The Richmond Generals were staying on the successful side of things with a 6-4 record early on in the USPHL Elite Division.
By Joshua Boyd
The Generals were powered early on up front by ’99’s Dylan Brink and Ian Hofmann. They posted nine and seven points, respectively, through their first six contests.
“Dylan is a big power forward with great hands and shot. He is a scoring threat on the power play and whenever he has the puck,” said R.C. Lyke, general manager of the Generals. “Ian is a big, skilled defenseman who leads the league’s defensemen in goals, power play goals, game-winning goals and points.”
Lyke is also excited by the play of 2000-born forwards Lucas Solanik and Stephan Owens, as well as ’99 defenseman Austin Morar.
The Generals’ USPHL Premier team started out 4-5-1. They took an overtime loss in Game 1 of the season to the Carolina Eagles, then went 0-3 before bouncing back with a pair of big wins against Potomac. At the USPHL’s Chicago Showcase, they went 2-2 overall.
Goalie J.T. Kossakowski (’97) has put up a couple good showings early and had a .928 save percentage through 170 minutes of play.
“He is an extremely quick, agile and athletic goalie who will be very sought-after at the NCAA Division 3 level this year,” said Lyke.
Defensemen Alec Allen and Miro Sistonen (’98) have proven themselves as both “extremely skilled” blueliners. On the forward side, the Generals will depend a lot this year on forwards Taylor Urch and Adam Czarnecki (both ’97’s) and Luca De Dona and Gideon Cooper (both ’98’s).
“Taylor is our team captain and an extremely fast, skilled forward. Adam is a smart, playmaking forward with excellent hockey sense,” said Lyke. “Luca is an Italian National Team player who is a big power forward. Gideon is an excellent passer and set-up man, especially on the power play.”
Two former Generals are playing well for the USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference’s P.A.L. Jr. Islanders. Tomas Rocco (’99) had two points in eight games, and Mike Krupinski (’00) sees regular time as one of the league’s youngest players, and he has scored his first NCDC goal, as well.
Sammy Rhodes (Barrie Colts) and Kyle Rhodes (Sudbury Wolves) are in the Ontario Hockey League. Rhodes is “having a good start to his rookie season” and Rhodes is a four-year OHL veteran defenseman.
Travis Broughman and Joseph Crump are playing well in the Central Canadian Hockey League, Connor Green is posting good numbers in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Chad Lopez is enjoying a great start with the Toronto Canadiens (OJHL).
Eric Tien has been named a captain for the Milwaukee School of Engineering (NCAA Division 3).
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