Forward: Johan Rosenquist, Islanders Hockey Club.
A second-year Islanders Hockey Club 16U player out of Naples, Fla., Rosenquist (’02) broke out in a major way in December 2018.
With 19 points in five games played, he launched himself into fifth in the USPHL 16U Division scoring race. Rosenquist continued a league play scoring streak going back to Oct. 8 through a December that included three five-point games. He scored two goals (including the GWG) against Newbridge Academy to start the month, a night before he scored a hat trick and added two assists against the Junior Bruins.
After scoring a goal and an assist against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, Rosenquist finished with two more five-point efforts to cap off his huge month. He now has 16 goals and 17 assists in 16 USPHL games played.
The Islanders won all five of their December games and are 8-2 in their last 10 contests.
Honorable Mention: Nick Ahern, Islanders Hockey Club; Jonathan Lapsa, Northern Cyclones.
Defense: Nate Benoit, Northern Cyclones.
Benoit is already in his second year with the Cyclones’ 16U team and he is a homegrown product of the Cyclones as an ‘02 out of Bow, N.H.
In December, Benoit doubled up on the competition, scoring eight points in his four games. On the first day of the month, he had a four-assist effort against the Jersey Shore Whalers, and a week later, he had a power play goal against the Springfield Pics.
On Dec. 15, he finished his USPHL play for the month with a three-assist effort against the Boston Bandits. On the defensive side, the Cyclones held their opponents to an average of 20 shots on goal in three of their December games. They improved their standings with a 5-0-1 run in their last six contests, pushing the Cyclones to a close second in the Northeast Division.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Kerrigan, Palmyra Black Knights; Max Famulare, CP Dynamo.
Goal: Trevor Joule, New York Aviators.
Joule (‘02/Staten Island, N.Y.) went 2-0-0-1 in net in USPHL games of December, posting two shutouts and stopping 75 of the 80 shots he faced for a .938 save percentage last month.
Joule and the Aviators have gone 3-0-0-1 in their last four games total and that put them at the top of the Mid-American Division, where they maintained a one-point lead on the surging Hartford Jr. Wolfpack.
The Aviators will end the season with a two-game set against the Wolfpack on Feb. 8-9, which could determine the division championship.
Overall, Joule - at 7-2-0-2 - is tied for fifth in league wins this season, and he stands with a .912 save percentage and a 2.07 goals against average, good for third among 16U goalies with at least 10 games played.
Honorable Mention: Christopher Liscio, Philadelphia Hockey Club; Matt Yankanich, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack.