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USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: South Region

By USPHL Staff, 11/24/21, 8:15PM EST


Week of Nov. 24, 2021 - Includes Recap

Southeast Division

Forward: Carter Jordan, Richmond Generals

The second-year General, Jordan (‘01/Fort Collins, Colo.) racked up an amazing two goals and four assists in the Gens’ sweep of the Hampton Roads Whalers that helped the team move up into third place out of fourth. This included a 1-3-4 line in the opening 6-3 victory. Jordan has 20 points in 17 games. 


Defense: Jordan Gagnon, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Gagnon (‘01/Leduc, Alberta) made his return to the Jr. Canes after starting the season in Manitoba. The Alvernia University recruit posted a pair of goals and assists in his games at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase. Last season, Gagnon posted 22 points in 33 games and was also a big presence in the Jr. Canes’ Nationals run last spring. 


Goaltender: David Battisti, Charlotte Rush

The stopper for the defending National Champions, Battisti is back at it this year with the Rush, already posting a 5-4-1 in this, his second season. Battisti, a newly announced SUNY-Canton commit, faced down the 20-0 Metro Jets and helped his team get a 4-3 win on Saturday, stopping 23 of 26 shots. He also defeated the Islanders Hockey Club with 28 saves, and he made 18 saves on 19 shots in a win against Pueblo for a 3-0 weekend at the Showcase. 


Florida Division

Forward: Damon Kiyawasew, Florida Eels

Kiyawasew (‘02/Sherwood Park, Alb.) came up with five goals in a decisive victory on Nov. 21 against the Palm Beach Typhoon. Four days earlier, in Palm Beach, he also scored a goal, giving him six tallies in just two games. Kiyawasew improved his points total to 21 through 18 contests. 


Defense: Jon Heller, Tampa Bay Juniors

The fourth-year Junior Heller (‘01/Richmond, Va.) posted three assists against the Atlanta MadHatters in two wins to close November. Overall, Heller now has 13 points in 21 games this year, and 64 points in 130 career games, good for second on Tampa’s all-time games played list. 


Goaltender: Blake Mons, Tampa Bay Juniors

Mons (‘02/Charleston, S.C.) is now in his third Premier season and he continues to show just how strong that experience has made him. He stopped 42 of 43 shots against him by the Atlanta MadHatters, in a 7-1 win on Saturday. He improves to 8-3 on the season with an active four-game winning streak going back to October. 


Weekend Recap 

Florida Division

There was no change to the order of the standings, as the leading two teams won against the No. 4 and 5 squads, and the third-place Florida Jr. Blades were idle. 

The Florida Eels and Tampa Bay Juniors remain four points apart, with the Eels on top, after both teams swept their opponents recently. The Eels drew the Palm Beach Typhoon on Nov. 17 and 21, winning 6-2 in the first game and even more decisively the second time around. 

Tampa Bay brought the MadHatters to town and sent them away empty-handed, as the Juniors earned 7-1 and 5-2 victories. 


Southeast Division

Three teams made the trip north for the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase, and the other two (Richmond and Hampton Roads) played each other. 

The leading Carolina Jr. Hurricanes won two and lost two at the IHC Showcase, starting with a 2-0 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, then bouncing back with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Moose. They soundly defeated the Pittsburgh Vengeance in a shutout victory, but lost a one-goal game to the Boston Junior Bruins to close out. 

The Charlotte Rush moved from fourth to second with a six-point showing at the IHC Showcase, starting with a 4-1 win over the Islanders Hockey Club, and continuing with a 4-3 win to break the Metro Jets’ previous 20-0 streak. The Ogden Mustangs, one of three 4-0 teams at the showcase, defeated the Rush by a 4-3 score. Charlotte turned around and then defeated the Pueblo Bulls, 5-1. 

The Richmond Generals actually remained in third place after sweeping the Hampton Roads Whalers in a pair of games, 6-3 and 3-1. 

Potomac also made the trip to New England and fared well enough, going 3-1 (one win being a forfeit by the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs). In their first game, they had a decisive shutout victory over the Dells Ducks, which was followed by a 3-1 Sunday loss to the Springfield Pics. They rebounded Monday in the final game of the entire showcase, winning 4-2 over the Jersey Whalers. 

Check back next week for the return of "The Breakdown: USPHL Premier"!