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USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: North Region

By USPHL Staff, 01/14/22, 10:00AM EST


Week of Jan. 14, 2022

New England Division

Forward: Matt Horan, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Horan (‘01/Methuen, Mass.) racked up 10 points in just four games, including two goals in each of his four games at the showcase. He posted an 8-2-10 line to help the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs stand as one of two 4-0 teams in the New England Division. He now has 36 points in 25 games. He has also played with the Monarchs’ USPHL 18U team and NCDC teams over the last four years. 


Defense: Braden Mayer, Boston Junior Bruins

Mayer (‘02/Chula Vista, Calif.) had a superb weekend for a Junior Bruins team that went 3-1. He was a +4 and posted four hits all while putting together a 2-1-3 line in his four games with both goals being power play markers. Mayer has 12 points in 29 games this season. 


Goaltender: Tripp Clarke, Northern Cyclones

Clarke tended goal for the other 4-0 New England team at the USPHL Winter Showcase. The fourth-year Premier goalie and sixth-year USPHL veteran won two of the Cyclones’ four games, posting 35 saves on 37 shots, including a 21-save shutout of a strong Metro Jets Development Program team. He also stopped 14 of 16 shots against a usually high-powered Fresno Monsters offense. 


Atlantic West Division

Forward: Parker Bonsignore, Buffalo Stampede

The 2005-born Bonsignore, a native of Rochester, N.Y., put together a massive four-game weekend at the USPHL Winter Showcase. He scored five goals and added four assists for nine points as the Stampede went 2-2 on the weekend. He posted 40 points in 30 games. 


Defense: Simon Herz, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 

Herz (‘01/Parker, Colo.) was a mid-season addition to the Knights, and has worked out beautifully for the only Atlantic West team to make it 4-0 for their games at the USPHL Winter Showcase. Herz posted 2-2-4 in his four showcase games and was a +1 while blocking three shots. All seven of his, on the other hand, made it on net. He has eight points in nine USPHL Premier games. 


Goaltender: Joey Willis, Buffalo Stampede

Willis (‘05/Rochester, N.Y.) is another part of the massive youth movement in Buffalo. He had a huge victory in stopping 46 of the 49 shots he faced to help Buffalo defeat the Motor City Hockey Club. He then went up against the San Diego Sabers, knocking away 20 of 22 shots. 


Atlantic East Division 

Forward: Yakov Yakzhin, Jersey Whalers

Yakzhin (‘03/Moskva, Russia) went and helped his team pick up a pair of wins over Elmira Jr. Enforcers, scoring a goal and an assist in each of two games on the road. Yakzhin, a three-year USPHL veteran and second-year Premier player. He now has 27 points in 29 contests and 57 points in 73 games. 


Defense: Cody Melanson, Connecticut Jr. Rangers

The 2003-born native of Wake Forest, N.C., scored both goals to help the Jr. Rangers to a win against the Jersey Hitmen in a split weekend. Melanson has posted nine points (4-5-9) in 23 games for the Rangers. 


Goaltender: Levi Preugschas, New York Aviators

Preugschas won both of his starts for the Aviators, as they went 4-0 on the weekend at the USPHL Winter Showcase. He stopped 43 of 45 shots, with a highlight being stopping 31 of 33 shots against the Fresno Monsters. He is 9-4-0-0 with a 2.39 goals against average and a .922 save percentage on the season.