Pittsburgh, PA - Nikita Volski, a member of the Midget U18 Esmark Stars, has been selected as the Player of the Week, Midget 18U Major, for week 22 (Feb 3 - 5, 2023) of the Tier 1 Hockey Federation (T1HF) season.
Volski was recognized for his work in a pair of games the Stars Midget Major club played in Pittsburgh, PA at the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) - Pittsburgh Showcase.
Volski recorded a pair of wins as he turned aside 19 of 21 shots he faced in securing a 4-2 win over the Madison Capitols and all 30 shots he faced to record the win and a shutout in a 1-0 overtime / shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in front of a standing room only crowd at the UPMC Lemieux Center in Pittsburgh
"The game against the PPE was a high-end action-packed see-saw affair and both Nikita and the PPE goalie were awesome," said 18U AAA Stars head coach Dave Kosick. "He put our team on his back and shut the door on a very good PPE team and gave us a chance for the W.”
Additionally, Xypher Zamais was selected as an honorable mention for the Player of the Week award in the 12U division for his performance in helping lead the U12 Stars to the NAPHL - Pittsburgh Showcase Championship. Zamias collected nine points (4G, 5A) in four games.
The T1HF announces the Players of the Week for each age classification at the conclusion of each week of play.