The Midwest Junior Hockey League, a proud member of the Amateur Athletic Union, announced today its players of the week for the period ending Monday, Feb. 18.
The players of the week are voted on by league staff, coaches and general managers.
Player of the Week - Thomas Kerr, Hartland Hounds
Kerr tallied back-to-back hat tricks as the Hounds swept the Holland River Bandits last weekend at home.
On Friday night, the 18-year-old Howell, Mich., native scored all three of his goals in the first period, including what would prove to be the game-winner, and added an assist for a four-point game.
Saturday night, Kerr again tallied the game-winning goal as part of his three-goal outburst.
On the season, Kerr has 26 goals and 58 points for Hartland and is currently riding a 10-game point streak in which he has recorded 23 points since the start of January.
Also Receiving Votes - Vaughn Clouston, Michigan Grrrowl; Cam Fisher, Hartland Hounds; Hunter Ledgerwood, Michigan Ice Dogs; Cody Phillips, Bloomington Jr. Blaze; Abram Prince, Holland River Bandits; Cody Staub, Michigan Grrrowl
Defenseman of the Week - Tyler Textor, Michigan Ice Dogs
Now a three-time Defenseman of the Week winner, Textor scored a goal in the Ice Dogs' 9-2 win last Saturday over the GL Lightning and also played a sound defensive game.
The 19-year-old native of Erie, Mich., previously won top defenseman honors on Sept. 26 and Dec. 24.
Overall, Textor has tallied eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points, good for sixth in MWJHL defensemen scoring.
Also Receiving Votes - Cory Bussing, Holland River Bandits; P.J. Krystyniak, Hartland Hounds; Edgars Ozolinsh, Bloomington Jr. Blaze
Goaltender of the Week - Gavin Carlson, Bloomington Jr. Blaze
Carlson has now been named Goaltender of the Week three times, also winning the award on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22.
Bloomington split with the Michigan Grrrowl last weekend, but the 20-year-old from Palatine, Ill., earned the win in Saturday's 6-3 victory making 25 saves, including 18 in the first two periods.
This season, Carlson is 10-2-2 with a 3.71 goals-against average (sixth in the league) and a .906 save percentage (fourth). His 10 wins are tied for fourth as well.
Also Receiving Votes - Brendon Hanser, Holland River Bandits; Christian Michalik, Hartland Hounds