The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending March 3, 2019. The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2018-19 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.
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Central Division Star of the Week: Didrik Henbrant, forward, Minot Minotauros
Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness, the Minot Minotauros stayed in 2nd place in the Central Division playoff race. Forward Didrik Henbrant, 20, was a big factor in the weekend wins as the 5’10/168 lbs. native of Sturefors, Sweden, had a career weekend with six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Henbrant had two goals and two assists in an 8-2 win, and then on Saturday, he scored two more goals in a 4-2 win. For the season, Henbrant has 35 points in 48 games played, which is good for 5th in team scoring. “Didrik had an exceptional weekend for us. He works extremely hard and it was nice to see him get rewarded. He is a player that makes those around him better and he will be a key member of our team down the stretch,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
2nd Star: David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Brad Belisle, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Caruso, G, Brookings Blizzard – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Ward, F, Minnesota Wilderness
East Division Star of the Week: Alex Frye, forward, Jamestown Rebels
It was a big weekend for Alex Frye, 20, and the Jamestown Rebels, who got back on track with a weekend road sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Hudsonville, Michigan had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, the University of Alaska-Anchorage recruit had an assist in a 7-0 win. On Saturday, Frye had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 6-3 win. For the season, Frye leads the Rebels in scoring with 48 points in 49 games played so far this season. “Alex has been great all year. After a tough weekend the week before, he was our leader in getting the ship back in the right direction,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.
2nd Star: Brandon Perrone, G, New Jersey Titans
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Spencer Stanley, D, New Jersey Titans – Nick Stuckless, F, Jamestown Rebels – Jacob Urban, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Midwest Division Star of the Week: Brandon Puricelli, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues
Springfield Jr. Blues and 2019 NAHL Top Prospects forward Brandon Puricelli, 21, helped his team stay in the thick of the Midwest Division playoff race with a weekend split at home against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Ellisville, Missouri, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two games. On Friday, Puricelli had a goal in a 7-2 loss and then on Saturday, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-1 win. For the season, Puricelli leads the Jr. Blues in scoring with 59 points in 49 games played, which also ranks him tied for 6th among all NAHL players in 2018-19. “Brandon has been committed to leading this team on the ice the past few weeks. This week he stepped his game up against one of the top teams in the league and showed why he is a top player on our league,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.
2nd Star: Sean Driscoll, D, Janesville Jets
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Abbott, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Alex Klekotka, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Nikita Kozyrev, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Erik Palmqvist, F, Janesville Jets – Ben Schultheis, D, Minnesota Magicians – Camden Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel
South Division Star of the Week: Michal Stinil, forward, Lone Star Brahmas
The Lone Star Brahmas moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the South Division thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Forward Michal Stinil, 19, was solid and a difference-maker in his return to the line-up as the 6’0/175 lbs. native of Decin, Czech Republic had three goals in the two wins. On Friday, Stinil, who is committed to play NCAA Division I college hockey at American International College, had a power play goal in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he scored two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 win. For the season, Stinil has 18 points in 20 games played. “It is nice to have Michal back in the lineup on a regular basis. He provides us with a lot of jump and offensive ability,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.
2nd Star: Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Evenson, G, Amarillo Bulls – Jack Jaunich, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brendan Schultz, F, Topeka Pilots – Matt Weber, F, Shreveport Mudbugs