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USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: North Region

By USPHL Staff, 10/07/21, 9:15AM EDT

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New England Division

Forward: Brett Williams, Bridgewater Bandits

Williams (‘01/Pembroke, Mass.) picked up a pair of goals and a pair of assists for four points in three BJB Shootout games over the weekend. He started the scoring in a 5-0 shutout win, thus earning the game-winning goal as well. Williams is a second-year Bandit, third-year Premier player and fourth-year USPHL veteran. “He was our offensive leader over the weekend not only on the scoresheet but in creating chances,” said Coach Scott Drevitch. 

 

Defense: Andrii Levtukhov, Springfield Pics

A massive presence on the Pics blueline, the ‘03 from Kiev, Ukraine, is in his fourth USPHL season and second on the Premier squad. He assisted on six goals over the weekend as the Pics went 3-1 at the BJB Shootout. Levtukhov has already represented Ukraine in IIHF international tournaments four times in his young career. 

 

Goaltender: Jack Nowicki, Boston Advantage

Nowicki was a very busy man in the two games he played at the BJB Shootout over the weekend, stopping 64 of 68 shots, coming up with a win and a close loss in the process. A 2004 native of Evanston, Wyoming who came up through Utah high school and Midget hockey, Nowicki’s young career is on the rise. 

 

Atlantic East Division

Forward: Frankie Jirak, Philadelphia Hockey Club

Jirak (‘02/Glenolden, Pa.) stands as the PHC’s leading scorer following a pair of wins - one in OT - against the Utica Jr. Comets in cross-divisional play over the weekend. Along with the OT winner on Friday, he also scored another, while adding a goal and an assist on Saturday. He stands with nine points through four games. 

 

Defense: Douglas Alex, New York Aviators

Alex (‘01/Sweden) earned a pair of assists in the Aviators’ only Premier game thus far, a 9-6 win over the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, in which the Aviators kept the Islanders’ defense to just 29 shots while firing 45 the other way. 

 

Goaltender: Dimitrii Kapranov, Jersey Shore Whalers 

Kapranov (‘03/Holmdel, N.J.) helped the Whalers to finish 2-2, mostly all in close games decided by a goal. He picked up his first Premier shutout, a 1-0 win over the Bridgewater Bandits where he made 21 saves. He is currently 1-1-1 with a .941 save percentage. 

 

Atlantic West Division 

Forward: Andrew Martino, Utica Jr. Comets

In his second weekend, the third-year Jr. Comet Martino (‘02/Utica, N.Y.) broke out for the Jr. Comets. Although they could only come out with a point from an OT loss in two games against Philadelphia, Martino was the team’s offensive leader with three goals and one assist for four points over the weekend. 

 

Defense: Logan Hawley, Elmira Jr. Enforcers

Hawley (‘02/Scottsdale, Ariz.) had two assists in each of the Jr. Enforcers two games, both wins for the weekend sweep against Buffalo. He stands with four assists through his first two junior games. 

 

Goaltender: Joseph Holguin, Elmira Jr. Enforcers

Holguin stopped 46 of 48 shots in the Jr. Enforcers second game, a 7-2 win over Buffalo. He spent limited time with the Jr. Enforcers last season, but is back this year to chase down the No. 1 spot for the second-year organization.