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NCDC Players Of The Week: Oct. 6, 2021

By USPHL Staff, 10/06/21, 8:45AM EDT


Congratulations to all of our Players Of The Week selections, with most performances here coming at the BJB Shootout, which ran with NCDC hockey from Saturday to Monday. 


South Division 

Forward: Dhillon Wilde, Utica Jr. Comets

For the second week in a row, the USPHL’s leading scorer has earned this award, especially as he has kept his team undefeated in regulation through six games at 5-0-1. Wilde has already crossed the 10-point mark after scoring nine last season. Most recently, he had four goals and one assist in three games, including a hat trick Saturday against Philadelphia. 


Defense: Jesse Galassi, Utica Jr. Comets

Galassi (‘01/Lockport, N.Y.), like Wilde, is a second-year Jr. Comet who has picked up his game to the point where his team is the first place team in the NCDC early on. He posted a goal and three assists over the three-day weekend vs. Philadelphia and was a +3. 


Goaltender: Geno Pichora, Rockets Hockey Club

Pichora (‘03/Bethel Park, Pa.) rebounded in a big way after a tough first game by winning his next two with a total of 61 saves, including six in a shootout on Monday to give the Rockets their first two wins of the season. Pichora is a University of Minnesota recruit for the 2022-23 season. 


North Division

Forward: Tristan Rand, Twin City Thunder 

Rand (‘02/Valencia, Calif.) scored three goals at the BJB Shootout. All three came against the Jersey Hitmen, one being a shorthanded goal, helping the Thunder get a victory in a rematch of the 2021 NCDC Semifinals. 


Defense: Charlie Killian, Boston Advantage

Killian (‘02/Mendota Heights, Minn.) registered a pair of assists as the Advantage posted a shutout victory over the Northern Cyclones on Friday. 


Goaltender: Mitchell Day, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Day (‘02/Kirkwood, Mo.) earned his - and the Monarchs’ - first two wins for the 2021-22 season at the BJB Shootout. He stopped 58 of 62 shots in his two Shootout appearances, defeating the Rockets Hockey Club and P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, the latter in a five-round shootout in which he allowed just one goal.