Forward: Johan Rosenquist, Islanders Hockey Club.
Rosenquist for December and Rosenquist again for January! The USPHL All-Star continued scoring on a torrid pace in the first month of 2019. He had scored 19 points in five games in December, and followed that with a 23-point month of nine games to soar into the USPHL 16U scoring lead at the end of the month.
Rosenquist (‘02/Naples, Fla.) stood at 56 points through 25 games by the end of January, and that was thanks in large part to a 12-point performance through his four games at the USPHL Midget Showcase in Connecticut. He has not stopped registering at least one point in every game since the end of September, going on a 22-game scoring streak. Sept. 16 remains the only game in this season that Rosenquist has not gotten on the scoresheet, a distant memory now.
He helped the Islanders go 4-0 through the end-of-January showcase, including wins over highly-ranked teams including the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and Rochester Jr. Monarchs.
Honorable Mention: Nick Ahern, Islanders Hockey Club; Jason Siedem, New Jersey Rockets.
Defense: Mike Santonelli, Boston Junior Bruins.
Santonelli (‘03/Winchester, Mass.) was on fire for one of the USPHL 16U’s busiest teams throughout January.
He started the month with a two-goal performance vs. the Springfield Pics, including the game-winner, and was personally a thorn in the side of the Boston Bandits all month. Against that Bridgewater-based team, he posted four goals and two assists, half of his 12 points through the 11 January games. This included a hat trick on Jan. 20.
The Junior Bruins went 2-1 at the USPHL Midget Showcase, including impressive wins over CP Dynamo and the Palmyra Black Knights.
All told, Santonelli now has 18 points through 25 games, and he rose to 12th in league scoring among defensemen.
Honorable Mention: Michael Rubin, New Jersey Rockets; Nate Benoit, Northern Cyclones.
Goal: Nick Johansson, New Jersey Hitmen.
The ‘02 from West Milford, N.J., went the distance multiple times and never lost in regulation during his games of January, finishing with a 2-0-0-2 record and giving up just five total goals in more than 200 minutes of action.
He had some of his best performances in the two shootout losses against higher-ranked opponents, stopping 34 of 36 shots by the Islanders Hockey Club and then 33 of 35 against the Rochester Jr. Monarchs.,The latter came in a classic showdown at the USPHL Midget Showcase. He also had a 16-save shutout win at the showcase.
He posted a .950 save percentage as he stopped 95 of 100 shots faced in the month, and a 1.38 goals against average.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Heck, Skipjacks Hockey Club; Mason Kucenski, Boston Junior Bruins.