Brett Reale, Boston Junior Bruins
The Junior Bruins are working their way up the standings in the National Conference of the 18U. They headed into the USPHL Midget Showcase on a four-game winning streak, and throughoug each of those games (and beyond), Reale was in on the offense.
With six points in his three games between Jan. 17 and Jan. 19, the fourth-year Junior Bruin Reale (‘02/Boylston, Mass.) helped the Junior Bruins beat the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, who are nine points ahead of them - twice.
He had a natural hat trick in the 4-3 OT win over the Monarchs. He pulled into point-per-game territory, with 14 points in 14 games this season.
Jake Spina, Palmyra Black Knights
Spina (‘02/Morgantown, Pa.) enjoyed a big weekend of scoring a goal and two assists during the Black Knights’ split weekend with the Jersey Shore Whalers. In the Jan. 19 4-1 win, Spina had a goal and an assist, both in the second period to push the Black Knights out to a 4-0 lead.
Spina, with a 22-18-40 scoring line in 25 games, remains the top scorer for the USPHL 18U Division.
Defense: Matt Powers, Boston Junior Bruins
The Junior Bruins definitely powered up over the last weekend, propelled forward by this ‘02 out of Peabody, Mass., in his third year with the Junior Bruins organization. Powers picked up two goals (both game-winners) and three assists for a five-point weekend. Along with the GWG in the first win over the Monarchs, his second period goal against the Northern Cyclones Academy Premier was the difference-maker. He has nine points in 13 games this season.
Goaltender: John Clancy, New York Aviators
On Jan. 19, the Aviators went up against a team (the Philadelphia Hockey Club) that had more than twice the amount of points and came away with the win.
The PHC heavily outshot the Aviators, but the Brooklyn-based Aviators squad stood firm - and they were all on the shoulders of their ‘02 goaltender John Clancy. In the end, Clancy stopped 40 of 41 PHC shots, and his teammate James Penzavechia scored the OT winner for the big W.
It was the second win for Clancy, who missed all of December and January.