Games of Feb. 1-7, 2023
Summaries by Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com
Forward: Wesley Wilding, Richmond Generals
Three games down, three wins in the standings. The defending National Champions have already clinched their playoff berth to begin a whole new quest for hardware, and a lot of that will have to do with the production of players like Wilding (‘04/London, Ont.), who put up 4-3-7 in two wins over Charlotte and an additional W against Potomac.
Defense: Wesley Sweitzer, Charlotte Rush
Sweitzer and the Rush fought valiantly against a very determined Richmond team, including putting up two assists, along with a team-leading 14 shots on goal over the weekend as well as four blocked shots. Sweitzer has registered points in nine of their last 10 games, and has collected 28 points in 31 games.
Goaltender: Aidan Mirra, Richmond Generals
Mirra (‘03/Malvern, Pa.) was on fire with 43 saves on 44 shots in one of the Generals’ two victories against the Rush, good for a .977 save percentage. He has improved to 5-4-0-1, and he hasn’t given up more than two goals in his last four games. He also has a .924 save percentage and 2.10 goals against average.
Forward: Cole Taylor, Florida Eels
Taylor (‘05/Plainfield, Ill.) put together a great run of four goals and one assist in their first three February contests. He had his four games spread out over three games for a nice mini-streak. He has helped the Eels to a winning streak of 6-0, while posting five of his eight points between Feb. 1-7.
Defense: Frederick Bonebrake, Tampa Bay Juniors
Bonebrake (‘05/Lithia, Fla.) has been one of the top defensive players from the Florida Division, putting up 39 blocked shots this season. Recently, in the team’s first couple of February games – both wins against Palm Beach – he put up a goal and two assists. Overall, he has 17 points in 31 games.
Goaltender: Loic St. Denis-Lacombe, Florida Eels
St. Denis-Lacombe (‘04/Ruoyn-Noranda, Que.) put up 23 saves on 24 shots, and he improved to 4-4-1-1 overall on the season with the win. The Eels’ goaltending corps have helped them win 27 of 39 games this year.