two assists while finishing the weekend at +1. “Jordan played solid all weekend for us. His offensive ability is starting to shine as he gains confidence in his game,” said Head Coach Bradley Willner.
2nd Star: Brenden Payne, forward, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jared Erickson, forward, New Ulm Steel – Casey Esselman, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Alec Skar, defenseman, Willmar Warhawks – Alex Weissenborn, goaltender, Willmar Warhawks