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 8, 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: Dillan Bentley, F, Peoria Mustangs
Bentley and the Mustangs took a weekend split against the Warhawks, during which the Illinois-native bagged six points across the two contests. Assisting once on Saturday, Bentley erupted for four more assists and the game-winning goal on Sunday — his second GWG this season. Bentley’s outburst also made it three straight with at least a point for him, pushing his season totals to 11g-14a—25pts in 23 games.
2nd Star: Porter Haney, F, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mark Capkovic, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Clayton Dawe, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Austin Keil, F, Peoria Mustangs — Wesley Knutson, F, Milwaukee Power — Noel Parker, D, Rochester Grizzlies
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Kolye Bankauskas, F, Northeast Generals
The League’s leading scorer continued to rack up the points over the course of last week, with a whopping 11 points in just four games. After a goal and two assists on Wednesday, Bankauskas potted another pair in Friday’s win over Elmira and added two more helpers on Saturday. And after an already strong set of performances, he tore up the ice once again on Sunday with his fifth hat-trick of the season along with another assist. After being held off the scoresheet for the only time this season on Sept. 14, Bankauskas has registered at least a point in each of the 22 games since then, including 20 multi-point outings.
2nd Star: Nolan Murphy, F, New England Knights
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Asper, F, Northeast Generals — Zach Roncarati, G, New England Knights
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Tyler Kaminski, F, Gillette Wild
Despite falling in back-to-back contests against Frontier-leading Bozeman, Gillette’s Tyler Kaminski put on a strong showing in both outings with a total of four points. Scoring once and assisting another on Friday before lighting the lamp twice on Saturday, Kaminski stretched his goal-scoring streak to seven straight games, a span during which he has nabbed 8g-10a—18pts with six multi-point efforts. Kaminski boasts 14g-22a—36pts on the season.
2nd Star: Logan Rachow, D, Great Falls Americans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Allman, G, Yellowstone Quake — Isaac Ellingson, F, Helena Bighorns — Abraham Laggis, F, Helena Bighorns — Jack Olson, F, Great Falls Americans — George Stilson, F, Gillette Wild
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Trevor Christopher, D, Skylands Kings
Christopher was a rock on the Skylands blue line during their win over Long Beach last week, scoring twice and assisting once to lead all skaters in the contest. Despite seeing his side shut out on Sunday against the Northeast juggernaut, Christopher has posted an impressive 10g-10a—20pts in 23 games from the back end, which leads all Kings defensemen.
2nd Star: Jeremy Brassard, D, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
South Division Star of the Week: Zach Perez, F, Mid Cities Jr. Stars
Perez and the Stars went 2-1 against the Roadrunners over the weekend, and the native of Syracuse, NY hit his stride in a big way with five points to help his team to victory. After grabbing a goal and an assist on Friday, Perez stole the show on Saturday by scoring both the game-tying goal in the third period and the game-winner in overtime. Perez capped off his weekend with another strike on Sunday to mark his fourth straight game with at least one goal.
2nd Star: Trevor Borlace, F, Texas RoadRunners
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Kinsinger, G, Mid Cities Jr. Stars — Seth Payson, F, Texas RoadRunners
West Division Star of the Week: Nick Richert, F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Richert and the Lumberjacks handled the North Stars in a back-to-back set over the weekend, as the St. Cloud native bagged his first and second multi-point games of the season en route to six total points. Friday saw him flash some playmaking skill, setting up three goals in a 6-0 win. Saturday saw Richert hit twine himself, scoring twice for his first multi-goal game of the year, and add an assist to make it back-to-back three-point contests. Richert is now up to 4g-8a—12pts in 17 games this season.
2nd Star: Justin Daly, F, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): AJ Cohen, G, New Ulm Steel — Brandon Holt, F, Willmar Warhawks — Sota Isogai, F, North Iowa Bulls — Jack Parks, F, New Ulm Steel — Nick Plautz, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Luke Weberg, G, Willmar Warhawks