Congratulations to the Players Of The Week representing the USPHL Premier North Region, comprised of the New England, North East and Mid-Atlantic Divisions.
Forward: Filimon Ledenkov, New York Aviators
The Aviators had a big, busy four-game stretch in four straight days, with two apiece against the Philadelphia Hockey Club and Connecticut Nighthawks. They went 4-0 over that run and are on an overall 5-0 winning streak. The wins over Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday night were huge, as the PHC is two points in front of the Aviators in points. The Aviators, however, have a higher winning percentage and five games in hand on PHC, with a first round bye on the line that will go to the top two teams in the Mid-Atlantic Division.
The USPHL veteran Ledenkov (‘99/Potolsk, Belarus) scored 15 points in the four games, including five against Philadelphia. With these points, he leapfrogged several former USPHL Premier players to now rank in a tie for sixth all-time, and fifth since the 2017 creation of the NCDC. Ledenkov and the Hudson Havoc’s Tyler Kulas each have 140 career USPHL Premier points.
Defense: Danylo Sukhonos, New York Aviators
Sukhonos (‘99/Odessa, Ukraine) is a third-year USPHL veteran, mostly spent with the Aviators at three different levels. Sukhonos started with the Twin City Thunder’s Premier team (and he also played one NCDC game with the Thunder, for five total in his career), but rejoined the Aviators in time for their four-games-in-four-days stretch. He was welcomed back with open arms after producing 14 points in four games, including two points in the wins against Philadelphia.
Like Filimon Ledenkov, Sukhonos has left his mark on the USPHL Premier. He is sixth all-time among USPHL Premier defensemen, and fifth since the creation of the NCDC (2017) with 89 career points. He is closing in on former Motor City Hockey Club player Alec Porzondek (93, fourth) and current Minnesota Blue Ox blueliner Nick Mueller (94, third).
Goaltender: Colin Frost, Utica Jr. Comets
Frost (‘00/Boardman, Ohio) is always a busy man in net, as he averages 35.1 shots faced per game, but he has been equal to the task all season, going 6-2-1-0 with a .936 save percentage.
Frost stopped 33 of 34 shots most recently in a 4-1 win over the Jersey Hitmen in cross-divisional play.
The Comets need every point they can get as they are in a tight race with the Springfield Pics for the Northeast Division title. Both teams are poised to earn first round byes in the playoffs, as the Pics have a 13-point lead over third place. Utica (52) is six points above Springfield (46).