The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending February 24, 2013. The awards were based on statistics compiled in regular season games played from February 21-24. 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: Scott Cuthrell, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
It was a statement weekend for Cleveland forward Scott Cuthrell and the Jr. Lumberjacks as they had their way with 2nd place Three Rivers in a weekend road sweep. Cleveland outscored the Vengeance 13-3 in the two games and Cuthrell, 19, racked up eight points (six goals, two assists) in the wins. The native of Waterford, Michigan, who ranks 2nd in the NA3HL in scoring 79 points, started the weekend with a bang as on Saturday, he tied an NA3HL season-high with five goals and added an assist in a 7-2 win. On Sunday, he chimed in with another goal and another assist in a 6-1 win. Both game-winning goals were scored by the 5’9/160 lbs. Cuthrell. The two wins increased Cleveland’s division lead to 14 points over Three Rivers. “I think it was a culmination of Scott playing really well and his line playing really well. They moved their feet and kept working hard the entire weekend,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson. “It is a testimonial to all the hard work Scott has put in. He has worked to get stronger and played really well in our recent six-games in eight days stretch, in which he played better as the games kept going.”
2nd Star: Alec Rounds, goaltender, Queen City Steam
If this past weekend is any indication, the Queen City Steam are going to give the Peoria Mustangs one heck of the run in the opening round of the NA3HL playoffs this season. Steam goaltender Alec Rounds, 18, got the start in both games and earned Queen City three of a possible four points in a weekend series in Peoria. He stopped 78 of a combined 81 shots and only allowed three goals in the two games. On Saturday, the native of Rancho Margarita, California, made 30 saves in a 3-1 win against the Mustangs. The next day, Rounds (6’2/195) may have been even better as he made 48 saves through regulation and overtime, but ultimately gave up just a single goal in the shootout to fall 3-2. Even though Rounds has only won once in his six appearances with Queen City this season, his save percentage is a remarkable 93.2%. “Alec stole the Saturday game for us. The team wasn’t ready to play, but he was and it is the main reason we came away with a win,” said Steam head coach Lee Lansdowne. “He is very athletic for his size and he makes the big saves that keep our team in the game.”
3rd Star: Parker Butler, goaltender, Twin City Steel
Although he played in just one game over the weekend, Twin City goaltender Parker Butler, 17, stood out as the Steel shocked the 1st place North Iowa Bulls on Saturday with a 6-4 win. The native of Summit, New Jersey, made an NA3HL season-high 70 saves in the win as he faced a whopping 74 shots. It was Butler’s (6’1/185) third win of the season with Twin City. Butler has spent the majority of the season with the NAHL’s Topeka RoadRunners. In his six apperances with the Steel this season he has a goals against average of 4.02 and a save percentage of 91.1%. “Parker has been outstanding in his brief time us and he was spectauclar in the game against North Iowa,” said Twin City’s Scott Wallin. “I think we can look back on that game and say that everyone feels he played really inspired hockey. His 70 saves weren’t of the easy variety. The team has a lot of confidence in him because they know he is an elite level goaltender with a lot of potential. He brings a whole new level to the goaltending position.”
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Tom Bartel, forward, Twin City Steel – Riley Corbin, goaltender, Metro Jets – Anders Franke, goaltender, Flint Jr. Generals – James Gleason, defenseman, Michigan Mountain Cats – Zach Hill, forward, Flint Jr. Generals – Paul McAvoy, forward, Queen City Steam – Joe Moza, goaltender, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Michael Parda, goaltender, Peoria Mustangs – Derek Ried, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Ricky Seidel, forward, Alexandria Blizzard – Kyle Shreve, forward, Metro Jets – Aaron Storch, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks – Tyler Zalecki, forward, Toledo Cherokee.