No team has had a better start than the Skipjacks Hockey Club.
At 4-1, the team out of York, Pa., has won three in a row heading into the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout. The Skipjacks had the Islanders Hockey Club for a three-game set, and came up victorious across the board.
The games got progressively closer, at 6-0, 3-0, 3-2, but through it all, Jason Kersner’s team leads the way across the 18U Division.
George Boos and Kyle Baker, with five points in five games apiece, are among the 18U Division’s scoring leaders. Both are ’01’s who are new to the Skipjacks, but came in with high-level Midget experience elsewhere.
At the Shootout, the Skipjacks are entered into a division that features fellow USPHL 18U members CP Dynamo and Northwood School (an Affiliate member), EHF Selects members the Little Bruins and Boston Bulldogs, and a showcase team called Beantown Blue.
It should be interesting to see how the Skipjacks match up against the Northwood School, which got its first taste of USPHL 18U action this past weekend in a split with the New Jersey Hitmen. For his performance in net, Northwood goalie Ryan Wilson was named the 18U Division’s Goaltender of the Week. Read the full 18U Players Of The Week story.
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ 18U start went well, opening with a 10-1 victory in the Northeast Division.
In the National Division, all but one team (Noel Rubin’s New Jersey Rockets squad) has seen USPHL play and the verdict is in - good luck with anyone who draws the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs next.
They possess a 4-0 record out of the gate, one such win coming in a shootout back on Sept. 1. Most recently, they visited Klick Lewis Arena to face the Palmyra Black Knights in a two-game set. The result was a pair of W’s, 5-2 and 2-0. Next up for the Monarchs in league play is a home-and-home with the South Shore Kings on Sept. 29-30.
Palmyra, Coach Rubin’s Rockets and the 2-0-0-1 Hitmen will all see each other once apiece this weekend.
The Skipjacks Hockey Club is also undefeated, led by 16U Defenseman Of The Week Austin Rice, who paces the team with five points in three games. The Skipjacks are at the Shootout, and are in a tough division with the EHF Selects’ Mid-Fairfield Rangers and Cape Cod Whalers, along with the 16U Northeast Division’s Springfield Pics.
The Northeast Division-leading Jersey Shore Whalers will host the New Jersey Hitmen 16U Elite squad this weekend at home.
Many Northeast Division teams haven’t started their USPHL season yet, including the Northern Cyclones, Maine Moose, Springfield Pics and Maine Moose.
The Rochester Jr. Monarchs are the early class of the Mid-American Division, going 5-0-0-1 out of the gate.
The league-leading Philadelphia Hockey Club, powered by Jason Player (13 points in six games) get back to action after a week off from USPHL play.
Their game vs. the 3-1 Hitmen has “epic match-up” potential. Along with Player, four other PHC players fill up the top five scoring leaderboard spots.
In the other game for this weekend, the New Jersey Rockets (4-0) take on the Jersey Shore Whalers (3-3). The Rockets feature league-leading goalie Daniel Gerts, who has given up just one goal in two games.