Forward: Dylan Lugris, Jersey Hitmen
The Hitmen’s Co-Captain Lugris (‘01/Tampa, Fla.) scored two goals and two assists - including the game-winning goal - on Friday to help the Hitmen defeat the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, snapping an eight-game winning streak for the Hitmen’s divisional rivals. The second-year Hitman and defending Dineen Cup Champion Lugris stands in a three-way tie for fourth in league points with 21 (6-15-21) and he is fourth in assists as well with 15.
Defense: Evan Pahos, Rockets Hockey Club
Pahos (‘03/Edina, Minn.) was instrumental in the Rockets’ sweep of the Utica Jr. Comets, which led to the Rockets extending their winning streak to 6-0 and taking the top spot in the South Division. Born in Minnesota and raised in Colorado, Pahos put up three assists in the team’s Friday victory and came back the next day to play strong defensively to put away the visitors, leading the Rockets in time on ice and blocking two shots.
Goaltender: Geno Pichora, Rockets Hockey Club
The University of Minnesota recruit Pichora (‘03/Bethel Park, Pa.) earned his third straight victory - and seventh overall - with a 35-save effort on 37 shots by Utica on Friday evening. Pichora is tied for third in league wins, as well as standing at fifth in goals against average (2.55) and 10th in save percentage (.911).
Forward: Tanner Hartman, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Hartman (‘01/Chicago, Ill.) posted a goal in regulation and then added the shootout game-winning goal to lead the Monarchs to a 3-2 win against the Northern Cyclones. Then, on Nov. 8, he posted three assists against the Islanders Hockey Club, as the Monarchs improved to the tune of a 5-0 winning streak. A top player for the Monarchs’ Premier team last year, Hartman is a shining example of the USPHL Development Model.
Defense: Laz Kaebel, Twin City Thunder
The USPHL Development Model is a good theme, so let’s stay with it. Kaebel (‘01/Prior Lake, Minn.) was a top defenseman for the Tampa Bay Juniors last season and was scouted by Twin City during their stay at Hub City Tampa. Most recently, Kaebel returned from the Injured Reserve to post a pair of goals - one each against the South Shore Kings and the Junior Bruins, both victories.
Goaltender: Brody Haynes, Twin City Thunder
Haynes (‘02/York, Pa.) picked up his first NCDC victory by stopping 35 of 38 shots against a strong Boston Junior Bruins team, in addition to all three shots he faced in the shootout. Haynes has played in three NCDC games, his two most recent coming since a call-up from the USPHL Premier Thunder. Haynes has a 1.95 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.