NA3HL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending December 18, 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 six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Austin Keil, F, Peoria Mustangs
Keil played a stout role both before and during Peoria’s Showcase run, logging six points in four total games last week. Keil bagged two helpers in a game against Wausau on the 14th to whet his scoring appetite for the Showcase. He then posted back-to-back two-goal efforts, including the GWG in both contests against New England (OT) and Mid Cities. Dating back to Nov. 11, Keil has been held off the scoresheet in two outings, recording 7-12—19 in that span.
2nd Star: Blake Holmes, D, Coulee Region Chill
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Anthony Caserta, F, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts – Tanner Eskro, F, Wausau Riverwolves – Mikael Foucher, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Jaden Gardner, G, Peoria Mustangs – Sam Hanson, F, Wisconsin Whalers – Luke Hefty, D, Wisconsin Whalers – Brady Lindauer, F, Coulee Region Chill – Matthew Monreal, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Deric Richison, F, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Dino Mukovoz, F, Long Beach Sharks
Mukovoz saw action in just two of Long Beach’s three contests at the Showcase, but his impact was clearly felt in both games as he led all Sharks skaters with four points in Blaine despite missing out on Monday. The Lithuanian forward logged an assist in a lopsided loss to Coulee Region on Sunday, then potted 1-2—3 in Tuesday’s closer loss to a strong Missoula team. Mukovoz was also a +3 across the two contests, despite the scorelines.
2nd Star: Kolye Bankauskas, F, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Chandler Bilodeau, F, Maine Wild – Luke Church, F, Maine Wild – Darren Nathan, G, Long Beach Sharks
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Sterling Morin, F, Bozeman Icedogs
Playing just his first games at the junior level during the Showcase, Morin stepped into the Icedogs lineup and fit in immediately with two goals – including the game-winner over Skylands – in his first outing. Morin then followed that performance up with a goal in each of Bozeman’s two remaining Showcase matchups, striking on the power-play on Monday and marking his team’s only goal on Tuesday.
2nd Star: Austin Leadbetter, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Misha Akatnov, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins – Eric Berglund, G, Helena Bighorns – Luc Cross, F, Helena Bighorns – Mikael Levokari, G, Bozeman Icedogs – Payton McSharry, F, Great Falls Americans – Jack Olson, F, Great Falls Americans
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Nick Snyder, F, Oswego Stampede
Snyder has been on a tear as of late with points in four straight entering the Showcase and kept his good times rolling in Blaine, finding the scoresheet in each contest. Sunday saw the Clay, NY native score his team’s only goal against Rochester. Snyder followed that up with an assist on Monday against Bozeman, and another tally on Tuesday that put the Stampede ahead in the third period before the Stars came back to win on overtime.
2nd Star: Trevor Christopher, D, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colin Burgess, G, Oswego Stampede – Kavan Johnson, G, Skylands Kings
South Division Star of the Week: Bryce Runyan, G, Texas Brahmas
The Brahmas could not have asked for a better Showcase showing, posting three wins over three other first-place teams to stretch their win streak to a whopping 10 games and strengthen their hold on the South Division. Runyan was a star in two of those contests, stopping 19 of 19 in a shutout of the Helena Bighorns and turning aside 15 of 15 in a shared game with teammate Thomas Held against Binghamton. Since Oct. 12, Runyan has won seven of eight appearances with a .900 or higher save percentage in each victory.
2nd Star: Garrett Schnorr, F, College Station Spirit
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brandon Fehlig, F, College Station Spirit – Josh Linn, F, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Ryan Muckensturm, F, Mid Cities Jr. Stars – Brody Nielsen, F, Atlanta Capitals – Riley Sloane, F, Louisiana Drillers – Andrue Trelstad, F, Texas Brahmas – Drew Wotta, F, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Cooper Hoheisel, F, Breezy Point North Stars
The North Stars impressed many at the Showcase last week, taking all three of their games by a combined 14-6 score. Hoheisel was held off the scoresheet in Breezy Point’s first outing against the NAPHL Selects, but made his presence felt in a big way in their remaining two outings, notching the game-winning goal in each contest and a hat-trick in the second of those.
2nd Star: Vladislav Sorokin, F, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Keegan Bauman, F, New Ulm Steel – Jarod Blackowiak, F, North Iowa Bulls – Dylan Borseth, F, Breezy Point North Stars – Jake Ford, F, New Ulm Steel – Evan Junker, D, North Iowa Bulls – Bailey Sommers, F, Granite City Lumberjacks – Grant Troumbly, F, Granite City Lumberjacks