The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending December 1, 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: Ryan Sete, defenseman, Cincinnati Swords
Defenseman Ryan Sete, 19, helped the Cincinnati Swords to a weekend road split with the St. Louis Jr. Blues. The native of Jackson, Michigan, had five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in the two games. On Saturday, Sete (5’11/200) had what can only be defined as a career game as he scored all four goals in a 4-0 win over the Jr. Blues. It included a power play goal and an unassisted goal. On Sunday, Sete assisted on one of the Swords two goals in the game in a 4-2 loss. For the season, Sete has 12 points in 11 games since joining Cincinnati in late October. “This was the first weekend that Ryan played all weekend on defense for us and to score four goals was remarkable,” said Swords head coach Lee Lansdowne. “When we moves his feet and skates well, he is a true force out there and he is really starting to understand what makes him successful.”
2nd Star: Luke Morin, forward, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Blaszkiewicz, defenseman, Chicago Jr. Bulldogs – Chris Brown, defenseman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Tommy Heinzman, forward, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Alec Rounds, goaltender, Cincinnati Swords
East Division Star of the Week: None (no games)
South Division Star of the Week: Niko Greco, defenseman, Topeka Capitals
Topeka defenseman Niko Greco, 19, helped his Capitals to a weekend road sweep of the Dallas Jr. Stars this past weekend, as Topeka increased their South Division lead to five points. The native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan was a factor in both of the wins. On Saturday, Greco (6’0/185) was a +1 in a 4-3 overtime win by the Capitals. On Sunday, Greco scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another and was a +2 in a 3-2 win. Greco is a physical presence on the blueline this season for the Capitals and head coach Anthony Bohn is happy to have someone of his skill and grit on the team. “Niko is the ultimate team player and is a guy that is willing to do anything for the betterment of the team and his teammates and I think we witnessed that first hand this weekend as he did a little bit of everything for us.”
2nd Star: Tommy Stock, forward, Dallas Jr. Stars
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Hardijis Kupaks, forward, Topeka Capitals – Brandon Salisbury, forward, Dallas Jr. Stars
West Division Star of the Week: Jake Mullendore, forward, Minnesota Flying Aces
It was a couple of barnburner games in Little Falls, Minnesota this past weekend as the Minnesota Flying Aces swept a pair of weekend games from the visiting Chicago Jr. Bulldogs. 18-year-old forward Jake Mullendore had a career weekend as he totaled nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in the two wins, which both came in a shootout. On Friday, the native of Amery, Wisconsin had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 shootout win. On Saturday, Mullendore (5’11/185) was even better as he had three goals and three assists for a six point night and also scored the shootout-winning goal. For the season, Mullendore leads the Flying Aces in scoring with 29 points in 23 games played. “Jake is a great player and works very hard to get better. He is scoring all different ways and doing a little bit of everything for us,” said Flying Aces head coach Andy Maher.
2nd Star: Mick Dhein, forward, Alexandria Blizzard
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tanner Elmore, goaltender, Alexandria Blizzard – Mitchell Gwost, defenseman, Granite City Lumberjacks – Aidan Verbeke, forward, Granite City Lumberjacks