NCDC Player of the Week
Damon Beaver G – Jersey Hitmen – South Division
Dam! This Beaver is one amazing goaltender. Goalie Damon Beaver of the Jersey Hitmen takes pucks flying at him more personally than a beaver takes open waters flowing down a stream. This past weekend at the NESC, Beaver became the first netminder in NCDC history to start their year with 3 consecutive shutouts. Following a dominating weekend, the Hitmen look yet again like favorites in the NCDC, now with one of the best netminders in the country in the crease.
Honorable Mention – Aidan Harper Rockets HC – South Division
Green Day step aside, because Aidan Harper does not need anyone to wake him up when September ends. Getting the starting nod in the Rockets first two games of the season, Aidan Harper started his October with two incredible performances. Facing 51 shots, Harper stopped all but one while posting a shutout victory over the Utica Jr. Comets. Harper looks to be the steadying force in net this Rockets Hockey Club has been looking for and will pair nicely with their fast and open style of play. In any other league, anywhere else in the world, at any other time, Harper would have been the player of the week. We cannot wait to see the “Battle for the Garden State” waged all season long between Harper’s Rockets and Beaver’s Hitmen. May the best squad win.
Premier Player of the Week
Deric Richison LW – Columbus Mavericks – Great Lakes Division
We at the Dan K Show always remind players to take full advantage of their opportunities at USPHL Showcases. Deric Richison did that, and more this past weekend in Michigan posting 11 points in just three days! Richison’s best performance of the weekend came in an early Game of the Year candidate between his Columbus Mavericks and the Detroit Fighting Irish. Richison scored four goals in 2 periods and added an assist in an 8-6 see-saw battle of potent offenses. After his stellar weekend, Richison now sits in second-place overall in points in the USPHL Premier with 13, trailing only his Great Lakes rival from the Toledo Cherokee Bailey Byrd.
Honorable Mention – Noah Bonvissuto G – Pittsburgh Vengenace – Great Lakes Division
Three seemed to be Noah Bonvissuto’s lucky number in net this past weekend in Michigan. Three starts, three wins, and an 0.33 Goals Against Average. What a start to the 2020-2021 season for the Vengence goalie. Bonvissuto mixes good quickness with his large 6’1 frame to make shooters lives miserable on a day-in, day-out basis. Noah is on an arc to becoming the one of the top netminders in the USPHL Premier with his recent performance. This .982 saves percentage goaltender is a must-see for scouts everywhere.
Elite Player of the Week
Rory Neish C – Florida Jr Blades – Florida Division
After a 5 point performance in a 6-1 win over the Charleston Colonials, it has become quite obvious that Rory has a Neish for scoring. Following a 1-0 loss to this same Colonials squad center Rory Neish helped get his Blades off the scoring snide with an opening goal five minutes into the contest. Neish backed up his first goal of the season, by assisting on 4 of his team’s next 5 goals. After a slow start to the 2020-2021 campaign it appears Neish and his Florida Jr. Blades teammates are ready to roar back in October with momentum on their side.
Honorable Mention – Larkin Dolan G – Charleston Colonials – Florida Division
Charleston Colonials netminder Larkin Dolan took advantage of a light game-week in the USPHL Elite and put the spotlight on his play this past weekend. Facing 20 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Florida Jr. Blades, Dolan decided to go the Pokemon route knowing he’s “gotta stop them all!”
The 2020-2021 campaign has been a Jekyll and Hyde start for Dolan who is 2-2 with both his wins coming via a shutout. When Dolan is on, he is one of the best netminders in the Elite Division. This 5’11 year 2002 has a great opportunity this season to really take his game to the next level, finding consistency between the pipes.