Week of Feb. 9
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Summaries by Joshua Boyd / USPHLElite.com
Forward: Charles Norris, Charlotte Rush
Norris (‘06/Weddington, N.C.) was huge for the Rush last weekend as they picked up three wins against the rival Hampton Roads Whalers. He registered three goals and four assists for seven points. He now has nearly as many goals as games played, with a line of 24-21-45 in 25 contests. He’s also been up with the Premier Rush for 12 games.
Defense: Hudson Hinich, Hampton Roads Whalers
Hinich (‘03/Ancaster, Ont.) was in on a third of his team’s offense as he led the Whalers in ice time over their series with Charlotte. He put up two goals and an assist and was on the ice for four total Whalers goals out of nine total. A second-year Whaler, Hinich has more than doubled his points output year over year from nine last year to 20 this year. He has 29 career points in 55 Elite games and has also played in 17 Premier games.
Goaltender: Taeyang Lim, Potomac Patriots
Lim (‘03/Busan, South Korea) stopped 66 of 70 shots as the Patriots split their weekend against the defending National Champion Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, giving him a .943 save percentage for his weekend of work. He is now 4-1-0-0 this season with a .945 save percentage.
Forward: Dylan Hineman, Tampa Bay Juniors
Hineman (‘06/Tampa, Fla.) helped the Juniors to a pair of decisive wins against the Palm Beach Typhoon to help push them towards potentially clinching a Florida Division regular season championship. He put up a 3-2-5 line during the weekend and improved to 44 points in 35 games. This season, he’s splitting between TBJ and the local Steinbrenner High, where he’s teammates with Tampa teammates Matthew Killen, Marcus Benzrihem and Ari Blatt.
Defense: Adam Roberts, Tampa Bay Juniors
Roberts (‘06/Tampa, Fla.) had a fantastic weekend as well for the Juniors, posting a 3-2-5 line along with three hits, four blocked shots and a +7 for the pair of games. He’s another local product who joined after playing with River Ridge High School (with Juniors teammate Kevin Dionne), Clearwater Ice Storm (with Shane Passaro) and the Tampa Bay Crunch 16U squad (with eight current Juniors teammates).
Goaltender: Michael Pelc, Florida Eels
Pelc (‘04/Akron, Ohio) stopped 36 of the 37 shots that the Eels faced on Feb. 3, the middle game of a three-game sweep of the Bold City Battalion. Pelc has improved to 4-3-0-0 with a .932 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average this year.