The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending January 29, 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: Jacob Hough, goaltender, Wisconsin Whalers
Morgantown, WV native Jacob Hough earned his first win as a Whaler with a shutout on Friday night. The 18-year-old stopped all 36 shots on goal that he faced to give Wisconsin the win. “Jake played great this weekend. He’s been a great addition to our team,” said Head Coach Tom McDermott.
2nd Star: Danny Toycen, forward, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Boscaccy, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Tyler Bump, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Brady Meyers, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls – Andrew Wagner, goaltender, La Crosse Freeze
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Shawn Peckham, defenseman, Northeast Generals
Veteran defenseman Shawn Peckham held down the blue line this weekend, helping the Generals to two big wins. The 20-year-old from Plymouth, MA scored two goals, notched an assist, was +2, and blocked 12 shots through two games. “Shawn has done a great job adding physicality to the blue line while also adding the ability to change the game in the offensive zone. He continuously works to make himself and his teammates better,” said General Manager Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: Austin Braley, forward, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
East Division Star of the Week: Michael Zenone, forward, Wooster Oilers
Wooster forward Michael Zenone put on a five-point, +6 performance in a two-win weekend for the Oilers. The 20-year-old from North Ridgeville, OH collected two goals (one game-winner) and three assists for Wooster. “Mike was a playmaker this weekend. His decision making was on point. He was a leader on the ice with his intensity and character,” said Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Aaron Hernandez.
2nd Star: Andrew Kormos, goaltender, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robby Flannery, defenseman, Metro Jets – Dustin Foran, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Nicholas Mooney, forward, Wooster Oilers – Teddy Tarvis, forward, Toldeo Cherokee
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Hunter Ruschmeyer, defenseman, Yellowstone Quake
Hutchinson, MN native Hunter Ruschmeyer showed his offensive power from the blue line this weekend. The Quake’s 20-year-old veteran scored a goal that was a short-handed game-winner, and notched two assists. Ruschmeyer was +6 through his three-point weekend for Yellowstone. “Hunter has been consistent all season so far with his work ethic, and attitude, that help to bring success to our team. He brings a side of the game, as a defenseman, that any team would be lucky to have,” said General Manager and Head Coach Ryan Theros.
2nd Star: Tanner Congdon, forward, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryatt Bayne, forward, Helena Bighorns – Josh Chamberlain, forward, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Danny O’Donnell, defenseman, Great Falls Americans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jacob Friedman, forward, Cincinnati Thunder
With 3/5 of the Thunder’s goals this weekend, 18-year-old Jacob Friedman fired up Cincinnati’s offense. The Dayton, OH native scored three goals (one power-play goal) and was a +1 through the weekend. “Jacob had a great weekend for us, scoring 3 of our 5 goals. As a second-year player, he continues to progress and expand his game. His confidence continues to grow as we see him helping our team in different areas. I look forward to continue seeing him progress in the future and I think he has amazing things ahead of him,” said Head Coach Ryan Colville.
2nd Star: none
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Oscar Lande, forward, Syracuse Stampede
Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, 20-year-old forward Oscar Lande lit the lamp for Syracuse this weekend. Lande grabbed five points, scoring four goals and grabbing an assist through the weekend in a +3 effort. “Oscar was big with his two-way play in all three of our games this past weekend. His 4 goals proved to be a huge contribution,” said General Manager and Head Coach Michael Beavis.
2nd Star: Peter Stenslend, goaltender, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Ethington, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators – Steven Kozikoski, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede
South Division Star of the Week: Santeri Seppinen, goaltender, Louisiana Drillers
Refusing to give up a single goal in three straight contests, goaltender Santeri Seppinen continues to stand his ground in net. The 20-year-old from Vehmma, Finland had a two-shutout weekend, making 37 saves for the Drillers. “Santeri's play the last couple of weeks has been amazing. He is controlling the game by seeing the puck well and controlling his rebounds. He has given us a shot to get into the last playoff spot in the South Division. Off the ice he is a leader, and now he is showing it on the ice also,” said General Manager Doug Alspaugh.
2nd Star: Trey Rooney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jesse Brown, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Thomas Delaney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – Boomer Miller, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Davis Van Gemerden, forward, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Alex Weissenborn, goaltender, Willmar WarHawks
Goaltender Alex Weissenborn stood tall in net this weekend, going 2-0 in a 85 save performance. In the third period when fatigue set in on his teammates on Saturday, Alex stopped 27/28 shots in the 3rd period to preserve a win. The 17-year-old from St. Louis, MO earned a .966 SV% for the WarHawks through the weekend. “Alex Weissenborn was a force this weekend, stopping 85 of 88 shots while going 2-0. Alex continues to grow and develop into one of the best goalies in the NA3HL,” said Head Coach Chris Blaisuis.
2nd Star: Brady Dahl, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Alex Nagel, forward, New Ulm Steel – Logan Norman, forward, Alexandria Blizzard – Braden Shea, forward, Willmar WarHawks