Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Connor Scahill is involved in a brief scuffle with Jordan Gonzalez of the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Connor Scahill is involved in a brief scuffle with Jordan Gonzalez of the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears’ Scahill earns Midwest Division Star of the Week

Just 14 games into the season, the Kenai River Brown Bears have already earned Bauer Midwest Division Star of the Week awards from the North American Hockey League three times.

Connor Scahill, the Bears 19-year-old defenseman, joined JJ Boucher and Gavin Enright on the list by earning the award Monday.

Scahill, 6-foot-0 and 185 pounds, had three points and was plus-3 as the Brown Bears split with the host Topeka (Kansas) Pilots on Friday and Saturday. In Friday’s 3-2 loss, Scahill had both goals for the Bears. Saturday, he notched an assist in a 5-2 victory that snapped a three-game skid.

Scahill, who has one year of junior eligibility left after this season, already has four goals and five assists in 13 games for the Bears. Last season, he had three goals and 11 assists in 53 games.

“Connor has made a big step in his development in his second year in the league,” said Kenai River head coach Josh Petrich in a released statement. “Not only has he produced offensively, but he has helped shore up our defensive zone and special teams.

“We are very happy for him to win this award, but he as well as our team understand that things like this will keep happening with team success.”

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