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USPHL Premier 2023-24 Northwest Division Players Of The Month: November 2023

Summaries by Joshua Boyd / USPHLPremier.com 

Forward: Kristof Molnar, Casper Roughnecks 

Molnar (‘05/Konarno, Slovakia) sent home six goals and added 12 more assists to put up an 18-point November, over the course of eight games, averaging 2.25 points per game. He joined in late October and only missed the scoresheet once in his eight games. He had a particularly productive stretch between Nov. 4-17, posting 16 points in five games. He won 37 faceoffs (for a 56 percent success rate, second best on the team). He drove opponents crazy, drawing four opposition penalties and serving only two minutes himself. He now has 19 points in 10 games. He also played in seven NCDC games with the Idaho Falls Spud Kings this year. 

Forward: Dominik Griessmer, Casper Roughnecks 

Griessmer (‘04/Great Falls, Mont.) was absolutely lethal to teams during the month of November, as he racked up nine goals and added on seven assists for 16 points in eighth games. He had six points over a three-game series against Bellingham, and seven points against Las Vegas. He put 28 shots on goal, good for a 32.1 shooting percentage. He has 26 points in 22 games, and he’s gotten a call-up already this season to the Rock Springs Grizzlies. 

Forward: Luke Anthony, Seattle Totems 

The ‘04 Californian dropped in nine goals over seven games, and also put up four assists for 13 points. He posted a 2-1-3 line in three of the team’s games. He was a true sniper for the Totems, burying 28.1 percent of his 32 shots on goal. His +3 was also second among the team’s forwards. Before going to the Rock Springs Grizzlies in an NCDC call-up in December, he had registered 22 points in 19 games on the season. 

Defense: Keanu McClanahan, Vernal Oilers

McClanahan (‘05/Greensboro, N.C.) joined the Vernal Oilers in October and his November was extremely impressive, as he registered four goals and one assist for five points in five games. He put up 14 shots on goal, good for a 28.6 shooting percentage, and he also blocked nine shots. McClanahan has nine points in 17 games. 

Defense: Josef Poch, Casper Roughnecks 

Poch (‘03/Czechia) was a great leader for the Roughnecks, who went 6-2-0-0 last month, and this included leading the way in ice time with 22:40 per game. He also tied for the lead in blocked shots with eight all the while posting a goal and six assists for seven points. Overall, he has 12 points in 23 games. 

Goaltender: Rahul Sharma, Bellingham Blazers 

Sharma (‘03/Delta, B.C.) might not have been able to celebrate a win in November, but he certainly put up the best performances for his team. Over the course of 180 minutes, Sharma faced an average of 54 shots per game (162 total, to be exact). When the dust settled, he stopped 153 of these to give him a .944 save percentage for the month. He kept his team in each game, all decided by either two goals or one goal. He carried a .938 save percentage for his six games this season into December. 

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

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