The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending October 14, 2012. The three stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in the 3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
1st Star: Nico Vecchio, forward, Three Rivers Vengeance
Three Rivers forward Nico Vecchio, 20, had a six-point weekend (3 goals, 3 assists) to help the Vegeance to a weekend home sweep of the Michigan Mountain Cats. On Saturday, the native of North Huntington, Pennsylvania, had two goals in a 7-3 win over the Cats. On Sunday, Vecchio (5’11/180) recorded a goal and three assists in a 6-0 shutout of Michigan to complete the weekend sweep. He was also a +5 in the two wins. For the season, Vecchio is second on the Vengeance in scoring with 13 points. In his three plus seasons with the organization, he has amassed 160 points. “Nico is our top all-around player and is a true leader,” said Vengeance head coach Brian Cersosimo. “He really let his play do the talking this weekend and he has really matured as a person with his decision making both on and off the ice.”
2nd Star: Jeff Monfils, forward, Metro Jets
The Metro Jets snapped a six-game skid with a weekend sweep of the Quad City Jr. Flames thanks in large part of the contribution of forward Jeff Monfils, 20. The native of Washington, Michigan, had a four-point weekend (1 goal, 3 assists) and was a part of 57% of his team’s scoring over the weekend. On Saturday, Monfils (5’9/180) had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-2 win over the Jr. Flames. On Sunday, he assisted on the game-winning goal in the 3rd period, which gave the Jets a 3-2 win and weekend sweep of Quad City. Monfils is currently fourth in team scoring with 10 points in 10 games played. “When we traded for Jeff in the off-season from Cleveland, we knew we needed a team leader and he showed why this weekend,” said Jets head coach Jason Cirrone. “He is playing on a line with two of the younger players and has really helped them along.”
3rd Star: Jared Ramstead, forward, North Iowa Bulls
Although he played in just one 3HL game this past weekend, North Iowa forward Jared Ramstead, 20, equaled a 3HL season-high with five points in one game as the native of Eckville, Alberta, registered two goals and three assists and was +4 in North Iowa’s 14-3 win at Breezy Point against the North Stars on Saturday. On Friday, Ramstead (5’11/180) and the Bulls played in an exhibition game in Ames, Iowa, against ACHA Division I Iowa State University. In the 5-2 win for the Bulls, Ramstead had the game-winning goal. Ramstead has eight points in six 3HL games played this season. “Jared is at a good point with his confidence and is really getting into good game shape, which has helped his play,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “I know it was only an exhibition game, but the win against Iowa State was an important one for us and Jared really worked hard to get his scoring chances over the weekend.”
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Chris Amsden, goaltender, Minnesota Flying Aces – Noah Anderson, defenseman, North Iowa Bulls – John Arms, defenseman, Michigan Mountain Cats – Stephen Comperchi, forward, Battle Creek Revolution – Luke Dubois, goaltender, Metro Jets – Cody Guidorzi, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Easton Halbert, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – Eric Jones, forward, Flint Jr.Generals – Alex Koopmeiners, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Joey Lioy, forward, Battle Creek Revolution – Mike Lozano, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Harley Manus, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – Conner McGovern, defenseman, Flint Jr. Generals – Nathan Miller, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee – Michael Parda, goaltender, Peoria Mustangs – Guy Soulliere, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Michael Straub, defenseman, Three Rivers Vengeance – Payton Trammel, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces – Nick Turbitt, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tyler Zalecki, forward, Toledo Cherokee.