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 November 10, 2019. 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: Mitchel Idalski, F, Wausau RiverWolves
Idalski came into last week’s action with just one assist in his prior four outings, but post a nine-point outburst to spearhead a pair of Wausau wins over the weekend. Friday featured two goals and a helper from the Grand Forks, ND native — just his second multi-point game of the year — and Saturday saw him hit the scoresheet again, this time posting another two goals and a whopping four assists for six points. Idalski’s 4g-5a—9pts more than tripled his previous season-long output, bringing his total to 13 points on the year.
2nd Star: Sam VanderHoeven, F, Coulee Region Chill
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Best, F, Coulee Region Chill — Robert Carlson, F, Wausau RiverWolves — Jaden Gardner, G, Peoria Mustangs — Will Oliver, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Evan Ross, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Tristan Trudel, F, Peoria Mustangs
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Michael Lempiainen, F, New England Stars
The Stars picked up a pair of statement wins over the Nordiques, closing the gap between the teams to just two points in the Coastal Division. Lempiainen put on a show in both games, posting a total of five points in the victories. Saturday’s road win saw him light the lamp and set up another, while Sunday at home featured him at his playmaking best, notching three assists for his fourth three-point outing of the season. Lempiainen now has points in three straight, potting 1g-5a—6pts in that span.
2nd Star: Stephen Gerbis, F, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Asper, F, Northeast Generals — Connor Barter, F, New England Stars
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Dylan Rumpke, F, Yellowstone Quake
Yellowstone found itself in a pair of tight battles against Butte over the weekend, ultimately taking each game by just a goal thanks in large part to stellar work by Rumpke. Starring with a total of nine points in the two victories, Rumpke made it look easy with hat-tricks in each contest, plus two assists on Friday and another helper on Saturday. Rumpke also potted the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 7-6 win, his second GWG of the season. He now boasts 13g-14a—27pts in just 18 games this year, which leads Yellowstone.
2nd Star: Justin Schwartzmiller, F, Sheridan Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake — Dylan Olson, F, Great Falls Americans — Danny Ramos, D, Gillette Wild — Logan Syrup, F, Sheridan Hawks — Viktor Wennberg, G, Great Falls Americans — Declan Young, F, Gillette Wild
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Tim Brillaud, G, Long Beach Sharks
Brillaud took the ice just once last week, manning the Sharks’ cage in a surprising 5-4 upset of the Danbury Colonials, but his presence was crucial to Long Beach notching just its third win of the season. The New York native faced a barrage of 72 shots from the Colonials but put up a whopping 68 saves in the victory, including a very busy 23-save third period in which the Sharks were outshot 26-0. The win was Brillaud’s first in seven starts this year, and also marked his second game with at least a .900 save percentage as he posted a .944 to carry his team to victory.
2nd Star: Khole Hibbert, F, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): James Clarke, F, Skylands Kings — Will Space, F, Long Beach Sharks
South Division Star of the Week: Jack Cooper, F, Texas Brahmas
Riding a nine-game point streak entering last week’s action, Cooper clearly had the hot hand for Texas, and it showed in two wins over Louisiana. On Saturday, Cooper bagged his fourth straight multi-point game, potting two goals and two assists, including the game-winning strike in overtime. He then extended his streak on Sunday with another assist, making in now 11 consecutive games on the scoresheet for the California native. He now has 10g-17a—27pts in just 12 games this season.
2nd Star: Matt Macumber, F, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Blanchard, F, Texas Brahmas — Lucas Crawford, F, Atlanta Capitals — Brenden Fehlig, F, Texas Roadrunners — Blake Forystek, G, Texas Roadrunners — Brandon Morgan, F, Louisiana Drillers — Blake Siewertsen, F, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Austin McNeil, F, North Iowa Bulls
It was quite the coming-out party for McNeil over the weekend, as he broke a three-game scoreless drought and more than doubled his season-long output with six points in two wins. McNeil kicked off his scoring spree with two goals — including the game-winner — to help the Bulls past the Grizzlies on Friday, then lit the lamp thrice for his first hat-trick of the season on Saturday, grabbing another GWG and an assist as well. His second and third multi-point games of the year brought his total to 6g-4a—10pts in 11 games this season.
2nd Star: Nate Johnston, G, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Campbell Cichosz, D, North Iowa Bulls — Kearby Larson, D, Granite City Lumberjacks