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 February 16, 2020. 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: Chase Mason, F, Peoria Mustangs
Entering the week with just one goal in his first 11 games with Peoria, Mason posted a remarkable breakout weekend with eight points in two games against Milwaukee. A goal and two helpers on Saturday paved the way to his first multi-goal game on Sunday, as he nabbed a pair and a stunning three assists for back to back games with at least three points.
2nd Star: Cody Reagle, F, Rochester Grizzlies
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Boccardi, D, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Luke McKinch, D, Rochester Grizzlies — Devin Naidow, G, Coulee Region Chill — Ryan Payne, D, Peoria Mustangs — Valentin Tarasenko, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Kolye Bankauskas, F, Northeast Generals
Bankauskas continued his tear with another six points over the weekend to boost his season totals to a stunning 59g-57a—116pts in 40 games. With 2g, 2a on Saturday and one more of each on Sunday, Bankauskas is showing no signs of slowing down his relentless scoring pace. Bagging three goals across the weekend set, Bankauskas now sits just eight strikes shy of Misha Akatnov’s all-time mark of 67 goals in one season, set last year by the former Missoula forward.
2nd Star: Casey Johnson, G, New England Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Asper, F, Northeast Generals — Michael Lempiainen, F, New England Stars
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Hazen McKay, F, Bozeman Icedogs
McKay and the Icedogs headed to Gillette for a back-to-back set over the weekend, where McKay rebounded from seeing a 10-game point streak being snapped with nine points across the two games. He potted his sixth hat-trick of the season in Friday’s contest, adding two assists for good measure. Saturday saw more of the same, as McKay put up a goal and three helpers — marking the second time this season he has posted four or more points in consecutive outings. McKay has nabbed 41g-39a—80pts in 40 games this season.
2nd Star: Ethan Racz, G, Helena Bighorns
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Cooksy, G, Yellowstone Quake — Gavgn Galloway, F, Helena Bighorns — Owen Lee, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Duncan McGarrah, F, Bozeman Icedogs — Trever Mellen, G, Great Falls Americans — Austin Newson, F, Gillette Wild — Luke Richesin, D, Great Falls Americans — Mi-Kwan Tallman, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Will Yates, F, Yellowstone Quake
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Trevor Christopher, D, Skylands Kings
Christopher provided ample offensive spark from the blue line in last week’s three outings with Skylands, logging eight points in that span. With a goal and two assists on Friday, another strike and three helpers on Saturday and one more assist on Sunday, Christopher has now bagged 18g-26a—44pts in 38 games this season, and has 13 points in his last eight games.
2nd Star: Misha Mshar, F, Danbury Colonials
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jeremy Brassard, D, Skylands Kings — Kyle McEnany, F, Danbury Colonials
South Division Star of the Week: RJ Muckensturm, F, Mid Cities Jr. Stars
Muckensturm carried on his stellar play as of late with 5g-2a—7pts in three games last week, extending his point streak to six games with 13 points in that span. He logged a pair of assists on Friday, one goal on Saturday and erupted for four strikes on Sunday, including the game-winner. Muckensturm now boasts 31g-28a—59pts in 36 outings for Mid Cities.
2nd Star: Andrei Rusakov, F, Atlanta Capitals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hunter Gurley, D, Texas RoadRunners — Kayden Hargraves, G, Texas Brahmas — Hunter Leonhard, F, Mid Cities Jr. Stars — Kirill Nikulichev, F, Atlanta Capitals — Matej Palfy, D, Texas Brahmas — Christian Spearman, F, Texas RoadRunners
West Division Star of the Week: Dylan Svoboda, F, Willmar Warhawks
Svoboda hit his stride in a big way over the weekend, posting back-to-back two-goal efforts and five total points in a pair of games. His doubles on Friday and Saturday marked the second and third times in his last five games that he has potted two goals, and helped him to eight total points in that span. Svoboda boasts 15a-11a—26pts in 40 games this season.
2nd Star: Brandon Connett, F, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tristan Birdsall, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Sota Isogai, F, North Iowa Bulls — Ryan Pogue, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Jordan Roo, F, North Iowa Bulls