USPHL Elite Players Of The Week: South Region

(Games of Dec. 6-12)

Summaries By Joshua Boyd


Southeast Division 

Forward: Nathan Fishman, Nashville Spartans

Fishman (‘02/Gainesville, Ga.) has been a highly valuable voice of experience for the first-year Spartans, bringing three prior years in the USPHL to the locker room and to the ice as well. He showed his experience by posting six goals – including a four-goal performance on Dec. 10 – along with one assist in two wins against Elmira. Fishman has nine points in 16 games this year and 67 points in 114 regular season Elite and Premier games since 2019-20. 


Defense: Benjamin Pearson, Charlotte Rush

Pearson (‘03/Rochester, N.Y.) continues to be the anchor of the Rush Elite defense, posting 22 points in 17 games this year. This includes two goals and two assists for four points in the Rush’s two wins against Columbia last weekend. He was a +3, blocked three shots and drew four opponent penalties. Pearson has earned an eight-game call-up with the Rush Premier team this season as well. 


Goaltender: Ethan Carlone, Richmond Generals

Carlone (‘04/Tecumseh, Ont.) returns to this spot for a second straight week, thanks to two shutouts against the Hampton Roads Whalers, with 22 and 20 saves respectively. He stands 6-2-0-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage. He is third in the league in both goals against average and save percentage. 


Florida Division

Forward: Lorenzo Marchetta, Florida Eels

Marchetta (‘03/Montreal, Que.) was explosive last and weekend for the Eels, who are 2-0-1-0 recently and just one point out of first in the Florida Division. He had four goals and added one assist in a win and OT loss against the Palm Beach Typhoon. Marchetta is on a seven-game point streak with 8-7-15 totals. Each of the seven games has seen multi-point performances as Marchetta overtook the scoring lead with 27 points in 21 games. 


Defense: James Gudino, Palm Beach Typhoon

Gudino (‘03/Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) earned a shorthanded assist in setting up teammate Aaron Lentz, which saw the Typhoon’s first of two comebacks from being down against the Eels. They would eventually win the same Dec. 11 game in overtime. The hometown product Gudino, who has five assists in 14 games this season, continues to develop into a terrific two-way blueliner for the Typhoon. 


Goaltender: Jonathan Jensen, Tampa Bay Juniors

A product of the local Tampa 92’s high school team, Jensen has transitioned beautifully into junior hockey with an 8-1-0-0 record for the Tampa Bay Juniors. Most recently, he picked up the win against the Florida Jr. Blades, stopping 31 of 34 shots for his seventh straight win. The ‘04 out of Largo, Fla., also played for his hometown Clearwater Ice Storm. Like the Typhoon, the Juniors have certainly done well in developing local area talent.