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Players Of The Month: USPHL Elite / Northern Divisions

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 12/04/18, 9:00AM EST

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Forward: Tomas Montoya, Islanders Hockey Club.

Montoya was on fire in November, and as he went, so often went the Islanders. The team put together an 8-1-1-0 run stretching back into October. During nine of those games, Montoya racked up 22 points.

Montoya (‘01/Brighton, Colo.) has begun storming up the Elite scoring leaderboard, and sat in the top 20 with 35 points at the end of November, the vast majority coming within those 30 days of the month.

Montoya contributed almost equally as a goal-scorer, with eight, and as a playmaker, with 22 assists. During a current 10-game point streak, which continued into his first December game, Montoya helped lift the Islanders from five to 13 wins and a major player in the overall Elite Division leaders conversation.

 

Honorable Mention: Deven Ralph, New Jersey Rockets; Danny Woods, Northern Cyclones.

 

Defense: Tyler Browning, Northern Cyclones.

Browning and the Cyclones were an absolute force to be reckoned with throughout November, as they stretched an 8-1-1-0 streak back into October and won six of their seven November games, losing only once in overtime.

Browning collected seven points in six of the Cyclones’ seven November games - and those represented seven of his eight total points this season, so it was truly an offensive breakout month for the ‘99 out of Cary, N.C.

Defensemen, of course, are also heavily judged on how much they keep the puck out of their own net. Browning helped the Cyclones to a very respectable 2.52 goals against average per game by the end of November, and a +50 goal differential.

 

Honorable Mention: Ryan Sheridan, Northern Cyclones; Josef Staif, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.

 

Goal: Miles Corrigan, Northern Cyclones.

As aforementioned, the Cyclones were a very stingy team in November, both in the standings - denying other teams wins - and on the scoreboard, denying other teams many goals.

Corrigan saw action in four of the seven Cyclones games in November, and never allowed more than two goals in regulation. He gave up three just once in their single overtime loss to the Florida Eels at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase.

Corrigan stopped 94 of 101 shots he faced in November, registering a .931 save percentage for the month and a 3-0-1 personal record. That helped push Corrigan (‘00/Batavia, Ill.) into the top 10 overall in that category.


Honorable Mention: Zack Kopp, Springfield Jr. Pics; John Markert, New Jersey Rockets.