The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending February 5, 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: Max McConnell, goaltender, Wisconsin Whalers
Wisconsin’s own, Max McConnell played two exceptional games this weekend. The 20-year-old had a total of 79 saves for the weekend, only giving up two goals through the weekend. McConnell led the Whalers to two wins with an overall SV% of .975. “Max was outstanding this weekend for us. He played great,” 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 – Braxton Collins, forward, North Iowa - Zach Curry, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks – Andrew Wagner, goaltender, La Crosse Freeze
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Aaron Deady, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
Aaron Deady had an impeccable series of games this past weekend. This 21-year-old from Rhode Island contributed 6 points in the three games over the weekend, including 2 big assists in an overtime win against the Fighting Spirit. “Aaron is a hard worker and a true team player. He buys into the coaching staff’s message, and gives an honest effort each night,” said Head Coach Jay Punsky.
2nd Star: none
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
East Division Star of the Week: Roman Malkov, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee
Yaroslavl, Russia native Roman Malkov had a grand total of 62 saves between his two wins this weekend against the Cincinnati Thunder. Malkov posted a .954 SV% to help the Cherokee in their two wins. “Roman is playing his best hockey. He gives us a chance to win every night and he showed that again this weekend helping us to two wins,” said General Manager and Head Coach Kenny Miller.
2nd Star: Connor Inger, forward, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Kwapich, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Nick Stanko, defenseman, Wooster Oilers – Mathias Tellstrom, forward, Metro Jets – Mike Zenone, forward, Wooster Oilers
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Gage Thompson, forward, Billings Bulls
Billings’ Gage Thompson from Valley City, North Dakota had a productive weekend on the ice. With a total of six points between two games, the forward notched three goals and three assists. “Gage had a really good weekend of hockey. His compete level was very high the entire weekend and it is nice to see him get rewarded with points,” said Head Coach Michael Richardson.
2nd Star: Brendan Jester, forward, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Duncan Cameron, forward, Billings Bulls – Nick Ottenbacher, goaltender, Yellowstone Quake – Adam Vandenbos, forward, Great Falls Americans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Ryan Kostelnik, goaltender, Cincinnati Thunder
Ryan Kostelnik showed a remarkable performance this weekend leading his team through overtime on Friday night, and a shootout on Saturday night, against Toledo. This 20-year-old from Rocky River had a total of 67 stops in two games with a .943 SV% for the Thunder through the weekend. “Ryan gave us a chance to win both games,” said Head Coach Ryan Colville.
2nd Star: Jake Ustorf, forward, Cincinnati Thunder
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Mathias Yttereng, goaltender, Skylands Kings
Trondheim, Norway native Mathias Yttereng dominated the net this weekend. The 19-year-old earned a shutout on Friday night, going on to earn a .956 SV% for the weekend with 91 total saves. “Mathias was exactly what we needed him to be on Friday night, stopping all 59 shots. The game was tight, right to the end, and Mathias was able to shut everything down right from the puck drop,” said Hockey Director and Head Coach Patrick Choules.
2nd Star: Conor Landrigan, forward, Binghamton Junior Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Becker, forward, Binghamton Junior Senators
South Division Star of the Week: Kayne Fedor, forward, Euless Jr. Stars
20-year-old Kayne Fedor from Adelaide, Australia had a big weekend for the Jr. Stars. With seven assists and 10 points in three games, Kayne Fedor has proved to be a big threat on the ice with his +10 weekend performance. “Kayne had a big weekend racking up ten points in three games with a big overtime goal on Friday,” said General Manager and Head Coach Donald Babineau.
2nd Star: Vincent Dekumbis, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Goodman, defenseman, Point Mallard Ducks – Nick Hart, goaltender, Euless Jr. Stars – Brayden Hutchinson, forward, Louisiana Drillers – Kevin Mackey, goaltender, Point Mallard Ducks – Tyler Myers, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Alex Regino, forward, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Andrej Jamnicky, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
Putting up four points and a +3 performance this weekend, Andrej Jamnicky of Liptovsky, Slovakia made his presence known on the ice. The 20-year-old played well against a tough North Iowa team, as he relentlessly attacked the goal. “Andrej played great in his first games after three weeks off. He played in both tough ends of the rink and showed his scoring touch with highlight goals. It was great to have him back,” Head Coach Bradley Willner.
2nd Star: Austin Langworthy, forward, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luc Kreuser, forward, New Ulm Steel – Matthew Sprink, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks