NAPHL alumni shine again this week in NAHL and NCAA
October 23, 2019
It was another big week for NAPHL alumni playing in the NAHL and NCAA. Let's take a look at some of those former players honored this week...
NAHL East Division Star of the Week: Josef Glamos, New Jersey Titans (Northern Cyclones 18U, 2016-17)
The 1st place New Jersey Titans rolled to a weekend sweep and extended their winning streak to five straight games. Helping lead the way offensively was 20-year-old forward Josef Glamos. The 5’9/165 lbs. native of Baldwinsville, New York, had three points in the two wins over the Maine Nordiques. On Friday, Glamos had two goals in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 5-2 win.
B1G First Star: Daniel Lebedeff, Wisconsin (Madison Capitols 18U, 2015-16)
Lebedeff backstopped the Badgers to a sweep over two-time defending NCAA champion and No. 3/2 Minnesota Duluth with a .950 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average. He recorded 26 saves in a 6-2 win against the Bulldogs on Friday and then turned aside a season-high 31 shots in a 3-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. This his first career weekly award.
NCHC Forward of the Week: Tyson McLellan, Denver (San Jose Jr. Sharks 16U, 2012-13)
McLellan powered Denver to a sweep of then-No. 6 Boston College, scoring his first three goals of the season in the series to help keep DU perfect on the season. In Friday’s 3-0 shutout of the Eagles, McLellan potted an empty-net goal to make it 2-0 and seal the victory. He also fired six shots on goal and was +1 in the whitewash. The next night, McLellan scored two goals for his first career multi-goal game. He tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal in the first period, then put DU ahead for good at 3-2 with a goal early in the second stanza. McLellan was again +1 and earned First Star of the Game in Saturday’s 6-4 victory. The assistant captain finished the series with three goals, nine shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus, while winning 20-of-39 draws in the faceoff circle (.513 faceoff percentage). With his three goals, McLellan has already matched his goal total from last season.
NCHC Rookie of the Week: Shane Pinto, North Dakota (NY Aviators 16U, 2015-16)
Pinto helped pace North Dakota’s balanced offensive attack at No. 2 Minnesota State, tallying two points in the series. In Friday’s 4-4 overtime tie, the Ottawa Senators draft pick had the primary assist on UND’s first goal, which came on the power play late in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The next night, Pinto tallied the Fighting Hawks’ lone goal in a 2-1 setback, scoring the game’s opening goal midway through the first period. He also fired six shots on goal in Saturday’s loss. Pinto finished the series with a goal, an assist, nine shots on goal and an even plus/minus as he was even both nights. He also won 16-of-40 faceoffs in the series. Pinto has a point in all four games to start his collegiate career with two goals and two assists.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Nathan Smith, Minnesota State (Tampa Scorpions 18U, 2015-16)
Freshman forward Nathan Smith helped lead the No. 2/3 Mavericks to a 4-4 overtime tie and a 2-1 win over No. 16/RV North Dakota in a weekend series in Mankato. His four points on a goal and three assists tied for the points lead among WCHA freshman on the weekend. Smith won 20-of-29 faceoff attempts (.690) against UND to lead all NCAA freshmen in faceoff winning percentage (min. 13 attempts). In his collegiate debut Friday, the Hudson, Fla., native had a hand in all four Minnesota State goals in Friday's 4-4 overtime tie with the Fighting Hawks. This is Smith's first WCHA weekly honor.