NOTE: A major winter snowstorm is slated to come through the Northeastern U.S. this weekend, so some of these games may end up being postponed. Check the schedules at usphl.com/18U, usphl.com/16U and usphl.com/15U for the most up-to-date info.
National - The top two teams in the National, Jersey Hitmen (17-4-2-1, 37 pts) and the Skipjacks (15-5-0-2, 30 pts) will be idle this week, but the third place PAL Junior Islanders (12-7-1-1, 26 pts) will take on the Junior Bruins (7-10-3-1, 17 pts) Saturday.
Keep an eye on the P.A.L.’s All-Star forward Jake Lanyi who has 16 goals and 10 assists and is sixth in points with 26.
Northeast - The logjam at the top of the Northeast remains with the New Hampshire Monarchs (14-2-1-2, 31 pts) in first, the Springfield Pics (14-7-1-1, 30 pts) in second and CP Dynamo (13-4-1-0, 27 pts) in third.
Out of those three teams, only CP Dynamo will be in action as they take on Northwood (12-1-1-2, 25 pts) Saturday and Sunday. This could be a goalies’ duel as Dynamo All-Star goalie Ronan Mobley is 7-0-1-0 with a 1.03 GAA, .957 save percentage and three shutouts. On the other end will be Ryan Wilson for Northwood and he’s 8-0-1-0 with a .091 GAA and .964 save percentage. Wilson has also posted three shutouts.
Mid-American - The first place Jersey Shore Whalers (13-2-0-0, 26 points) will host the Connecticut Jr. Rangers (6-7-2-0, 14 pts) Saturday and Monday. Whalers All-Star forward Mike Franzoni will be a player to watch as he has 16 goals and 14 assists so far. Between the pipes, Whalers goalie Lane Skon has not lost yet and is 6-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .909 save percentage.
National: The National Division teams are idle this weekend.
Northeast: The Northeast is also jammed up at the top. CP Dynamo (17-3-2-0, 36 pts), still leads the division with the Northern Cyclones (16-4-1-2, 33 pts) and the Springfield Pics (15-9-1-1, 31 pts) in striking distance. Not far behind are the Rochester Monarchs (13-2-0-1, 27 pts) and the Junior Bruins (13-5-0-1, 27 pts).
The Pics and Junior Bruins will be busy this weekend. The Pics are on the road against the Junior Bruins Friday and then at CP Dynamo Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile after their tilt with the Pics Friday, the B’s host the Boston Bandits Saturday and Sunday.
Pics All-Star forward Daniel Murnieks is having a great season with 19 goals and 22 assists and Ilya Spirin has been sensational between the pipes for the B’s as he is 10-4-0 with a 1.86 GAA and .940 save percentage.
For the Dynamo, All-Star goalie Chris Swanson is 6-0-1 with a 1.28 GAA and .922 save percentage and the Flansburg brothers are lighting it up as Spencer has 20 goals and 34 points and Schuyler is machine with 25 helpers and 34 points as well!
Mid-American: The Mid-American is idle this week.
The Hitmen (15-6-0, 30 pts) remain in first place with the still undefeated New Jersey Rockets (14-0-0, 28 pts) on their heels in second place and the Philadelphia HC (12-5-0, 24 pts) not far behind. All teams will be down in Bridgewater, NJ for a MLK weekend tournament, the 2018 New Jersey Rockets 15U Showcase. Here’s a rundown of the games:
The Hitmen will play the Florida Junior Everblades (3-9-0-1, 6 pts) and the Pics (2-9-0-2, 26 pts) on Saturday and then the Islanders (8-13-1, 17 pts) and the Palm Beach Hawks (7-9-01, 15 pts) on Sunday, and the Jersey Shore Whalers (8-13-0, 16 pts) on Monday.
Keep an eye on Hitmen forward Matt Imbriano who has 17 goals and 22 points in 17 games played. In net, David Lee is getting the job done at 6-3-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .915 save percentage.
The Rockets play the Hawks and the Northern Cyclones (9-7-0-1, 19 pts) on Saturday; Philly and P.A.L. Islanders (8-13-1, 17 pts) on Sunday, and then the Islanders on Monday.
For the Rockets, Jared Kordonsky has 16 goals and 24 points, and Gleb Veremyev (9g, 14a) and William Lawrence (14g, 9a,) each have 23 points. Between the pipes, Matt Bridger is unbeaten at 6-0-0 with a .087 GAA and .952 save percentage. He has two shutouts.
In addition to the Rockets on Saturday, Philadelphia will play Palm Beach and on Sunday, as mentioned above, they will also play the Rockets again and then the Northern Cyclones. On Monday, Philly finishes their weekend playing the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders.
Congratulations to this week’s 16U Division Players Of The Week.
Forward: Sebastien Henault, Boston Junior Bruins.
The ‘02 from West Roxbury, Mass., helped the Junior Bruins to a three-win weekend, all with his playmaking abilities that put him at second on the Junior Bruins in assists (12). He had five assists vs. the Boston Bandits on Jan. 11, and added one more vs. the Maine Moose on Saturday.
Defense: Tim Fitzpatrick, Boston Junior Bruins.
An All-Star Game selection, Fitzpatrick (‘02/Shrewsbury, Mass.) is a second-year blueliner for the Junior Bruins. Along with his heads-up defensive game, he also is a big help to the forward corps, as evidenced by his one-goal-three-assist performance against the Bandits. He now has two goals and 11 points in 19 USPHL games this season.
Goal: Ryan Maguire, Connecticut Jr. Rangers.
Maguire (‘02/Ridgefield, Conn.) enjoyed his best weekend of the season, earning two wins - one in shutout fashion - and knocking away 53 of the 56 shots he faced over two games against the Jersey Shore Whalers and Philadelphia Hockey Club. He walked away with a .946 save percentage for those two games.
The Guiding Lights: USPHL Coaches Pass On Love, Knowledge Of The Game At All Levels
By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com
Some have been doing it almost their entire professional lives, while others joined later.
The one thing USPHL coaches have in common, however, is their dedication to the mission of making young men into better hockey players and better people.
That is certainly clear from talking to the coaches we reached out to for this article, who come from each level of the USPHL’s junior ranks and the 18U and 16U Divisions, as well.
Read on, as the coaches at the helm of some of the USPHL’s best teams talk about how they got their start, about their philosophies on coaching, and what they like most about coaching within the USPHL, the nation’s largest amateur hockey organization.
Picking up the whistle
“I don’t think I ever decided to become a coach, it just happened.”
These are the words of one of the most successful junior hockey coaches in the United States, the New Jersey Hitmen’s head coach Toby Harris. He played for the great Jerry York at Boston College, before embarking on a pro career cut short by concussions. It was while he was still a player that he caught the coaching bug, eventually leading to him to becoming a co-founder of the Hitmen in 2004, and their head coach since 2007.
“My first ‘coaching’ job was at Exeter Academy Summer Camps. I began in the summer of 1997, and worked those camps for over a decade. It was an eight-week sleepaway camp with four two-week sessions,” said Harris. “After my playing career was ended prematurely, I could not get the game out of my system. I turned down jobs on Wall Street to work hockey camps, do skills sessions, and coach spring/summer AAA select teams.
“This game was in my blood and I was lucky to get the opportunity to do it full time,” added Harris. “I love my job. I love going to work, and I love competing every day.”
Another player whose injury ended up being serendipitous was Tony Horacek, a former Philadelphia Flyer and Chicago Blackhawk (1989-95), now head coach of the Palmyra Black Knights in the USPHL 16U Division.
An eye injury brought his playing career to a close. That same 1997-98 season, however, he was hired full-time by the Utah Grizzlies of the former International Hockey League, to be an assistant coach under Bob Bourne and former NHL head coach Butch Goring.
“I wanted to stay involved with the team, I still loved the sport and being a part of the success of the whole, and was fortunate enough to have been offered an assistant coaching position,” said Horacek, currently head coach of the Palmyra Black Knights’ USPHL 16U squad.
It was actually two years earlier that he got his first exposure to coaching, as a player-coach for the Indianapolis Ice (also of the IHL).
“I remember it being very challenging, exhilarating and fun when winning - not so much when not winning,” added Horacek.
The decision to turn to coaching was made very suddenly for Metro Jets (USPHL Premier) head coach Justin Quenneville. He was preparing for another playing season with the pro Corpus Christi Ice Rays, when their GM called him and asked him if he wanted to join the Ice Rays’ junior team as a coach.
“I was in my last year of a professional playing contract and knew I only had a few good years left in the tank,” said Quenneville. “I loved it down in Texas and the city was awesome. When [GM Pat Dunn] asked me if I had any interest in getting into coaching with the [junior] team, I was sold. Most people don’t get an opportunity to start at a high level and for a top organization.”
A few coaches started in the high school game before joining the junior ranks, including Garrett Strot, who is head coach of both the Premier and Elite teams for the Tampa Bay Juniors.
“I've always played hockey and started skating at age 4. When I was done playing college hockey, I just got right into coaching at my alma mater Osseo High School in Minnesota,” said Strot. “I started helping the JV team and remembered how much I enjoyed working with the players. I was then JV head coach for three years and then varsity head coach for 14 years.”
Rich Alger is a first-year head coach in the NCDC, running the bench for the Boston Bandits. He also got into coaching through the high school route, and it’s an experience he still draws on today.
“When I was done playing in college [at Boston University], a local high school coach asked me to help him on a volunteer basis,” said Alger. “I told him I’d come once a week to help out and I ended up coming that first day and stayed with him every day for six or seven years.
“Coaching with the Cape Cod Tech/Chatham High co-op team, we had a lot of different types of kids from different social backgrounds, a lot of hard-luck kids. That was a crash course in how to manage personalities. So much of what coaches do on a daily basis is finding what buttons to push with players, what motivates them, what shuts them off, and how to get the most of your guys. Those first coaching years with [head coach] Bill Jacques were hugely formative.”
It also taught him that a coach always need to be the best prepared person on the ice.
“I remember the first practice I ever ran for [Cape Cod Tech], because I ran out of drills inside of 20 minutes,” said Alger. “It was that first humbling moment of knowing that playing and coaching are totally different.”
Thinking the game
The Jersey Shore Whalers have had a great start to the USPHL 18U season, going 11-2 in league play and being ranked among the top half of 18U AAA programs nationwide. Whalers head coach Stan Gutt has been a Midget or high school coach since 2000, and said that he believes the most important aspect of coaching is to continue learning the game.
“My view of the game has not changed much, but my knowledge of the game grows daily. I feel the main change from being a player to a coach is preparation. Coaches need to be prepared for every situation, either on or off the ice,” said Gutt. “As a coach you try and prepare your team as best you can, but you yourself cannot execute what you are teaching. That is what drives us coaches to coach.”
Nic Cota is one of the younger coaches in the USPHL, running the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ USPHL Elite team. Born in 1993, he played three years of junior hockey and then at the University of Southern Maine. He coached at Portland High School in Maine before joining the Florida Panthers as a member of their Junior Panthers program.
In Florida, he held the title of “Hockey Coach/Mentor.” He himself had a mentor in Florida in Jack Capuano, current assistant coach for the NHL’s Panthers. This season, Cota has coached the Monarchs’ Elite team to a 20-3 record through the end of 2018.
“My coaching philosophy is a combination of everything I have learned from my past experiences, and the coaches I’ve played for. I coach a fast style of play - moving the
puck North,” said Cota. “Work ethic, commitment, and leadership are an important part of my
coaching style. I want my players to be great young men on and off the ice. I want them
to represent themselves, their families, and the Monarchs to the best of their ability.”
Finding the players who can fulfill a team’s mission statement like the one above is a full-time job in itself. This is especially true for a program that has the stature of the New Jersey Hitmen’s NCDC team.
“My view and knowledge of the game has changed drastically since I started, but my core values in terms of what I look for in a player, that player’s character and the type of person that he is has not changed and never will,” said Harris. “We recruit players that are serious about this game and serious about what it takes to become the better person and best player. My coaching philosophy is simple: come to the rink prepared. For the five or six hours you are here daily, your focus is on development, staying sharp and making gains.”
Horacek always draws on his NHL and pro experience when he thinks about the game of hockey - he was trained by some of the best, including Stanley Cup-winning coaches Ken Hitchcock and Darryl Sutter. His challenge is to translate that knowledge to young 16U players within the Palmyra program.
“Playing the sport builds a first-hand intimacy and understanding of what a successful room feels like,” said Horacek. “As a coach, your are responsible for the success of the whole, not just yourself. [You also understand] that without developing your players on a daily basis in an environment that challenges them consistently, you will not have growth nor wins. The two are indirectly correlated with each other.”
In 2013, Quenneville joined his wife, who got a great job offer in Michigan, in the move north from Texas. He became the head coach of the Metro Jets that year.
“I always was a student of the game. I will never forget my first video session way back when video wasn’t really a thing coaches did. The game has changed so much in the last 10 years, and coaches need to evolve with it,” said Quenneville. “Everything is focused around speed and skill now. We focus 100 percent on development. People would be surprised to know that our philosophy does not preach winning hockey games or championships, whatsoever.
“We are a selfish program and deal in the industry of selfish players. Yes, every player in junior hockey is selfish about their goals and opportunities. Other coaches will be honest and admit that,” Quenneville added. “Instead of preaching coming together as a group, we teach better habits, skills and decision-making on the ice from Day 1. The goal is to see the players progress, learn through repetitions and expose that IQ in games.”
Strot, who joined the Tampa Bay juniors six years ago, said that coaching made him so much more aware of the “why” in terms of what is happening on the ice. He also agrees with Quenneville that coaches at this level shouldn’t be worried about the “W’s” - those typically come with better player development.
“Coaching makes you think of why you are doing things a certain way, whereas a player may just do it because their coach said to, without thinking ‘Why we are doing certain things?’” Strot added. “My philosophy is about developing the players. I always felt that if you make your players better, winning will be the byproduct.”
The best platform
Alger, of the Bandits, remembers very well playing junior hockey in New England with the Boston Junior Bruins, back when they and the Springfield Pics were the only two junior teams in the area.
“I’m a big proponent of junior hockey. I played for the very first Junior Bruins team and it was a great model even back then,” said Alger. “I like the practice time, I like the fact we’re able to train a few times a week off the ice. I feel like that is all a part of what we as a league in the USPHL can offer.
“The level of play in the USPHL is always humbling - regardless of where you happen to be in the standings, whatever week and whomever you’re playing, if you don’t show up, you won’t win,” Alger added.
Gutt agrees about the USPHL as a whole featuring tough draws every weekend, forcing the hand of coaches to be on their toes in terms of preparation and player development.
“I feel, from top to bottom, the USPHL 18U Division is one of the best in the country,” Gutt said. “All the coaches seem to come prepared, and if you don’t bring your A game, any team can beat the other in this league.”
Being part of a multi-tiered organization like the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, Cota has seen all of the different junior levels of the USPHL this year.
“I have been very impressed with the level of play throughout the USPHL. The NCDC
level has surprised me the most, as I feel it is a very high level of hockey,” Cota said. “The Premier league is a competitive level and I hope to see that league continue to produce NCAA-caliber players. The USPHL Elite is a great entry level league for young players to develop their skills in order to continue moving up the ladder.”
“The coaching in the NCDC is top notch. Every coach in this league cares,” added the Hitmen’s Harris, about the top, tuition-free junior level. “They care about their players. They care about winning. They care about development. It is not easy to win in this league because the coaching staffs come to the rink so well prepared for what’s ahead.”
Hitmen games are just one segment of a fully regimented and diverse schedule of development that Harris and assistant coach Jim Hunt, a former NCAA Division 1 head coach, put them through each week.
“A week in the life of a Hitman is pretty intense,” said Harris. “We skate five days a week - including Monday with our power skating coach and Friday with our skills coach. On top of that, we have three team lifts a week, two yoga sessions as well as boxing and team video. We spend about 22-25 hours per week training our players.”
Horacek gets his Palmyra 16U team together on the ice three times a week, and there’s also a gym session once per week and video session every other week, a demanding schedule for players still in high school eight hours a day. It’s all necessary, because Horacek knows each weekend’s battles will be equally grueling for 51 minutes.
“The USPHL 16U level has some very good teachers, coaches and programs throughout,” he added.
Along with an intense development program, the Metro Jets’ Quenneville also builds in a winning mentality to the weekly schedule.
“We believe in taking one week at a time and the approach of coming to the rink and getting better everyday. This is a better way for them to learn how to win rather than us teach them how,” Quenneville added. “To say it lightly, these kids are treated like pros. We give them the tools, and the ones that use them succeed faster.”
Tampa Bay’s Strot has a similar type of schedule, but it’s times two, as he coaches both the Premier and Elite Division teams. Plyometrics, skill sessions, video - it’s all part of the week working up to the (typically) Saturday and Sunday games.
“Coaching both teams makes for long days, but it is definitely worth it,” added Strot.
Long hours at the rink, time away from their own family and the mental and physical toll of a season are all part of the sacrifices these coaches make. In the end, they don’t do it for themselves - they do it to make young men into better players and better people.
“The biggest thing for me personally,” said the Bandits’ Rich Alger, “is I kind of err on the side of doing the right thing by the kids. We’ve asked our kids to put faith in us in Bridgewater, taking them from their homes and families. We do the best we can with the guys we have recruited. We coach them, train them and put them in the best positions to succeed and be promoted to higher levels of hockey.”
“Maybe it’s me being a father,” he added, “but you think of how you would want your own kid to be treated.”
The American All-Star team consists of players from the Skipjacks Hockey Club, Islanders Hockey Club, Palmyra Black Knights, CP Dynamo, Boston Junior Bruins, Boston Bandits and Jersey Shore Whalers. They will be coached by - and have been selected by - Skipjacks head coach Jared Kersner and Islanders head coach Nate Bostic.
1. G Brooks McLean, Palmyra Black Knights.
‘03/Austin, Minn. 6-1/190. First-year Skipjacks HC/USPHL. 2018-19: Sixth in saves in the league (400).
2. D Josh DeMattos, CP Dynamo.
‘02/Queensbury, NY. 5-11/174. Third-year USPHL/CP Dynamo. Homegrown product, played prior to Midgets with CP Dynamo bantam program. 2018-19: Tied for third among defensemen in USPHL with 19 points. 22gp-5g-14a-19pts
3. D Will Fortescue, New Jersey Hitmen.
‘02/West Nyack, N.Y. 6-3/179. Second-year USPHL/Hitmen. 21018-19: 22gp-2g-10a-12pts
4. D Connor Lally, Islanders Hockey Club
‘02/Scarborough, Maine. 5-8/170. Second-year USPHL/IHC player. 2018-19: 19gp-1g-11a-12pts.
5. D Austin Rice, Skipjacks Hockey Club.
‘02/Fort Myers, Fla. 5-11/181. Second-year USPHL/first-year Skipjacks. 2018-19: Fifth in scoring among USPHL 16U defensemen. 18gp-2g-17a-19pts.
6. D Adrian Jubran, Skipjacks Hockey Club
‘02/Knoxville, TN. 5-11/179. First-year USPHL/Skipjacks. 2018-19 totals: 23gp-1g-7a-8pts.
7. D Tim Fitzpatrick, Boston Junior Bruins.
‘02/Shrewsbury, Mass. 5-9/165. Second-year USPHL/Junior Bruins. 2018-19 totals: 19gp-2g-9a-11pts.
8. D Jake Antonucci, New Jersey Hitmen.
‘02/Saddle Brook NJ. 5-9/159. First-year USPHL/Hitmen. 2018-19: 22gp-0g-12a-12pts
9. D Alex Hoitt, Boston Bandits.
‘02/East Bridgewater, Mass. 6-0/174. Second-year USPHL/Bandits. 2018-19: Tied for first in USPHL 16U goals scored by by a defenseman with 10. 23gp-10g-7a-17pts.
11. F Yuri Ushakov, CP Dynamo
‘03/Clifton PArk, NY. 5-10/170. Homegrown product of CP Dynamo. Third-year USPHL/16U. 2018-19: Tied with Johan Rosenquist for third in USPHL goal-scoring (21). Fourth in league scoring (39).Team scoring and goal-scoring leader. 22gp-21g-18a-39pts.
12. F Jesse Horacek, Palmyra Black Knights
‘03/Lebanon, Pa. 6-0/181. First-year USPHL/Black Knights. Son of Black Knights head coach Tony Horacek, a veteran of 156 NHL games, many of which were with the Philadelphia Flyers. 2018-19: Eighth in league in assists, with 18. Team-leader in assists (18), second in scoring. 26gp-10g-19a-29pts.
14. F Johan Rosenquist, Islanders Hockey Club
02/Naples, FL. 6-1/174. Second year USPHL /Islanders. 2018-19: Leading scorer of IHC, and also in goals and assists. Second in league scoring. Tied for third in the league in goals (21), tied for sixth in assists. Third in points per game (2.10) in league among regular players with more than nine games played. 20gp-21g-21a-42pts
15. F Patrick Somerville, Islanders Hockey Club
02/Medford, Mass. 5-6/149. First year USPHL/IHC. 2018-19 totals: 20gp-9g-13a-22pts.
16. F Bret Worster, Islanders Hockey Club
02/Hendersonville, TN. 5-10/150. First year USPHL/IHC. 2018-19: Tied for second on IHC in goals, third in points. 20gp-12g-11a-23pts.
17. F Zachary Aben, Palmyra Black Knights
03/Shavertown, Pa. First-year USPHL/Black Knights. Tied for first in goals for USPHL 16U (22). Team’s leading scorer. 23gp-22g-13a-35pts.
18. F Connor Sedlak, New Jersey Hitmen
‘02/Wycliffe NJ. 5-9/170. Repeat All-Star (16U). Second year Hitmen/ USPHL. 2018-19: 13th in the league in points (29). Leads team in goals, assists and points. On active six-game point streak, with 12 points scored. 22gp-15g-14a-29pts.
19. F Nolan Roche, Boston Bandits
‘03/Duxbury, Mass. 6-0/174. Second-year USPHL/Bandits player. 2018-19: Leading scorer for team, and leading goal-scorer for team. Tied for 12th in league goal scoring. 21gp-15g-11a-26pts
20. F Chris Delaney, Boston Junior Bruins
‘04/Hopkinton, Mass. 5-4/130. First-year USPHL/Bruins. Leading scorer for Junior Bruins and the second-youngest player in the entire league. 18gp-9g-14a-23pts.
23. F Oliver Frontini, Skipjacks Hockey Club
‘02/Cleveland Heights, Ohio. 5-9/157. Second-year USPHL/Skipjacks. 2018-19: Leading scorer of Skipjacks 16U. Fifth-leading scorer for all of USPHL 16U. Fourth in league assists with 24. Tied for first in PP Assists (8). 23gp-12g-24a-36pts
24.F Ryan Gordon Skipjacks Hockey Club
‘02/Duluth, Ga. 5-10/161. Second-year USPHL/Skipjacks. 2018-19: Second leading scorer with Skipjacks. Tenth in league scoring, and 10th in assists. Active six-game point streak with 13 points. 19gp-12g-16a-28pts.
25. F Silas Hughes, Skipjacks Hockey Club
‘02/Fairbanks, Alaska. 5-10/161. First-year USPHL/Skipjacks. 2018-19: Fourth in team scoring. 19gp-10g-11a-21pts.
30. G Chris Swanson, CP Dynamo.
‘02/Saugerties, N.Y. 5-9/174. Second-year CPD/USPHL. 2018-19: Joins Roman Shiryaev (Northern Cyclones) as only two 16U qualified (minimum 300 minutes played) goalies still undefeated in regulation. Seventh in goals against average (1.28), 11th in save percentage.
8gp, 6-0-1, 1 SO, 1.28, .922
31. G Alexander Houston, Skipjacks Hockey Club.
‘02/Canton, Ohio. 6-1/190. Second-year USPHL/Skipjacks HC. 2018-19: Third in league wins (9).13 gp-1 SO-2.57-.916
16U National (Blue)
National All-Star Team will consist of players from the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, South Shore Kings, Rochester Monarchs, Northern Cyclones, Springfield Pics, Maine Moose They will be coached and were selected by the N.H. Monarchs’ Frank Golden and N.J. Rockets’ Noel Rubin.
1. G Josh Girard, Maine Moose.
‘03/Clifton, Maine. 5-6/145. First-year USPHL/Moose. 10gp-3.85 GAA-.901 SP
2. D Nate Benoit, Northern Cyclones.
‘02/Bow, NH, 5-9/130. Second-year USPHL/third-year Cyclones. 2018-19: Tied for team lead in scoring (16). Seventh in assists among USPHL 16U defensemen (12). Three-game call-up to NCDC Cyclones, Jan. 5-6-9, no points. 17gp-3g-13a-16pts
3. D Joe Sciabarra, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders
‘03/Plainview, NY. First-year USPHL/Islanders. 2018-19: Tied for sixth in team scoring. 16gp-4g-2a-6pts.
4. D Michael Rubin, New Jersey Rockets
‘03/New York. 6-1/183. First-year USPHL/Rockets. 2018-19: Also played four games with 15U Rockets, registering three assists. Fifth in team scoring. Leading scorer among all USPHL 16U defensemen, at 27 points. 24gp-7g-20a-27pts.
5. D Tyler Anastasi, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
‘02/Andover, Mass. 5-8/150. First-year USPHL/Monarchs. 2018-19: Tied for third in team scoring. 20gp-7g-5a-12pts
6. D Jack Kircher, New Jersey Rockets.
‘02/Bedminster, NJ. 6-3/192. First year USPHL/Rocket. 2018-19: Tied for sixth in USPHL scoring among defensemen. Third in assists among USPHL defenseman (16 assists). 22gp-2g-16a-18pts.
7. D Nicholas Bernardo, P.A.L. Junior Islanders
‘03/Hauppauge, NY. 5-9/165. Brown University Commit. First-year USPHL player. Brother of 18U All-Star Anthony Bernardo. 2018-19: Currently on four game point streak (5 points). 17gp-5g-10a-15pts
8. D Ralfs Bergmanis, New Jersey Rockets
‘02/Latvia. 5-10/165. First-year USPHL/Rockets. 2018-19: 21gp-3g-9a-12pts.
9. D Jack Pascucci, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
‘02/North Andover, Mass. 6-2/174. First-year USPHL/Monarchs. NCDC Monarchs call-up on Nov. 2 vs. PAL. 2018-19: 20gp-1g-7a-8pts.
10. F Jason Siedem, New Jersey Rockets.
‘02/Madison, N.J. 5-10/154. Boston College commit. First-year USPHL/Rockets. 2018-19: Joined Rockets in November, but since then, has racked up 23 points in 11 USPHL 16U games. Already the sixth-leading scorer for Noel Rubin’s Rockets team. Season-high 2-5-7 vs. CJRangers on Jan. 5. 11gp-9g-14a-23pts.
11. F Gregory Spitznagel, New Jersey Rockets
‘03/Summit, N.J. 6-3/185. First-year USPHL/Rockets. 2018-19: Second-leading scorer for Rockets, 11th in league scoring and tied for ninth in league goal-scoring. 24gp-16g-15a-31pts.
12. F David Bazile, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
‘02/Wilmington, Mass. 5-11/175. First-year USPHL/Monarchs. 2018-19: Leading scorer for Monarchs 16U. 20gp-10g-5a-15pts.
14. F Cole Crusberg-Roseen, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
‘02/Exeter, N.H. 5-11/165. UMass-Amherst Commit. First-year USPHL/Monarchs. 2018-19: NCDC call-up with NH Jr. Monarchs on Oct. 28 vs. Rochester. 2018-19 totals: 20gp-2g-10a-12pts.
15. F Kyle Contessa, New Jersey Rockets
‘02/Freehold, N.J. 6-2/176. First-year USPHL/Rockets. 2018-19: Ninth in league scoring (33), first in team scoring. Tied for sixth USPHL 16U in goals (19). 23gp-19g-14a-33pts
16. F Alexander Farmer, New Jersey Rockets
02/Whitby, Ont. 5-10/159. First-year USPHL/Rockets player. 2018-19: Fourth in team scoring. 21gp-13g-15a-28pts.
17. F Spencer Quinn, Rochester Jr. Monarchs
‘02/Rochester, NY. 5-6-130. First-year USPHL 16U/Jr. Monarchs. 2018-19: Tied for sixth in league in assists (21). Tied for 13th in league scoring. Leads Rochester by eight points. 16gp-8g-21a-29pts
18. F Evan Brown, New Jersey Rockets
‘03/Little Silver, NJ. 5-8/154. First-year USPHL/Rockets player. 2018-19: Tied for second in league assists (25). 12th in league scoring. 23gp-5g-25a-30pts.
19. F Daniels Murnieks, Springfield Pics
‘02/Riga, Latvia. 5-11/160. First-year USPHL/Pics. 2018-19: Tied for sixth in league goal-scoring with 19. Third in league scoring (41). Fifth in league assists (22). 24gp-19g-22a-41pts.
20.F Nate Hanley, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders
‘02/Rocky Point, NY. 5-11/165. Northeastern University Commit. Repeat All-Star (16U, 2018).2018-19: Leading scorer in 16U Division. Leading goal-scorer and assist-getter, as well. Has an eight-point lead on closest competition in scoring race. Held scoreless only four times - to start the season vs. Hitmen and Jan. 5-6 vs. Skipjacks. In between, posted all 50 of his points in 13 games. 2018-19 total: 17gp-22g-28a-50pts.
21. F Chris Jenkins, South Shore Kings
‘02/Marlborough, Mass. 6-0/165. Second-year USPHL/SSK. 2018-19: Tied for team lead with brother Coleman at 12 points. Coleman was born 16 months after Chris. 17gp-6g-6a-12pts.
22. F Michael Stevens, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders
‘02/Massapequa, N.Y. 5-6/150. First-year USPHL/PAL. 2018-19: Second-leading scorer on P.A.L., tied for 13th in league scoring. 17gp-12g-17a-29pts
30. G Thomas Heaney, New Jersey Rockets
‘03/Oceanport, N.J. 6-1/165. First-year USPHL/Rockets. 2018-19: Leads USPHL 16U in wins, with 11. 15gp-2.19-.915.
31.G Lenny Perno Rochester Jr. Monarchs
‘02/Rochester, NY. 5-10/160. First-year USPHL/Monarchs. 2018-19: Went on 7-0 streak in 2018 portion of schedule, currently 7-1. Tied for sixth in save percentage (.940), tied for fourth in goals against average (1.13) with Rochester creasemate Pieter Bartelse. 8 gp-1.13 GAA-.940 SP
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National - The Jersey Hitmen (17-4-2-1, 37 pts) are atop the standings as we start the second weekend of play in 2019, but are idle in terms of league play this weekend.
Northeast - There could be a change above the Northeast standings after this weekend if the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (12-2-0-1, 27 points) have anything to say about it. The second place Monarchs will get their chance to overtake first from the Springfield Pics (14-5-1-1, 30 pts) in a home-and-home set that kicks off in Springfield Friday at The Olympia and concludes Saturday at the Tri-Town Arena in Hooksett on Saturday.
Mid-American - The first place Jersey Shore Whalers (13-2-0-0, 26 pts), will play on the road Saturday against the Connecticut Junior Rangers (6-7-2, 14 pts).
16U: Skipjacks, Dynamo And Aviators Look For More Success
National: It’s still a logjam at the top of the National as we begin the second weekend of 2019! The Skipjacks (16-3-0-0, 34 pts) remain in first place, but the New Jersey Rockets (15-6-1-0, 31 pts) and Jersey Hitmen (13-6-3-2, 31 pts), are both three points back in second place. The Palmyra Black Knights (14-8-1-1, 30 pts) are a point back of those teams in second.
The Skipjacks will host a two-game set at York Arena against the Black Knights and the Islanders Hockey Club (13-4-1, 27 pts) will host a pair against the Rockets at Gallant Arena Friday and then Skate 3 on Saturday.
The Hitmen are idle.
Northeast: The first place CP Dynamo (17-2-2, 36 points) will play on the road against the Springfield Pics (13-9-1, 27 pts) at Olympia Arena Saturday.
Mid-American: The first place New York Aviators (12-5-0, 26 pts) and second place Hartford Junior Wolfpack (12-5-1, 25 pts) will be idle this weekend.
15U Weekend Preview
The first place Jersey Hitmen (15-6-0, 30 pts) are idle this weekend but there will be two league games as the Islanders (8-12-0, 16 pts) will host the undefeated New Jersey Rockets (13-0-0, 26 pts) Saturday and Sunday.
Congratulations to this week’s top performers from the USPHL 16U Division!
Forward: Jason Siedem, New Jersey Rockets.
Good things come to those who wait. The Rockets had to wait until November for the arrival of Siedem, an ‘02 from Madison, N.J. who is already committed to Boston College. Siedem posted two goals and added five more assists for seven points when the Rockets defeated the Connecticut Jr. Rangers on Jan. 5. In Siedem’s nine games, he’s missed scoring only twice, and he now has 21 points in nine contests.
Defense: John Greenwood, CP Dynamo.
The Dynamo earned a pair of wins against the Jersey Shore Whalers and haven’t lost in regulation in 10 games (8-0-2). They have done it offensively and defensively - in the latter category, they average less than two goals against per game, with 40 through 21. Greenwood (‘03/Nisyuna, N.Y.) posted two goals and an assist in the second game against Jersey Shore, and an assist one night earlier. He has scored seven of his 11 total points in his last six games.
Goal: Alex Houston, Skipjacks Hockey Club.
A second-year Skipjacks 16U goalie from Canton, Ohio (home to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame), Houston has been solid in net yet again this season. The highlight so far for the ‘02 was beating the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders in two straight to stand first overall in the National Division. Houston stopped 44 of the 46 shots he faced in just short of 99 minutes of action this past weekend.
The USPHL and EHF Selects are proud to have three alums playing for Team USA and going for World Junior Gold tonight at the 2019 U20 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, B.C.
Forward Jay O’Brien played for the Cape Cod Whalers from 2014-18. The Hingham, Mass., native has zero points in six games at the tournament.
He’s currently in his freshman season at Providence College. O’Brien was a first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Forward Evan Barratt played in the USPHL 16U Division for Team Comcast in 2014-15.
Barratt has a goal in six games at the tournament. Barratt is a sophomore at Penn State and was a third round pick of the Blackhawks at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Forward Joel Farabee played for Selects Academy 16U from 2014-16.
Farabee has three goals and two assists at the World Juniors. He is in his freshman season at Boston University and was also a 2018 first round pick of the Flyers.
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