Congratulations to these Players Of The Week representing the Midwest West, Midwest East and Great Lakes Divisions of the USPHL Premier.
Jasa Jenko, Chicago Cougars
Jenko (‘00/Kranj, Slovenia) has continued to impress everyone who watches him play. He puts up big numbers every weekend, torching the Midwest East division, and he currently places atop the entire USPHL Premier in Points Per Game (2.79).
He scored nine points on the weekend against the Decatur Blaze and Midwest Blackbirds, including a five-goal game on Feb. 9. He also had one goal on Feb. 8, and three assists on Feb. 7. Along with seven points the first weekend of February, he now has 16 points in five February games.
The Slovenian National Team forward is carrying the Cougars’ offensive load and has done a good job. The Cougars also rank top in the league in Goals Scored and PowerPlay percentage.
Eli Kopish, Minnesota Moose
Kopish (‘00/West Bend, Wis.) posted a hat trick and added one assist on Feb. 9 and scored six points overall for the weekend against the Dells Ducks, as the Moose extended their regulation unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-0-1) and have moved into home ice territory for the upcoming playoffs.
Kopish, a second-year Moose, has scored a total of 11 points (6-5-11) in his first three games of February, certainly a key cog in the Moose’s quest to seal up home ice in these last two weekends coming up.
Defense: Ian Edgar, Pittsburgh Vengeance
There are so many reasons why the Vengeance stand at second overall in the entire USPHL Premier - and only one point out of first as of Feb. 12 - and Edgar’s two-way play this year has certainly been a shining reason. He has 37 points in 40 games, including eight points here in February (5-3-8 in three games).
Edgar scored a hat trick on Feb. 9 vs. the Columbus Mavericks and had three assists one night earlier. The career Vengeance player from Cranberry, Pa., is also the team’s +/- leader at +31, and he is third in takeaways (371, or 9.275 per game).
Goaltender: Vincent Castelletti, Minnesota Blue Ox
It takes a special kind of goalie to go up against a team that is - at the time of the first of two matchups - 14 points ahead of your side, and come out with two victories.
The young Castelletti (‘02/Roseville, Minn.) racked up 77 saves on 82 shots that he faced from the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings to come away with two wins.
He had, earlier in the month, picked up a win against the Rum River Mallards. Together, these wins helped the Blue Ox leapfrog both the Mallards and Minnesota Mullets into fourth place in the hyper-competitive Midwest West Division. Castelletti is currently 6-0 in his last six, and 14-7 overall with a .940 save percentage (187 saves on 199 shots) over his six straight wins.