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.
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.
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.