Congratulations to these players representing the USPHL Premier’s Southeast and Florida Divisions.
Forward: Matt Wood, Richmond Generals
No one needed to tell Wood (‘00/Garnet Valley, Pa.) to get energized for the Southeast Division weekend series between the top two teams, his Generals vs. the leading Charlotte Rush. Almost poetically, it wound up as a split, but it could’ve been all Charlotte if Wood wasn’t firing on all cylinders. He scored two goals and added four assists for six points in the series. Although Charlotte got the win in Game 2, Wood scored his 25th of season in the final minute to make it a one-goal effort and give the Generals a fighting chance to force overtime, though that wasn’t to be.
Wood’s 25 goals (through 24 games) are tied for third in the Premier Division, and his 42 points are good for second overall.
Defense: Jon Heller, Tampa Bay Juniors
Heller (‘01/Trinity, Fla.) had come into this past weekend against the Atlanta MadHatters with four points in his first 12 games. He more than doubled his points total thanks to a five-point weekend.
Not only did he score a hat trick and add two assists over the weekend, he also helped Tampa vastly outshoot the MadHatters in a weekend of decisive victories for the Blue and White.
Goaltender: Blake Mons, Charleston Colonials
The Colonials took on the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes in a cross-divisional showdown of two pretty equal teams (separated now by just three points). The Colonials are having a strong inaugural season in Charleston, and it might not have been possible without the play by the ‘02 local product.
On Sunday, he stopped 50 of 51 shots and helped the Colonials to the 2-1 victory. He is now 5-4 with a .915 save percentage.