The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending October 30, 2011. The Three Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2011-12 regular season that honors the top performing players each week of the regular season as nominated by their respective teams.
1st Star: Peter Lindblad, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
Lindblad, 20, had a week to remember as the forward from Benson, Minnesota recorded seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) in three games helping the Lumberjacks stay in 1st place in the West Division as they went 2-1-0 last week. On Friday, Lindblad scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 6-3 win at Twin City. The next night, he scored a power play goal early in the 3rd period to briefly give the Lumberjacks a 3-2 lead before North Iowa scored two late goals to edge Granite City, 4-3. Lindblad saved his best game of the weekend for last as on Sunday he scored two goals and added two assists in a convincing 8-4 win at Minnesota. “It is great when your captain gets rolling, because the rest of the guys take notice and try to follow suit,” said Lumberjacks head coach Brad Wilner. “It is tough to get the puck away from Peter and as long as he stays consistent, we should have a good chance for continued success.”
2nd Star: Zach Collins, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats
Collins, who just turned 17 a month ago, is making quite the statement in his rookie season as he leads the Mountain Cats in scoring with 20 points in 11 games played. On Friday, the Lapeer, Michigan native had a hat-trick and two assists for a five point night in a 9-0 win over Battle Creek. The next night, he duplicated his five point game, but this time scoring one goal and adding four assists in a 10-4 win over the Jr. Revolution. In total for the weekend, Collins had four goals and six assists for 10 points. “From the start of training camp he has really been on of one of our best players,” said Michigan head coach Chad Grills. “He is an incredible skater and it’s nice to see a player that young be as mature on the ice as Zach is. He has a very bright hockey future ahead of him.”
3rd Star: Michael Meadows, goaltender, Quad City Jr. Flames
Meadows, 18, was in goal for both Quad City wins at home against St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, despite the 7-0 score, the Bettendorf, Iowa native had plenty of saves to make, stopping all 31 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season. Sunday, Meadows stopped 29 of 32 shots through regulation and then in the shootout managed to stop seven of eight shooters, earning Quad City their seventh win of the season to bring the Jr. Flames within a point of 1st place St. Louis. “Mike really kept us in the game the first night in the 1st period when the game was still close, which says everything about the team maintaining its confidence,” said Quad City head coach Tom McDermott. “The second game, he was the biggest reason we had a chance to win in the end and his performance in the shootout speaks to the confidence he has and how far he has come since last season.”
Other players nominated were (alphabetical order): Doug Andrews, forward, Metro Jets – Casey Barile, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – Matthew Bartels, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls – Anthony Caroselli, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – James Koonce, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Alex Larson, goaltender, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Matt Leon, goaltender, Queen City Steam – Michael Mikulan, forward, Peoria Mustangs - James Odom, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – Michael Parda, goaltender, Peoria Mustangs - Jared Ramstead, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Shane Reese, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Austyn Roudebush, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee – Will Shier, defenseman, Metro Jets – Joe Skrzynski, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Tyler Stoller, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks.