The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending February 19, 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: Alec Seeger, forward, La Crosse Freeze
La Crosse forward Alec Seeger led the way for the Freeze with a nine-point weekend. The 19-year-old forward from Anoka, MN scored four goals, which included two game-winners, through three games. Seeger collected five assists and was +10 in his performance. “Alec had a great weekend for us. He was able to find open ice and create time and space for his teammates,” said General Manager and Head Coach Rod Hodnicki.
2nd Star: Connor Clemons, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sean Mallonee, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Ben Ratner, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Curtis Schlearth, forward, Wisconsin Whalers – Donny Schultz, forward, La Crosse Freeze – Alex Tarr, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Aaron Deady, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
Veteran forward Aaron Deady continued to lead the Islanders with five goals through a weekend sweep. The 21-year-old from W. Greenwich, RI scored five goals for Cape Cod, including one on the powerplay. Deady was a +5 through two wins this weekend. “Aaron's offensive output this weekend allowed us to sweep Lewiston and strengthen our playoff position,” said Head Coach Jay Punsky.
2nd Star: Chris O’Donnell, forward, Cape Cod Islanders
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
East Division Star of the Week: Louis Boudon, forward, Metro Jets
With a strong seven-point weekend, Metro’s Louis Boudon continued to push the Jets to victory. The 18-year-old from Grenoble, France had five goals, which included one game-winning goal in the the two-game sweep this weekend. Boudon also grabbed two assists, and was +6 through the weekend. “Louis had another big weekend for our club, standing out particularly on Sunday, where his three goals were the difference. He continues to consistently bring big games for us, even with a tough schedule,” said General Manager and Head Coach Justin Quenneville.
2nd Star: Nicholas Stanko, defenseman, Wooster Oilers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brock Grandbois, forward, Toldeo Cherokee – Nicholas Mooney, forward, Wooster Oilers – Mathias Tellstrom, forward, Metro Jets
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Tanner Congdon, forward, Great Falls Americans
Anchorage, AK native Tanner Congdon kept a hot stick through the weekend for Great Falls. The 19-year-old forward scored five goals, one being a game-winner, for the Americans - which included a hat trick on Saturday night. “Tanner continues to do what he does best. He is exceptionally consistent and we love that about him,” said Assistant Coach Erik Gatson.
2nd Star: Steven Nisbet, forward, Bozeman Icedogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dustin Truex, Great Falls Americans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Trent Kulczyk, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators
20-year-old Trent Kulczyk stepped up for the Jr. Predators in a two-win sweep this weekend. Native of Kalamazoo, MI, the forward notched five points, which included four assists and a power-play goal. Kulczyk blocked four shots and was +1 in his performance. “Trent was a great leader for us this past weekend with five points. He was also a large part of our PK unit, adding in some great efforts and blocked shots,” said General Manager and Head Coach J-P Dumont.
2nd Star: Ryan Edgar, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Fenemma, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Weiland Parrish, forward, Nashville Jr. Predators
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Ryan Reifler, forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Binghamton’s own Ryan Reifler brought the heat this weekend for the Jr. Senators. The 17-year-old scored eight goals and four assists, for a total of twelve points through three Binghamton wins. Reifler had three power-play goals and was +10 through the weekend. “Ryan had an outstanding week, recording two hat tricks and had three multi-goal games. He was one of the main reasons that we were able to pick up three wins this week,” said Assistant Coach Nick Perri.
2nd Star: Cole Skelly, defenseman, Binghamton Jr. Senators
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Scheide, goaltender, Syracuse Stampede
South Division Star of the Week: Joey Bernardini, goaltender, Point Mallard Ducks
Goaltender Joey Bernardini stood strong in net this weekend for the Ducks. The 19-year-old from Chesterfield, MO made 50 saves through two games, capturing two big wins for Point Mallard. Bernardini grabbed one shutout win, and had a .980 SV% in net through the weekend. “Joe has been working extremely hard on his game. He did an outstanding job of challenging shooters and not giving up second chances. It is great to see him rewarded for his efforts,” said General Manager and Head Coach Tom Winkler.
2nd Star: Joey Lacjaj, forward, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony D’Aloisio, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Cameron Hamblett, forward, Point Mallard Ducks – Talon Medure, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Kyle Torgenson, forward, Texas Jr. Brahmas
West Division Star of the Week: Fritz Belisle, forward, New Ulm Steel
Red Wing, MN native Fritz Belisle continued his hot streak for the New Ulm Steel this weekend. The 19-year-old had two goals and three assists, which included one game-winning goal for the Steel. Belisle was +4 for New Ulm in their two-win weekend. “It's been incredible watching Fritz's development over the year. He is one of the most dominant players on the ice each and every night,” said General Manager Bryant Black.
2nd Star: Bronson Moore, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matej Krasny, forward, Breezy Point North Stars – Alex Nagel, forward, New Ulm Steel