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NCDC Players Of The Week: Jan. 18, 2022

By USPHL Staff, 01/18/22, 6:15PM EST

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South Division 

Forward: Ryan Mahlmeister, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

In a pitched battle over a two-game weekend between a pair of second place teams in the North and South Divisions, Mahlmeister (‘01/Massapequa, N.Y.) registered a goal and an assist and also had the shootout game-winner in their first match-up to help the Islanders to a weekend sweep. With 16 points this season, Mahlmeister has four times his points total of 2020-21. 

 

Defense: Domenick Evtimov, Utica Jr. Comets

Evtimov (‘02/Chicago, Ill.) posted a goal and three assists over the course of a two-game weekend in which the Jr. Comets split with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. He also tied for the team lead in shots over the weekend with 12, drew two opponent penalties and blocked two shots. A former Monarchs 18U player in 2019-20, he is also the Jr. Comets’ overall ice time leader this season. 

 

Goaltender: J.J. Cataldo, Jersey Hitmen

Cataldo (‘03/Stuart, Fla.) knocked away all 46 saves put on him by the Islanders Hockey Club in a 6-0 win. The next day, he helped the Hitmen make it a sweep weekend by stopping 29 of 31 saves to improve to 6-1-1-0 with a .926 save percentage and a 2.62 goals against average. 

 

North Division 

Forward: Trevor Smith, Boston Advantage

Smith (‘01/Raleigh, N.C.) was Mr. Helper all through the weekend as the Advantage defeated the Connecticut Jr. Rangers twice to help them move up a spot in the standings. He posted five assists to give him 19 points in 20 games so far this season. Smith has played in all or parts of three NCDC seasons, and he also has history in the USPHL 16U going back to the 2017-18 season.

 

Defense: Colin Wojciechowski, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Wojciechowski (‘02/Barnstable, Mass.) is playing in his first full NCDC season and he’s fared very well. Along with posting an assist during a split weekend with the Utica Jr. Comets, he also had a +2 rating, four hits and three blocked shots for the road trip. He currently has five assists in 17 contests this year.

 

Goaltender: Connor Bradford, Boston Advantage

Second-year Advantage NCDC goalie Bradford (‘02/Kingston, Mass.) was a very busy man, facing 86 shots over the weekend from the Connecticut Jr. Rangers. He stopped 79 of those for a .920 save percentage. He pulled into fourth in the league in wins with 12, after he recently passed the 50-game career mark in the league. Bradford is also a product of the Advantage’s prestigious Youth and Midget program.