Players Of The Month: USPHL Elite / Southern Divisions
Forward: Cody Wilson, Hampton Roads Whalers.
A fourth-year Whaler, the ‘98 from Virginia Beach, Va., doubled up on the points front in December, scoring 16 points over the course of his eight games over the course of the 12th month.
He also helped the Whalers end the month unbeaten in regulation in their last six games, going 5-0-0-1 in that time.
Wilson started right out of the gate in December with two goals and two assists for four points against Potomac on Dec. 1. Wilson scored in seven of the eight games he played last month, improving his points total to 16 goals and 35 points through 27 games.
Honorable Mention: Matt Dougherty, Richmond Generals; Trenton Bailey, Atlanta Jr. Kings.
Defense: Andrew Lawrence, Atlanta Jr. Kings.
With a 10-point month, Lawrence (‘01/Toronto, Ont.) pulled into second overall in the USPHL Elite defenseman scoring race. He picked up four goals and added six assists over December, lifting his assists total to a league-leading 27 heading into the USPHL Winter Showcase.
In the Florida Showcase, Lawrence helped the Kings go 3-1 with an eight-point weekend, including a one-goal-six-assist effort against the DME Swamp Rabbits.
Overall, he has seven goals and 34 points (second overall) in 30 games played thus far.
Honorable Mention: Alex Walsh, Richmond Generals; James Rowe, Hampton Roads Whalers.
Goal: Shaun Hatton, Tampa Bay Juniors.
Hatton (‘01/Bradenton, Fla.) was in net for four of the Juniors’ eight games and was stellar in each. Even in his one loss on the month, he gave up just one goal in a 1-0 loss to Richmond at the USPHL Florida Showcase. With his efforts, he helped the Juniors to a 6-2 month.
Overall, he gave up just seven goals total and never more than two in a game in December for a 1.52 goals against average on the month. He turned away 131 of 138 shots faced for a .949 save percentage.
Hatton’s 10 wins this year are good for a tie for fifth in the league, and his season save percentage of .922 is good for seventh overall.
Honorable Mention: Luc Fox, Charlotte Rush; Ryan Creenan, Richmond Generals.