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USPHL Elite 2023-24 Southeast Division Players Of The Month: February 2024

Summaries By Joshua Boyd / USPHLElite.com 

 

Selection Process: The league media office sends top candidates to divisional coaches for review and coaches either approve or challenge the nominations.

 

Forward: Spencer Barrow, Charlotte Rush

Barrow (‘04/Massapequa, N.Y.) appears to fully be in the plans for the Rush’s Premier team going forward, having played in 13 games at that level and put up four points. After all, there’s little more he needs to prove in the Elite after posting 51 points in just 28 games this season. During the month of February, he scored five goals and added six assists for 11 points, adding to an Elite career total of 99 points in 67 games. He is now ready to take his talents to the playoff stage in hopes of returning to the USPHL Nationals with the Rush. 

 

Forward: Noah Ribeiro, Potomac Patriots 

Ribeiro (‘05/Montreal, Que.) completed a fantastic first junior season coming out of the Washington Little Capitals AAA program. This year, he registered 72 points in 37 games, good for the best single season points output in Patriots Elite history. His February contribution to that total was 11 points off of a 3-8-11 line in six games. This was part of a nine-game streak of 18 points, over which he had multiple points in eight of those nine going back to Jan. 14. He led the Patriots in ice time in February at 23:55, and also led in hits (six, tied) and was first among Patriots forwards in blocked shots (five). 

 

Forward: Luke Moses, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Moses (‘03/Fort Bragg, N.C.) is getting ready for the 2024 playoffs with the goal and intention of repeating as 2024 National Champions, of which he was a key part to close the 2022-23 season. Moses led the Jr. Canes this year in scoring with 51 points in 33 games. He put up a 5-5-10 line in six games during February to contribute to that accomplishment. His 107 points in 104 games is the second highest total in Jr. Canes Elite history, and he’s also gotten a chance to play four Premier games during his career. He led all Jr. Canes forwards in February ice time time with 20:20 and he was also the plus-minus leader for the team at +7 last month. 

 

Defense: Isaac McGregor, Charlotte Rush 

McGregor (‘04/Toronto, Ont.) first joined the Rush in 2021-22 and now ranks in the top 10 all-time for games played with 96, over which he’s posted 39 points from the blue line. He closed the month of February with a total of three goals and seven assists for 10 points in eight games, towards a season-ending total of 24 points in 25 games, which is more than his first two seasons’ points output of 15 points combined. McGregor skated for a team-high 24:51 per game on average in February, and he also led in plus-minus at +8. 

 

Defense: Kirill Golubev, Potomac Patriots 

Golubev (‘07/Kostroma, Russia) completed what can only be described as a majestic first North American season. He posted 56 points in 34 games, a points total that is tied for second all-time highest in the USPHL Elite. On top of that, he was also named to the NCDC Young Guns Game, a showcase for prospects for that Tier II Conference, and he scored the first goal of the game on Boston University’s NCAA home ice. He ended his season with a 4-3-7 line in his final five games of the regular season, as the Patriots hope to make their Nationals debut with a playoff win. Potomac will face perennial Nationals qualifiers the Charlotte Rush this weekend. 

 

Goaltender: Jean Berthaudin, Hampton Roads Whalers 

Berthaudin (‘03/St-Rose-Du-Lac, Man.) made his own bit of history by setting both the single season and career record for Elite shutouts in 2023-24. He registered eight, with his eighth coming on Feb. 24, when he stopped all 30 shots he faced from the Columbia Infantry. He had actually set the record the first time with his seventh shutout on Jan. 14. For February, Berthaudin went 2-1-1-1 with 225 saves on 238 shots for a .945 save percentage. For the season, the numbers were 14-7-1-1, also with a .948 save percentage.

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