Week of Oct. 12, 2023
Games of Oct. 4-9
Forward: Noak Persson, Fresno Monsters
The only thing that kept Persson (‘03/Skelleftea, Sweden) from hitting the 100-point mark last year was the fact he only played just more than half the season. Out of the gate this year, he’s right back to hitting the three points per game mark just as he did a year ago. In three games against Las Vegas, he put up three goals and six assists for nine points to start his season. He hit a 2-2-4 line in Game 1 against the Thunderbirds.
Defense: Steven Blengino, Fresno Monsters
Like Persson, Blengino (’03/Pribram, Czechia) is a returning Pacific Division All-Star who just knocked it out of the park in his first weekend with the Monsters. He registered four goals and three assists for seven points, after a 57-point campaign last year.
Goaltender: Connor Dumesnil, Bakersfield Roughnecks
Four games in and no one’s been able to beat the Roughnecks with the veteran Dumesnil in net. The ‘04 from Phoenix stopped 72 saves on 75 shots to defeat Ontario and San Diego. He stopped 33 of 34 against Ontario and 39 of 41 against San Diego.
Forward: Mackenzie Bolger, Bellingham Blazers
Bolger (‘03/Sydney, Australia) is doing great in his first North American season, posting 11 points in seven games. Most recently, he added three goals and three assists for six points in two wins against the Rogue Valley Royals.
Defense: Tanner Hampton, Bellingham Blazers
Hampton (‘05/Denver, Colo.) put up a goal and three assists in the Blazers’ first win against the Royals and added one assist the next night. He’s improved to 1-5-6 over seven games.
Goaltender: Robert Allport, Casper Roughnecks
The third-year junior rookie (and alum of the USPHL 16U Division) stopped 81 of 86 shots he faced from the Seattle Totems during their visit to Casper last weekend. The ’03 out of Fitchburg, Wis., stopped 38 of 41 in a 4-3 win on Friday, and then made 43 saves on 45 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday.