USPHL Elite 2023-24 Atlantic Division Players Of The Month: November 2023

Summaries by Joshua Boyd / 


Forward: Justin Morrissey, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 

Morrissey (‘06/Patchogue, N.Y.) was just everywhere at once for the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, as they went 5-2-0-0 during the month of November. He had one of the league’s best points per game averages, putting up a 3.43 from his eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in just those seven contests. This was all part of an 11-game scoring streak, over which he had a 12-16-28 line. Also during November, he played in his first Premier game and earned an assist for his first point at that level. Overall, Morrissey had 47 points in 24 Elite games. 


Forward: Lucas Lewin, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 

Lewin (‘06/Hewlett, N.Y.) was side by side with Morrissey in the points race for most of the month, as he registered 14 goals and added nine assists for 23 points in seven games, good for a 3.29 points per game average. His most recent scoring streak stretched from Oct. 15 to Dec. 2, and produced 29 points in 12 games. Lewin also put up three points in two Premier games during November. Lewin’s 36 points puts him inside the Elite Top 10 with Morrissey. 


Forward: John Crowdell, Rockets Hockey Club

Crowdell (‘03/Staten Island, N.Y.) has remained at the top of the Elite scoring leaderboard basically since September of 2022. He sits there now with 62 points in 22 games, and that’s partially as a result of his 11 goals and five assists for 15 points in his five November games. Crowdell stands at 145 points in his career, which is 31 off of former Rocket Deven Ralph’s all-time Elite record. Crowdell’s 2.20 points per game average is also fourth-best in Elite history among players with multiple seasons. He has played five USPHL Premier games this season, including four in November during which he scored two of his three Premier goals. 


Defense: Peter Allen, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 

The ‘06 out of Oceanside, N.J., is already having his better season out of two, with 19 points in his first 23 games beating his 18 points scored in 37 Elite games last year. In helping the Jr. Isles win five of seven in November, Allen contributed on the offensive side with two goals and added 10 assists for 12 points – an average of 1.71 points per game from the blue line.  


Defense: Ryder Orr, Elmira Impact 

The Impact had their best month in their Elite history, going 4-4 for eight points, and Orr (‘07/Yorkton, Sask.) was a big reason for that as he potted his first junior goal in a 1-3-4 performance against Springfield on Nov. 4 and added two more assists over the month for six points in eight games. 


Goaltender: Christopher Lucente, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 

Lucente (‘05/Centerreach, N.Y.) came up with a great 3-0 run during his November games, stopping 90 out of 95 shots in the process. That helped him to already bypass his 2022-23 wins total of eight by standing now with an 11-5-0-0 record. He enjoyed a 30-save shutout against Elmira, his second of the season and fifth of his career, on Nov. 25. Overall, for the season, Lucente has a .926 save percentage and a 2.72 goals against average for the season.  


Selection Process: The league media office sends top candidates to divisional coaches for review and coaches either approve or challenge the nominations.