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USPHL Elite North Region 2019-20 All-Stars: Defensemen And Goalies

By USPHL Staff, 03/20/20, 5:30PM EDT

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Congratulations to all of our USPHL Elite North Region All-Stars from the 2019-20 season. The All-Stars were selected by coaches from the region. 

Goalies
Dylan Sheets, Northern Cyclones
2000/Louisville, Colo. - 22-18-2-1-0-1.65-.946

The USPHL Elite Division wins leader, Sheets was A-No. 1 every time he stepped into the crease, allowing more than three goals just once, and that was in a 5-4 Cyclones win. Sheets’ two best runs of wins came at the start of the season (5-0) and at the end (7-0). The only game Sheets lost in 2020 was a 2-1 battle to the team the Cyclones tied in points with, the Richmond Generals.

Sam Zavelson, Springfield Pics
2001/Merrick, N.Y. - 19-12-4-1-0-2.53-.924

Some of Zavelson’s toughest competition was in the same locker room. Before he could even get on the ice, he had to compete for time with three other goalies who had winning records. The internal competition pushed Zavelson in his games and he came out with the fifth-ranked amount of victories. 

Defensemen
Hunter Meyer, Northern Cyclones 
2001/Anchorage, Alaska - 43-13-28-41-0.95

Meyer was part of one of the Elite Division’s deepest teams, and he was a prime mover in keeping the team’s goals against under 100 for the season (90, to be exact, good for third in the league). He started the season on an eight-game, 13-point scoring streak that lasted most of September and October. 

Noah Palmer, Springfield Pics
1999/Ludlow, Mass. - 35-4-18-22-0.63

A career Pic, with his USPHL resume going back to USPHL 16U in 2015-16, Palmer leaves junior hockey after the Elite team’s best season. Palmer first joined the Elite Pics for eight games in 2016-17, though this was his first year as a regular on the team. He racked up 25 points in 45 career Elite games. He also saw significant 18U and Premier time in his USPHL career.

Luc Fricchione, Springfield Pics
2002/West Springfield, Mass. - 44-12-32-44-1.00

The Pics were one of just five teams in the Elite Division to cross the 30-win mark this season, and Fricchione’s ace two-way game was a key ingredient in that recipe for success. Fricchione, who lives in the same town where the Pics play, has played at three different levels for his hometown team. He certainly made a successful move up from the 16U Division last season. 

Louis Pelland, Springfield Pics
2001/Longueuil, Que. - 27-2-13-15-0.56

Pelland made the long trip down from just outside Montreal to join the Pics, and he certainly took advantage of their multi-tiered development model. Pelland fit the defensive defenseman role perfectly, though he had some of his best offensive shows against eventual Nationals qualifiers the New York Aviators (1-4-5 on Nov. 30) and the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (0-2-2 on Nov. 15). 

Brandon Troyer, Boston Bandits
2001/Chesterfield, Mich. - 40-8-19-27-0.68

Troyer helped the Bandits finish sixth in the USPHL Elite and third in a crowded and heavily competitive North Division. Troyer finished in a three-way tie for fifth in assists in the USPHL Elite with fellow All-Stars Kyle Ball and Lleyton Poole. 

Hunter Voyles, Boston Bandits
2000/Aliso Viejo, Calif. - 39-9-6-15-0.38

Voyles played a huge role on a Bandits power play that clicked at a 21.7 percent rate, as he scored a USPHL Elite-leading six power play goals by a defenseman. His nine goals were tied with fellow All-Star Lane Snell for third overall in the league, as well. 

Trace Cowart, Jersey Hitmen
2003/Bradenton, Fla. - 42-7-7-14-0.33

Cowart joined the Hitmen from Manatee High School in Florida, and became a key cog in the Hitmen’s chase of the Mid-Atlantic Division championship, which brought with it a guaranteed Nationals berth. Cowart finished in a tie for 10th in USPHL Elite goal-scoring among defensemen.