The Dan K Show's Dan and Lucas took a few moments during the USPHL Florida Showcase to interview the New Jersey Hitmen's Brett Callahan by phone, after he committed on Thursday to American International College, an NCAA Division 1 institution.
Congratulations to these top players from the last week in the USPHL Elite, from the North and Mid-Atlantic Divisions.
Forward: Patrick McCarthy, Boston Junior Bruins.
McCarthy (‘99/Marlborough, Mass.) posted back-to-back two-goal games against the Islanders Hockey Club over the Dec. 8-9 weekend. That helped him surge to the top of the team’s scoring leaderboard with 17 points through 22 games. The Junior Bruins’ sweep over the Islanders put them at 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games.
Defense: Bryce Endres, Northern Cyclones.
The Cyclones gave up just one goal in two games last weekend against the Islanders Hockey Club and the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, and gave up a combined 48 shots in the two games. Not only did Endres (‘99/Greeley, Colo.) help the Cyclones defensively, he also racked up a pair of assists against the Islanders, and two goals and three assists against Hartford. With 21 points in 19 games, Endres is now seventh overall in scoring among defensemen in the USPHL Elite.
Goal: Cole McLear, Boston Junior Bruins.
The ‘99 from Paxton, Mass., has been picking up steam over the last few weeks, including back-to-back victories against the Islanders Hockey Club, making 69 saves on 72 shots in the two games.
Overall, McLear is 5-1-0-1 since Nov. 9, and he’s put together a .930 save percentage in that stretch.
Congratulations to this week’s trio of Players Of The Week from the USPHL’s tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference!
Forward: Jonny Mulera, Boston Junior Bruins.
With his teammate Sasha Peresunko representing his home country of Ukraine in the World Junior Championships Division 1 tournament this week, the Providence commit Mulera
(Rockville, Md.) surged forward into the top scoring spot in the league with two goals against the Islanders Hockey Club on Dec. 9 and another goal and two assists on Dec. 12 again, also against the Islanders.
He has 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points through 27 games.
Defense: Tanner Palocsik, New Jersey Hitmen.
Palocsik remains a near constant in this space - he is bound for Dartmouth College for a reason. Palocsik picked up three assists in the pair of Hitmen wins over the past week against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders on Saturday and New Jersey Rockets on Wednesday.
Palocsik is the leading scorer among defensemen in the NCDC, with 24 points in 27 games, with 13 of those points coming in the last eight contests going back to Nov. 10.
Goal: Colten Lancaster, Connecticut Jr. Rangers.
Lancaster gave up just one goal in each of two games the last week against the Rochester Jr. Monarchs and P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, stopping 73 of the 75 shots he faced in those two games.
The ‘98 from Charlie Lake, B.C., has certainly found his fortune with the Jr. Rangers, going 8-2 since he joined the squad in November. Since that time, he has a .946 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average.