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Cole Caufield Leads the Way in Back-to-Back NTDP Wins

By Tom Robinson, 03/08/19, 1:45PM MST


In EHL, Little Flyers cap off historically good season

Cole Caufield led the way with six goals and three assists Feb. 27 and March 1 as USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program put up consecutive 11-goal efforts in the United States Hockey League.

Caufield had two goals and two assists in an 11-2 win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces. He then had four goals and an assist during the 11-0 road shutout of the Madison Capitols two days later.

The only other four-goal games in the USHL by an NTDP player was when current University of Michigan defenseman and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Quinn Hughes did so on Dec. 30, 2015.

Caufield, a University of Wisconsin commit from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, leads Team USA with 29 points on 18 goals and 11 assists in 20 games with the Under-18 team.

Defenseman Domenick Fensore scored in all three Team USA games during the week, producing a total of six points and running his scoring streak to seven games.

RECORD SEASON: The Philadelphia Little Flyers completed the best regular season in team history with a 40-3-1 record, giving the team a first-round bye when the Eastern Hockey League playoffs open Friday.

Brendahn Brawley led the EHL with eight shutouts while going 24-3-1 with a 1.77 goals against average and .940 save percentage.

Defensemen Zikmund Mroz and Nick Daluisio finished with 72 and 62 points.

The Little Flyers scored a league-high 246 goals. They also led the league in fewest goals allowed (1.64 per game) and highest penalty kill percentage (90.8).

SEASON RECAP: The other EHL division winners were: the New Hampshire Avalanche (39-6-0), New Jersey 87s (33-11-1) and East Coast Wizards (29-12-3).

Samir Abouelhana from the Philadelphia Revolution led the league with 93 points in 44 games.

Thomas McLarnon went 16-0 while posting a league-low 1.52 goals against average with the Little Flyers. Brawley’s save percentage led the league.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Kaden Bohlsen, a forward with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, has committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The 18-year-old from Willmar, Minnesota, has nine goals and eight assists in 42 games.

Brenden Olson from the North American Hockey League’s Janesville Jets is headed to Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The 18-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has the team’s best points-per-game average, at 0.87, since joining Janesville from the Sioux Falls Stampede in December.

Johnstown Tomahawks assistant captain Carter Dwyer has committed to Bentley University.

Dwyer, a 21-year-old defenseman from West Chester, Pennsylvania, was the NAHL’s Defenseman of the Month for January. He has three goals and six assists in 23 games on the season and was plus-7 in eight February games.

ONE-TIMERS: Waterloo Black Hawks goalie Evan Fear had a 34-save USHL shutout of the Fargo Force Friday, then stopped 30 of 32 shots in a Saturday loss. … The Tri-City Storm clinched a USHL playoff berth with Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. … Dylan Dinzik, a defenseman with the North American 3 Hockey League’s Skyland Kings, has three goals and 12 assists during an eight-game scoring streak, pushing him above a point per game with 46 in 44 games. … Anthony Starzi had four goals Thursday when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights clinched the third Mid-Atlantic Conference seed in the EHL playoffs with an 8-3 win over the New Jersey 87s.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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