NCDC Players Of The Week: Nov. 6

By USPHL Staff/USPHL.com 11/06/2019, 8:30pm EST

Forwards: Tie

Mickey Burns, Jersey Hitmen 

There were so many great performances this weekend, but few could match the three-goal, three-assist outburst by Mickey Burns. This included a last-second game-winner against the Rockets Hockey Club on Friday, and also the game-winner on Saturday. He also had power play goals in each game. 

That two-game effort put Burns - a University of Vermont recruit - at third overall in the league scoring race, and he is also tied for first in game-winning goals (five).

 

Dominiks Marcinkevics, Islanders Hockey Club 

After missing all of October, Markincevics came back with a vengeance, scoring two goals and two assists in two games -  a shutout win over Twin City and a 4-2 loss to the Northern Cyclones. Over nine games played this season, Marcinkevics has five goals and three assists for eight points. 

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Special recognition also goes out to Bryan Vandelinder and Ryan Gaulin, of the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, each of whom had four points in a win against the Rockets Hockey Club.

 

Defense: Cooper Swift, Jersey Hitmen 

Fresh off a midnight flight, newly acquired defenseman Swift (‘00/West Hartford, Conn.) scored in his first Hitmen shift. He then assisted on the game-winning goal and added an insurance goal later in the game. Now that is how you make a debut. 

 

Goal: Henry Graham, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

Graham (‘00/Manhattan, N.Y.) continues to be one of the top goaltenders in the NCDC, and his 37-save performance against the Rockets Hockey Club was proof positive of how he helps his team to victories. He stands first overall in the league in save percentage (.961) and is second in goals against average (1.55). 

NCDC Players Of The Week: Nov. 6

By USPHL Staff/USPHL.com 11/06/2019, 8:00pm EST

Forwards: Tie

Mickey Burns, Jersey Hitmen 

There were so many great performances this weekend, but few could match the three-goal, three-assist outburst by Mickey Burns. This included a last-second game-winner against the Rockets Hockey Club on Friday, and also the game-winner on Saturday. He also had power play goals in each game. 

That two-game effort put Burns - a University of Vermont recruit - at third overall in the league scoring race, and he is also tied for first in game-winning goals (five).

 

Dominiks Marcinkevics, Islanders Hockey Club 

After missing all of October, Markincevics came back with a vengeance, scoring two goals and two assists in two games -  a shutout win over Twin City and a 4-2 loss to the Northern Cyclones. Over nine games played this season, Marcinkevics has five goals and three assists for eight points. 

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Special recognition also goes out to Bryan Vandelinder and Ryan Gaulin, of the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, each of whom had four points in a win against the Rockets Hockey Club.

 

Defense: Cooper Swift, Jersey Hitmen 

Fresh off a midnight flight, newly acquired defenseman Swift (‘00/West Hartford, Conn.) scored in his first Hitmen shift. He then assisted on the game-winning goal and added an insurance goal later in the game. Now that is how you make a debut. 

 

Goal: Henry Graham, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

Graham (‘00/Manhattan, N.Y.) continues to be one of the top goaltenders in the NCDC, and his 37-save performance against the Rockets Hockey Club was proof positive of how he helps his team to victories. He stands first overall in the league in save percentage (.961) and is second in goals against average (1.55). 

Players Of The Month: 15U Division

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 11/04/2019, 9:00am EST

ForwardLogan Myers, Palmyra Black Knights

There was not a game in October where Myers (‘04/York, Pa.) scored a single point - because he never scored just one. After scoring five points over his first nine games through the end of September, Myers exploded for 12 points in just five league games in October. This consisted of three two-point outings and a pair of three-point games. 

This offensive outburst helped lead the Black Knights to a tie for first at 12-1-1, thanks to going unbeaten in regulation in their last 10. 

With 17 points in 14 games, Myers entered November as the 15U Division’s leading scorer. 

 

Honorable Mention

Jeremy Keyes, Utica Jr. Comets

Caleb Patrick, Islanders Hockey Club 

 

Defense: Finnegan Wheeler, Utica Jr. Comets

The Jr. Comets went 4-1 through October (including 3-1 at the Comet-hosted Adirondack Bank 15U Showcase), and Wheeler was all over the ice for the Utica squad, helping them maintain a healthy 2.01 goals against average. 

Utica’s goalies only see 21.8 shots on goal per average, so Wheeler (‘04/Syracuse, N.Y.) is helping to lead one of the 15U Division’s stingiest defenses, helping them to a 9-1 overall record. 

Offensively, Wheeler was in on seven points in five games, including a two-goal, two-assist game against P.A.L. with a shorthanded Utica squad. 

With his 11 points in 10 games, he is the only defenseman in the league with double digits in points and also the only blueliner averaging better than a point per game in the league. 

 

Honorable Mention

Mason Henne, Palmyra Black Knights

Louis McCarthy, Philadelphia Hockey Club 

 

Goaltender: Zack McErlain, Philadelphia Hockey Club 

Yes, a 5-0 record does go a long way towards some nice honors, such as Player Of The Month. McErlain (‘04/Gloucester City, N.J.) did just that for Philadelphia in the month of October, stopping 121 of the 132 shots he faced for a .917 save percentage and allowing just 2.20 goals against per game. 

Philadelphia has gone 7-0-0-1 in their last eight games, including 6-0 in October, tying Palmyra for first overall in the league with 25 points. 

 

Honorable Mention

Eric West, Palmyra Black Knights 

Jake Hitchner, Skipjacks Hockey Club

USPHL 18U Division Players Of The Month

By USPHL Staff/USPHL.com 11/03/2019, 1:30pm EST

Forward: Aiden Grieco, Jersey Hitmen 

You could definitely say that Grieco (‘01/Montvale, N.J.) has progressed well under the watchful eye of the Jersey Hitmen. He has scored better than 20 points at the 15U and 16U level with the Hitmen, and was also productive as a younger 18U player last season. 

This year, he is again a leader and is once more edging close to that 20-point mark. With 12 points in just six October games, Grieco was a dominant force for the Hitmen. He helped the Wayne, N.J.-based team to 31st overall in the most recent Tier-1 18U AAA MYHockeyrankings. 

He has also been consistent, stretching a 13-point streak he started in early September well into October, counting six games. 

 

Honorable Mention

Clark Bolin, Skipjacks Hockey Club

Dominic Chasse, Twin City Lightning

 

Defense: Dominic Chirico, Skipjacks Hockey Club

When your team has given up just eight goals through 10 games, the defensive spotlight is going to turn your way. When an individual on said team’s defensive corps - say, someone who had six points in four league games - that is an even bigger plus, and deserving of a nod as Defenseman Of The Month. 

Chirico (‘01/Amherst, N.Y.) is a second-year veteran for the Skipjacks, who were ranked at 21st nationwide in the recent MYHockeyrankings. With his seven total points, he is well beyond his 2018-19 point total and, as the defensive numbers show, his two-game against solid competition week in and week out should be turning many scout’s heads.  

 

Honorable Mention

Ethan Hawes, Cyclones Academy Premier

Austin DiPofi, Palmyra Black Knights 

 

Goaltender: Hunter Thomas, Skipjacks Hockey Club 

What we were saying about the Skipjacks’ amazing team defense certainly extends to the crease. How can it not when someone like Thomas earned four shutouts in a row to start the season. 

That run ended in his second OCtober game in a 7-4 win over the Cyclones Academy, and he then kept the Northwood School off the board through 60 minutes before yielding an overtime goal. He remains undefeated in regulation for the season, and has helped the Skipjacks retain a high ranking and a continually elevating reputation in this age group. 

 

Honorable Mention

John Werber, Jersey Hitmen

Noah Brandou, Philadelphia Hockey Club 

16U Players Of The Month

By USPHL Staff/USPHL.com 11/03/2019, 8:45am EST

Forward Of The Month: Jason Player, Philadelphia Hockey Club

Wow, what a Player. Anyone could say that about this Philadelphia Hockey Club forward, a key member of the PHC’s USPHL 15U championship team last year as well. 

The ‘03 out of Mount Royal, N.J., made a seamless transition to the 16U game and enjoyed a month of eight points in five October games played. Player is a big-time playmaker, as six of his eight October points were assists. The goals were both difference-makers, though, one being a GWG and the other was a shorthanded marker. He heads into November with 10 points in seven games for a rising Philadelphia Hockey Club squad. 

 

Honorable Mention

George Hinds, Jersey Shore Whalers Premier

Chase Williams, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

 

Defense Of The Month: Joseph Ariola, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 

The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders have been one of the defensive leaders in the American Division this season, allowing just 17 goals through nine games. A big reason for that is opponents just don’t have much of a chance to score. Ariola (‘04/Malverne, N.Y.) and his D corps mates allow only around 22 shots on goal per average game. 

On the other end, Ariola has been in on 11 Islanders goals. At the Hitmen Classic over Columbus Day weekend, he posted two goals and seven assists over four contests. He then added a goal and an assist in a game against the New York Aviators later in the month. He is one point behind the 16U defensemen scoring leader, last month’s winner, Ethan Kmiecik (South Shore Kings). 

 

Honorable Mention

Brian Pijanowski, Rockets Hockey Club Grey 

Alexander James, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

 

Goaltender Of The Month: Connor McDonough, Jersey Hitmen

McDonough (‘04/Mendham, N.J.) jumped directly from Bantam 14U hockey to 16U, all with the Hitmen. That journey has been very productive, as McDonough has played the bulk of the Hitmen’s games and been successful. 

He posted a 4-2 record, seeing a lot of minutes and posting a 1.97 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in October alone. 

This included a shutout in his first career start against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, and a 28-save performance on 29 shots against the Cyclones Academy Premier team. 

 

Honorable Mention

Ryan Solomon, Springfield Pics

Robert Allport, Rockets Hockey Club Grey

Brody Lim, South Florida Hockey Academy

USPHL Elite: North Region Players Of The Month

By USPHL Staff/USPHL.com 11/02/2019, 4:00pm EDT

Forward Of The Month: Connor O’Brien, Springfield Pics

O’Brien (‘02/Wilbraham, Mass.) played in only one September game, so he’s done all of his damage - that is, 13 points in 10 games - in OCtober. 

He has helped the Pics to one of the Elite Division’s best winning percentages (.850) off an 8-1-1-0. The Pics also have one of the better goal differentials (+21), so keep watching for this team as we get into the real heart of the season. 

 

Honorable Mention

John DeFilippo, Northern Cyclones

Liam Heffernan, Jersey Hitmen

 

Defenseman Of The Month: Hunter Meyer, Northern Cyclones

The Cyclones have walked nearly in lockstep with the Pics from the start - they are one point apart from each other and both have played just 10 games through the end of Halloween. 

Meyer, an ‘01, has made the long trek from Anchorage, Alaska, to Hudson, N.H., and he is already making the most of it. While helping the Cyclones to a 9-1-0-0 record and a 1.72 goals against average, Meyer scored 10 points in his eight October contests.  

With 13 points in 10 games overall, Meyer is tied for the team lead in scoring. 

 

Honorable Mention

Luc Fricchione, Springfield Pics

 

Goaltender Of The Month: Dylan Sheets, Northern Cyclones

Sheets, a 2000-born Colorado native, is another great talent who is a leader for the successful team out of Hudson, N.H. He leads the entire Elite Division in save percentage (.959) and his goals against average of 1.33 is second only to South Goaltender Of The Month Nick Bernstein.

During the month of October, Sheets put up a 4-1 record and stopped 124 of 130 shots for a .958 save percentage and a monthly goals against average of 1.19. Three shutouts in a month will give you those kind of low numbers. 

With Sheets in net and Meyer leading the defense, the Cyclones have every intention of riding this victorious wave all the way to February. 

 

Honorable Mention

Sam Zavelson, Springfield Pics

Chris McElroy, Boston Bandits

USPHL Elite Players Of The Month: South Region

By USPHL Staff/USPHL.com 11/02/2019, 11:15am EDT

Forward Of The Month: Ethan Chapman, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

You could pick almost any player on this near-perfect team to fill a Player Of The Month category. But few were as powerful for the 12-1-0-1 Jr. Hurricanes as this ‘02 from Wake Forest. 

Chapman, a career member of the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, posted seven points (four goals, three assists) in five October games. This included a game-winning goal over the Charlotte Rush, another team trying to stand at the top in the 17-team USPHL Elite Division. 

Overall, Chapman entered November with seven goals and six assists in 13 points through 12 contests.  

 

Honorable Mention

Ivan Korcak, Charlotte Rush

Rob Simmons, Richmond Generals 

 

Defenseman Of The Month: Mikhail Melikov, Florida Eels. 

Just as one Elite Eels player moves out of this Defenseman Of The Month position to the Premier team (Zechariah Thomas), another Eels works his way in. 

Melikov has helped the Eels put together a strong 2.49 goals against average (and gave up just 27.65 shots per game through the end of October). While frustrating opponents in the Eels’ own end, he’s also frustrating them the other way, too. 

Melikov scored five goals and five assists in October, including a game-winning goal and the shootout winning goal on Oct. 12 in their win over the rival Florida Jr. Blades. He has helped the Eels to a 12-2-1-1 record overall, helping them tie the Charlotte Rush for first overall in the league. 

 

Honorable Mention

Kyle Ball, Hampton Roads Whalers

Tyler Roepke, Richmond Generals

 

Goaltender Of The Month: Nick Bernstein, Richmond Generals

Four starts, four wins. Just five goals against, never more than two in any game. Yes, it was a very good month for this ‘01 native of Valley View, Ohio. He’s experienced defeat just once this season, giving up a paltry two goals to the league-leading Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. 

Not only does he win, but he also stops a lot of pucks. Out of the 98 shots he faced, he stopped 93, including 32 of 34 in the Generals’ win over the Charlotte Rush on Oct. 20. 

Entering November, Bernstein stood first in goals against average (1.21) and second in save percentage (.957). 

After an equally inspiring September, his October was out of this world. Could November be even better? 

 

Honorable Mention

Tyler Moschella, Tampa Bay Juniors 

Karlis Meszargs, Eels

USPHL Premier: North Region Players Of The Month

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 11/02/2019, 9:00am EDT

Forward Of The Month: Pat Faliero, Buffalo Jr. Thunder

“O Captain, My Captain.” The way Pat Faliero (‘99/Buffalo, N.Y.) leads is the classic way - by example. 

The Thunder are in a serious push for first place in the North Division because the veteran and captain has been lights-on (as in red lights; see what we did there?) Faliero posted 18 points in seven October, games, putting him in a tie for sixth overall in the Premier Division with 28 points overall.

Faliero is also fourth in assists (20), and is top 10 in power play assists (seven). The do-it-all guy is also third in shorthanded time on ice for the Thunder. 

 

Honorable Mention

Noah Gold, New York Aviators

Lukas Radina, Springfield Pics 

 

Defenseman Of The Month: Frank Errig, Philadelphia Hockey Club 

The Philadelphia Hockey Club (8-6-0-1) are always in the Mid-Atlantic conversation, because they are always in the contest. They’ve lost by more than three goals only once this season. The defense, led by Errig, has helped the PHC to a +20 goal differential. Errig has also contributed to this differential on the offensive side, with 13 points in 11 games played. This included a five-game point- and goal-streak of five goals and 10 points right through the middle of the month. 

Overall, Errig is 10th in scoring among Premier defensemen with 15 points in 15 games. 

 

Honorable Mention

Henry Andres, Boston Bandits

Shane Miller, Rockets Hockey Club

Danylo Sukhonos, Twin City Thunder

 

Goaltender: Elias Sandholm, Northern Cyclones

The ‘99 Swede helped elevate the Cyclones to a winning record of 7-4-1-1 by winning all four of his starts in the month of October. 

Sandholm went 4-0 and sent aside 110 shots of the 118 he faced for a shiny .932 save percentage. He also played 40 minutes of shutout hockey in relief, stopping all 16 shots he faced in a mid-month loss to the Boston Bandits. 

Sandholm shook off the only loss he’s suffered this season (on Sept. 27) and continues to quietly move up the Premier goaltenders’ leaderboard. 

 

Honorable Mention

Aaron Mercer, Boston Bandits

Dylan Knighton, Jersey Hitmen

Jake Perrin, New York Aviators