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USPHL Premier Players Of The Month – January 2023: Mountain Division

Summaries by Brendan Price 

 

Forward: Jake Meure, Ogden Mustangs
The #Meurewatch is on in Ogden, the Fremont, Calif., product left January within 15 points of the league’s all-time scoring record. If he scores in February like he did in January, grabbing that record won’t be an issue. The Buffalo State College (NCAA) commit notched at least a point in 10 of 11 games and closed the month on a seven-game point streak, punctuated by his fifth hat trick of the season on January 15 vs. Pueblo. He finished the month with an overpowering 21 points (8-13-21) in 11 games and is currently tied for 5th in the league in overall scoring with 82 points (40-42-82) in 41 games.

Forward: Justin Davis, Idaho Falls Spud Kings
Apparently, Justin Davis had a simple New Year’s resolution: score. And score he did, grabbing 20 points (10-10-20) in just 10 games to help the surging Spud
Kings climb out of the basement in the Mountain Division. Davis punctuated the month with his second career hat trick and a six-point night on January 20, the first of four consecutive multi-point games to end the month on a high note. The ’02 Montreal, Que., product made an impact beyond the scoresheet too, winning 50 percent of faceoffs and committing just two penalties in over 130 minutes of ice time.

Forward: Khyle Flynn, Provo Predators
Flynn’s strong finish to December proved to be just a preview of the main act in January. The ’03 East Wenatchee, Wash., product set a career-high with five points on January 13 and helped Provo be the first team to win in Vernal this season. The game was one of five multi-point games en route to 17 points (6-11-17) in just 11 games and a season long six-game point streak. Flynn ranks fourth among Mountain Division rookies with 35 points and leads Provo in assists (21) and points (35).

Defense: Luke Faas, Ogden Mustangs
Faas (’03/Eagle, Idaho) has been consistently good in two seasons with Ogden, and in January, he was consistently great. When the dust settled, Faas finished the month with a staggering 20 points (2-18-20) in 11 games. A monster January was punctuated with a career long 10-game point streak with highlights littered throughout. A career-best four point night vs. Pueblo on January 15, an OT-GWG on January 20 vs. Vernal, and four consecutive multi-point games. Faas has now set the Ogden single-season points record for defenseman (52) is in the top five in scoring amongst USPHL Premier D-men.

Defense: Matteo Mitrovic, Idaho Falls Spud Kings
Mitrovic (’03/Graz, Austria) continues to be a point-scoring machine while stabilizing the Spud Kings’ blue line, notching career bests all over the place in January. Mitrovic product had a career-high four points on January 6 vs. Provo as the highlight of a career best six-game point streak. He found his goal scoring touch also with three goals in 10 games, matching his total from his previous 20 games. All in all, the rookie had 16 points (3-13-16) in 10 contests and moved
into the top-three amongst rookie defenseman in scoring in the USPHL Premier.

Goaltender: Jaxon Letey, Utah Outliers
Outlier goaltender Jaxon Letey (’03/Salt Lake City, Utah) has been virtually unbeatable for Utah this season and January was no exception. Letey won five of his six starts and notched his second shutout on January 21 over Pueblo, finishing the month with a 5-1-0 record and a 1.82 GAA. Letey saw an increase in workload, starting back-to-back days twice in January, and responded by racking up an impressive .936 save percentage by making 30+ saves in three different games. Letey now ranks third among Mountain Division goaltenders in wins (11) and has allowed only 17 goals in over 690 minutes between the pipes for the Outliers.

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