The Midwest Junior Hockey League, a proud member of the Amateur Athletic Union, announced today its players of the week for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 20.
The players of the week are voted on by league staff, coaches and general managers.
Player of the Week - Joe Clemente, Bloomington Jr. Blaze
Clemente had a monster weekend, recording 14 points in Bloomington's three-game sweep at home over the Holland River Bandits.
Friday night, Clemente tallied a goal and two assists and the following night, went for two goals and three assists. On Sunday, the 19-year-old from Elmhurst, Ill., scored three goals and added three assists.
Overall, Clemente has 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points in 31 games, good for third in MWJHL scoring behind Nick Murphy of the Soo Firehawks (70 points) and teammate Matt Donley's 57 points.
Also Receiving Votes - Matt Donley, Bloomington Jr. Blaze; Cam Fisher, Hartland Hounds (formerly Holland River Bandits); Colton James, Great Lakes Lightning; Hunter Ledgerwood, Michigan Ice Dogs; Dmitry Lvov, Rhinelander Street Cats; Cam Miglia, Hartland Hounds; Steven Smoltz, Bloomington Jr. Blaze
Defenseman of the Week - Scott Luca, Hartland Hounds
After going his first seven games of the season without a point, the 18-year-old native of Kalkaska, Mich., broke out with three goals and three assists in the Hounds' 11-4 win over the Michigan Ice Dogs last Friday night.
Luca, signed by Hartland back on Dec. 15, tallied all six of his points against the Ice Dogs at even-strength.
Also Receiving Votes - Patrick Anaruk, Bloomington Jr. Blaze
Goaltender of the Week - Gavin Carlson, Bloomington Jr. Blaze
A 20-year-old native of Palatine, Ill., Carlson picked up all three wins in Bloomington's weekend sweep at home against the Holland River Bandits.
Last weekend, Carlson stopped a total of 69 shots over the three games. On Friday, he made 33 saves in a 4-2 win and then turned aside 35 shots in an 8-5 win the following afternoon. Sunday, Carlson relieved starter Will Rohleder and stopped all 10 shots he faced over the final 13:59 to get the win.
Carlson, who also earned Goaltender of the Week honors last week, is 8-1-2 this season with a 3.53 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Also Receiving Votes - Spencer Brasswell, Rhinelander Street Cats; Andrew Brownlee, Hartland Hounds; Kent Nusbaum, Rhinelander Street Cats; John Posler, Holland River Bandits