New Jersey Hitmen vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, Skate 3 Red, 11:35 a.m.
What more can you say, but a first place team on a 6-0 run (Hitmen) and the NCDC’s hottest team, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs with their seven-game winning streak, on the same ice? Mind blown.
P.A.L. Jr. Islanders vs. Islanders Hockey Club, Skate 3 Red, 2:20 p.m.
Islanders vs. Islanders, featuring the P.A.L., which is suddenly on a hot streak again, winning its last four straight, including Friday’s 4-0 shutout victory. Colorado College-bound Michael Colella has returned to the P.A.L. squad and has already added three more points for 20 through nine games.
Connecticut Nighthawks vs. Dells Ducks, Gallant Arena, 1:30 p.m.
A pair of top 20 Premier teams hit the ice against each other in our USPHL Premier Game Of The Week on USPHL.HockeyTV.com. The Nighthawks start their run at the showcase with an active 3-0-1 streak, while the Ducks are looking to rebound from an 0-1-1 start to the event.
Hudson Havoc vs. Skipjacks Hockey Club, Skate 3 White Rink, 6:50 p.m.
Another pair of top 20 teams, with the Havoc coming off a dramatic shootout win over the Junior Bruins, and the Skipjacks entering the showcase on a 5-0-1 run in their last six.
New York Aviators vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance, Gallant Arena, 7 p.m.
The No. 1 Tier 3 junior team in the nation, according to MYHockeyrankings.com, kick off their Islanders Hockey Club Showcase stand with the Pittsburgh Vengeance, a top 20 team in the Premier Division that is coming in off an idle weekend. The Aviators enter on a seven-game winning streak.
New Jersey Rockets vs. Metro Jets, Skate 3 White, 7:50 a.m.
The Jets are on the Premier Division’s hottest streak at nine wins straight. They’ll go up against a Rockets team with the 16th toughest schedule in Tier 3, according to MYHockeyrankings.com.
Jersey Hitmen vs. Boston Bandits, Skate 3 Blue, 5 p.m.
In terms of winning percentage, this is a matchup of the fourth vs. fifth place teams (.806 vs. .765, respectively). The Bandits pulled out a late Friday night win, while the Hitmen took a loss to the 11th-place Islanders Hockey Club.
Northern Cyclones vs. Team Beijing, Gallant Arena, 5:10 p.m.
Our Elite Game Of The Week on HockeyTV features the league’s third winningest team, the Cyclones (.821) against a Team Beijing keeping itself very competitive in the Elite league this year, going 4-4-1-1 in its last 10 games.
New Jersey Rockets vs. Islanders Hockey Club, 1:20 p.m.
The Rockets won Friday, 2-1, over the Junior Bruins and are now 3-0 at the Showcase. The Islanders beat the Hitmen and at 14-3-0-0 are second in winning percentage in the entire 24-team division at .824.
Islanders Hockey Club vs. P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, Essex Sports Center, 11:40 a.m.
The host Islanders are 6-2-0-1 to start the 2018-19 season, and the P.A.L. squad is very closeby at 6-4-0-0, so this is a very even match-up on paper. The Islanders Hockey Club is undefeated in its last six games at 5-0-1.
Philadelphia Hockey Club vs. Florida Jr. Blades, Essex Sports Center, 1:30 p.m.
Here comes another matchup of two teams with very even records within the league so far, with the Philadelphia squad boasting a 5-3-0-0 and the Blades coming into the day at 5-1-1-0.
New Jersey Rockets vs. Northern Cyclones, Essex Sports Center, 8:50 p.m.
It’s a battle of two top 10 squads, points-and winning percentage-wise. The Rockets start Saturday at 10-3-1-0 and the Cyclones are 9-3-0-0, with the Cyclones shutting out the higher-ranked New York Aviators on Friday night.
Congratulations to the USPHL Elite’s top players from the past weekend out of the Southeast and Florida Divisions.
Forward: Cade Swygert, Florida Eels.
Swygert (‘00/Summerville, S.C.) had two goals in each of back-to-back wins against the Florida Jr. Blades last weekend. He also added three assists over the weekend for seven points in two games. Swygert has eight goals and 16 assists in 24 points through 21 games.
Defense: Andrew Lawrence, Atlanta Jr. Kings.
Lawrence (‘01/Toronto, Ont.) became the second highest scorer for the Kings this season with his nine-point weekend against the Charlotte Rush. He scored one goal and three assists the first game and added five assists in the second game. With that, he improved his totals to 24 points in 21 games.
Goal: Mike Beck, Carolina Eagles.
Beck (‘01/Apex, N.C.) got back to winning ways this past weekend, stopping all but one shot in a victory over Potomac.
Congratulations to the USPHL Premier’s Players Of The Week out of the Southeast and Florida Divisions.
Forward: Zac Horn, Carolina Eagles.
Horn (‘99/Greensboro, N.C.) scored the first goal and assisted on the game-winner as the Eagles defeated the Potomac Patriots. Those were two of four points scored over three straight games. Horn now has 11 points through 14 games.
Defense: Sam Storlie, Florida Jr. Blades.
Storlie (‘98/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) earned assists in two straight games last weekend against the Florida Eels in what those involved with both teams call ‘The Best Rivalry In Junior Hockey.’ Along with those two assists, he had one more assist the game prior for helpers in three straight. He now has nine points through 18 games.
Goal: James Grasinger, Atlanta Jr. Kings.
Grasinger (‘00/Freeport, Pa.) backstopped the Kings to a shootout victory over the higher-ranked Charlotte Rush on Saturday. That improved his season record to 5-3 overall.