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NCDC Players Of The Week: Oct. 19, 2021

By USPHL Staff, 10/19/21, 12:15PM EDT

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South Division 

Forward: Patriks Marcinkevics, Jersey Hitmen

The man on fire in the NCDC, Marcinkevics (‘01/Riga, Latvia) leads in both consecutive games with points and most points in those games. He has scored eight goals (all in six consecutive games) and added five assists for 13 points in six contests. Most recently, he included three goals and an assist, including a shorthanded and a power play goal within those totals. The second-year NCDC veteran is second in scoring with 16 points in 10 games. 

 

Defense: Sean Melso, Jersey Hitmen

Melso (‘02/Philadelphia, Pa.) has been the two-way strength of the Hitmen, getting the job done in the offensive zone in this weekend’s split with Utica (goal, two assists) while leading the team in two categories of ice time (total and shorthanded). Overall, Melso is tied with teammate Brandon Cimino for the overall lead in defenseman scoring in the NCDC with 12 points. 

 

Goaltender: Derek Manzella, Connecticut Jr. Rangers

Manzella (‘02/Eagan, Minn.) bounced back from a tough loss in the prior weekend when he stepped into the net against the Rockets Hockey Club. He stopped 33 of 38 shots in that first game, facing down all three overtime shots he saw in the 6-5 win. The next night, he stopped 42 of 45 through 65 minutes. He also stopped all three Rockets shooters en route to a 4-3 shootout victory and 2-0 weekend. 

 

North Division 

Forward: Cade Helmer, Boston Advantage

Helmer (‘01/Hershey, Pa.) was all over the scoresheet for the Advantage over their 2-1 performance this past week. He posted a goal and an assist against Twin City in the Advantage’s loss, but was then a big part of the 2-0 bounceback effort thereafter. He assisted on the first goal (also the game-winner by Charlie Killian) in the shutout against the Cyclones, then scored two goals - the first and the second/game-winner - against the Islanders Hockey Club. 

 

Defense: Ryan Hintz, Twin City Thunder

Returning to this spot for a second straight week is the ‘03 out of Rockford, Ill. He helped the Thunder to two wins in a three-game week. Hintz is the Thunder’s leader in shifts (157 this year), and he leads the defense in blocked shots (10). Offensively, he had an assist against the Advantage and two games later, posted a power play goal and assist in the win against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. 

 

Goaltender: Connor Bradford, Boston Advantage

The second-year NCDC veteran Bradford (‘02/Kingston, Mass.) earned a 31-save shutout as the crowning jewel of a killer weekend. He was more than happy to have that shutout effort after a tough game a few days earlier against the Twin City Thunder. After getting that fourth shutout of his career (100 percent of all-time Advantage shutouts), he stopped 43 of 44 Islanders Hockey Club shots in a 4-1 win.