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USPHL Premier Players Of The Month: North Region

By USPHL Staff, 10/04/19, 6:00PM EDT

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Forward Of The Month: Harris Blackwood, Rockets Hockey Club

The Rockets Hockey Club started its 2019-20 season with a strong 5-2 record in September, including a 3-1 run at the USPHL South Showcase in Chesapeake, Va. 

Blackwood (‘01/Hagerstown, Md.) has been all over the scoresheet for the Rockets early on, but mostly in the goals column. He scored seven goals in his first seven USPHL Premier games, adding three assists for 10 points. That has helped the Rockets to stand at third in total offense for the Premier Division in September, with 29 goals scored. He is accurate when he shoots, connecting for a goal on 26.9 percent of his 26 shots taken. 

 

Honorable Mention

John Gutt,Utica Jr. Comets

Chris Mott, South Shore Kings

Balint Pakozdi, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

 

Defenseman of the Month: Josh Bliss, Springfield Jr. Pics

It would be eye-opening just to look at Bliss’ eight points through the Pics’ first four games. But when you look at what this Pics veteran, a ‘99 from West Charlton, N.Y., has done to help his team on the defensive side, that just clinches it. 

After all, he has helped the Pics to keep his team at the top of the goals against heap (among teams with at least three games played), allowing just six. Pics goalies have seen only an average of 25.75 shots per game, due to the work of Bliss and his fellow Pics blueliners. 

 

Honorable Mention

Justin Stairs, Islanders Hockey Club

Josh Kalinowski, Utica Jr. Comets

 

Goaltender Of The Month: Tripp Clarke, Utica Jr. Comets

Clarke (‘01/Cazenovia, N.Y.) knows just how well-run the Jr. Comets organization is, moving with the franchise this past off-season after three prior USPHL seasons in Syracuse. Player/team loyalty has paid off, and Clarke has been one of the overall goaltending leaders in this, his second USPHL Premier season. 

He stands at 4-0-0-1, falling only once in a shootout where he gave up just one goal. He has stopped 126 of 134 shots in full team play, for a .940 save percentage and a 1.74 goals against average. He has helped the Comets to a strong 5-1-0-1 start, putting them at third among all 52 USPHL Premier teams. 

 

Honorable Mention

Trey Peterson, Islanders Hockey Club

Matt Kastein, Skipjacks Hockey Club

Jeffrey Dreger, Rockets Hockey Club