BOSTON, Mass. -- The Eastern Hockey League has announced its Players of the Week for January 27-February 2, 2014. Left to Right: Jeremy Young, Alec Derks, Peyton Baldillez.
DEFENSIVE: Jeremy Young, Northern Cyclones
The 1993 birth-year blueliner anchored the Cyclones stingy defensive corps last week by logging big even strength and penalty kill minutes, and keeping opponents away from the scoring areas. The Cyclones went 3-0 on the week, including a pair of shutouts (5-0 over Warriors and 2-0 over Washington) and a 4-2 victory over Valley.
GOALTENDER: Alec Derks, Philadelphia Little Flyers
The 1996 birth-year netminder from Hawthorne Woods, Ill., stopped 67 of 68 shots in two games (.985 save percentage) to lead the Little Flyers to a 2-0 mark on the week. Derks shut out Walpole on Jan. 31, which consisted of stopping a power-play barrage to keep the Express from gaining momentum in the 3-0 victory. He also stopped 42 shots in a 5-1 win over the Central Division-leading Connecticut Oilers.
OFFENSIVE: Peyton Baldillez, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Despite being in the league’s top 5 in scoring all year, and playing for the league’s top team, the 1993 birth-year forward from Arlington, Texas, has missed out on Player of the Week honors until now. Baldillez had a four-point week in helping the Monarchs to a pair of victories. He had two tallies and an assist, including the game-winning goal, on Jan. 29 over the Bandits. He also added an assist on the game’s opening goal Friday night and is tied for second in league scoring with 17-35-52 totals
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