The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending December 23, 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.
1st Star: Robby Vukelich, goaltender, Quad City Jr. Flames
As the Quad City Jr. Flames picked up their second weekend sweep of the year, goaltender Robby Vukelich, 19, was in goal for both wins as the Flames swept the Queen City Steam. In the two wins, the native of Rogers, Minnesota, stopped a total of 49 of a combined 52 shots, which was good for a 94.2% save percentage. The wins for Vukelich (6’1/180) were his 2nd and 3rd of the season and all three of his wins have come in the month of December. On Saturday, Vukelich allowed just a single goal and made 25 saves in a 3-1 win over the Steam. On Sunday, Vukelich made 24 saves as Quad City completed the weekend sweep with a 5-2 win. “Robby has really stepped his game up since the Showcase and this weekend was a perfect example,” said Jr. Flames head coach Tom McDermott. “He was there to come up with the big saves when he needed to which gave our guys a lot of confidence.”
2nd Star: Guy Soulliere, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats
Michigan forward Guy Soulliere, 18, has done a little bit of everything this year for the steadily-improving Mountain Cats. This weekend was no exception as the native of Romeo, Michigan, and the rest of the Cats faced the tall task of hosting the St. Louis Jr. Blues, who came into the weekend with the league’s best record. On Friday, Soulliere (5’10/175) and the Mountain Cats handed the Jr. Blues just their third loss of the season as he scored the overtime-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 overtime win. On Saturday, Soulliere scored again in an 11-3 loss. For the season, Soulliere leads the team in scoring with 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 26 games played. “Like he has done for us all season, I thought Guy stepped up big when it mattered most,” said Michigan head coach Chad Grills. “He was a key factor in our success in our win over a very good St. Louis team on Friday. He has really grown into a solid, all-around hockey player that is a scoring threat every time he steps onto the ice.”
3rd Star: Alex Berardinelli, forward, Three Rivers Vengeance
The Three Rivers Vengeance took three of four points on the road this past weekend and leading the way was 17-year-old forward Alex Berardinelli. Now in his third season with the team, the native of Export, Pennsylvania, had a total of five points (3 goals, 2 assists) as Three Rivers picked up a win and a shootout loss in Battle Creek against the suddly surging Revolution. On Saturday, Berardinelli (5’9/165) had two goals in a 6-2 win over Battle Creek. On Sunday, Berardinelli had another goal and two assists in a 8-7 overtime loss to the Revolution. He was a also a +5 during the two games over the weekend. For the season, Berardinelli is tied for 2nd in the NA3HL with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 27 games played. “The one thing that really stands out about Alex is his consistancy,” said Vengeance head coach Brian Cersosimo. “He is able to make his linemates better and can put up points in all situations.”
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Aaron Azevedo, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Nick Brusa, forward, Queen City Steam – Anthony Caroselli, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – Trevor Clark, forward, Battle Creek Revolution – Nate Gay, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee – Cody Guidorzi, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Shane Hill, forward, Twin City Steel – Hyo Jun Baek, forward, Queen City Steam – Dominic Juncaj, goaltender, Michigan Mountain Cats – Matt Kroska, forward, North Iowa Bulls – Connor Langfield, defenseman, North Iowa Bulls – Mike Lozano, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Donnie Nagle, defenseman, Toledo Cherokee – Blake Phenow, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Nico Vecchio, forward, Three Rivers Vengeance.