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USPHL Premier Players Of The Month: South Region

By USPHL Staff, 01/03/22, 8:30PM EST

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December 2021

Florida Division

Forwards

Taurin Haddon-Harris, Florida Eels

Mr. Consistency wearing the “C” for Captain, Haddon-Harris just keeps getting the job done for the division-leading Eels. Haddon-Harris (‘01/Boca Raton, Fla.) is absolutely on a mission, already passing his already lofty 45 point totals of 2020-21 with currently 49 to his name. From December, he picked up 4-5-9 in just six contests. This included the Eels’ only two goals in the rematch of the 2021 USPHL Premier Championship game between the Eels and Charlotte Rush, won by the Rush in a shootout. He also scored the game-winner against the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes - another 2021 Nationals participant - in the Eels’ showcase-closing win. 

 

Connor Nelson, Tampa Bay Juniors

Nelson (‘02/Woodbury, Minn.) began a scoring streak in November that has now reached eight games, with six of those coming in the month of December. Nelson racked up six points in his four games at the USPHL Florida College Showcase in Estero, Fla., part of an overall 5-4-9 month and a 6-6-12 active scoring streak he is carrying into the new year. Overall, Nelson has 31 points in 29 games in this, his first USPHL Premier season. 

 

Ben Baker, Atlanta MadHatters 

Baker (‘02/Powder Springs, Ga.) is enjoying this, his fifth overall USPHL season and second with the MadHatters. Just past the halfway point, Baker has already passed his points total of 2020-21 when he scored his 24th point at the USPHL Florida College Showcase. Overall for December, Baker posted six goals and four assists, including a 3-1-4 line against the Palm Beach Typhoon on Dec. 11. He also had a goal and an assist on his team’s only goals in a loss to the Hampton Roads Whalers at the showcase. Prior to these two seasons with the MadHatters, Baker played three seasons with the Northern Cyclones Academy program, playing there at the USPHL 15U, 16U and 18U levels. He also played his first NCDC game in 2019-20 with the Cyclones. 

 

Defense 

Hunter Howe, Florida Eels

Howe (‘01/Glenwood Springs, Colo.) has been a quiet Premier staple for four years, starting back in 2018-19 and joining the Eels for the first time last season after being acquired from the Provo Riverblades. Howe was a +2 for the month of December and put himself in front of six shots. Overall, Howe has suited up for 69 Eels Premier regular season games, registering 12 points and helping keep his squad at the top of the Florida Division. 

 

Parker Chadwell, Tampa Bay Juniors  

The Juniors are keeping the Eels on their heels this year due to the efforts of players like the third-year Premier Junior (in his fourth year overall with the organization). Chadwell, a 2001-born native of Tampa, posted five points in his six December games, and he also blocked six shots while registering an even rating in a month where only six Juniors registered a plus rating. Chadwell has posted 32 points in 109 regular season USPHL Premier games.

 

Goaltender

Alexandre Caron, Florida Eels 

The third-year Eel who helped lead his team to the 2021 National Championship game is back to his old tricks, putting together a month in which he never gave up more than two goals in a 60-or 65-minute game. He went 2-1-0-1 and knocked away 131 of 139 shots for a .942 save percentage. Overall, he is 11-2-0-1 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .932 save percentage for this season. 

 

Southeast Division

Forwards 

Valerii Kneib, Potomac Patriots

Kneib (‘02/Bratsk, Russia) is putting together a very fine first season in the USPHL Premier. During the month of December, Kneib put up 10 points with all but three of those points coming on the big stage of the USPHL Florida College Showcase. His 5-5-10 line in eight December games gave him a points total of 36 points in 29 games. 

 

Troy Andrews, Potomac Patriots

Andrews (‘01/Etobicoke, Ont.) had an 11-point month, and just like his teammate Kneib, he also had seven points in four games at the showcase in Estero, Fla. Overall, Andrew’s line for the month read 4-7-11, with nine points coming in a five-game scoring streak that encapsulated the trip to Florida. Andrews stands second to Kneib in team scoring for the surging Patriots, with 35 points in 29 games. 

 

Brenden Yingling, Richmond Generals

A Lebanon Valley College commit already, Yingling (‘01/Mechanicsburg, Pa.) moved up from the Generals’ Elite squad last year to the Premier team this year and is leading the way with 34 points in 28 games. During the month of December, he had 6-8-14 over the course of just eight games. Like his two fellow Forwards of the Month, he also shone brightly under the spotlight of the Florida Showcase, posting 12 points in just four games, including two four-point efforts. 

 

Defense

Tyler Fittro, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 

A familiar name to this list, Fittro (‘01/Cedar Falls, Iowa) simply gives no reason at all to take him off this list. He just keeps producing at a breakneck pace, including a 1-6-7 month of December. He had six of those points over the Florida Showcase, and finished the month with a team-leading seven blocked shots and was a +1 on a team where the leader was a +3. 

 

Connor Carlile, Hampton Roads Whalers 

Carlile (‘01/Southlake, Texas) had a great month, sharing the lead of his team in plus-minus (+6) and also blocking six shots all while registering seven points (2-5-7) in six games for the Whalers in December. Six of these seven points were scored in a sweep weekend over their Virginia rivals the Richmond Generals. Carlile now has 20 points in 25 games. 

 

Goaltender 

Dylan Dallaire, Potomac Patriots 

Dallaire put together a 3-3-1-0 month and really got a good workout. The second-year Patriot, a 2001-born native of Timmins, Ont., really got a workout - he faced 186 shots in the month and sent away 11 of those for a .941 save percentage - and he was the only goaltender in the South Division to face at least 100 shots on the month. Overall, he has a .913 save percentage for the season.