The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending September 23, 2018. The divisional stars of the week are awards 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: Dante Jones, Forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
After adding three goals and an assist to his totals last week, Jones now leads the Jr. Blues with seven markers on the year — good for a share of fourth in the league. During a pair of closely-contested matchups in Granite City, Jones led the way with a goal in St. Louis’ 2-1 win in the front half of the back-to-back, then followed it up with two more and a helper during their 6-5 OT loss the next day. Jones has tallied at least one point in each of his five games played thus far, including four multi-point outings.
2nd Star: Toon De Schepper, D, Coulee Region Chill
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Berry, D, Milwaukee Power - Benjamin Cope, D, Evansville Jr. Thunderbirds - Tyler Dorion, G, Evansville Jr. Thunderbirds - Corey Evers D, Wisconsin Whalers - Anthony Fortin, F, Wisconsin Whalers - Mikael Foucher, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues - Logan Geisness, F, Milwaukee Power - Brady Lindauer, F, Coulee Region Chill
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Cole Ouellette, Defense, L/A Nordiques
The Nordiques’ second-leading scorer (behind fellow nominee Joshua Sanchez) may not have lit the lamp to the extent of his peers last week, but his work as L/A’s setup man boosts him to the top spot. Oullette notched 11 of his 13 total points in three games last week, scoring once and assisting on a whopping 10 goals in that span. His starring role came during his team’s final contest of the week, a 9-1 win over Skylands in which Ouellette scored once and added five helpers to account for two thirds of the Nordiques’ nine strikes.
2nd Star: Ryan Cortez, G, Long Beach Sharks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Day, D, Northeast Generals - Dylan Demers, D, Maine Wild - Marc Faia, F, Northeast Generals - William Godbout, D, Maine Wild - Michael Lempiainen, F, New England Stars - Dino Mukovoz, F, Long Beach Sharks - Joshua Sanchez, F, L/A Nordiques
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Coleman Varty, F, Gillette Wild
With a pair of goals and six assists in his two games last week, Varty skyrocketed into the top-10 points leaders in the NA3HL, holding a share of fifth with 3g-9a-12pts. Varty broke out in a big way during Gillette’s opening game of last week against Missoula, a 7-4 win which saw the the Pierre, SD native notch two goals and four assists. The Wild’s leading scorer wasn’t done there, however, as he followed up that showing with a two-assist performance in Gillette’s 3-1 win over Missoula the following day. With 12 points in just four games already, the Wild captain looks set to surpass last season’s 24 points in 47 outings in short order.
2nd Star: Drew Scites, G, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Allman, G, Yellowstone Quake - John Bannon, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins - Connor Frye, D, Missoula Jr. Bruins - Devin Hofmann, F, Bozeman Icedogs - Henry Kipper, D, Helena Bighorns - Hazen McKay, F, Bozeman Icedogs - Payton McSharry, F, Great Falls Americans - Nicholas Noel, F, Helena Bighorns
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Marcus Cook, F, Binghamton Jr. Senators
As Binghamton continues its rampage through the Northeast Division, its players continue to rack up the points. Cook starred for the Jr. Senators this week with four goals and an assist in two games, including a hat trick on Saturday. Cook now ranks tied for second in goals amongst the high-high-scoring Senators with seven markers this season, which gives him a share of fourth in the league. The Bear, DE native has tallied points in each game thus far, posting at least three points in three of the four games he’s played.
2nd Star: Tom Fornabia, G, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Khole Hibbert, F, Skylands Kings
South Division Star of the Week: Blake Siewertsen, F, Louisiana Drillers
After putting forth a respectable two goals in two games to start the season, Siewertsen exploded for 4g-5a-9pts in two games last week and now shares the scoring lead amongst Drillers skaters. Siewertsen particularly stood out in Louisiana’s 12-1 win over College Station on Saturday, as the forward notched 3g-3a-6pts in the contest. He followed that showing up with another goal and two assists in the 9-1 victory again over the Spirit on Sunday.
2nd Star: Michael Redmon, F, Texas Brahmas
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Viacheslav Nilov, F, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Brendan Studioso, F, North Iowa Bulls
Studioso notched his first two goals of the season — including the game-winning tally — during North Iowa’s 7-2 win over Breezy Point on Friday, then carried his strong play into Saturday’s 5-1 win over New Ulm with a pair of assists. The Mulkilteo, WA native shares the team lead in points after his breakout week, which saw him more than triple his point total from his first two outings this season.
2nd Star: Zack DeBoom, F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daymin Dodge, F, Granite City Lumberjacks - Cameron Fagerlee, F, North Iowa Bulls - Peyton Hart, F, Rochester Grizzlies - Lucas Newman, F, Rochester Grizzlies