skip navigation

USPHL Premier Players Of The Month: North Region

By USPHL Staff, 11/04/21, 11:15AM EDT

Share

October 2021

Atlantic East Division 

Forwards

Ross Jaldung, New York Aviators

Jaldung (‘01/Sweden) is ripping it up for the Brooklyn squad - for a second time. After posting 56 points in 41 games last season, he is averaging two points per game so far this year with a 5-13-18 line in just nine games so far. When Jaldung strikes, he does so in multiples with all of his points coming from five multi-point games, including two 2-3-5 outings. He also likes to throw his weight around and he leads the Aviators in hits (11). 

 

Ethan Byrne, Philadelphia Hockey Club

Byrne (‘03/Mundelein, Ill.) was a heck of a find for the PHC, coming out of several years with the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals organization. In the eight games Byrne has played for Philadelphia, he has picked up five goals and 10 assists for 15 points, just short of the 2.00 points per game average. In his first five games of the season, going back to September, Byrne put up a scoring streak of 3-9-12, giving the club an early spark towards their current 7-4-1-0 record. 

 

Oliver Munck, New York Aviators 

The 2002-born Stockholm native and Aviators newcomer has made himself some big fans within the Aviators organization and its followers by potting 10 goals in just nine games so far. He’s also fed teammates for six assists and now he stands with 15 points in nine games. Munck’s highlight was a three-goal, two-assist game against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders on Oct. 17. 

 

Defense

Andrew St. Julian, Rockets Hockey Club

The defensive rock of the Rockets, the second-year 2001-born native of Oregon, Ohio, has been a two-way stalwart for the team that remains undefeated in regulation after 12 games (11-0-0-1). St. Julian pushed a six-game scoring streak from Oct. 10 to Oct. 30 in which he produced a 3-4-7 line. St. Julian is putting himself out there more than any other Rocket, leading the team in overall ice time (212:52) and power play time (40:19). 

 

Douglas Alex, New York Aviators

Another 2001-born Swede finding success in his first season of North American hockey at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Alex finds teammates in every situation, passing for 10 total assists, half of those being on special teams. The newcomer is second only to Jaldung on the Aviators in several categories, from total ice time to shifts to hits. He’s also played a very clean game, putting up just four penalty minutes so far this year. 

 

Goaltender

Dmitri Kapranov, Jersey Whalers

Kapranov (‘03/Holmdel, N.J.) has pushed the Whalers to a 10-4-0-1 record thanks in large part to a currently active 6-0 run. He has picked up six of the 10 victories this year, including a 5-0 winning streak of his own that has extended from Oct. 8 to Oct. 28 and he has the chance to continue to build on it. He is in the top 20 league-wide with a .925 save percentage and he also has an impressive 2.10 goals against average. 

 

Atlantic West 

Forwards

Teague Porter, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Alaska is represented on this list by this dynamic 2002-born forward who has posted 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in just 14 games. This included a five-goal, two-assist effort on Oct. 28. Along the way, Porter - a native of Anchorage - has helped the expansion Knights to a 13-1 record, a dominating performance for any squad never mind one with no prior USPHL resume. 

 

Andrew Martino, Utica Jr. Comets

With 15 goals in 14 games and 21 points overall this season so far, Martino (‘02/Utica, N.Y.) catapulted himself into the top three for all-time scoring for the Jr. Comets Premier team. The third-year Premier veteran currently has 91 career points in 89 games. He is one of 14 top 20 scorers who are averaging better than a goal per game this season. He has scored multiple goals in six games this year, including a three-game stretch of six goals. 

 

Colin Anna, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Another goal-plus-per-game performer, Anna burst onto the scene and scored five goals in his third game of the season on Sept. 24. Overall, he has posted 15 goals in 14 games and added seven assists for 21 points overall. Just to prove that first five-point effort wasn’t a fluke, he had another five-point night (2-3-5) on Oct. 28. The 2002-born Tampa, Fla., had a sneak peek of the USPHL a couple seasons ago while playing for Affiliate members the South Florida Hockey Academy in the USPHL 18U Division. 

 

Defense

Kameron Williams, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

A USPHL veteran, Williams (‘02/Clarks Summit, Pa.) came back to Pennsylvania after two very productive years with the Richmond Generals’ USPHL Elite squad, and had also played in the USPHL 18U Division one year prior with the Palmyra Black Knights. He brought all of this experience to the fore and helped the Knights’ goalies remain comfortable with the defense in front of them - Williams and his blueline mates have given up an average of just 22.5 shots per game to help the Knights stand as a dominating force in the Atlantic West and in the USPHL Premier overall. Along the way, he has posted seven points in 14 games. 

 

Logan Hawley, Elmira Jr. Enforcers

The Jr. Enforcers have not been quite the force that they were in their first season in 2020-21, when they took their magic all the way to the National Championships and kicked off their stand there with a win over the top-seeded Metro Jets. Nevertheless, they have had regularly strong efforts from Hawley (‘02/Scottsdale, Ariz.). Along with leading the Elmira defense with six points, he’s also the team leader in plus-minus at -2 (a good number on a struggling squad) and he’s put himself in front of the puck on a regular basis with 13 blocked shots. He also throws his weight around with five hits so far this year. 

 

Goaltender

Logan Palmer, Utica Jr. Comets

Palmer (‘01/West Winfield, N.Y.) joined the Jr. Comets as a third-year junior player and has certainly taken off with his new team. He finished October at 3-2-1-1 with a .923 save percentage. His highlight of the month (and season so far) came right on Halloween when he stopped 45 of 46 shots from an always-strong Northern Cyclones team for a victory. 

 

New England Division

Forwards

Jackson Tillinghast, Northern Cyclones

Tillinghast (‘01/Louisville, Ky.) continues to be among the top players ever to wear the Cyclones crest for their Premier team. A playmaker of the highest order, he posted 29 assists and 45 points in 39 contests last year, and this year, he leads his team with 14 assists and 19 points in 10 games played. Tillinghast simply delights in giving his teammates celly opportunities, as his 14 assists have applied to goals scored by five different players. He is also tied for the team lead in plus minus (+13, one of the top 20 best in the league). 

 

Tyson Springer, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Springer always seems to appear in that first column of the scoresheet - especially as October was coming to an end. The 2002-born East Palestine, Ohio, native scored goals in four straight games, and earlier in the month, he had a three-game goal streak that was part of a larger five-game, 11-point run. All told, Springer was only absent from the scoresheet twice in October, and his 15 points in 11 games gave him a shining 1.36 points per game average. 

 

Jordan Gualtieri, Northern Cyclones

It says something about a team’s depth when two Forwards Of The Month are playing on two very distinct and different line combinations for the same team. Jackson Tillinghast and Gualtieri have been on the ice together - and twice Gualtieri scored off Tillinghast assists - but they are apart more often than together. Gualtieri (‘02/Toronto, Ont.) has put together a run of 13 points in his first 10 games this year, and has become indelibly part of the Cyclones fabric after playing in just 12 games last season. Like Springer, he has missed the scoresheet only twice this year, and has four multi-point outings to his credit. 

 

Defense

Zac Bell, South Shore Kings

Bell (‘02/Wakefield, R.I.) was a huge help to the Kings launching their way into first place in the New England Division on the strength of winning their last 10 games of October (and first in November). Defensively, he led the Kings blueliners in plus-minus at +8, while leading the whole team in ice time. Offensively, he has been a gift as well, as he started the season with a 3-8-11 run in his first eight games of the season, including three straight multi-point efforts. Overall, he had 15 points in his first 12 games through the end of October - and added to that in early November. We may just meet him again here someday.

 

Hunter Meyer, Northern Cyclones

Another returning standout player for the Cyclones, Meyer (‘01/Las Vegas, Nev.) has helped the 2021-22 edition of his team to an 8-1-0-1 record out of the gate. He has dished out 11 assists, second only to Tillinghast on the squad, and also scored one goal - shorthanded - in early October against the Springfield Pics. Similar to Bell, he started the season on a furious scoring streak, posting all 1-11-12 of his points in his first seven contests of the new campaign. Defensively, he is a plus-10 to lead all Cyclones blueliners, and he’s blocked nine shots as well. 

 

Goaltender

Max Macchioni, South Shore Kings

Was there any doubt on this one? The second-year Premier goalie Macchioni (‘01/North Smithfield, R.I.) has absolutely torn up the New England Division and - in the BJB Shootout and Beantown Classic - taken his show up against non-divisional opponents with the same results. The league leader in wins (9) and shutouts (4, tied with Freddy Soderberg of MJDP), Macchioni is also a top three goaltender in save percentage (.963, second) and goals against average (1.22, third). Macchioni’s first November win was his eighth in a row.   

 

Top Performers Of The Week (Oct. 25-Nov. 1)

Atlantic East

Forward: Noah Julin, New York Aviators

Defenseman: Matthew Metsa, Rockets Hockey Club

Goalie: Nolan Woodring, Jersey Hitmen

 

Atlantic West

Forward: Hunter Parker, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Defense: Andrew Manley, Utica Jr. Comets

Goaltender: Logan Palmer, Utica Jr. Comets

 

New England

Forward: Paul Halloran, South Shore Kings

Defense: Tommy Madden, Boston Advantage

Goaltender: Max Macchioni, South Shore Kings