Games of Feb. 8-14
Summaries by Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com
Forward: Sean Tyrie, Utica Jr. Comets
Tyrie (‘04/East Quogue, N.Y.) has seen time this year with the Jr. Comets’ 18U and Premier teams. Most recently, he put up two goals and four assists in three games against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers over a three-game series, helping push Utica to their eighth, ninth and 10th victories in a row. Tyrie has 53 points in 34 games, and is also on a massive scoring streak in which he’s posted a 5-14-19 line in just eight games.
Defense: Ty Burket, Hershey Cubs
The Cus took a weekend sweep against the Buffalo Stampede, and Burket was every bit a part of the wins by posting a goal and an assist, an even plus-minus rating and a blocked shot. He also threw his weight around, registering six hits while leading the team in time on ice (25:54). The ‘05 from Holidaysburg, Pa., has been one of the Cubs’ top players all year and has registered 26 points in 34 games.
Goaltender: Marc-Antoine Nadeau, Hershey Cubs
Nadeau (‘03/Repentigny, Que.) churned out another gem by stopping 31 of 32 Buffalo shots for a .969 save percentage and his second straight win and third straight game without a regulation loss. Since the start of 2023, Nadeau is 2-2-0-1 with a .911 save percentage.
New England Division
Forward: Jeremy LaCroix, Boston Junior Bruins
The hometown Marlborough, Mass. product has been with the Junior Bruins for many years now, and has competed in USPHL hockey since 2019. An ‘04, he recently posted two goals in a Feb. 10 game against the Bridgewater Bandits, and then came back two games later on Valentine’s Day with a hat trick against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. He has racked up 10 points in five February games so far.
Defense: Josh Tisdell, Springfield Pics
Another local product who’s been basically a Pics lifer (and a USPHL veteran going back to 15U in 2016-17), Tisdell recently posted a trio of assists in three games, and also was a +5 with three blocked shots. The ‘03 from Chicopee has played in a combined 148 USPHL regular season and playoff games and was a member of their USPHL 16U American Division championship team.
Goaltender: Aidan Boyd, South Shore Kings
Boyd – another longtime veteran of the USPHL going back to 2019 – pulled off a huge 22-save shutout against the division-leading Northern Cyclones on Feb. 8. He was also very impressive in a loss to the Boston Advantage, when he turned away 34 of 37. The ‘04 from Auburn, Mass., stopped a total of 56 of 59 for the best multiple-game performance in the division.