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Bears goalie Quinn nabs Star of Week, Bushey gets 2nd Star

Posted: September 23, 2013 - 6:02pm  |  Updated: September 23, 2013 - 10:47pm

Kenai River Brown Bears goaltender Zach Quinn was named the Midwest Division Star of the Week by the North American Hockey League on Monday.

The Bears were one of three teams to go 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Quinn was the only goalie to be in net for all four of his team’s wins, though.

The 19-year-old from Westland, Mich., faced 85 shots in the four games and stopped 79 for a save percentage of 92.9 and goals against average of 1.51. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound goalie made 28 saves to beat defending Roberston Cup champion Amarillo 4-1.

“Zach really provided a spark for the rest of the team because he plays with such confidence,” Brown Bears coach Geoff Beauparlant said in a released statement. “Zach doesn’t give up a lot of rebounds and makes the crucial saves when he needs to in all types of situations.”

Brown Bears defenseman Jake Bushey earned the Midwest Division’s Second Star as the Bears swept the top two spots. That’s saying something because the Midwest Division had a dominant run at the Showcase, including producing the co-champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Minnesota Magicians were the only team that didn’t pick up a point in every one of its nondivision games at the showcase. That happened when the Magicians lost 5-3 to the Odessa (Texas) Jackalopes on Saturday.

Bushey, who is from Duluth, Minn., had a goal and four assists during the showcase. The 6-0, 190-pounder now has five points in six games and is plus 2. The second-year Bears player is showing his offensive and defensive improvement from last season, when he put up 17 points in 54 games and finished minus 11.

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