Week of Nov. 15, 2023
Games of Nov. 8-13, 2023
Summaries By Joshua Boyd / NCDCHockey.com
Forward: Coleman Jenkins, Boston Junior Bruins
Jenkins had a huge series against the historic in-state rival Islanders Hockey Club, scoring two goals in regulation and adding a third in the Junior Bruins’ 5-4 shootout victory against IHC. Jenkins (‘03/Mansfield, Mass.) put up 1-3-4 in the 65 minutes of play that night, and added the Junior Bruins’ only goal on Nov. 12 in a 2-1 loss. His 22:56 of average ice time in the two games was second on the team, and his +3 tied for first. Additionally, his 10 takeaways led all BJB forwards. Jenkins has a career-best 23 points in 16 games on the season.
Defense: Charlie Ross, Northern Cyclones
A fourth-year NCDC veteran, Ross (‘03/St. Louis, Mo.) helped the Cyclones to defeat the division-leading South Shore Kings in a 4-3 Saturday night game. Ross registered two assists in that game, including on the tying goal after the Cyclones entered the third down 3-2. He finished with an even rating over the split weekend, while blocking four shots and registering 17 takeaways. He also led the Cyclones in the two games with an average ice time of 22:04.
Goaltender: Waylon Esche, Utica Jr. Comets
Esche (‘05/Utica, N.Y.) was in net for two of the three wins the Jr. Comets enjoyed over the weekend in Auburn, Maine. He stopped 72 of 74 total shots, including a 33-save shutout on Nov. 11. The other win on Nov. 12 saw him make 39 saves on 41 shots. Overall, he is 7-4-2-1 with a .911 save percentage on the season.
Rookie*: Jake Kavanagh, South Shore Kings
Kavanagh (‘05/Montreal, Que.) became the NCDC’s leader in game-winning goals with his fifth of the season when he scored the winner against the Northern Cyclones in a 5-1 victory on Nov. 10, part of a two-goal performance. He has a 3-3-6 line after scoring points in his last four games, and he’s posted 17 points in 18 games on the season. Additionally, he’s been key in the faceoff circle – he won 19 of his 34 faceoffs this past weekend for a 56 percent success rate.
* = no more than 10 Tier II games prior to 2023-24 / ’04 or younger