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NA3HL Draft Recap

The North American Tier III Junior Hockey League (NA3HL) held their annual player draft tonight. Teams made selections for eight rounds adding talent from around North America.

Head coach Tom Train, assistant Ben Osborne and the new team management at Mid-Cities Jr. Stars added seven players in the draft.

23- Sterling Cooper, forward – Dallas Snipers

70- Drake Johnson, defense – Oklahoma City Blazers

111- Jonathon Johnson, forward – California Titans AAA

164- Samuel Lau, defense – Gilmour Academy

199- Billy Carr, forward – Esmark Stars AAA

258- Jeremy Bomberry, forward – California Titans AAA

352- Braxton Kilgore, forward – HC Dallas AAA

Jr. Stars announce new ownership and head coach

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that it has approved the transfer of membership and purchase of the Euless Jr. Stars by Brass Roots Hockey, LLC and owner Brad Allen from the KWM Kids, Inc. ownership group, consisting of Michelle and Kevin Bryant.
The team will continue as the Mid-Cities Jr. Stars and will be entering their fifth season of playing in the NA3HL in 2017-18. Euless has named former NAHL player and NAPHL coach Tom Train as their new head coach. In addition, the team has named former NAHL player Ben Osborne as the team’s assistant coach and former NAHL coach Tony Curtale as the team’s consultant and advisor.
The Jr. Stars compete in the NA3HL’s South Division and were the 2014 NA3HL South Division playoff champions. In four years, the team has moved dozens of players onto NCAA and ACHA college opportunities. The Jr. Stars play out of the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Euless, Texas, a suburb of Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Brad Allen is a contractor from New Orleans, Louisiana, who works in the hospitality industry renovating hotels. He has been in the construction industry for 43 years, owning and operating a construction company for 28 years. Brad and his wife Tara have three children, the oldest Tristan being the reason the family became involved in the sport of hockey. His daughter Ava, is senior in high school where she is on the sailing team and also is an avid equestrian rider who enjoys her two horses Evangeline and Wolfgang. His youngest son Ari, is a freshmen in high school who plays football and also enjoys playing hockey every chance he gets.
Allen has been involved in hockey for 17 years as a hockey dad/coach and has served on the Board of Directors of Southern Louisiana SLIHC. He had a partial ownership in St. Tammany Skate Rink and organized New Orleans High School Hockey playing throughout the State of Louisiana.
“The reason we wanted to get involved in the NA3HL is for my family’s love of hockey. It’s my goal to have a quality program that produces both young men and players that are morally upstanding, mentally adapt and physically able. I want to nourish and develop these young players in order to enable them to move on to the next level of hockey as well as life,” said Allen.
Tom Train is a familiar face in the NAHL family of leagues.  He most recently was a head coach in the NAPHL for the HC Dallas 18U team this past season. Prior to that, he was an associate head coach for both the HC Dallas 18U and 16U teams during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Train began his coaching career in 2011-12 with the 16U Texas Tornado, where he led the team to the NAPHL Championship game that season. The team would go on to win the Texas State Championship and an appearance at the 16U USA Hockey National Championship Tournament.
“We are looking to develop a culture of winning and development in Euless. A place where players can confidently come from the DFW area, and the entire country to develop as individual players and learn how to win. Our goal is to bring in young players for one or two years and move them on to the NAHL and other top junior leagues in the country. I experienced that as a player winning three National Championships and moving onto NCAA Division I hockey. I will never forget my experience with the Texas Tornado in the NAHL, and hope to be able to create that experience for many players in the years to come,” said Train.
Train, a native of Troy, Michigan, played his junior hockey in the NAHL for the Texas Tornado for four seasons from 2002-06, where he helped the team to three-straight National Championships, two of which as team captain. Train had 142 career points as a Tornado player, but his best statistical year came in 2004-05 when he had 69 points in just 55 games. Train then went on to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. During his four-year career, he helped the Chargers to two College Hockey America Conference titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. He was named assistant captain for his Junior and Senior seasons.
Osborne, who is also an NAHL graduate, played with Train during their time in the NAHL with the Texas Tornado, which included winning a National Championship in 2003-04. He later went onto play in the USHL and was an assistant coach with the Jr. Stars this past season.

Jr. Stars Season Ends In Atlanta

Another NA3HL season for the  Jr. Stars has come to an end. After finishing third in the South Division the Stars (23-19-4-0) traveled to Atlanta to face the second place Capitals (36-10-0-1) in a best-of three series. It took just two games to find a winner as Atlanta swept the series to move on to the division finals.

After going 1-2-1-0 against the Capitals during the regular season the Stars had hopes of advancing despite playing on the road. Atlanta squashed those hopes winning Game 1 handily 11-4 on March 17.

The Jr. Stars did fight throughout Game 1 despite the lopsided score. A quick goal in the opening minute of the second period gave the Capitals a 4-1 lead. That led to an 8-1 advantage by second intermission. Third period goals by Nick Sheridan and Triston Wilson made the score 8-3, but the short-bench made the comeback unlikely.

In Game 2 the Stars dressed just 14 healthy skaters who were overwhelmed early in the game. Atlanta scored four goals in the first period on their way to a 7-2 victory.

Dalton Caesar and Bryce Harrison scored for the Stars, who were outshot 40-21 in the game. Euless goaltender Maxwell Kerner made 33 saves in a losing effort.

While the season ended suddenly in the playoffs the Jr. Stars enjoyed their best-ever season in a brief four year history. 2016-17 included winning 23 games just one season removed from a 9-36-2-0 finish for a 30-point improvement in the standings.

Jr. Stars Struggle Against Capitals In Home Loss

Boomer Miller did his part, adding 2 goals and Joseph Lajcaj chipped in with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).

In the first, Miller opened the scoring for Atlanta with a goal at 2:25 with helpers from Figi and Vannelli. Miller deposited a goal at 14:52 with an assist from his teammate Minaev. Mikhailov quickly followed with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 15:49 with helpers from Minaev and Klintworth. Medure scored a goal at 19:33 with assists from his linemates, Lajcaj and Mikhailov.

In the second period, Lajcaj put in a goal at 8:13 with helpers from Medure and Klintworth. Caesar finally put the Jr. Stars on the board with a goal at 14:54 with an assist from Wilson.

In the third, Figi answered for the Capitals with a goal at 9:37 with helpers from his linemates, Brown and Mikhailov. Harrison answered for Euless with a goal at 11:54 with an assist from Sheridan. Koehler answered for Atlanta with a goal at 14:20 with a helper from Dale.

This loss brings the Euless Jr. Stars’ record to (23-24-4-0)

Euless Crush Drillers 5-2

Nick Hart came up big, stopping 36 of 38 shots throughout the game. The Euless Jr. Stars took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Nick Sheridan.

Nick Sheridan chipped in with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Chase Deacon did his part, adding 2 assists. Niki Raiskio delivered for his team with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).

In the first period, Greco opened the scoring for Euless with a goal at 1:33 with a helper from defenseman Allen. Van Gemerden answered for the Drillers with a goal at 10:22 with helpers from his teammates Raiskio and Kause. Raiskio put in a goal at 16:39 with assists from Weber and Prewett.

In the second period, Delaney answered for Euless with a goal at 9:02 with a helper from fellow Jr. Stars forward Deacon. Sheridan deposited what turned out to be the game winning goal at 12:33 with an assist from defenseman Olson.

During the third, Synder put in a goal at 9:20 with a helper from Sheridan. Caesar netted a goal at 12:20 with assists from his linemates, Wilson and Deacon.

The Jr. Stars’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Hart’s big night as he stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced. Hart’s counterpart, Lake, also had a big night, managing to stop 23 of 28, but ultimately fell short.

This win brings the Euless Jr. Stars’ record to (46-40-8-0)

The Jr Stars splits series with Texas before 3-game road set with Louisiana

This past Friday night the Jr. Stars took out the Jr. Brahmas 5-2 where William Rooney opened the game with 2 goals (Delaney, Sheridan) (Wood, Sheridan), Thomas Delaney (Chavez) increased the lead in the 2nd, and Ian Linna and Chase Deacon (Wilson) tacked on goals each following a Jr. Brahmas score. Maxwell Kerner picked up 45 saves in his win.

Saturday night was not as successful of an effort for the Jr. Stars as they dropped a 5-1 contest to Texas with Matt Greco picking up his second goal of the season for the Jr. Stars with help from Nick Sheridan and Remi Kesling. Nick Hart was given the loss after saving 26 out of 31 shots.

The Stars final 3 regular season games will come against the Louisiana Drillers. The Jr. Stars will fight to pass the Point Mallard Ducks to earn the third best seed out of the South Division. This battle will be aided by the fact that the Jr. Stars are 6-3 this season against the Drillers who will end their season without a playoff position this weekend.

Euless struggle against Jr. Brahmas

The Euless Jr. Stars’ defense had a difficult night, allowing the Texas Jr. Brahmas 25 shots throughout the game. The Texas Jr. Brahmas took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Jacob Peterson. Jacob Berry did his part, adding three assists.

In the first period, Torgerson opened the scoring for Texas with a goal at 6:54 with a helper from his teammate Albers.

During the second, Peterson netted what turned out to be the game winning goal at 7:05 with assists from Bersani and Berry. Torgerson quickly followed with a goal at 7:27 with helpers from his linemates, Garcia and Garcia.

In the third period, Greco finally put the Jr. Stars on the board with a goal at 2:53 with assists from his linemates, Sheridan and Kesling. Torgerson answered for the Jr. Brahmas with a goal at 9:16 with helpers from Moore and Berry. Torgerson netted a goal at 13:29 with an assist from defenseman Berry.

This loss brings the Euless Jr. Stars’ record to (44-38-6-0).

Road Loss Sends The Jr Stars Home With Motivation

A College Station offensive explosion handed the Jr. Stars a road loss Sunday. Nick Hart left with the loss to the Spirit despite a hat trick from Thomas Delaney and another goal from Kayne Fedor.

The Jr. Stars will return home to the Dr. Pepper StarCenter – Euless for a pair of contests with the Texas Jr. Brahmas. Friday night’s contest will begin at 8:00 and the puck will drop at 7:30 Saturday night.

Jr. Stars represent South Division well at Top Prospects

It’s a long way from Euless, Texas to Plymouth, Michigan.  For an opportunity to play in front of hundreds of scouts, however, the commute is well worth it.  Bryce Harrison, Nick Sheridan, and William Rooney all made the trip North for a shot to impress those scouts.

Rooney got in the scoring column first with an assist in Monday afternoon’s game.  Harrison followed it up with a goal for the Silver team Tuesday afternoon.

While Rooney and Harrison were suiting up in silver Sheridan was sporting the red for the U18 Selects team.  Like Rooney, Sheridan came away with one assist on the weekend.

All-in-all it was a successful showing for the Jr. Stars at top prospects.  Next up for the Jr. Stars is a home series with the Texas Jr. Brahmas.  The series is set to begin – in Euless – Friday night at 8pm CT.