The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending December 3, 2012. The three stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches. This week’s awards were based on all games played at the NA3HL Showcase, including those on Monday, December 3rd.
1st Star: Cody Guidorzi, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues
One of the four undefeated teams at the NA3HL Showcase was the St. Louis Jr. Blues, who were led at the event by forward Cody Guidorzi. The 17-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, was instrumental in the Jr. Blues success as he recorded eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) as St. Louis posted wins over Toledo, Alexandria, Flint and Metro. Two of his five goals were game winners and he was also a +7 during the event. In the first two games, Guidorzi (6’0/160) recorded back-to-back two goal, one assist games and scored the game-winning goal in both those contests. He finished the event with a one goal, one assist performance in a win over the Metro Jets. Guidorzi is tied for the team lead in scoring so far this season with 26 points in 23 games played as the Jr. Blues have posted an NA3HL best 24-2-0 record. “Cody has been playing great and putting up points, but it is important to note that he never takes a shift off,” said St. Louis head coach JP Beilsten. “He is very smart for a younger player and makes very good decisions with the puck.”
2nd Star: Trey Hughes, forward, Twin City Steel
The Twin City Steel have a knack for playing well at Showcases and this past weekend in Blaine was no exception. The Steel felt right at home, picking up three wins in three games and leading their charge was forward Trey Hughes. The 19-year-old from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, had seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in the three wins and was a +2 as the Steel posted wins over Flint, Cleveland and Battle Creek. Hughes (5’9/181) had multiple points in all three games and is currently riding a five-game point streak. His best game of the event was his first as he recorded a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Flint Jr. Generals. The next two games, Hughes had two points in each to add to his team leading point total of 28. “Trey has been a leader the entire season. He keeps the mood upbeat and keeps the guys together in the lockerroom and on the bench,” said Steel head coach Aaron Slagle. “We were healthy and playing well as a team in Blaine and you could see that the guys were feeding off his leadership. When Trey is playing well and working hard, the rest of the team follows, which is a testament to the type of player and leader he is.”
3rd Star: John Forseth, forward, North Iowa Bulls
It didn’t take long for newly acquired forward John Forseth, 19, to make an impact for the North Iowa Bulls at the NA3HL Showcase. Not only did the Bulls put together a perfect 4-0 record at the Showcase, but they did it in impressive fashion, outscoring their opponents 26-3 in the four games. Leading the way was the Bemidji, Minnesota, native Forseth, who in hs first four games with the Bulls, recorded seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and was a +7. Forseth’s breakout came in the second game in a 9-0 win over the Metro Jets in which Forseth (5’10/160) had four goals and an assist. He recorded points in the next two games, which were big wins over Queen City and Michigan, to help North Iowa finish undefeated. “John made an immediate impact for us this past weekend,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He brought a different type of energy, finished his checks and had immediate chemistry with his linemates. John plays at a very high level and it was evident from the start of the event.”
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Nick Brusa, forward, Queen City Steam – Peter Coppola, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – Aaron Davis, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls – Bryan Davis, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Chase Engdahl, defenseman, Queen City Steam – Matt Erlichman, goaltender, Three Rivers Vengeance – Victor Gortz, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Josh Hosking, defenseman, Metro Jets – Brett Love, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Kyle Miller, goaltender, Alexandria Blizzard – Andre Pison, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces – Blake Podgorski, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Jordan Prewitt, forward, Toledo Cherokee – Guy Soulliere, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Jared Sprink, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces – Matt Stirling, forward, Metro Jets – Nick Turbitt, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Nico Vecchio, forward, Three Rivers Vengeance – Robby Vukelich, goaltender, Quad City Jr. Flames.