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Jr. Whalers: USPHL Chicago Showcase Preview

10/03/2017, 3:15pm EDT
By Whaler Nation

The Whalers wrapped up a 4 game home stand this past weekend and will embark on a 8 game road trip starting with a 4 game set beginning October 12th in Chicago as the Whalers will attend the USPHL Chicago Showcase for the 1st time.  All games will be played at the Canlan Sports Complex in Romeoville, IL and can be seen live and online on HockeyTV.

Whalers Elite Preview

The Whalers Elite team is off to a strong start through 6 games this season as they sit 4-1-1-0 on the year, with 9 points, and sit in 2nd position in the USPHL Elite Southeast Division.  The Whalers have produced 16 goals for on the season and 12 goals against.  Their power play sits 21st in the league at 8.0% while their penalty kill ranks 8th with a 90.0% success rate.  Nolan Cavanagh paces the Whalers offense with 5 points while Ty Brandt, Tyler Dienna, James Rowe, and Caelan Bolanowski all have produced 4 points respectively.  Everett Yasinski leads all Whalers goalies with a 3-0-1-0 record and 1.41 GAA.  Jason Horn leads the team with a .941 save %.

Oct. 12th vs. Florida Jr. Blades (3:30pm)

The Whalers Elite team will open the weekend against the Florida Jr. Blades.  The Blades have only played 3 games so far due to hurricane Irma, and have gone 2-1-0 to start the year, with 4 points, good enough for the 4th spot in the USPHL Elite Florida Division.  The Blades have produced 9 goals for on the season and 7 goals against.  Their power play sits 13th in the league at 14.4% while their penalty kill ranks 12th with a 87.5% success rate.  Gage Dill and Jirka Kalis have paced the offense in the early going with 5 and 4 points respectively while Luke Eslinger leads all goalies at 1-0 with a 1.93 GAA and .935 save%.

Oct. 13th vs. Tampa Bay Juniors (9:10am)

The Whalers Elite team will take on the Tampa Bay Juniors in game 2 of the weekend.  Tampa Bay has played in 5 games so far this season and has gone 2-2-1 to start the year, with 5 points, good enough for the 3rd spot in the USPHL Elite Florida Division.  The Juniors have produced 10 goals for on the season and 10 goals against.  Their power play sits 8th in the league at 18.8% while their penalty kill ranks 18th with a 80.0% success rate.  Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz and Kenneth Malinoski  have paced the offense in the early going with 5 and 4 points respectively while Perry Giannino leads all goalies at 1-2 with a 1.67 GAA and .937 save%.

Oct. 13th vs. Daytona Racers (3:30pm)

The Whalers Elite team will take on the struggling Daytona Racers in game 3 of the weekend.  The Racers have played in 6 games so far this season and has gone 0-5-1 to start the year, with 1 point, and sit in dead last in the USPHL Elite Florida Division.  The Racers have produced 17 goals for on the season and 52 goals against.  Their power play sits last in the league at 0.0% while their penalty kill ranks 13th with a 86.4% success rate.  Josh Alexander and Paul Rigolini have paced the offense in the early going with 7 and 6 points respectively while Mike Rosabella leads all goalies at 0-3 with a 7.09 GAA and .865 save%.

Oct. 14th vs. Jersey Hitmen (9am)

The Whalers Elite team will take on the red hot Jersey Hitmen the final game of the weekend.  The Hitmen have played in only 4 games so far this season and have gone 4-0-0 to start the year, with 8 points, and sit in 2nd position in the USPHL Elite Mid-Atlantic Division.  The Hitmen have produced 29 goals for on the season and only 8 goals against.  Their power play sits 1st in the league at 42.9% while their penalty kill ranks 23rd with a 72.7% success rate.  Chris Conway and Eddie Corvelli have paced the offense in the early going with 14 and 11 points respectively while all 3 goaltenders have posted wins and strong numbers.

Whalers Premier Preview

The Whalers Premier team is off to a strong start through 6 games this season as they sit 5-1-0 on the year, with 10 points, and sit in 2nd position in the USPHL Premier Southeast Division.  The Whalers have produced 19 goals for on the season and 9 goals against.  Their power play sits 13th in the league at 22.2% while their penalty kill ranks 14th with a 87.0% success rate.  Nikita Anistratenko paces the Whalers offense with 7 points while Matthew Hanchon and Connor Hunt have 6 and 5 respectively.  Sean Dickson leads all Whalers goalies with a 4-1-0 record with a 1.41 GAA and .943 save %.

Oct. 12th vs. Florida Jr. Blades (1:20pm)

The Whalers Premier team will open the weekend against the Florida Jr. Blades.  The Blades have only played 3 games so far due to hurricane Irma, and have gone 2-0-1 to start the year, with 5 points, good enough for the 3rd spot in the USPHL Premier Florida Division.  The Blades have produced 21 goals for on the season and 14 goals against.  Their power play sits 24th in the league at 14.3% while their penalty kill ranks 7th with a 90.9% success rate.  Evan Maxey and TJ Zebley have paced the offense in the early going with 8 and 7 points respectively while Vince Shonka leads all goalies at 2-0 with a 4.21 GAA and .900 save%.

Oct. 13th vs. Tampa Bay Juniors (11:10am)

The Whalers Premier team will take on the Tampa Bay Juniors in game 2 of the weekend.  Tampa Bay has played in 5 games so far this season and has gone 1-4-0 to start the year, with 2 points, good enough for the 4th spot in the USPHL Premier Florida Division.  The Juniors have produced 24 goals for on the season and 30 goals against.  Their power play sits 27th in the league at 11.8% while their penalty kill ranks 34th with a 75.0% success rate.  Jory McWilliams and Saxon Greene have paced the offense in the early going with 9 and 7 points respectively while Chad Duran leads all goalies at 1-1 with a 4.87 GAA and .857 save%.

Oct. 14th vs. Minnesota Mullets (11:20am)

The Whalers Premier team will take on the Minnesota Mullets in game 3 of the weekend.  Minnesota has played in 5 games so far this season and has gone 3-2-0 to start the year, with 6 points, good enough for the 3rd spot in the USPHL Premier Midwest-West Division.  The Mullets have produced 18 goals for on the season and 17 goals against.  Their power play sits 33rd in the league at 9.7% while their penalty kill ranks 10th with a 88.5% success rate.  Nate Holm and Jon Hansen have paced the offense in the early going with 7 and 6 points respectively while Jack Bostedt leads all goalies at 3-1 with a 2.50 GAA and .872 save%.

Oct. 15th vs. Ironwood Yoopers (12:40pm)

The Whalers Premier team will wrap up the showcase against the Ironwood Yoopers.  Ironwood has played in 6 games so far this season and has gone 3-3-0 to start the year, with 6 points, good enough for the 4th spot in the USPHL Premier Midwest-West Division.  The Yoopers have produced 23 goals for on the season and 22 goals against.  Their power play sits 26th in the league at 12.5% while their penalty kill ranks 12th with a 87.5% success rate.  Caleb Griffin and Tyler Morrison have paced the offense in the early going with 10 and 8 points respectively while Julius Huset leads all goalies at 1-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .954 save%.

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