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USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: North Region

By USPHL Staff, 01/20/22, 4:30PM EST

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Week of Jan. 20, 2022

Atlantic East Division 

Forward: Preston Hazelton, Philadelphia Hockey Club

Hazelton (‘01/Lake Orion, Mich.) has put up terrific numbers since joining the Philadelphia Hockey Club in November, with 15 points in 11 games. Four of those points came in the team’s recent wins against the South Shore Kings and Jersey Whalers. Against the Kings on Jan. 15, he posted the overtime game-winner and an assist, and he also had a pair of goals on Jan. 18 in a win against the Jersey Whalers. 

 

Defense: Teodor Benno Vaage, Philadelphia Hockey Club 

A 2002-born native of Norway, Benno Vaage was a big help in both of the PHC’s recent victories. He assisted on Preston Hazelton’s OT GWG against the South Shore Kings. Additionally, for the weekend, he earned a +1 rating and blocked four shots over the PHC’s three games between Jan. 14 and 18. 

 

Goaltender: Bryce Dunnigan, Connecticut Jr. Rangers

The second-year Jr. Ranger Dunnigan (‘02/Bakersfield, Calif.) earned his second straight win on Jan. 13 when he faced 48 shots against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and sent away 47 of those in 65 minutes. He also stopped both shootout attempts against him while Connecticut’s Tamasz Szekeres and Robert Moliterno sank theirs for the 2-1 shootout victory. 

 

New England Division 

Forward: Jackson Tillinghast, Northern Cyclones

The next point scored by Tillinghast (‘01/Louisville, Ky.) will be his 100th in regular season play in the USPHL Premier. He moved up to 54 points on this season (in addition to his 45 last year) by posting a run of 2-5-7 in a pair of road wins against the Rockets Hockey Club, the leaders of the Atlantic East Division.  

 

Defense: Troy Pratt, Boston Advantage

Pratt (‘03/Scituate, Mass.) had an eventful four games, which included three victories. Along with posting a goal and three assists for an average of a point per game, he led the Advantage with a +4 and 15 shots on goal. He was second over the four games with nine hits and seven blocked shots. Pratt has a total of 11 points in 23 games. 

 

Goaltender: Brett Tome, Twin City Thunder

Tome (‘01/Hartland, Mich.) was simply outstanding over his two games against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, stopping 77 of 79 shots, including 41 in a shutout in the second game. Tome, in his second USPHL Premier season, has already equaled his wins total from last year, at seven. He is 7-6-0-2 and on a three-game winning streak. His save percentage (.932) is in the top 10 of the entire USPHL Premier.  

 

Atlantic West Division

Forward: Justin Ryan, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

In a very successful weekend against the Jersey Hitmen, Ryan (‘03/Endwell, N.Y.) posted four goals and one assist, including one shorthanded goal in their first of two decisive victories. In the second game, he put up a hat trick and added one assist to improve to 22 points in 30 games for the newest No. 1 team in the USPHL Premier. 

 

Defense: Will Hilton, Utica Jr. Comets

Hilton (‘03/New Hartford, N.Y.) picked up three assists in the Jr. Comets only action of the weekend, a win against the Elmira Jr. Enforcers. He was also the team’s ice time leader with 25:58 and scoring chances (three) and he also had a blocked shot and six shots on goal. The third-year USPHL Jr. Comets player has a 2-16-18 line in 30 games this year. 

 

Goaltender: Joseph Holguin, Elmira Jr. Enforcers

Holguin (‘01/Parker, Colo.) had his best performance of the season, his second for the Jr. Enforcers, by stopping 38 of 39 shots faced in a 5-1 victory over the Hershey Cubs in a split series. With his next performance, against Utica, he stopped 55 of 61 shots in his most recent games.