(Summaries by Marlee Bulman)
John Crowdell, Rockets Hockey Club
Forward John Crowdell (‘03/Staten Island, NY) is in his fourth year with the Rockets (USPHL 16U and USPHL 18U), this being his first year with the elite team. This season he has grown to be an extremely valuable player for the Rockets. In 12 games, he has posted 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points, with a 2.33 points per game, which ranks second in the league only to Potomac’s Zarand Varga.
He has scored a point in all but one game and has eight multi-point games – including four goals and one assist in the season opener – under his belt. Overall, he stands third in points in Elite, tied for third in goals, and second in assists.
Jason DiMatteo, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Forward DiMatteo (’04/Florida) of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights has had an amazing rookie season so far. Posting 18 goals and seven assists for 25 points in 14 games, he has a 1.79 points per game average. DiMatteo has gotten points in 12-of-14 games.
Of all 14, nine were multi-point games, five multi-goal games, and he also has one hat trick. As of now, he stands fourth in points, and leads the league in goals.
Brody Bess, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Another amazing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights rookie Brody Bess (‘05/Hummelstown, Pa.) also had a great start to the season, posting 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 12 games. He scored points in 8-of-12 games leaving him with a 1.67 points per game average. The Hummelstown, Pa., local had seven multi-point games. In the last five games he has gotten 12 points, and eight in his last three. He now sits eighth in points, and tied for third in goals.
Matthew DiCarlo, Jersey Hitmen
The second year in the USPHL for Matthew DiCarlo (‘04/Saddle Brook, N.J.) is gearing up for a great season for the defenseman. Currently he has posted a 3g-9a-12p in 14 games, with a 0.87 points per game average. He has two three-point games this season, and now sits at eighth in points among defensemen, tied for seventh in assists among defensemen, and is in second in points on the team.
Angelo Coschignano, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders
This is Coshignano’s third year in USPHL. He spent his first two with P.A.L.’s USPHL 16U team, before moving to the Elite. There, he is now currently on a six-game point streak, posting four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 15 games (0.73 points per game).
Out of the 15 games, Coschignano (‘05/Muttowntown, N.Y.) has scored points in 10 of those. He now sits tied second on the team in points, and is tied for ninth in defenseman points, league wide.
Dylan Boughen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Boughen (‘04/Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada) has been a force with the Knights. This is his second year in the USPHL, and with the Knights. He has posted so far a record of 4-0-1-0 to stay undefeated in regulation, and two of his wins have been shutouts.
He’s started off strong with a 2.34 goals against average, and a .933 save percentage, at which he ranks fifth in the Elite. He has made 152 saves in five contests.