The Dan K Show ELITE Player of the Week
CJ Reid RD (2004), Jacob Penetrante C (2003) and Nicholas Viselli C (2001) – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Of all the incredible performances throughout the USPHL in Week 2 of the Elite season, few stood out brighter than the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. After a 28 goal weekend in just three days of action, it would have probably been easier to select the entire roster as our Dan K Show Player of the Week. But, in keeping with the exclusivity of our weekly honors, we somehow narrowed it down to three.
Right Defenseman CJ Reid, from Lucas’s favorite beach vacation locale of Alaska, lead the way for his Knights by playing an incredible two-way game all season long. Reid, whose brother Drake put himself on The Dan K Show radar with his performances last season for the Elmira Jr. Enforcers, is an early frontrunner for The All Dan K and Lucas J Elite squad honors at the defenseman position. No word yet on whether CJ called Drake on his “cell phone” to let him know about the Player of the Week honor. (Editor’s Note: We would like to apologize to our readers for this out-of-date pop culture reference. Those responsible have been warned.)
Centermen Jacob Penetrante and Nicholas Viselli join CJ Reid as co-Players of the Week this week. The two have combined for 16 points thus far this season, with each netting a hat trick over a three-game span. Currently, Viselli sits alone atop the USPHL Elite points leaders with 9.
Taveon Dees G (2003) – Atlanta MadHatters
For only the second-time in Dan K Show history, a losing netminder has been given Player of the Week honors. For Taveon Dees, the honor was well-earned following a 45 save performance against the always difficult to deal with Florida Eels. It took a shootout for the Eels to sneak by the MadHatters despite a 47 shot performance. Dees, boasts a .957 Saves Percentage following his first start of the year and is a must-watch goaltender heading into the USPHL’s Southeast Showcase this weekend. Getting post-to-post is no problem for Taveon, and rebounds are hard to come by. He will be a tough test for all offenses faced this year.
Charles Garon – G (2004) – Tampa Bay Juniors
Charles Garon is the second TBJ netminder in as many weeks to make The Dan K Show Player of the Week Honorable mentions, joining teammate Evan Spinella. In his weekend start, Garon held the Palm Beach Typhoon to one goal on 25 shots in a road win. His .960 saves percentage leads all qualifying USPHL Elite goalies after two weeks of action.
The Dan K Show PREMIER Player of the Week
Cooper Brodzinski – RW (2001) – Rum River Mallards
The battle of the birds with bills went the way of the Rum River Mallards this weekend, and no one had as much fun as Right-winger Cooper Brodzinski of Rum River. On Friday, September 17th Cooper Brodzinski went full Lebron, scoring not one, not two, not three, but SIX goals in a confident victory over the Dells Ducks. Amongst that 6 goal tally, Brodzinksi had an unheard of short-handed hat trick, tallying three goals while on the PK and adding a powerplay score. Coach Triston Jensen and the Mallards showcased a speed and skill attack to open the 2021-2022 campaign that may just be the start to a statement making season.
Zach Waizmann – G (2003) – Columbus Mavericks
Start two games, save 30+ shots in each, win both games, post a .958 saves percentage? That is exactly what Zach Waizmann did for the Columbus Mavericks in a weekend sweep of the newly minted Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones. Waizmann was on fire all weekend long for a Mavericks team that has been looking to solidify its crease the past few seasons. With Waizmann in net, this Mavericks team will be a beast to deal with all season long.
Antonio Tarantino – G (2002) – Ogden Mustangs
Speaking of statement making netminding performances, how about Antonio Tarantino of the Ogden Mustangs? 35 shots faced, 35 saves made; we call that in the beauty business; a shutout! Within his shutout Tarantino faced six Powerplays including three consecutively in the final 8 minutes of the contest. In a Mountain division built upon offseason skill, mixed with size and speed, Tarantino might just be the Mustangs key to slowing down opponents all season long.
Stepan Skvirski – C (2001) – Fresno Monsters
Scouts, call up Stepan now! Talk about “Stepan Up” to start the season! (Editor’s Note: Booooooooo) Skvirski netted a league high 9 points all in his opening weekend taking on the Long Beach Shredders including an incredible 4 goal 1 assist performance in the Monsters’ victory on Saturday, September 18th. Stepan, who can play any role a team may need at the collegiate level, is a year 2001. Stay tuned for plenty more Skvirski magic in Fresno.
Taureon Haddon-Harris – C (2001) – Florida Eels
Our final Honorable Mention of Week 2 is Taureon Haddon-Harris of the currently undefeated Florida Eels. Haddon-Harris tallied a hat trick on Saturday, September 18th en route to an Eels win. His weekend included, 3 goals, 4 assists, 2 PPG, 2 PPA and 1 goal of the game winning variety. Don’t be surprised if Taureon ends up towards the top of the league scoring title by year’s end. His relentless effort and ability to find the open space on the ice make him a vital asset for a squad looking to compete for a USPHL Premier Title this season.