Congratulations to these winners of Players Of The Week honors from the period ranging Feb. 9-18.
Forward: Matt Irwin, Northern Cyclones.
Although his linemate Danny Woods might have finished ahead of him in the scoring race with 105 points, it was Irwin who actually outscored Woods between Feb. 9-18.
Irwin posted 20 points in the space of six games, and finished with 98 points on the year, good for second overall behind Woods.
Irwin (‘99/Billerica, Mass.) posted the game-winning goal and two assists in beating the Junior Bruins on Feb. 10 to start the recent scoring cycle. After a four-assist game against the Islanders Hockey Club on Feb. 13, he saved some of his best games for the end of the season at the South Shore Kings Showcase.
In his first game there against Hartford, he posted a goal and four assists, and the next day, he had a goal and three helpers vs. Team Beijing in the USPHL Elite Game Of The Week on HockeyTV.
Against the New Jersey Rockets later that day, he had two assists and then he closed with a goal and an assist against a strong New Jersey Hitmen team in a shootout loss.
Defense: Sam Martin, Northern Cyclones.
The Cyclones earned points in every one of their last 15 games of the season, the only non-win being the shootout loss to the Hitmen in their second-to-last game.
In addition to scoring 10 points in his last six games, Martin (‘00/Batavia, Ill.) also helped the Cyclones outscore each of their last six opponents, holding the majority of those to less than 30 shots on goal per game.
He had two goals and two assists in his two games before the Kings showcase. There, he added two more goals and four assists. Overall, Martin finished tied for third in scoring among all league defensemen with 39 points in 44 games.
Goal: Peter Barry, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.
Barry posted two shutouts in the Kings Showcase, blanking the New Jersey Rockets and Team Beijing en route to helping the Monarchs seal the top overall seed in the Elite league.
Prior to the showcase, Barry (‘00/Stoneham, Mass.) stopped 22 of 24 shots by the Islanders Hockey Club. He made it three straight wins with the shutouts against the Rockets (18 saves) and Team Beijing (21 shots).
Barry finished fourth in save percentage (2.11), and in a tie for fifth in save percentage (.921) for the season. He also finished in a three-way tie for second in shutouts with three.