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Patrik Lietava Names USPHL Goaltender Of The Month

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 6:32PM

Full press release courtesy of USPHL.com:

 

Goal: Patrik Lietava, Florida Jr. Blades. 

Lietava has very often been the saving grace for the Blades, stopping 97.7 percent of the shots he faces. He has faced the 12th most shots in the league, and out of those 309, he’s given up only seven total goals this year in seven starts, three of those being shutouts. His goals against average of 1.04 is also first in the league on a team that is middle of the 51-team pack in total goals against. 

Even in a recent pair of losses to DME, he still turned away 103 of 108 shots. A ‘00 from Zvolen, Slovakia, he moved up to the Premier Division from last year’s Elite Division, where he was also one of the top goaltenders. 

Honorable Mentions: Alec Lindberg, Hampton Roads Whalers; Nilsson, DME. 

Forward: Brandon Osmundson, Hampton Roads Whalers. 

The Hampton Roads Whalers of the USPHL Premier picked up right where they left off. In fact, they haven’t lost a game since Feb. 17 of last season. They were 17-0 as October came to an end. 

The Veteran Whaler Osmundson (‘98/Chesapeake, Va.) is far and away the best forward right now in the USPHL Premier, scoring well over two points per game - 2.41 to be exact - with 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points in just 17 games. Charlotte kept Osmundson off the board in Game 1 of this season, and since then he’s scored in 16 straight. Eleven of those 16 were multi-point efforts, including one eight-point game on Oct. 13. He also plays a clean game, sitting for just 12 penalty minutes this year. 

Honorable Mentions: Daniil Avioudkhin, DME Swamp Rabbits; Antonio Demacopoulos, Charlotte Rush. 

Defense: Yan Kalinovskiy, Florida Eels. 

The big ‘98 from Kazakhstan is as solid as they come on both ends of the ice. A physical defenseman, he lays out clean, booming hits utilizing his 6-foot-1-inch, 201-pound frame. 

Offensively, he led all USPHL Premier defensemen in scoring with six goals, 14 assists and 20 points in 16 games played. His mix of strong “D” and regular offensive contributions helped the Eels rack up a +48 goal differential, good for third in the 51-team league. 

Honorable Mentions: Austin Mourar, Richmond Generals; Maxim Plekhov, Richmond Generals. 

 

NOTE: This edition of Players Of the Month actually takes into account games played in both September and October, as there were fewer games in September and we wanted to give each player a bigger sample size to draw from in making our selection. 

 
 
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