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NCDC Players Of The Week: Dec. 21, 2021

By USPHL Staff, 12/21/21, 4:15PM EST

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South Division 

Forward: Spencer Korona, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

The four-year Jr. Islander Korona (‘01/Enfield, Conn.) posted a hat trick and an assist for his team in a big 6-1 victory against the Philadelphia Hockey Club. The PHC came back to win the next day, but overall for the weekend, Korona remained a +1. In the loss to Philadelphia, he also won 11 of the 15 faceoffs he took for an astounding 73 percent success rate. He has won 56 percent of his draws on the season. 

 

Defense: Sean Melso, Jersey Hitmen

A familiar name here, Melso (‘02/Philadelphia, Pa.) registered a pair of assists and two goals as well as the Hitmen swept the Utica Jr. Comets in the final 2021 weekend. The four-point weekend not only kept him in the league’s scoring lead, but it also pushed him over 1.00 points per game for the season so far. With 28 points in 27 games, he has a league-best 1.04. 

 

Goaltender: Peyton Grainer, Jersey Hitmen

Grainer (‘02/Detroit, Mich.) made 64 saves on 66 shots over the course of the weekend, including a 35-save shutout in a 4-0 victory to complete the sweep of Utica. 

 

North Division

Forward: Steven Armstrong, Twin City Thunder

The 2002-born native of Rochester, N.Y. had his best NCDC weekend yet, posting a goal and two assists for three points as the Thunder defeated the Boston Junior Bruins and fell to the Islanders Hockey Club. He posted a goal and an assist against the Junior Bruins, and one helper against the Islanders. He has nine points in 23 games. 

 

Defense: Kadin Ilott, Islanders Hockey Club

A stop-off in the Premier Division gave Ilott (‘01/Kenora, Ont.) a great spark. He came back to the NCDC and has posted a goal and three assists in his last four games. He’s also been a plus-1 in each of these games, defensively. He scored the goal in this current points streak in the Islanders’ 3-2 victory. His goal tied the game after Twin City originally had a 2-1 lead after the first period. He was also a +1 with a hit in the game. 

 

Goaltender: Brody Haynes, Twin City Thunder 

Haynes (‘02/York, Pa.) stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced against the Boston Junior Bruins in the Thunder’s 3-2 win on Saturday, Dec. 18. Haynes improved to 4-4-0-0 with a .937 save percentage.