Congratulations to this week’s 18U Players Of The Week for the week ending Jan. 6!
Forward: Matteo Franzoni, Jersey Shore Whalers.
In the Whalers’ first league games since November, the Whalers swept the Pittsburgh Vengeance, and Franzoni (‘01/Brielle, N.J.) racked up six goals, to improve to 14 red lamps in 13 league games. On Saturday, he scored four straight for a natural hat trick plus one, and his third goal of the game was the eventual game-winner.
Defense: Salvatore Caterina, Boston Junior Bruins.
The Junior Bruins defeated the New Jersey Rockets in a pair of road games between two nearly dead-even teams. Caterina (‘00/Cambridge, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 3-2 win, and added an assist. He also had an assist in the 9-4 win the next day.
Goal: Aidan Harper, Skipjacks Hockey Club.
The UMass-Lowell recruit just keeps getting the job done when called upon. He registered his fourth shutout of the season against a very strong P.A.L. Jr. Islanders squad on Saturday, stopping 21 shots in 51 minutes.