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USPHL Elite Players Of The Week: South Region

By USPHL Staff, 11/24/21, 5:30PM EST

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Week of Nov. 24, 2021 - Includes Recap

Florida Division

Forward: Carl Ingalls, Florida Eels

In wins over the Palm Beach Typhoon on Nov. 17 and 21, Ingalls (‘02/St. Andrews, Man.) posted a goal and an assist in the first game and two additional helpers in the back end of the home-and-home in Fort Myers. He now has 11 points in his first 17 junior games. 

 

Defense: Nash Cobbs, Tampa Bay Juniors

Cobbs (‘03/Ocala, Fla.) has split this season between the Elite and Premier teams. Most recently, he played in the two wins over the Atlanta MadHatters for the Juniors. He posted a pair of goals and added one assist on the weekend, along with four blocked shots. He has 13 points in 11 Elite games (and three points in 10 Premier contests). 

 

Goaltender: Matthew Schoer, Florida Eels

Schoer (‘01/Long Valley, N.J.) registered 35 saves in shutting out the Palm Beach Typhoon, the most stops in any one of his three shutouts this year and his second straight 35-save outing. Schoer improved to 6-0 overall on the season as well. 

 

Southeast Division 

Forward: Zeno Sarbu, Potomac Patriots

A 2004-born native of Romania, Sarbu just signed on with the Patriots prior to the Islanders Hockey Club showcase and more than showed up with an eight-point first weekend, matching the eight points the Pats got by going 4-0 at the event. Sarbu closed with a hat trick against the Junior Bruins, and before that he’d scored two against the Bridgewater Bandits. Along the way, he also registered three assists in the two games against the Rockets Hockey Club and Jersey Whalers. Sarbu comes to the Patriots with plenty of Premier experience. 

 

Defense: Ben Pearson, Charlotte Rush

Pearson (‘03/Rochester, N.Y.) has been here before, because he’s always money in the bank for the defending National Champions in his first year. He helped the Rush go 3-0-0-1 in the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase. They started with a decisive victory over the hosts in which Pearson posted a weekend-high four assists. All told, he rang up a goal and six assists for seven points, adding to what is now 24 points in 20 games. 

 

Goaltender: Camden Priebe, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

The second-year Jr. Cane Priebe (‘03/Syracuse, N.Y.) posted wins in both of his games at the IHC Showcase. This included stopping 18 of 19 shots against the New York Aviators, and then getting his first career shutout against the Springfield Pics with a 31-save effort. He is now 6-4-0-1 on the season. 

 

Weekend Recap

Southeast Division 

The top three teams all performed very well and not only improved their distance from the No. 4 and 5 positions, but also made it a tight four-point battle for first between the trio. 

The leading Charlotte Rush started their IHC Showcase with a decisive win over the Islanders, then fell in a close 2-1 shootout against the Jersey Hitmen, one which saw nine shooters per side. They got back to winning ways against the Bridgewater Bandits in a one-sided shutout win and then defeated the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights by a 4-1 score in the finale. 

Carolina went 3-1 at the showcase, falling only to the Knights in their second game. Otherwise, it was smooth sailing in wins against the New York Aviators (5-1), Springfield Pics (5-0) and Bridgewater (3-2). 

Richmond, as aforementioned, picked up the non-showcase sweep against fellow Virginians the Hampton Roads Whalers, first in a decisive shutout and then in an only slightly closer 6-2 victory. 

Potomac also showed up well at the IHC Showcase, getting the 4-0 sweep at the event. They started with the Rockets Hockey Club, winning 3-2. After a clear shutout win over the Jersey Whalers, the Patriots won 6-2 over Bridgewater and 6-3 over the Boston Junior Bruins. 

 

Florida Division

The top two teams, the Tampa Bay Juniors and Florida Eels, both got sweeps in their final games before the Thanksgiving break, so there was no change in the divisional order. 

The Juniors hosted the Atlanta MadHatters and were 3-2 winners in the first game before putting on a much bigger offensive show in the second win. 

The Eels and Palm Beach Typhoon played a home-and-home four days apart, but both games went to the Fort Myers squad. They won 5-2 on Nov. 17 and 4-0 on Nov. 21. 

The third-place Florida Jr. Blades had taken their break earlier, but will return with a seven-game December to sharpen their skills as all the teams pass the halfway point. 

 

Be sure to check back next week as the more in-depth “The Breakdown: USPHL Elite” makes its return to USPHL.com!