The USPHL Premier North Region, consisting of the North and Mid-Atlantic Divisions, is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season All-Star Selections, voted on by the coaches of the three divisions. Coaches could not vote for their own players on the ballots.
The North Region named one Elite All-Star team of 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies. We started with the defensemen and goalies earlier. Watch later this afternoon for the release of the Midwest Premier All-Stars, followed by the USPHL Premier and Elite South Region All-Stars on Thursday, March 21.
Danny Woods (‘00/Wilmington, Mass.) - Northern Cyclones
Woods led all Elite players in scoring this season and was the only shooter to hit triple digits with an awesome 39 goals and 66 assists for 105 points in 44 games.
Woods was at his best during special teams play, whether on a power play, where he scored 11 goals and set up four others, or a man short, where he also scored six and set up three.
Matt Irwin (‘99/Billerica, Mass.) - Northern Cyclones
Irwin teamed with Woods and finished second in league scoring, firing 41 goals and assisting on 57 others for 98 points as the pair combined for 80 of the team’s amazing 251 goals scored.
Like Woods, Irwin was dangerous during special teams, scoring four goals and three while shorthanded.
Balint Pakozdi (‘99/Budapest, Hungary) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Pakozdi played in 41 of 44 games for the Jr. Monarchs this season and that was enough for him to rack up 30 goals and 57 assists. Pakozdi collected a couple powerplay goals and assisted on four others. Five of his goals stood up as game-winners.
Carson Wahlers (‘00/Berkeley Heights, N.J.) - New Jersey Rockets
Wahlers played the role of set-up man perfectly this season, picking up 51 helpers along with 24 goals in just 37 games with the Rockets. Nine of his set-ups came on power play opportunities, along with four goals, and Wahlers also had a shorthanded assist as well as a game-winning goal. He appeared in just two playoff encounters, but made his presence felt with a shorthanded goal and a couple assists.
Mark Kurlyandchik (‘01/Belarus) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Kurlyandchik missed just one regular season contest this season, and that allowed him to put up 29 goals and 43 assists while sitting just eight minutes in penalty time. He made others pay for their miscues though, scoring three powernplay goals. Eight of his goals were game-winners and Kurlyandchik scored on his only shootout attempt of the season as well.
Tyler Sutton (‘99/Dacano, Colo.) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Another member of the potent Monarchs offensive crew, Sutton scored 32 goals and added 29 assists in 42 games this season. He collected just 10 minutes in penalties and fired four game winners.
Sutton helped the Monarchs on their trip to the National Championship tournament, collecting a game-winning goal and two assists in five playoff encounters.
Tomas Montoya (‘01/Brighton, Colo.) - Islanders Hockey Club
Montoya was able to find the shooters, picking up 43 assists in 42 games and he had 17 goals to go with the assists as well. He collected just a dozen minutes in penalties and collected a power play goal along with seven assists. He also played a part in two shorthanded goals and scored four game-winners.
Justin Pitari (‘00/Methuen, Mass.) - Islanders Hockey Club
Pitari found his way to the net for 29 goals while adding 26 assist for 55 points in 42 regular season contests. Pitari scored five power play goals and added three assists while adding a shorthanded goal and four of his goals were game-winners.
Matias Alexandrov (‘01/Chelyabinsk, Russia) - New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Another member of the Monarchs makes the list, as Alexandrov scored 24 goals and added 30 assists in 41 games this season. Five of his goals were game-winners and two came with his team on a power play. Alexandrov added another while shorthanded.
James Fusaro (‘00/Clifton, N.J.) - Jersey Hitmen
Fusaro played in just 35 games with the Hitmen this season but led the team with 31 goals and 21 assists. He scored three times on Hitmen power plays and six of his goals were game-winners.
Louis-Philippe Morin (‘00/Joliette, Que.) - Boston Bandits
Morin was limited to just 33 regular season games with the Elite Bandits, scoring 25 goals and adding 18 assists to lead the team with 43 points. Morin scored three power play goals and set up another power play marker. He also scored twice while the Bandits were shorthanded and four of his goals were game-winners.