The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending February 20, 2013. The awards were based on statistics compiled in games played from February 13-20, which included all the games at the NA3HL Showcase. 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: Nick Goettel, defenseman, Flint Jr. Generals
It was quite the Showcase for Flint defenseman Nick Goettel and the Jr. Generals. The 19-year-old native of Davison, Michigan, was right at home in Troy as he led the Jr. Generals to three wins at the Showcase. He recorded at least a point in a four of the games and ended up with a total of seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in the four-game stretch in Troy. On Sunday, Goettel (5’9/165) had an assist in a 5-2 loss to Granite City. On Monday, Goettel had a goal and two assists in a 7-2 win over Minnesota. In the next game on Tuesday, Goettel scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Alexandria. Finally on Wednesday, Goettel had two assists in a 5-4 win over Queen City. He was also a +5 during the week. “He has been a great leader as our captain and he has been a great mentor to the younger players on the team,” said Steve Howard. “He leads by example and is part of the heart and soul of this team.”
2nd Star: James Hughes, forward, North Iowa Bulls
The North Iowa Bulls were the only team to go through both NA3HL Showcases with an undefeated record. The latest success in Troy was bolstered by the play of 21-year-old forward James Hughes. The veteran from Circle Pines, Minnesota, recorded eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) while in Troy, as the Bulls won all four of their games. Even though Hughes (5’8/185) played in just three of the games, his impact was felt. On Sunday, he had three assists in a 5-4 win against East Division champion Cleveland. On Monday, he recorded two goals (including the game-winner) and an assist in a 6-1 win over the Three Rivers Vengeance. On Tuesday, he assisted twice in a 3-0 win over Battle Creek. Hughes is currently riding a 13-game point streak. “James is a great kid and there is a reason he is our assistant captain,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “He is very skilled and has a great and positive attitude. He is going to be a player we rely heavily on in the playoffs.”
3rd Star: Trevor Clark, forward, Battle Creek Revolution
It was a successful week and Showcase for the Battle Creek Revolution. The Revs won two games last week and forward Trevor Clark, 21, had a big hand in the team’s success. In Battle Creek’s five games, Clark (5’11/180) scored five goals and added an assist for six points. The native of Battle Creek, Michigan, played in five games in five straight days last week. He began the week with a goal in a 6-1 loss against Three Rivers. His goal scoring streak continued at the Showcase on Sunday as he had a goal in a 6-4 win against Twin City. On Monday, Clark scored again in a 2-1 win over Peoria. After going scoreless on Tuesday, he rebounded for a two goal, one assist effort in a 7-4 loss against Alexandria on Wednesday. “Trevor has really made a lot of improvement this season. He has been a great addition to the team,” said Revolution head coach Rod Davidson. “He has great chemistry with his linemates and that has really made a big impact on the team’s success.”
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Peter Coppola, forward, Quad City Jr. Flames – Riley Corbin, goaltender, Metro Jets – Devin Fracassi, defenseman, Queen City Steam – Roy Grandov, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Isaac Hale, defenseman, Twin City Steel – Zach Hill, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – Matt Hughes, goaltender, Battle Creek Revolution – Brycon Johnson, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Cory Kettler, forward, Peoria Mustangs – Jake Leon, goaltender, Quad City Jr. Flames – Paul McAvoy, forward, Queen City Steam – Jon Narverud, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls – Drew Otto, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Michael Parda, goaltender, Peoria Mustangs – Zach Randell, forward, Twin City Steel – Clint Steinmeyer, goaltender, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Matt Stirling, forward, Metro Jets – Tyler Zalecki, forward, Toledo Cherokee.