Congratulations to this trio of Players Of The Week from the Florida and Southeast Divisions of the USPHL Elite.
Forward: Ronan Keenan, Tampa Bay Juniors
In a weekend that turned out to be a playoff preview against Atlanta, the Juniors’ big ‘03 Keenan racked up five goals and five assists for 10 points, putting him into a final spot of fourth overall in USPHL Elite scoring. He finished with 23-34-57 totals in 39 games played.
During the final weekend of the regular season, he had a hat trick and assist in the first game, and then went 2-4-6 the next day. Now, Tampa takes on Atlanta once again starting Saturday with a return trip to Nationals on the line.
Defense: Colin Farley, Tampa Bay Juniors
In addition to keeping the MadHatters to three goals all weekend (all in Saturday’s win), Farley was able to add two goals and four assists total for a six-point weekend.
Farley (‘01/Fort Collins, Colo.) played for the former Jr. Kings in Atlanta last year, but opted for the change to Tampa this year, where he was one of only two players - along with fellow defenseman Rasmus Tillander - to play in all 44 of the Juniors’ regular season games. He finished the season with 22 points on the season.
Goaltender: Karlis Mezsargs, Florida Eels
The Eels are heading into the playoffs super-confident in their chances to reach the National Championships between March 12-16 in Massachusetts. Whether it’s forward, defense or goaltending, the Eels have remained a solid team all season, leading to yet another Florida Division title.
Mezsargs (‘03/Riga, Latvia) is a big reason for their success, having gone 8-7-0-1 with a .924 save percentage for the season. Most recently, in a pair of games on Feb. 20 and 23 against the Florida Jr. Blades, he stopped 58 of 59 shots, including a 29-save shutout in his regular season finale for a 4-0 win.