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NCDC Players Of The Week: Oct. 26, 2021

By USPHL Staff, 10/26/21, 4:15PM EDT

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North Division 

Forward: Joe Solimine, Boston Junior Bruins

The College of the Holy Cross recruit Solimine (‘02/Middleton, Mass.) capped what was an eight-game, 14-point point streak by potting two goals - one shorthanded - and two assists in a 7-2 win for the Junior Bruins. He leads the NCDC in scoring with 21 points in 12 games. 

 

Defense: Ryan Hintz, Twin City Thunder

Yes, three weeks straight. Hintz (‘03/Rockford, Ill.) has been unstoppable, recently posting a trio of consecutive two-point games for six points (four in the scope of this Players Of The Week period). Hintz also had the game-winning goal in the Thunder’s 3-1 win over the Cyclones. Defensively, he’s not afraid to give up the body, placing second on the Thunder defense in shot blocks (11). 

 

Goaltender: Cameron Kuntar, South Shore Kings

Kuntar (‘03/Buffalo, N.Y.) made a fantastic first impression on the Kings and NCDC overall, winning his NCDC debut by stopping 29 out of 30 shots put on him by the Northern Cyclones on Oct. 22. 

 

South Division 

Forward: Spencer Korona, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

Korona (‘01/Enfield, Conn.) became the only active NCDC player to break 100 points when he scored his second of five assists over the weekend, assisting on an overtime game-winner over the Utica Jr. Comets. His three-point game against Utica in their second win was his third three-point outing so far in 2021-22, and he has 17 points to place third in league scoring. Korona is in his fourth full season with the Jr. Islanders. 

 

Defense: Jason Gallucci, Rockets Hockey Club

Penn State University recruit Gallucci (‘04/Robbinsville, N.J.) has been an indispensable defenseman ever since the start of the season. Along with scoring a goal (the first in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia Hockey Club), he also had two assists this past weekend and he remains the Rockets’ plus-minus leader with a +13, a lead of +8 on his closest teammate in that category. 

 

Goaltender: Peyton Grainer, Jersey Hitmen

Grainer (‘02/Detroit, Mich.) put together a 55-save weekend as the Hitmen - and Grainer individually - went 2-0 against Connecticut. He picked up a 23-save shutout on Saturday and then stopped 31 of 32 against the Rangers on Sunday. At 6-2, Grainer is tied with the Junior Bruins’ Colin Winn in NCDC wins.