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NA3EHL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016  
By: Alex Kyrias

Honors this week go to Maine Wild goalie Brandon Daigle and New York Aviators forward Dominick Sacco


FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey for the week ending February 7, 2016. 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 two divisions of the NA3EHL as nominated by their head coaches.


East Division Star of the Week: Brandon Daigle, goaltender, Maine Wild

Maine Wild goalie Brandon Daigle, 18, had a good week minding the net for his club last week. The native of Biddeford, Maine, appeared in two games and stopped a total of 49 of a possible 52 shots. On Thursday, Daigle made a relief appearance in an 8-0 loss against 1stplace Cape Cod. After the score was 5-0, Daigle (6’2/185) came in and played well, stopping 19 of 22 shots in the loss. Two nights later, he posted his first shutout of the season as he stopped all 30 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout of the Northeast Generals. Daigle moved his save percentage to 90.2% for the season. “Brandon has really been playing well since the start of the new year. He is an extremely hard worker on and off of the ice. I am glad to see his hard work pay off,” said Maine Wild head coach Mike Tenney.

2nd Star: Chris O’Donnell, F, Cape Cod Islanders

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mitchell Eldridge, F, Cape Cod Islanders – John Krapian, F, New England Stars


West Division Star of the Week: Dominick Sacco, forward, New York Aviators

Since joining the Aviators back in January, forward Dominick Sacco, 20, has dominated the league like few have in the history of the NA3EHL. The native of Brooklyn, New York, had another dominated weekend as he led his team to a weekend home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre Miners. Sacco (5’8/159) had 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and was a +8 in the two wins. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal and two assists in a 6-2 win and on Sunday, he had two goals and three assists in an 8-3 win. For the season, the NA3EHL Forward of the Month for January has 31 points in just eight games played. “Dominick has done here what great players do. He is not only producing, but he is making everyone around him compete at a higher level. The proof is evident in our last five games as you can see Dominick settling in with his teammates,” said New York head coach Mike Stanaway.

2nd Star: Patrick Massey, G, Roc City Royals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Backstrom, F, New York Aviators – Cameron Clark, F, Roc City Royals – Christian Cooley, F, Jersey Shore Wildcats – Chris Gasiewicz, F, Lockport Express – Ryan Logar, F, Lockport Express

About the NA3EHL

The primary mission of the NA3EHL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes at the Tier III junior level, who have the ability and the aspirations to play at the collegiate level. The common goal is to produce athletes that are committed to excellence in academics as well as athletics. By providing a high level of competition, the players will be given the resources to contribute and succeed at the next level of hockey and education.

Author: Alex Kyrias
Alex Kyrias is in his fifth season as Director of Communications and Sales for the North American Hockey League.

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