Games of Feb. 1-7, 2023
Midwest East Division
Forward: R.J. Rollman, Fort Wayne Spacemen
Two multi-point games this weekend for the USPHL rookie. Rollman, an ‘03 winger out of Knoxville, Tenn., scored a pair of goals in Fort Wayne’s Saturday win versus Cincinnati before adding a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Motor City. His second tally against Cincinnati was the second of two shorthanded goals the Spacemen scored in a span of just 63 seconds; Fort Wayne has totaled a division-best eleven SHGs this season.
Defense: Sam Tetreault, Fort Wayne Spacemen
Sam Tetreault has scored multiple points in six consecutive games for the Spacemen. The ‘02 native of Quebec recorded two assists against Motor City on Sunday in addition to the goal and assist he contributed in Saturday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Cyclones. The second-year Spacemen also blocked five shots over Fort Wayne’s pair of games and led the division in plus/minus with a +7 rating on the weekend.
Goaltender: Taylor White, Metro Jets Development Program
Another fantastic outing was had by MJDP’s rookie netminder on Saturday. White, an
‘03 from Bay City, Mich., stopped 27 of 28 (.964 SV%) shots faced in a 5-1 Jets win over
the Chicago Cougars. His weekend performance helped him retain his Premier-best .945
SV% and moved his GAA down to 1.63– good for second-best among all qualified
goaltenders. White has won each of his last four starts, helping MJDP stay in the race
for first place in the Midwest East while doing so.
Great Lakes Division
Forward: Colin Crowley, Columbus Mavericks
Columbus Mavericks forward Crowley (’04/Mississauga, Ont.) had an outstanding weekend. In the two games the team played over the weekend, Crowley posted six goals and three assists for a sweep of Cincinnati. Crowley is currently leading the Mavericks team in goals and points this season having 20 goals and 34 points. He has 42 career goals to lead all Mavericks players since their 2019 inception, and he is second in points at 77.
Defense: Devon Mastay, Metro Jets
Despite going 1-1 on the weekend Metro Jets defensemen Devon Mastay (’03/Westminster, Colo.) had a phenomenal weekend. Mastay got things going for his team in the third period by getting an assist on a Yarne Vaerewyck goal. On the defensive end of things, he made sure to keep the Cherokee limited on their scoring by blocking four shots and also was a +3 on the weekend.
Goalie: Brenden Cobb, Columbus Mavericks
Mavericks goalie Brenden Cobb (’02/Ypsilanti, Mich.) added two more wins under his belt after their weekend sweep against the Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones. In the 120 minutes he played this weekend he made 48 saves, had a .960 save percentage, and posted a 1.00 goals against average.
Midwest West Division
Forward: Mike Abrego, Minnesota Blue Ox
Abrego (‘04/Anchorage, Alaska) was a key figure in a 15-goal, two win road trip to Wisconsin Rapids. Abrego scored three and set up another three, highlighted Friday night when he finished off a hat trick with the overtime game winner in a 7-6 win in a game the team trailed 6-4 halfway through the final period. The young forward has picked up points in the past four games, three of them Blue Ox wins, and he will be counted on in the team’s final half dozen games of the regular season.
Defense: Evan Izenstark, Hudson Havoc
Izenstark (‘02/Northbrook, Ill.) turned in a stellar weekend effort as the Havoc outscored a pair of division rivals by a combined score of 13-0, adding two more shutouts to an already awesome defensive campaign. A solid 200-foot player, Izenstark contributed a goal and two assists in the wins against the Dells Ducks and Minnesota Mullets and his +6 overall rating was best among Midwest West defenders. A third-year member of the Havoc, Izenstark enters play this weekend just three points off last season’s 28-point season total with a half dozen games to play.
Goaltender: Joey Gag, Minnesota Moose
The Moose got some tough challenges from both the Minnesota Mullets (5-2-win Thursday Feb. 2) and Steele County Blades (4-3 Shootout Win Saturday) but some standout work in goal from Gag (‘03/New Ulm, Minn.) helped the Moose turn them both into victories. Gag stopped 56 of 61 shots to lead the team to a four-point weekend with a 2.40 Goals Against Average and a Save Percentage of .918. With six games to play, the Moose will be counting on Gag to keep up that level of play as they look to make a push for second place.