Forward: Spencer Quinn, Rochester Jr. Monarchs.
Scoring on average two points per game for a team that is 14-0 overall in the USPHL is certainly qualification for Forward Of The Month in our book. Quinn currently has 26 points in league games for the Monarchs, who are the third-highest ranked team 16U in the league according to MYHockeyrankings.com. They are ranked in the top third, nationally.
Quinn, an ‘02 Rochester product, is also a big reason why the Monarchs have a league-leading 86 goals for, and a 27-goal lead on their nearest league competition.
Honorable Mention: Gregory Spitznagel, New Jersey Rockets; Spencer Flansburg, CP Dynamo.
Defense: Michael Rubin, New Jersey Rockets.
The Rockets, the highest-ranked full member of the 16U Division on MYHockeyrankings.com (28th overall), are a dominating force with a 9-2 record in league play.
A big reason for their +34 goal differential through the end of October was the ‘03 from New York, Rubin. He was good for 1.18 points per game as he registered three goals and 13 points in 11 games. Two of his goals were of the power play type, and another was a game-winner. Rubin has been involved in every situation for the Rockets and he’ll continue to work this year to help them stay in contention for a Tournament of Champions title this winter.
Honorable Mention: Austin Rice, Skipjacks Hockey Club; Andrew Gelman, New York Aviators.
Goal: Pieter Bartelse, Rochester Jr. Monarchs.
The Monarchs, as aforementioned, already established themselves as a 16U powerhouse. Not only do they dominate offensively, but they enjoyed a +78 goal differential. That happens because of the efforts of many, but good goaltending is crucial to any such powerhouse.
Bartelse has provided that in his six games, picking up five shutouts, a .946 save percentage and - wait for it - a 0.50 goals against average. Running a close second here was his creasemate Lenny Perno, whose league numbers show a 7-0 record, a 0.71 goals against average and a 0.955 save percentage. When the tiebreaker here comes down to five shutouts vs. three, you’re talking scary net skills.
Honorable Mention: Lenny Perno, Rochester Jr. Monarchs; Jake Essensa, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.