The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 22, 2017. The divisional stars of the week is 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: Brady Lindauer, Forward, La Crosse Freeze
A native of Cary, Illinois, Brady Lindauer had his best weekend of the season as the La Crosse Freeze swept the Wausau RiverWolves. He started the weekend with a one goal, four assist performance in a big win for the Freeze. He came back the following night to score another two goals and assist on two others. The 18-year old finished the weekend with a plus-6 rating.
2nd Star: Josh Arnold, F, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bernhardson, F, North Iowa Bulls – Carter Grobstick, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Hunter Huson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Clayton Lackey, F, La Crosse Freeze
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Shayne Plummer, Forward, Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques
Plummer, 20, put on a clinic as the Nordiques swept the Roc City Royals. He scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season, one of them coming shorthanded, and grabbed three assists. In the series finale, Plummer assisted on another three goals. Plummer has had five straight games with at least two points. The Lewiston/Auburn forward finished with a plus-8 rating.
2nd Star: Mason Ledbetter, F, Maine Wild
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
East Division Star of the Week: Robby Flannery, Defense, Metro Jets
The Metro veteran defenseman showed off his offensive prowess in the Jets 5-3 win over the Toledo Cherokee. He notched his first hat trick of the season and added an assist. Flannery ended the game with a plus-4 rating and now has four goals on the season. The Lathrop Village, Michigan native has 20 points on the season, well on his way to eclipsing his 37 points from a season ago.
2nd Star: Nathaniel Schwartz, F, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joel DeSimone, G, Pittsburgh Vengeance
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Ian Doner, Forward, Yellowstone Quake
The Yellowstone forward has been one of the hottest players in the NA3HL as he has scored in his last five games and has points in each of his last six games. This weekend against Missoula, Doner once again showed why he is among the top forwards in the league. He scored a pair of goals and had an assist in each of his teams wins. He capped off a six point weekend with a plus-7 rating. His 24 points on the season, has his tied for ninth in the NA3HL scoring race.
2nd Star: Payton McSharry, F, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Fary, F, Great Falls Americans
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Jack Hatton, Forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
In a battle of NA3HL powers, Jack Hatton pushed the St. Louis Jr. Blues past the Granite City Lumberjacks in a two game sweep of the defending Fraser Cup champions. While he did light the lamp himself, he still had major impact. In both wins, Hatton was responsible for two assists and a plus-1 rating. He currently has three goals and 10 assists good for 13 points in just six games this season.
2nd Star: Mark Capkovic, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Bryson Linenburg, G, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Ryan Reifler, Forward, Binghamton Jr. Senators
After posting 100 points last season, Binghamton Jr. Senators forward, Ryan Reifler had been held relatively in check the previous two weekends. But after a six point weekend this week, it’s safe to say he’s found his groove again. Riefler, 18, was the star in Saturday’s win against the Long Beach Sharks, scoring once and adding four assists. For the weekend, Riefler finished with a plus-5 rating and now has 21 points on the season.
2nd Star: Steven Kozikoski, G, Oswego Stampede
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Craig Garrigan, F, Skylands Kings – Ben White, G, Oswego Stampede – Mathias Yttereng, G, Skylands Kings
South Division Star of the Week: Jake Ange, Goalie, Mid Cities Jr. Stars
This season, Jake Ange has been the workhorse for the Mid Cities Jr. Stars with 12 starts already this season. On Saturday, Ange picked up his league leading fourth shutout of the season, stopping all 24 shots the Louisiana Drillers threw his way. For the weekend, the Coppell, Texas native was 2-0 with a goals against average of one. He logged a .948 save percentage and the aforementioned shutout. After his latest performance, Ange is 8-4 on the year with a 1.83 goals against average.
2nd Star: Brody Nielsen, F, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitch Dolese, D, Louisiana Drillers – Carson Murison, G, Texas Brahmas - Adam Shimamoto, F, Texas Brahmas - Riley Smith, F, Mid Cities Jr. Stars
West Division Star of the Week: Luke Fry, Goalie, Willmar Warhawks
One week after being named the West Division’s second star of the week, Luke Fry’s efforts earned his top billing this week. The Columbus, Indiana native was stuck with the loss on Friday night despite allowing just one goal. He redeemed himself on Saturday, again just allowing one goal but this time getting the offensive support he needed. Fry finished the weekend with a .957 save percentage.
2nd Star: Zach Martin, F, Willmar Warhawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Braden Altena, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Sam Ohmes, F, Granite City Lumberjacks