USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: South Region

Games of Feb. 1-7, 2023


Summaries by Joshua Boyd /


Southeast Division 

Forward: Matthew Hamacher, Richmond Generals

The Premier veteran Hamacher (‘03/Corona, Calif.) put up three goals and an assist as the Gens swept the Charlotte Rush and then beat the Potomac Patriots on Tuesday. The Generals qualified for the Premier playoffs this past weekend, and they’ll bring Hamacher who now has 65 points in 93 career contests. 


Defense: Cutter Lewis, Charlotte Rush

Lewis (‘03/Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a goal and blocked six shots during the Rush’s hard-fought series against their rivals the Rush. He has picked up seven points over 23 games this season for Charlotte, a team that is ranked second in league points. 


Goaltender: Lenny Perno, Richmond Generals

Perno (‘02/Rochester, N.Y.) has a long history with the USPHL, going back to the 16U level in 2018-19. Now in his third Premier season and second with the Generals, Perno put up 53 saves on 54 Charlotte Rush shots and then stopped two Rush shootout attempts for the big win on Feb. 5 in a 2-1 Generals win.


Florida Division

Forward: Liam Hennessy, Florida Eels

Hennessy (‘02/Calgary, Alb.) had a fantastic three-game stretch since the start of February, putting up four goals and three assists. His first Premier hat trick came on Feb. 3, when he put up a 3-1-4 line in a 7-6 OT win over the Columbia Infantry. Overall, he has 45 points in 37 games. 


Defense: Artjoms Kadnikovs, Tampa Bay Juniors

Kadnikovs (‘03/Riga, Latvia) was a +3 and he had a goal and two assists for three points, as the Juniors defeated the Palm Beach Typhoon in two games straight. He has already equaled his 2021-22 points (20) in 32 games this season. 


Goaltender: Blake Mons, Tampa Bay Juniors

Mons (‘02/Charleston, S.C.) is currently second on the list of Premier games played by a goalie with 78 in his four-year career in Tampa, and Charleston prior to that. Recently, he showed just how much experience can provide leadership by putting up 28 saves in a shutout over the Palm Beach Typhoon. His career save percentage is a .914.