New England Division
Forward: Jackson Tillinghast, Northern Cyclones
The standout forward from last year is just that again this year. With an eight-point performance in his last two games, Tillinghast (‘01/Louisville, Colo.) is sixth in the USPHL Premier in points per game at 2.50 - with 15 points in six games. The team captain’s career points per game is first in the Cyclones’ USPHL Premier history at 1.36. He had a goal and three assists on Oct. 20, and came back the next game with a pair of goals and assists on Oct. 23, as the Cyclones went 1-1 on the week.
Defense: Hunter Meyer, Northern Cyclones
Meyer (‘01/Anchorage, Alaska) has truly made Hudson, N.H., his home as he is now in his third season - and third USPHL league (previously having played at the 18U and Elite levels). The second-year Premier blueliner posted five assists in his past two games. With 11 points in six games, Meyer is third in the league in points per game (1.83) among players with at least six games.
Goaltender: Kyle Rohrich, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Rohrich (‘03/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was strong in turning away a combined 62 shots out of 68 total in a win and a shootout loss over the past week. He helped the Monarchs beat the Pics 5-2 and then played the South Shore Kings into overtime. Overall, he is 3-1-1-0 with a .928 save percentage.
Atlantic West Division
Forward: Cade Cranston, Buffalo Stampede
Cranston (‘04/Webster, N.Y.) is showing just how bright a future he - and the USPHL Premier as a league - has, as he is one of six 2004-born players leading his team in scoring. Cranston recently posted four goals - including a hat trick - and one assist in their weekend series against the Hershey Cubs.
Defense: Jacob Roteman, Hershey Cubs
Roteman (‘01/Warrenton, Va.) was a big help in getting the Cubs their first two wins on home ice at Hersheypark Arena this past weekend. He scored two goals, and continues to dish out the hits. He leads the Cubs with nine hits so far this season.
Goaltender: Hogan Nelson, Hershey Cubs
Nelson (‘01/Providence, R.I.) has made the transition to the USPHL Premier after a 10-1-1 season last year at the USPHL Elite level with the Richmond Generals. Over the past weekend, he earned his first two Premier wins as the Cubs earned four points against Buffalo. He stopped 78 of 86 total shots faced.
Atlantic East Division
Forward: Anthony Vernillo, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders
Another ‘04 leading his team, the Smithtown, N.Y., native is a second-year USPHL Premier veteran already. Vernillo had two goals and two assists for a split weekend in Utica against the Jr. Comets. Overall, he has a 7-7-14 line in 10 games played.
Defense: Michael Campbell, Jersey Whalers
Campbell (‘01/Etobicoke, Ont.) scored his first USPHL goal in the 4-1 victory for the Whalers over a perennially strong Philadelphia Hockey Club team. Campbell is the Whalers’ ice time leader with an average of 24:08 per game, and he leads in both power play and shorthanded time, as well.
Goaltender: Dmitrii Kapranov, Jersey Whalers
The 2003-born goalie from Holmdel, N.J., is now on a 4-0 run, having stopped 34 of 35 Philadelphia shots for his most recent victory, and he is one of 12 goalies league-wide with at least five wins so far this season.