HELENA, MT – The American West Hockey League selected its first and second all-star teams for the 2012-2013 regular season, announced AWHL Commissioner, Mike Butters, Tuesday.
The all-star team selections featured 17 players from all 7 of the full member teams and players from the United States (13), Canada (2) and Sweden (2). Players from each of the 8 clubs received votes.
“It was great to see the coaches of the league select the players who are deserving of merit,” said Butters. “Each of these fine young men represented their teams well.”
There were several ties in the voting, which showed a good parity amongst the league leaders. The AWHL honored those in a tie with other players a share of their all-star selection. There were 3 defensemen tied for voting on the 1st team, along with 2 forwards. The 2nd all-star team saw 3 defensemen in a tie. “We are a league destined on moving players to the next level,” said Butters. Instead of using a tiebreaker, the league office wanted to honor all of the players that were selected as all-stars. The higher levels of junior and college ranks should be exposed to as many of league’s best as possible.”
AWHL First All-Star Team
GOAL: Jett Salinas (Helena Bighorns)
DEFENSE: Brandon Rumble (Helena Bighorns) Bill Grillo (Great Falls Americans)
Logan Hawgood (Helena Bighorns), Donovan Mattfeldt (Missoula Maulers)
FORWARDS: Taylor Motsinger (Gillette Wild), Tyler Cavan (Gillette Wild)
Christian Axelsson (Helena Bighorns), Ben Henne (Helena Bighorns)
AWHL Second All-Star Team
GOAL: Mckinlee Baum (Missoula Maulers)
DEFENSE: Moco Willis (Gillette Wild), Nick Rizzo (Billings Bulls)
John Petersson (Helena Bighorns) Tanner Fricke (Yellowstone Quake)
FORWARDS: Michael Berens (Yellowstone Quake), Zach Paisley (Missoula Maulers)
George Splichal (Yellowstone Quake)
Goaltender Balloting: Jett Salinas (28pts; 5-1st place votes), Mckinlee Baum (17; 1-1st). Others receiving votes: Nick Wackerly (12; 1-1st), Jared Schletty (7), Eric Powell (5; 1-1st), Cody Janzen (1), Alek Lazarski (1).
Defense Balloting: Brandon Rumble (47 pts; 5-1st place votes), Bill Grillo (18; 2-1st), Logan Hawgood (18), Donovan Mattfeldt (18), Moco Willis (13; 1-1st), John Petersson (12), Tanner Fricke (12). Other receiving votes: Anthony Leong (11), Will Stawinski (8), Brandon Miller (6) Tyler Zandhuesin (4), Ronnie Wilheusen (3), Dylan Chase (2), Devin Smith (2), Adam Wilkingsson (1), Nick Nasby (1), Steve Patafio (1).
Forward Balloting: Taylor Motsinger (56pts; 7-1st place votes), Tyler Cavan (38), Christian Axelsson (31), Ben Henne (31), Michael Berens (26; 1-1st), Zach Paisley (23), George Splichal (18). Others receiving votes: Brett Matthews (15), Jimmy Tich (14), Dylan Webster (11), Daniel Kulikov (10), Sam Basich (8), Corbin Belling (5), Sebastian Adnell (5), Jarrett Stark (3), Theo Campe (2), Paige Maul (2), Trent Dillinger (1).
The votes for the AWHL league all-stars were submitted by the 8 head coaches in the AWHL. The voting points that were given for each vote are as follows:
Goal – 1st place vote (5 pts.), 2nd (3 pts.), 3rd (1 pt.)
Defense – 1st place vote (8 pts.), 2nd (6 pts.), 3rd (4 pt.), 4th (3 pts.) 5th (2 pts.), 6th (1 pt.)
Forwards – 1st place vote (8 pts.), 2nd (7 pts.), 3rd (6 pts.), 4th (5 pts.) 5th (4 pts.), 6th (3 pts.), 7th (2 pts.), 8th (1 pt.).
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