Games of Feb. 8-14
Summaries by Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com
Forward: Jakob Holley, Nashville Spartans
A five-year veteran of the USPHL, Holley had a fantastic regular season with the first-year Spartans, wrapping with a 13-37-50 line over the course of 39 games. The Spartans’ regular season ended with a split weekend against a team that’s trying to dislodge them from fourth place in the Southeast, the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. Holley posted two goals and five assists for a division-leading seven points.
Defense: Artyom Barashkin, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
Barashkin (‘04/Minsk, Belarus) helped the Jr. Canes to a comeback victory against the Spartans on Feb. 12. After falling 5-1 to Nashville on Saturday, the Spartans held a 3-1 lead in the first on Sunday. The Jr. Canes chipped away at that and eventually won 7-6. Barashkin had a team-leading 49:15 of ice time on the weekend, registered a pair of assists and blocked two shots in the two games. He has 15 points in 35 games this year.
Goaltender: Elias Algotsson Holm, Potomac Pariots
Holm went two-for-two in helping the Patriots sweep the Hampton Roads Whalers last weekend, putting up a total of 79 saves on 84 shots in the two victories. His .940 was by far the best mark in the division last weekend as he put up his second and third straight wins. He is 15-6-0-0 on the season with a .919 save percentage, and he ranks in the Premier’s top 10 for wins.
Forward: Maverick Crupi, Florida Eels
Crupi (‘03/St. Petersburg, Fla.) has been a key part to the Eels’ Florida Division-clinching success all season long, and that certainly continued over the last couple games. Crupi scored three goals and added four assists as the Eels climbed to 11 straight victories. He has 47 points in 38 games.
Defense: Giovanni Grassi, Atlanta MadHatters
The ‘03 from Bologna, Italy, keeps showing up here for a reason, because he puts up massive performances on a regular basis now. He put up four goals and an assist over two games as the playoff-bound MadHatters cruised past the Columbia Infantry last weekend. Grassi has 15 points in 18 games since joining out of the NCDC.
Goaltender: Adam Rouleau, Florida Eels
Rouleau (‘04/Rouyn-Noranda, Que.) keeps wowing the Eels faithful, most recently by earning back-to-back shutouts against the Florida Jr. Blades and Palm Beach Typhoon. The goaltender with QMJHL experience put up 38 saves combined between the two games for his second and third shutouts since joining the Eels in December. He is 7-0 with a 0.71 GAA and a .970 save percentage.