Forward: Alex Dameski, Jersey Hitmen
Dameski (‘01/Oakville, Ont.) set up both goals that the Hitmen scored in a close loss against the Northern Cyclones, and then posted two goals - one on the power play - and one more assist for five points in two games against the Twin City Thunder to leave New England with a 7-1 victory.
Defense: Mika Petersen, Connecticut Jr. Rangers
Local Stamford product Petersen (‘03) racked up a couple of assists - one in each of the Rangers’ wins against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and the Northern Cyclones. Petersen, a veteran of the 2020-21 Rangers who rejoined this month, has four assists already in five games.
Goaltender: Devin Stephens, Connecticut Jr. Rangers
Stephens (‘03/Trenton, Mich.) is a first-year NCDC player who had an outstanding weekend at the IHC Showcase, going 3-0, with a 1.66 goals against average and a .957 save percentage. All told, he made 113 saves on 118 shots. He started with a 47-save performance in their 3-1 win against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. From there, he went up against the Cyclones and helped them get a decisive 7-3 victory with 30 saves on 33 shots. In the end, against the host Islanders on Sunday, he made 36 saves on 37 shots - all but six of those coming in the second and third of an eventual 5-1 victory.
Forward: Jake Bernadet, Islanders Hockey Club
Bernadet (‘03/Burlington, Vt.) was burning hot for the IHC as they played four games in six days between Nov. 16 and Nov. 21. He scored six goals 2-1-2-1 in that order of the four games, and added an assist in the Nov. 16 5-3 win against the Boston Advantage. He has an active five-game, eight-point streak going into December.
Defense: Charlie Killian, Boston Advantage
Killian (‘02/Mendota Heights, Minn.) helped the Advantage to a big win over the South Shore Kings on Nov. 19, and over the course of three games, he posted three of his eight total assists on the season. He also led the Advantage in ice time with an average of over 30 minutes in each game.
Goaltender: Mitchell Day, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Day (‘02/Kirkwood, Mo.) was the big man in net during the IHC Showcase recently, picking up two wins and was outstanding making 52 saves (on 55 shots) in his only loss to the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, who went 3-0 at the event. In the first of three games, he stopped 29 of 31 to defeat the defending Dineen Cup Champion Jersey Hitmen. Then, after the big show against Connecticut, he made 25 stops on 27 shots for the win against the Philadelphia Hockey Club.
Islanders Hockey Club Showcase Recap
With some teams playing three games, some two (including away from the showcase), the month of November ended just with the same situation in the South as existed a week earlier on Jan. 16 - with four teams tied for first in points, all with 27.
The Jersey Hitmen picked up a pair of points in winning their final game of the showcase, 7-1, after earlier losses to the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Northern Cyclones..
The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and Rockets Hockey Club split their weekend - so there's that. Those two teams also earned just two points apiece to rise to 27 apiece.
The fourth team in the four-way tie - the Utica Jr. Comets - won their IHC Showcase opener - a 2-1 win against the Twin City Thunder. They were unable to earn any further points in losses to the Islanders Hockey Club and Northern Cyclones. Two points over the 25 they came in with equals, you guessed it, 27.
The Connecticut Jr. Rangers - as aforementioned above - are the current hottest team in the South winning three in a row to stand now one point back of the four-way tie.
The Philadelphia Hockey Club sandwiched a 5-4 shootout win over the host Islanders Hockey Club between one-goal losses to the Twin City Thunder and New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.
The Boston Junior Bruins had one chance (i.e., one scheduled game) to prove their ability to hold onto first place, and they did just that with a 6-0 shutout of the Boston Advantage.
Meantime, there's a new second place team in the form of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, who leapfrogged the South Shore Kings into the second spot. Coming off two losses the prior weekend, the Monarchs only looked forward and defeated the Jersey Hitmen, 4-2, in Game 1 of the entire IHC Showcase on Thursday. They fell in Game 2 to the red-hot Rangers, 3-1, but then rebounded to end November against the Philadelphia Hockey Club with a 3-2 win.
The Boston Advantage came back from a 5-3 loss to the Islanders Hockey Club to defeat the South Shore Kings, 7-3, but then came up empty-handed with their loss to the Junior Bruins. With the two points in three games, they were at least able to hold onto third place heading into the break.
The loss to the Advantage was the Kings' only action over the last week and for the month of November, in which they played five contests.
On the strength of their 3-2 win over the Hitmen and a 4-1 closer against Utica, the Northern Cyclones were able to jump up into fifth place in the North.
As the Cyclones jumped up, the Twin City Thunder fell to sixth with just a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday to take away from their IHC Showcase efforts.
The Islanders Hockey Club earned five points in three straight games going back to a 5-3 win over the Advantage on Nov. 16. At their showcase, they took a point from the 5-4 shootout loss to Philadelphia, then earned a 5-4 win over Utica before the Connecticut Jr. Rangers ended their points streak.
We'll have a new, full NCDC This Week coming back next Tuesday! Happy Thanksgiving to all.