USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: South Region

(Games of Dec. 6-12)

(Summaries by Joshua Boyd /


Southeast Premier 

Forward: Niko Schoner, Nashville Spartans

Schoner (‘02/Bloomingdale, Ill.) scored four more goals to move to 28 on the season, good for fifth in all of the USPHL Premier. He posted a 4-1-5 line on Dec. 10 against Elmira, one game after putting up one assist, allowing him to head into the USPHL Florida College Showcase on a new three-game scoring streak of 6-1-7. 


Defense: C.J. Stucky, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Stucky (‘02/Everett, Wash.) put together a strong 1-4-5 line in the Jr. Canes’ 1-1 weekend against the Potomac Patriots, and he was also his usual strong defensive self, blocking a shot and also drawing an opposition penalty. Now in his second season as a Jr. Cane, Stucky now has 33 points in 49 career Premier games. 


Goaltender: Devin Stephens, Charlotte Rush

Nick Anderson’s call-up to the USHL opened the door for Stevens to take the opportunity to show he could be the “man” for the Rush with a 21-save victory against the Columbia Infantry. That was his second game for the Rush, and also the second in which he gave up just one goal, earlier stopping 35 of 36 against Richmond on Dec. 4. The ‘03 from Trenton, Mich., comes in with NCDC experience from last year with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers. 


Florida Division

Forward: Damon Kiyawasew, Florida Eels

Kiyawasew (‘02/Sherwood Park, Alb.) scored three goals in the Eels’ two recent games against the Palm Beach Typhoon, both wins for Florida that helped them seal their continued division dominance with an 11-point lead at first. Kiyawasew also now has 19 points in 18 games this season and 49 points in 50 career games, all as an Eel. 


Defense: Braden Mayer, Florida Jr. Blades

Mayer, a second-year Premier veteran, put together a fantastic game in a win against the Tampa Bay Juniors on Dec. 9. He scored the game-winning goal, added an assist, blocked one shot and even won seven of 15 faceoffs even as a defenseman. Mayer now has 23 points in 51 career Premier games. 


Goaltender: Sal Carabelli, Florida Jr. Blades

Carabelli (‘02/Shelby Township, Mich.) was fantastic in the Jr. Blades’ win over Tampa Bay, stopping 27 of 28 to improve to 9-3-1-0 on the season to that point. He now has 23 wins in his three-year career as a Premier goaltender.