Liam McLinskey, Jersey Hitmen
The ‘01-born Quinnipiac commit jumped out to five points in his first three games with two goals and three assists for five points. He factored in on all three of the Hitmen’s goals vs. the Utica Jr. Comets in their second meeting, on Oct. 5. He is tied with the Rockets’ Clark Kerner for the NCDC scoring lead after the first full weekend.
Clark Kerner, Rockets Hockey Club
This 2000-born native of Overland Park, Kan., brings a lot of Tier-2 junior hockey experience to the Rockets lineup, while also being familiar with Head Coach Jason Kersner from two years of Midget hockey with the Skipjacks Hockey Club. This past weekend, Kerner put up a 2-2-4 line in the Rockets’ second game of the year against Utica, after beginning his NCDC season with an assist against the South Shore Kings.
Defense: Jack Page, Rockets Hockey Club
Page (‘01/West Chester, Pa.) came in with a long and distinguished Midget hockey resume, playing for some of the top organizations in the Northeast before making his NCDC debut. He posted the game-winning goal and two assists in his and the Rockets’ second game.
Goaltender: Damon Beaver, Jersey Hitmen
Beaver (‘01/Whitby, Ont.) had this honor locked up tight when he posted three straight shutouts to begin his season and NCDC career. After two strong seasons in Ontario’s top Jr. A circuit, Beaver brought his game to Wayne, N.J., and stepped right in with 72 saves on 72 shots from two teams.
Beaver is now 35 seconds away from breaking the NCDC shutout minutes streak, set last year by his predecessor Gavin Abric, now with Army’s NCAA Division I squad.