NA3HL announces Bauer Hockey Stars of the Week
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending October 24, 2021. 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: Kyle Bauer, F, Rochester Grizzlies
Bauer consistently led Rochester’s offense last week with a goal and an assist in each of his two outings against Milwaukee. The 2002-born Bauer tallied the game-winner in each contest, and has lit the lamp in five of his last six games. Bauer boasts 8g-3a—11pts in 10 games on the year.
2nd Star: Connor Henderson, D, Peoria Mustangs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kaleb Bents, G, Rochester Grizzlies — Brendan Cobb, G, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Chris Kondiles, F, Peoria Mustangs — Zac Maupin, F, Wausau Cyclones — Gage Vierzba, F, Wausau Cyclones
East Division Star of the Week: Matt Nuzzolilo, F, Northeast Generals
Nuzzolilo found the scoresheet in all three games he played last week, totaling five points in that span. After scoring on Friday, Nuzzolilo bagged a goal and two helpers on Saturday — his second multi-point performance this year — before netting another assist on Sunday. Including his three-game outburst, Nuzzolilo is up to 4g-4a—8pts in seven games this season.
2nd Star: Jake Weikel, F, Long Beach Sharks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Donovan Alfama, G, New Jersey Titans — Jack Fitzpatrick, F, Long Beach Sharks — D’Mar McCoy, G, Northeast Generals — Sam Senft, D, New Jersey Titans
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Carson Kuche, F, Gillette Wild
Kuche lit up the scoresheet for Gillette last week, notching back-to-back multi-goal games. The native of Flagstaff, Ariz., posted a pair of goals and another pair of assists on Friday, then bagged two more goals on Saturday for a 4g-2a—6pts weekend. Kuche has found the back of the net in three consecutive contests, and boasts 8g-6a—14pts in eight games this year.
2nd Star: Gabe Coppo, F, Yellowstone Quake
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Gibboney, F, Helena Bighorns — Tylor Greene, F, Helena Bighorns — Jackson Henningsgard, F, Great Falls Americans — Jack Orchard, G, Gillette Wild — Ben Winkler, G, Great Falls Americans
South Division Star of the Week: Erik Vrkoc, F, Texas Brahmas
Vrkoc posted an impressive nine points across last week’s triple header in Oklahoma City, continuing his remarkable season-long point streak and seven-game goal-scoring streak. Vrkoc erupted for two goals and three helpers on Friday — his first performance of more than three points this year — before nabbing another two goals and one more assist on Saturday. Capping the weekend off, Vrkoc put up another two points (1g, 1a) to boost his season totals to 11g-7a—18pts in just eight games on the year. Additionally, Vrkoc tallied the game-winning goals on both Friday and Sunday to pace the Brahmas’ high-octane attack.
2nd Star: Robby Rabroker, F, Oklahoma City Ice Hawks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Noah Henslee, F, Oklahoma City Ice Hawks — Benjamin Mondou, F, Texas Brahmas
West Division Star of the Week: Sota Isogai, F, Mason City Toros
Isogai recorded back-to-back multi-point games for the first time since opening weekend last week to lead the Toros to victory. The Japanese sniper potted his first hat-trick (and multi-goal game) of the season on Friday alongside an assist, then posted another goal and two more helpers on Saturday as Mason City romped past Minnesota. A third-year veteran, Isogai has posted 5g-12a—17pts in nine games this season.
2nd Star: Nick Richert, F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Xavier Brooks, D, Minnesota Loons — Jack Campion, F, Mason City Toros — Jamison St. Clair, F, Minnesota Loons — Carson VanZuilen, F, Granite City Lumberjacks