Knapp Earns 2nd Bauer Central Star of the Week Honor

Apr 11, 2022

AUSTIN, MN- The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Bauer Hockey for the week ending April 10, 2022.  The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2021-22 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.

Austin Bruins goalie Klayton Knapp, 18, had a big weekend as he helped his team move into a tie for 2nd place in the Central Division with a weekend home sweep of the Aberdeen Wings. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Waterville, OH, stopped 49 of 51 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Knapp stopped all 25 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout win over the Wings. On Saturday, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 win. For the season, the NAPHL grad has a 16-13-1 record in 30 games played with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

“Klayton was big for us last weekend and has been all year. He had to make a few key saves in both games or the results could have gone the other way. We expect Klayton to stay focused and follow it up again this weekend,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

Anthony Menghini was named an Honorable Mention this week as well. The Brainerd, MN native had 2G-1A-3p last weekend vs. Aberdeen. Menghini also picked up his 2nd short-handed goal of the season on Friday night.