The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending February 10, 2019. The divisional stars of the week are awards given each week of the regular season to the top-performing players in each of the six divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Flavien Fondadouze, F, Coulee Region Chill
Last week’s action was a key opportunity for the Chill to gain ground on the division-leading Blues as they faced off against St. Louis at home three times, taking two wins in that span. Fondadouze was stellar in each hotly contested matchup, logging at least a point in each game after being held pointless in his last outing. He setup the comeback-sparking tally on Friday, scored on Saturday to keep Coulee Region within a goal and absolutely starred on Sunday with two goals and an assist on the GWG.
2nd Star: Jake Berry, D, Milwaukee Power
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ivan Bilyy, D, Milwaukee Power — Steve Delikat, F, Wisconsin Whalers — Austin Keil, F, Peoria Mustangs — Matthew Monreal, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Jack Radley, F, Peoria Mustangs — Nathan Sargent, F, St. Louis Jr. Blues — Donny Schultz, F, Coulee Region Chill — Trevor Timm, F, Wisconsin Whalers
Coastal Division Star of the Week: Cade Lambdin, F, Long Beach Sharks
The Sharks took a pair of tough losses against Northeast last week, but Lambdin’s stellar season rolled on nonetheless as he accounted for every Sharks tally across their two games. Saturday saw him score twice and assist another in a 4-3 loss before posting his third hat-trick of the season in a 10-3 defeat on Sunday. Lambdin’s 29-25—54 stat line leads all Sharks skaters as he gears up to head to Attleboro for the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament next Monday.
2nd Star: Deacon More, D, Northeast Generals
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None
Frontier Division Star of the Week: Karl Zodda, G, Butte Cobras
No netminder saw more action between the pipes than Zodda, who faced a stunning 202 shots in back-to-back games and stopped an unheard of 94 and 96 pucks in each respective contest. The Utah native netminder kept his team somewhat within striking distance in both contests, suffering 5-2 and 7-2 defeats despite seeing a whopping 101 shots in each tilt. Zodda’s last three games have seen him post 74, 94 and 96 saves with remarkable .937, .931 and .950 save percentages in that span, and despite his 1-19-0-0 record on the year, he still boasts a respectable .915 mark through 20 games.
2nd Star: Vadim Zubkov, F, Missoula Jr. Bruins
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Logan Cooksy, G, Yellowstone Quake — Jack Harris, F, Yellowstone Quake — Ian McIntosh, D, Helena Bighorns — Danny Ramos, D, Gillette Wild — Drew Scites, G, Great Falls Americans — Justin Sullivan, D, Helena Bighorns — Gage Thompson, F, Gillette Wild — Evan Williams, G, Missoula Jr. Bruins
Northeast Division Star of the Week: Elijah Morris, D, Oswego Stampede
Morris’ fantastic season continued last week, as the Stampede’s scoring leader recorded nine points in three wins, effectively featuring on nearly half of Oswego’s 22 goals. The offensive-minded blueliner posted 2g, 2a on Friday, another two goals on Saturday and scored again on Sunday alongside two more helpers to push his season total to 56 points, good for first among Stampede skaters and fifth among NA3HL defensemen. Morris also went +3, +4 and +5 in each respective tilt, padding his +/- stats from a 0 rating to +12 in just one week of play.
2nd Star: Zach Burkhart, F, Skylands Kings
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): — James Clarke, F, Skylands Kings — Thomas Liebold, F, Binghamton Jr. Senators — Ben White, G, Oswego Stampede
South Division Star of the Week: Zach Smith, D, Louisiana Drillers
Louisiana faced a tough test on the road last week, heading to Mid Cities for a three-game set against the Stars, but passed easily with three straight wins and 20 goals in that span. Of those 20, Smith played a part in eight, scoring two and setting up six to lead the Drillers to victory. A goal and an assist on Friday, two apples on Saturday and his second four-point effort of the season (1g, 3a) on Sunday lifted Smith to 12-27—39 on the year, good for a share of 15th among NA3HL blueliners and fifth among the entire Drillers roster. 2nd Star: Trevor Borlace, D, College Station Spirit
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Thomas Johnson, F, Atlanta Capitals — Andrei Rusakov, F, Atlanta Capitals — Blake Siewertsen, F, Louisiana Drillers
West Division Star of the Week: Sam Ayd, D, New Ulm Steel
With six assists in his last previous five games, Ayd entired the week on a strong streak and carried it through with an impressive five assists in three games. The playmaking blueliner logged one assist on Friday and three on Saturday as the Steel topped Alexandria in back-to-back tilts — a key pair of results as it enabled New Ulm to leapfrog the Blizzard for the final playoff spot in the West — before logging another helper in Sunday’s tough shootout loss to North Iowa. Ayd has now posted nine assists on his current five-game point streak, and boasts 11 in his last eight outings.
2nd Star: Jimmy McDermott, F, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brad Amundson, F, Granite City Lumberjacks — Henry Baribeau, G, New Ulm Steel — Jack Giddings, North Iowa Bulls — Tom Nagle, D, Granite City Lumberjacks
Credit to: NA3HL