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USPHL Elite Players Of The Week: North Region

By USPHL Staff, 10/07/21, 8:15PM EDT


Week of Oct. 7, 2021

North Division

Forward: Ryan Pappalardo, Islanders Hockey Club

Pappalardo (‘03/Salem, N.H.) picked up five goals and five assists in his last three games to jump right into the scoring lead for the Islanders. This included a hat trick on Sunday against the Boston Junior Bruins. 


Defense: Alexander Nisevich, Northern Cyclones

Nisevich  picked up an assist and helped keep his Cyclones in a game that eventually went the Springfield Pics way (4-3). Overall, he has three assists early on in the season through four games. 


Goaltender: Ray Picard, Springfield Pics

Picard, a third-year Pic and member of last year’s USPHL 16U American Championship team, posted 33 saves on 36 shots in a 4-3 victory over the Northern Cyclones, the Elite debut for the 2004-born native of Portland, Conn.


Mid-Atlantic Division

Forward: Ryan Cunningham, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

No team exists in the Elite quite so powerful as the 15-0 Knights, amazing in any event but even moreso considering this is their first season in the Elite. Cunningham (‘03/North Wales, Pa.) was the points leader over a three-game weekend against the Rockets Hockey Club (one game) and the Jersey Hitmen (two). He had two goals and two assists and currently has a 4-13-17 line, second only to teammate Jared Showen’s 19 points. 


Defense: Max Toomey, Rockets Hockey Club

Toomey (‘04/New Providence, N.J.) is just too good to not be considered on a regular basis for this honor. Recently, he posted a four-point night (1-3-4) in a win against the New York Aviators. He currently stands with five points in four games. 


Goaltender: Demetrios Koularmanis, Rockets Hockey Club

Koularmanis (‘04/Totowa, N.J.) is a third-year Rocket and USPHL veteran, but has just started his junior career. His first junior win came in making 27 stops on 28 shots against the Aviators on Oct. 1.