Premier Player of the Week:
Ondrej Dupal – Toledo Cherokee – Great Lakes Division
This week The Dan K Show heads to the Great Lakes Division to find a left winger that soared in a weekend series against the Columbus Mavericks. Ondrej Dupal (2001) was certainly no one’s pal in a two-game weekend set against the Mavericks as he managed 5 goals and 2 assists in a stellar season opening showing. Not only was Dupal the leading point-getter for his Cherokee in a 2-0 weekend, he also notched both game-winning goals, showing up as a skater who can make the big play in crunch time. Dupal is sure to find success on the ice all season long in Toledo. Host of The Dan K Show was quoted following the performance dropping an old Keith Jackson favorite; “Holy Toledo this kid is talented!”
Watson, you are brilliant! Kyle Watson that is, of the Hampton Roads Whalers who notched 5 goals of his own this past weekend in a sweep of the Potomac Patriots. On Saturday, Watson netted 4 goals en route to a Whalers victory, yet again showing his ability to take over a hockey game. Watson (2000) brings size, skill and impeccable shooting accuracy with him to the ice every game and will be a big factor for the Whalers all season long.
For the second-week in a row David Battisti of the Charlotte Rush gets a Dan K Show shout out for a shutout. The year 2001 netminder has proven to be a wall in net for his Rush side allowing ZERO goals in 2 starts. His defensemen Alex Davis gets the final Honorable Mention nod of the week, posting 4 assists and playing stellar defensively in a two-game sweep of the Richmond Generals.
Elite Player of the Week:
Ty Morton – Hampton Roads Whalers – Southeast Division
When you post 2 shutouts over the first two weeks of the season you tend to find your way into the Player of the Week conversation a bit. For Ty Morton, a 2-0 weekend between the pipes with just 1 goal allowed was enough to carry him to the top of the POTW conversation. This year Morton boasts a .948 Saves Percentage with a 3-1-0 record in net. He will play a major role in the success of this Whalers squad all season long.
There is nothing normal about the ability of Luke Norman who posted a hat trick on Saturday in a 4-1 Carolina Junior Hurricanes victory over the Atlanta Mad Hatters. Norman, a 2003 birth year, is a super young, superstar that adds yet another talented piece to a National Title contender in Carolina.
The talk of the USPHL Elite these first two weeks has been the immense success of the Tampa Bay Juniors on the offensive side of the ice. While we could give the entire offense a nod this week, we instead turn to the netminders that have helped shut down each and every offense the Juniors have faced. Ethan Leigh and Evan Spinella are going to be called the “Netminding Twins” soon if they keep mirroring each other’s excellent play in pads. Both goalies maintain an identical 1.50 GAA with Leigh slightly edging Spinella in the Saves Percentage category .948 to .938. With these two in net and a potent, speed-filled offensive attack, this Tampa Bay Juniors team may need to start planning their title travel now!