NA3HL announces 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 October 11, 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 five divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Joseph LaForge, G, Wausau RiverWolves
After coughing up eight goals against the Tradesmen on October 2, Wausau goaltender Joseph LaForge rebounded with a stellar start on Friday night, turning in a stunning 55-save shutout against Oregon. Backstopping the RiverWolves’ 2-0 win, LaForge faced 17, 18 and 20 shots in each respective period of Friday’s contest, and slammed the door on four Oregon power-play opportunities. The veteran netminder has now faced down 91 of 99 shots on the season.
2nd Star: Trey Bess, F, Milwaukee Power
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mason Ausmus, D, Milwaukee Power — Owen Carlson, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Mike Deeba, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — George Giese, F, Peoria Mustangs — Tyler Huffer, D, Rochester Grizzlies — Dylan Schneider, F, Rochester Grizzlies — Cole Walter, G, Peoria Mustangs — Isaac Wickersheim, F, Wausau RiverWolves
East Division Star of the Week: Sam Brickley, D, Long Beach Sharks
Brickley and the Sharks went a middling 1-1-1 in a three-game set against Bay State this week, but the defenseman was lights-out from the blue line in each game, logging 2g-3a—5pts across the trio of tilts. Brickley, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Park City, UT, scored his first goal of the season on Friday before turning up his playmaking skills with two assists in a tough loss Saturday night. In Sunday’s victory, though, Brickley was a driving force, scoring once and setting up a teammate to score for his second straight multi-point outing. Brickley’s five points lead all Sharks skaters through three games.
2nd Star: Brandon Cope, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zan Mojzer, F, Long Beach Sharks — Nicholas Rogers, F, Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Dylan Rumpke, F, Yellowstone Quake
Following a pair of goose-eggs in his first two games of the season, Rumpke came alive with six points across Yellowstone’s two games this week. Friday saw his playmaking skills on display, as the Columbus, OH native dished out three helpers in a 7-5 win. Sunday saw a more direct performance from Rumpke, who notched two goals and another assist despite a tough loss. After posting 75 points as one of the Quake’s top players last season, Rumpke is off to a steady start in the new campaign with six points in four games.
2nd Star: Jacob Cummings, F, Sheridan Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Liam Bland, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Pablo Frank, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins — Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake — Alex Jackson, F, Great Falls Americans — Trever Mellen, G, Great Falls Americans — Logan Syrup, F, Sheridan Hawks
South Division Star of the Week: Michael Onda, F, Oklahoma City Blazers
The Blazers got their NA3HL days start off quite well with a a 2-1-0 weekend against the Louisiana Drillers, with Onda leading the way. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound forward was on his game early, logging 3g-6a—9pts to start the season. Friday’s OT thriller saw Onda net a goal and two assists, before setting up another goal in Saturday’s defeat. Onda was in top form on Sunday, though, where he scored twice —including the game-winning goal — and recorded three helpers as the Blazers took the weekend series with a 6-1 win. Onda’s nine points lead all Blazers skaters after the first weekend set of the season.
2nd Star: Josh Hrip, F, Louisiana Drillers
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Derek Boutin, F, Texas RoadRunners — Artem Korolev, F, Oklahoma City Blazers — Aidan Rudolf, G, Texas RoadRunners — Landen Sill, F, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Joey Gimberlin, F, New Ulm Steel
Despite his team suffering a loss in its only game of the weekend, Gimberlin shone brightly with a hand in each Steel goal from the weekend. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound native of St. Paul, MN, rebounded from a pointless first outing of the season with 2g-1a—3pts on Friday night, including a shorthanded tally early in the third period to give his team a two-goal advantage at the time. And though he played in one less game than many of his teammates, Gimberlin and his three points in two games still sit atop New Ulm’s scoring ranks.
2nd Star: Jeremiah Konkel, F, Willmar Warhawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Corbid, F, Willmar Warhawks — Gijs DeSchepper, D, North Iowa Bulls — Bailey Huber, G, Granite City Lumberjacks — Cal Nauss, D, North Iowa Bulls — Carson Simon, F, Granite City Lumberjacks