Forward: Philip Elgstam, New Jersey Hitmen.
He was in the same position for his performance in November, and he’s deservingly right back here after a huge December.
The ‘98 from Stockholm, Sweden, scored 10 points in six December games, each of which were won by the Hitmen. The Hitmen are now on a 13-0 winning streak, and have given themselves a 10-point cushion at first place in the NCDC.
Elgstam scored at least one point in five of the six December games, and multiple points in four of those. He had a perfectly even five goals and five assists, including a two-goal-one-assist effort on Dec. 8 against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, which included the game-winning goal.
After a seven-game scoring streak that ran from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1, he was held scoreless by the South Shore Kings on Dec. 2, but the next weekend, he started a new and active four-game scoring streak.
Elgstam’s big month moved him into a tie for the league’s point-scoring lead, with 36 points, tied with the Junior Bruins’ Jonny Mulera. Elgstam has 14 goals and 22 assists in 29 games.
Honorable Mention: Colin Slyne, Connecticut Jr. Rangers; Zachary Rehbaum, Northern Cyclones.
Defense: Artyom Borshyov, Northern Cyclones.
A veteran Cyclone, Borshyov - a Quinnipiac University commit - didn’t join this year’s NCDC Cyclones lineup until mid-November.
After going scoreless his first four games back, he broke out with four multiple point games in the 12th month of 2018. That gave him 10 points in six total games played in December.
Overall, he has two goals and eight assists and he has an active three-game point streak heading into the USPHL Winter Showcase, to be held Jan. 4-7 in Marlboro, Mass.
Defensively, Borshyov helped the Cyclones to one of the lowest shots allowed per game averages in the NCDC in November, giving up just 29.1 per contest.
The Cyclones had their best month of the season so far, going 5-0-1-0 in December, which propelled them into a seventh-place playoff spot as 2019 dawned.
Honorable Mention: Brett Callahan, New Jersey Hitmen; Gregory McGunigle, Syracuse Stars.
Goal: Colten Lancaster, Connecticut Jr. Rangers.
The Connecticut Jr. Rangers finished the 2018 portion of the season in fourth place, and if the season were to end there, they’d be hosting a first round playoff series at Chelsea Piers.
Their 6-0-0-1 December was a huge forward chess move, as the Rangers were in seventh place as recently as the Thanksgiving break.
In goal for six of their seven December games was Lancaster, a ‘98 from Charlie Lake, B.C., who was an early season acquisition of the Rangers from the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. He went 5-0-0-1, stopping 230 of the 246 shots he faced in those six games for a league-best .935 save percentage for December among goalies with at least three games played.
Overall, Lancaster is now top 10 in all major goaltending categories including second in save percentage (.936) and fourth in goals against average (2.36).
Honorable Mention: Evan Szary, New Jersey Hitmen; Kalle Andersson, Islanders Hockey Club.