The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending November 6, 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: Mitch Fernsler, goaltender, St. Louis Jr. Blues
Fernsler, 19, had his best weekend stretch of the year helping the Jr. Blues to three out of a possible four points during their weekend series against Quad City. On Saturday, Fernsler stopped all 31 shots sent his way, including shutting down all seven Jr. Flames power plays en route to his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win. On Sunday, the Balwin, Missouri native again made 31 saves through regulation in overtime and managed to stop five of six shooters in the shootout, but it wasn’t enough in a close 3-2 shootout loss for the Jr. Blues, earning them just the one point. "Mitch had a great weekend for us, pitching a 31-save shutout on Saturday and saving 31 of 33 shots and 5 of 6 in the shootout on Sunday,” said St. Louis head coach J.P. Beilsten. “Mitch was a very big part of us getting three out of four points against a really tough Quad City team that put 11 goals in on us the weekend before."
2nd Star: Michael Parda, goaltender, Peoria Mustangs
Since being acquired in a trade back on October 9th, the Mustangs have been playing their best hockey of the season thanks in part to 19-year-old netminder, Michael Parda. Parda, who hails from Waukesha, Wisconsin, played very well in a weekend split at Chicago against the Hitmen. On Saturday, Parda recorded 33 saves for his first shutout of the season in a close 1-0 win. The next night, Parda was almost equally as good, making 31 saves in a close 2-1 loss against the Hitmen. Parda’s numbers with the Mustangs this season are staggering. He has a goals against average of 1.76 and a save percentage of 94.9% in four games. “Since we traded for Michael, we are 5-1 and have been playing really well as a team,” said Mustangs GM Jean Guy Trudel. “I think Michael brings a lot of leadership to the table. He is vocal on the ice and gives everyone playing in front of him a lot more confidence.”
3rd Star: Kyle Fink, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
Cleveland continues to have the best record in the 3HL at 17-1-0 and a big reason why has been the play of 19-year-old forward Kyle Fink. This past weekend was no exception as Cleveland swept a weekend road set at Michigan. In those two games, the New Berlin, Wisconsin native had three goals (including one game-winner) and two assists for five points, helping the Jr. Jacks to the weekend sweep. “Kyle has been taking advantage of his opportunities and I think that has improved his confidence,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson. “Best of all, we think he can get even better as the season goes along.” On Friday, Fink had a goal (game-winner) and an assist. On Saturday, he improved his totals with two goals and an assist. Fink is currently tied for 2nd in the 3HL with 14 goals.
Other players nominated were (alphabetical order): Zach Bourcier, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Tyler Cayemberg, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Derek Compeau, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – David Fassbender, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Marshall Helton, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Brett Jenkins, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces – Ryan Kelly, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Steve Klisz, forward, Metro Jets – Andy Lay, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – Zach Mohr, forward, Metro Jets – Joe Skrzynski, forward, Toledo Cherokee.