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NCDC Players Of The Week: Jan. 12, 2022

By USPHL Staff, 01/12/22, 8:00PM EST


North Division 

Forward: Tyler Healey, Twin City Thunder

Healey (‘02/Arthur, Ont.) was monstrous for the only 3-0 NCDC team at the USPHL Winter Showcase. He posted 2-3-5 in just his first game alone, vs. the Boston Advantage. He went and added two goals in a Game 2 win against the Islanders Hockey Club, and then posted a goal to close out the event against the Utica Jr. Comets. Overall, Healey now has 20 points in 21 NCDC games. 


Defense: Austin Rice, Northern Cyclones

Rice (‘02/Fort Myers, Fla.) is a fifth-year USPHL player in his third year with the Cyclones’ NCDC squad. He posted four assists in three USPHL Winter Showcase games, and came out with an even rating (one of only five Cyclones to finish the event even or a plus). He also put up a blocked shot over the weekend. 


Goaltender: Dylan Kruss, Islanders Hockey Club

Kruss (‘01/Thornhill, Ont.) joined the Islanders in October, and had his best performance yet with 33 saves on 35 shots by the second-ranked P.A.L. Jr. Islanders to earn his second victory with the IHC. 


South Division 

Forward: John Gutt, Utica Jr. Comets

Gutt first pulled on a jersey with the USPHL crest in 2016, and here in 2022, he has passed the 200-game mark for the league recently at the USPHL Winter Showcase. The Utica College commit celebrated the double-century milestone by posted a pair of goals and three assists for five points, helping the Jr. Comets go 2-1 in Marlborough, Mass. He now has 41 points in 33 games this year and an NCDC career total of 75 points - tied for second all-time in Utica/Syracuse history. 


Defense: Dakota Zarudny, Jersey Hitmen

Zarudny (‘01/Orangeville, Ont.) was huge on the goal front during the weekend, scoring his first NCDC hat trick against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers and then he added one more goal in their win against the Rockets Hockey Club. He now has 21 points in 29 games for the season and his nine goals lead all USPHL defensemen. 


Goaltender: Sebastian Woods, Utica Jr. Comets  

Woods (‘01/Limehouse, Ont.) was in net for all three Jr. Comets games on the weekend, going 2-1 and making 123 saves on 133 shots for a .925 weekend save percentage. His best individual performance was stopping 50 of 51 shots put on him by the Boston Junior Bruins for a win.