Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NA3HL names Andrews, Beleski as Stars of the Week

The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week, presented by Combat Hockey, for the week ending Jan. 15, 2012.

The Three Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2011-12 regular season that honors the top performing players each week of the regular season as nominated by their respective teams.

1st Star: Doug Andrews, forward, Metro Jets

Andrews, 19, helped the Jets to a weekend sweep of the Michigan Mountain Cats by recording seven points (goal, six assists) in two wins.

The Macomb native struck for a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-0 win. Then on Sunday, Andrews tied a 3HL season-high with five assists in one game as Metro recorded the weekend sweep with an 8-2 win over the Mountain Cats.

For the season, Andrews has 37 points in 31 games played and is fourth on the Jets roster in scoring.

“He has come a long way since arriving at camp and one of the most improved players on the roster,” said Jets head coach Jason Cirone. “He works very hard and knows how to distribute the puck.”

2nd Star: Josh Beleski, forward, Metro Jets

Beleski, 18, also had a great weekend in helping the Jets sweep over the Mountain Cats as the Southgate native recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in two games.

Beleski recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-0 win. On Sunday, he recorded a hat trick and an assist in an 8-2 win. Beleski, who very recently signed an NAHL tender to play for the Jamestown Ironmen next season, has 23 points in 26 games played this season.

“Josh has really played well of late and I think the tender to Jamestown has been affirmation of that,” said Cirone. “He is a centerman and understands how to win face-offs and do the little things. We drafted him No. 1 two years ago and glad we showed patience in him.”

The 3rd Star was Flint Jr. Generals defenseman Hayden Hanson.

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