Players Of The Month: USPHL Premier / Midwest Divisions
Forward: Caleb Griffin, Rum River Mallards.
The Rum River Mallards had an outstanding December, winning five of their eight games, and going 8-2 in their last 10 stretching back into November.
In the midst of all this winning, Griffin (‘98/Regina, Sask.) moved himself into the top 10 overall in the USPHL Premier Division scoring race. He scored in all eight of the Mallards’ December games, and is on a nine-game scoring streak stretching back into November. He ended the month on the right note, scoring five goals and adding two assists against Tri-City to cap off a 4-0 run at the USPHL Midwest Showcase.
That gave him 21 points for the month of December, and he stands with 43 points overall this season through 29 games.
Honorable Mention: Adam Peterson, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings; Philip DeSavva, Minnesota Moose.
Defense: Chris Dusek, Hudson Havoc.
The Havoc continue to wreak their namesake throughout the Midwest, winning all seven of their December games. Dusek (‘99/Dallas, Texas) scored 10 points in the six games that he skated in, including nine points in the four USPHL Midwest Showcase games. He scored a hat trick to end the showcase on Dec. 23, which included the game-winning goal.
He scored seven of his total 14 goals in December, and those 14 goals make him the No. 1 goal-scoring blueliner in all of the USPHL Premier entering January. Along with his 14 assists for 28 points, he is seventh overall in league scoring by defensemen.
Honorable Mention: Kenny White, Pittsburgh Vengeance; Matthias Branton, Rum River Mallards.
Goal: Drake Bradshaw, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.
Bradshaw (‘99/Lapeer, Mich.) was clutch throughout the month of December for a clutch Riverkings team that went 7-2 overall and was yet another 4-0 team at the USPHL Midwest Showcase.
Bradshaw earned one of his two shutouts on the month at the showcase. He never let in more than two goals in any one of his six total appearances. He finished December with a 4-1 record personally, and a 1.34 goals against average. He faced 97 shots for the month and turned away 92 for a .949 save percentage. That falls around where he’s been all season, and his overall .947 save percentage is good for sixth in the 51-team USPHL Premier Division (among goalies with at least 10 appearances). He is seventh in league shutouts with three so far this season.
Honorable Mention: Fredrik Meurling, Metro Jets; Cal Ambrose, Hudson Havoc.