The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending October 21, 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: Aidan Verbeke, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks
The Granite City Lumberjacks remain the 3HL’s only undefeated team, thanks in large part this past weekend to forward Aidan Verbeke, 19. The native of Elmwood Park, Illinois, helped Granite City to two more wins over the weekend, both on the road. On Saturday, Verbeke (6’0/170) scored two goals (including the game-winner) and an assist in an 8-1 win at Twin City. In Sunday’s game at Minnesota, Verbeke added his second straight game-winning goal with just :33 seconds remaining in the game as the Lumberjacks beat the Flying Aces, 5-4. Verbeke, who was also +5 on the weekend, is second in team scoring this season with 14 points in 10 games played. “Aidan is a very smart player who sees the ice really well,” said Lumberjacks head coach Brad Willner. “He played great for us this past weekend and he constantly puts himself in the best position to score.”
2nd Star: Connor Crowe, forward, Toledo Cherokee
Toledo forward Connor Crowe, 19, has helped the team get off to a 8-3-1 start thanks to his hot play, particularly this past weekend as the Cherokee swept a pair of games from the Michigan Mountain Cats. The native of Galloway, New Jersey, had three goals (including both game-winners) and an assist for a four-point weekend and was a +3. On Saturday in Michigan, Crowe (5’8/165) scored two goals (including the game-winner) in a 5-1 win against the Cats. A night later, Crowe scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the 3rd period and added an assist in a 5-4 win over Michigan. Crowe is 3rd on the team in points with 11 in 12 games played. “Connor is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached,” said Toledo head coach Scott Syring. “He has great habits on and off the ice. We have a very young team this season, so having Connor come in with some experience, especially from a league like the PHL, is really an asset.”
3rd Star: Cameron Dimmitt, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
The 3HL’s scoring leader, Cameron Dimmitt, 20, knows how to put the puck in the net and this past weekend was another great example as the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks swept a pair of games from Battle Creek. The native of Howell, Michigan, tied a 3HL season-high with six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in one game on Sunday in a 10-2 win over the Revolution. The night prior, Dimmitt (5’11/190) had two goals (including the game-winner) in a 7-1 win over Battle Creek. He added eight points over the weekend to his league-leading total of 24. In his two-year career with the Jacks, he has registered 101 points in 60 regular season games. “Cameron has some great individual talent and that has also been complimented by some good players around him,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson. “I think he has been able to really improved in his two seasons with us and he understands how to finish his chances.”
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Ted Barile, goaltender, Flint Jr. Generals – Mikael Broliden, goaltender, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tyler Burg, defenseman, North Iowa Bulls – Peter Coppola, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – James Gleason, defenseman, Michigan Mountain Cats – Mitchell Gwost, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Marshall Helton, forward, Mcihigan Mountain Cats – Trey Hughes, forward, Twin City Steel – Brycon Johnson, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Conor Jonasson, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Cody Lichtenvoort, defenseman, Peoria Mustangs – Ryan McAloon, forward, Twin City Steel – Dylan Nelson, defenseman, Minnesota Flying Aces – Ed Osowski, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – Brett Podgorski, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Ian Shidlofsky, goaltender, Breezy Point North Stars – Payton Trammel, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces – Robby Vukelich, goaltender, Quad City Jr. Flames – Fred West, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks.