USPHL Elite Players Of The Week: North Region

Games of Jan. 1-9, 2023


North Division

(Summaries by Joshua Boyd)

Forward: Hunter Stockseth, Springfield Pics

Stockseth was in on all of the Pics’ offense when they fought a tough battle with the Bridgewater Bandits but came up just short at 5-3. He scored one goal, which started a three-goal unanswered rally attempt by Springfield while down 4-0. He also added two assists. Overall, Stockseth (‘05/Blandford, Mass.) evened up his points per game average to 1.00 on the season with 21 points in 21 games.  


Defense: Nikita Suvorov, Boston Junior Bruins

Suvorov (‘04/Kaliningrad, Russia) is beginning to see more and more success in his first North American season after playing last year in Sweden. Suvorov put up a goal and five assists for six points in just three Northern Cyclones Showcase games last weekend, as the Junior Bruins went 3-1, giving them their best weekend of the season so far. They have a chance at reaching the fourth and final playoff spot over the stretch drive. 


Goaltender: Maximilian Pierce, Northern Cyclones

The owners of the Elite’s best winning percentage (.944) can point to basically every player as a reason for their success, but you certainly can also shine a special light on the league’s wins and save percentage leader (13, .950 respectively). At the Northern Cyclones Showcase, Pierce registered a 30-save shutout against the Northern Cyclones, and then he put up 38 saves on 39 shots against the Rockets Hockey Club for a .986 save percentage and 0.49 GAA at his team’s event. 


Mid-Atlantic Division 

(Summaries by Marlee Bulman)

Forward: Michael Patruno, Elmira Jr. Enforcers

Number 9 of the Elmira Jr. Enforcers, Patruno (‘03/Toronto, Ont.0 posted a 1-3-4 line in four games against the Northern Cyclones, Islanders Hockey Club, and the Junior Bruins facing the top North Division teams at the Cyclones Showcase. The Toronto native now has a 5-6-11 scoring line going forth into the rest of the season.


Defense: Matthew DiCarlo, Jersey Hitmen

DiCarlo (‘04/Saddle Brook, N.J.) had an impressive weekend in the USPHL Tampa Showcase. He posted a 1-3-4 in four games, and also added a shootout goal against the Tampa Bay Juniors, which helped the Hitmen get the 3-2 win. He is tied for sixth in the league for points by a defenseman with 22 in 31 games. 


Goaltender: Michael Grima, Rockets Hockey Club

Once again, the goaltender Grima (‘03/Staten Island, N.Y.) was a powerhouse over the weekend. Grima was 1-0-1-0 on the weekend at the Cyclones Showcase. He stopped 25 of 26 shots in the win vs Islanders Hockey Club and 43 of 45 shots in their overtime loss against the

Cyclones. In total, Grima had 68 saves on 71 shots for a .958 save percentage and a 1.46

GAA in 123 minutes against the North’s top two teams.