Week of Jan. 16
Congratulations to these players representing the USPHL Premier’s Southeast and Florida Divisions.
Forward: Dante Bagnasco, Charleston Colonials
Bagnasco (‘00/Mesa, Ariz.) was on fire over the weekend against the Florida Jr. Blades and in two games against the Tampa Bay Juniors, all on the road.
The highlight was his 2-3-5 performance on Jan. 11 against Tampa, where he was in on every goal in a 5-2 victory. He was also in on each of his team’s goals on Jan. 10 in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Jr. Blades (2-1-3) and he had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win on Jan. 12 at Tampa Bay.
All told, that was 11 points in three games for Bagnasco, who improved to 39 points in 36 games this season for the first-year Colonials.
Defense: Ian Stonefield, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
Stonefield (‘00/Cary, N.C.) helped the Hurricanes to a three-point weekend against the Richmond Generals, against whom the Hurricanes closed the gap to eight points with five weekends of regular season play remaining.
Stonefield, who had one assist in the Sunday OT loss to the Generals, is second only to Francis Young-Menard in ice time on the team, as well as in defensive categories like shot blocking while standing at first on the team in defensive takeaways (94).
Goaltender: Patrik Lietava, Florida Jr. Blades
The longtime Blades goalie, a 2000-born Zvolen, Slovakia native, continues to put together a stellar USPHL career. With 37 saves on 40 shots, the Blades were able to upset the Florida Eels on Jan. 12. The Eels are not only the Florida Division leaders by 19 points, but are also fourth overall in the entire USPHL Premier.
The win put Lietava above .500 on the season with a 6-5-1-1 record, and he holds a 2.65 goals against average and .929 save percentage.