The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending March 6, 2017. The divisional stars of the week are an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in seven of the eight divisions of the NA3HL (the Frontier division was not included in this week’s nominations, as they have already started post-season play) as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Tyler Bump, forward, North Iowa Bulls
With a goal scored in each game against Peoria, and a hat trick on Sunday against La Crosse, 19-year-old Tyler Bump made his presence known on the score sheet. The Prior Lake, MN native had five goals in a +3 weekend performance for North Iowa. “Tyler has been a very consistent player for us since his arrival. He is currently averaging a goal a game through a very tough portion of our schedule,” said Assistant Coach Kevin Murdock.
2nd Star: Hunter Dolan, forward, La Crosse Freeze
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Arnold, forward, North Iowa Bulls – JP Eykyn, La Crosse Freeze – Drew Schenkenberg, goaltender, Rochester Ice Hawks – Matthew Shupert, forward, Rochester Ice Hawks
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Tyler Rudek, forward, Northeast Generals
Needing two wins to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, Tyler Rudek helped the Generals lock up their spot in the playoffs this weekend. The 19-year-old Woonsocket, RI native had two goals and three assists in a +5 weekend for Northeast, pushing the team to seal their wins. “Tyler has been great for us all year. He has been forced to play all 5 positions this season. His flexibility moving between forward and defense has been a huge asset to the team. Playing forward this weekend he came up huge as usual. Tyler is a great kid that works extremely hard,” said General Manager Bryan Erikson.
2nd Star: Billy Hickey, defenseman, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
East Division Star of the Week: Austin Martz, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Shaler, PA native Austin Martz grabbed five points in Pittsburgh’s final games to help the Vengeance earn a two-win weekend. The 19-year-old had four goals (one game-winner, one penalty shot goal), an assist, and a +2 performance to wrap up the regular season. “Martz competes to his highest level at all times. He plays tough in the hard areas of the rink,” said General Manager and Head Coach David Dorsey.
2nd Star: Louis Boudon, forward, Metro Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dom Glavach, forward, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Ben Hamilton, defenseman, Toldeo Cherokee – Connor Inger, forward, Metro Jets – Roman Malkov, goaltender, Toldeo Cherokee – Jacob Zab, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Andrew Froese, defenseman, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Defenseman Andrew Froese stepped up from the blue line in a two-win weekend for the St. Louis Jr. Blues. The Traverse City, MI native scored two goals and grabbed two assists during the weekend. The 19-year-old was +3 through both games.
2nd Star: Cameron Sangster, forward, Cincinnati Thunder
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Frantz, forward, Cincinnati Thunder – Ryan Reader, defenseman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tim Sizemore, forward, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Ian Stahl, goaltender, Roc City Royals
With a “win-and-in” playoff implication on the line, Roc City’s veteran goaltender Ian Stahl made 45 perfect saves to send the team into the post season. The Rochester, NY native finished the season with a perfect save percentage and zero goals against, due to his effort in the shutout performance. “The boys made my last regular season junior hockey game one to remember. I couldn't have asked to play with a better group of guys this entire year. The Royals proved that we don't run away from challenges, we run over them as a team,” said Stahl.
2nd Star: Brandon Corey, forward, Roc City Royals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): none
South Division Star of the Week: Tyler Myers, goaltender, Texas Jr. Brahmas
Thornton, CO native Tyler Myers stood tall in net to finish out the Jr. Brahmas’ regular season schedule. The 19-year-old had two shutouts in three games this weekend, making 82 saves on 83 total shots. Myers had a save percentage of .988 through the three-game weekend. “Tyler Myers came up huge for us this weekend. He posted 2 shutouts and a .988 safe percentage, proving that he was on top of his game when we were off a bit offensively,” said Head Coach Michael Hill.
2nd Star: Davis Van Gemerden, forward, Louisiana Drillers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Berry, defenseman, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Nolan Bivolcic, goaltender, Atlanta Capitals – TJ Delaney, forward, Euless Jr. Stars – Anton Minaev, forward, Atlanta Capitals – Niki Raiskio, defenseman, Atlanta Capitals – Tristan Wilson, forward, Euless Jr. Stars
West Division Star of the Week: Riley Meyer, forward, Alexandria Blizzard
Alexandria forward Riley Meyer finished out the regular season with a five-point performance over the weekend. The 19-year-old from Carver, MN had three goals (one on the power play) and two assists for the Blizzard. “Riley had a great weekend for us this past weekend. He was very solid on the power play, and was able to score some huge goals for us leading into the playoffs,” said Head Coach Jeff Crouse.
2nd Star: Austin Langworthy, forward, Breezy Point North Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Magnus Linde, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars