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NA3HL announces Divisional Stars of the Week

September 17, 2013

Peoria forward Brennan Anderson, Flint forward Conor Durgan and North Iowa forward Tim Santopoalo are honored this week.

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending September 15, 2013.  The divisional stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in each of the four divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.

Central Division Star of the Week: Brennan Anderson, forward, Peoria Mustangs

To open their season, the Peoria Mustangs got to face a new in-state rival in the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs. Peoria forward Brennan Anderson, 18, made the most of the opportunity as he helped the Mustangs sweep Chicago with a six-point weekend. On Saturday, the forward from St. Charles, Missouri had a hat-trick and an assist in a 9-1 win.  The next night, Anderson (5’10/160) had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win. Anderson is currently tied for 2nd in NA3HL scoring with his six points. “Brennan was unbelievable this weekend.  He has stepped up his game and shown a lot of leadership, and that helped with his success on the ice this weekend,” said Mustangs head coach Steve Ortman.

2nd Star: Andy McGlynn, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Colton Anderson, goaltender, Battle Creek Revolution – Thomas Clayton, forward, Cincinnati  Swords – Chance Homerin, forward, Peoria Mustangs – Zane O’Bryan, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Michael Schmitt, forward, Battle Creek Revolution – Joe Sheppard, goaltender, Cincinnati Swords.

East Division Star of the Week: Conor Durgan, forward, Flint Junior Generals

Flint opened their 2013-14 season by taking three of four points in a weekend series against Cleveland. 18-year-old forward Conor Durgan, who played for Lansing last season in the NAPHL, had a five-point weekend (2 goals, 3 assists) to lead the Junior Generals. On Saturday, the native of Seattle, Washington had a goal in a 7-2 win. On Sunday, Durgan (6-2/200) was a one-man wrecking crew as he had a goal and three assists in a 7-6 shootout loss. “Conor is a big player that skates really well.  For him to play like he did in his first ever junior hockey game was a testament to his hard work, focus and talent,” said Flint head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Jared Johnson, forward, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): John Arms, forward, Michigan Mountain Cats – Tyler Jansen, goaltender, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks – Zach Koonce, forward, Flint Junior Generals – Jason Kumpfmiller, goaltender, Pittsburgh Vengeance.

West Division Star of the Week: Tim Santopoalo, forward, North Iowa Bulls

After recording 66 points in just 43 games last year, North Iowa forward Tim Santopoalo showed no signs of slowing down this year as he opened up the season with a six-point weekend in three North Iowa wins. On Friday, the native of Roscoe, Illinois had an assist in a 5-2 win over Granite City.  The next night, Santopoalo (5’7/160) had a power play goal in a 4-1 win over the Lumberjacks.  On Sunday, Santopoalo saved his best hockey of the weekend for the last game as he recorded two goals and two assists for a four point game in a 9-1 win at Breezy Point. “Tim hasn’t missed a beat since last season and really was motivated to get better over the summer.  He has a lot of quickness and uses it to his advantage,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden.

2nd Star: Crosby Steen, forward, Breezy Point North Stars

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Brown, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Mitchell Gwost, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Jared Schletty, goaltender, North Iowa Bulls – Blair Seitz, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces.

South Division Star of the Week: No games played

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