AJHL announces Players of the Week
CHESTERFIELD, VA. - The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has announced that Northern Cyclones forward Jonathan Felteau (left), Philadelphia Little Flyers defenseman Gabe Chuckran (middle) and New Jersey Rockets goaltender Anton Yanin have been named the Offensive, Defensive and Goaltender of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Feb. 3.
Felteau, from Peabody, Mass., struck for four goals and three assists as the Cyclones picked up two victories. On Wednesday, the 1993-born connected for a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win over the Connecticut Wolfpack. Four days later, the 6-foot, 180-pounder recorded a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, and two assists as the Cyclones blanked the Walpole Express, 6-0.
“Jonathan’s having a terrific season and has played a big role in our success,” said Cyclones head coach Bill Flanagan. “He’s got a ton of skill and tremendous work ethic, and has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Chuckran, a Newtown Square, Pa., native, rang up a goal and seven assists as the Little Flyers went 0-2-1. On Friday, the 1994-born picked up four assists in a 7-6 overtime loss to the New Jersey Titans. The next day, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder tallied a goal and two assists as the Little Flyers fell to the New York Bobcats, 5-4. Chuckran wrapped up his week with another assist in a 4-3 loss to the Bobcats on Sunday.
"Gabe's been a steady force for us all year," said Little Flyers head coach Steve Washkalavitch. "He had an early-season injury, but came back strong and motivated. He's a great competitor and maturing into a great player, and I look forward to working with him as he chases his goal of playing NCAA Division I hockey."
Yanin, from St. Petersburg, Russia, backstopped the Rockets to two victories, turning aside 73 of 74 shots. On Saturday, the 1992-born made 40 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Titans. The next day, the 6-foot, 170-pounder stopped 33 shots as the Rockets downed the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, 4-1.
“You couldn't have asked for a better performance from your goaltender,” said Rockets head coach Bob Thornton. “When Anton battles the way he did, you better believe we’ll be in a position to win. As the season winds down, having a veteran keeper like him will be a huge plus for our team.”
OFFENSIVE: Rockets forwards Jeremy Bracco and Brooks Lewis
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012-13, the AJHL, a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior A league boasting 12 teams from seven states, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.