Levente Keresztes, Twin City Thunder
The first-year Twin City Thunder find themselves in fourth place with under two months remaining in the regular season. NCDC hockey has found itself a stronghold in Auburn, Maine, and that’s thanks in part to someone who traveled more than 4,000 miles from his home in Hungary to be part of it all.
Keresztes, an ‘02 from Budapest, has been absolutely lighting it up in 2020, scoring two goals and three assists recently as the Thunder went 3-0 between Jan. 17-19. Overall, he has 13 points in eight games since throwing away the 2019 calendars. Not only has he been scoring goals, but he also had the game-winning goal against the Northern Cyclones on Jan. 17.
Donny Borgula, Utica Jr. Comets
The NCDC veteran Borgula (‘00/Canton, Mich.) was an offensive catalyst for the Comets as he posted two goals and three assists, leading to two wins over Rochester. In the 4-2 win, Donny posted two assists and followed that up with two goals and one assist in the 6-1 victory.
Borgula now leads the Comets in scoring with an 11-18-29 scoring line in 33 games. Borgula is on an active three-game, six-point scoring streak.
Defense: Blake Colman, Islanders Hockey Club
Colman (‘99/Needham, Mass.) showed his NCDC expertise and experience when he coasted into the Boston Bandits’ zone and scored the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining.
Colman, a member of the Junior Bruins’ Dineen Cup championship squad, joined the Islanders around Halloween and has since become their time on ice leader at 20:56 per game. He also averages 11 takeaways per game, so he is an extremely valuable part of the Islanders’ 7-0 run.
Goaltender: Tate Brandon, Connecticut Jr. Rangers
Brandon (‘00/Irvington, N.Y.) shut down the Rockets Hockey Club over the weekend by making 87 saves on 90 total shots. This includes a 52-save performance on Saturday.
“He was a difference maker throughout the game. He made a few amazing saves in the second period when the Rangers had to kill off multiple 5v3 penalty kill situations,” said Rangers Head Coach Jim Henkel.
Sunday saw a performance of 35 saves on 36 shots to put together a 4-1 win against the Rockets. From there, he went on to help Team National to an NCDC All-Star Game win.
Overall, Brandon leads in save percentage, he is second in goals against average (2.00) and he is tied for third in wins (12).