Congratulations to these top performers from the first week of 2019 in the National Collegiate Development Conference, each of whom played extremely well at the USPHL Winter Showcase.
Forward: Ryan Lovett, Boston Junior Bruins.
The Junior Bruins had one of their best weekends in months, collecting six points in three wins, including two over top four teams the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Connecticut Jr. Rangers to help solidify their hold on second place.
Lovett (‘99/Franklin, Mass.) had an eight-point weekend at the Showcase. He scored the game-winning goal and two assists against the Monarchs, who had defeated the Bruins in their last two meetings in December, so it was sweet revenge there.
He also had two goals and an assist against the New Jersey Rockets, and two assists vs. the Rangers. He has scored 12 points in six games between Dec. 9 and Jan. 6.
Defense: Tanner Palocsik, New Jersey Hitmen.
Palocsik (‘99/Aliquippa, Pa.) is basically at the heart of everything being done to keep the New Jersey Hitmen’s winning streak at 16 games. He had eight points in the Hitmen’s three USPHL Winter Showcase games, continuing the dominance that has built up over the course of the season. He had 11 points through his first 19 games, and then upped the ante to 22 points in his last 13 contests, all the while keeping the Hitmen exclusively in the wins column.
Goal: William Oliver, Northern Cyclones.
Oliver (‘99/Chesterfield, Mo.) is one of the most successful goaltenders in the NCDC since December 1, remaining undefeated in regulation over that stretch. He has won six games and taken one overtime loss in his seven appearances since Dec. 1, including wins on Jan. 5 and Jan. 9 against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and the Boston Bandits. He posted a 1.98 goals against average, letting up four total goals in the two games, and he stopped 59 of 63 shots for a .935 save percentage over the two games.