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Players Of The Month: USPHL Premier / Midwest Divisions

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 02/02/19, 8:30PM EST

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Forward: Nick Spolec, Minnesota Blue Ox. 

Spolec (‘99/Kansas City, Mo.) was very nearly a two-points-per-game performer in January as the Blue Ox went 6-2-1 over the course of January. That run helped the Blue Ox pull into fourth place in the heavily competitive Midwest West and be able to threaten to finish as high as second. 

Spolec came in off the holiday break on fire, scoring four goals and 11 points in his first four games back. The third weekend of January saw him add two more goals and three more assists, and he finished the month with an assist against the Minnesota Moose on Jan. 26 for a total of 17 points in nine games. 

With 16 goals and 41 points, Spolec is now third on the Blue Ox in scoring. 

 

Honorable Mention: Tyler Granzow, Metro Jets Development Program; T.J. Dougan, Decatur Blaze. 

 

Defense: John Vandervalk III, Chicago Cougars. 

Vandervalk (‘98/Round Lake, Ill.) can ring up the goals with the best of them, and with his six goals in January, he moved into third among all USPHL defensemen in goal-scoring with 15 total. 

He also added six assists to total 12 points in his 11 January games, while helping the Cougars to hold opponents to an average of 30 shots per game. The Cougars went 9-1 in January and climbed to first in the Midwest East division, unseating previous leaders the Motor City Hockey Club. 

 

Honorable Mention: Alec Porzondek, Motor City Hockey Club; Chris Dusek, Hudson Havoc. 

 

Goal: Fredrik Meurling, Metro Jets. 

Meurling is no stranger to this honor, as he’s been here before. He returns after posting a 5-0 record in January, along with a .942 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average. 

The ‘98 goalie from Sweden has helped keep the Metro Jets near the top of the entire league and given them a 25-point lead in the Great Lakes Division. They went 9-1 in their last 10 games. 

Meurling is tied with the Cyclones’ Nick Howard for most shutouts (five) and his season numbers of 18 wins, 1.65 GAA and .941 save percentage are top 10 as well. 

 

Honorable Mention: Anthony Carlier, Metro Jets Development Program; Ethan St. Pierre, Chicago Cougars.