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Empire Players of The Week, September 30, 2011


Josh_Couturier Player: Josh Couturier
Position: Defenseman
Team: Junior Bruins - 1995 (Newbury, MA)

Couturier was a warrior all weekend anchoring a Bís defense that played most of the weekend with only five healthy defensemen and helped lead his team to picking up 5 of 6 available points in the teamsí 2-0-1 showing at the BJB Shootout. A murderous schedule that saw the that saw the Bís play 3 of the top 5 teams in the league back to back in the Hitmen, Applecore and Blades. The team, without defensemen Dylan Gargano (foot injury) and Nick Centauro (flu) the entire weekend, picked up wins over two of the top teams in the league with 3-0 wins over the Hitmen and a 5-2 win over defending league champion Applecore. In addition to being on the teamís PP (22%) and PK (96.77%) units he logs heavy minutes against other teams top lines. On Sunday, against the Florida Blades, Couturier was one of only 4 defensemen to play (Mat Harris was lost early in the game to a foot injury) and battled the oldest team in the league every other shift throughout regulation and overtime. While only being a í95 birth year and going against the more seasoned Blades (mostly 92/93 birth year players) all game he was a still a +2 on the game and a +4 on the weekend.


Player: Josh Koerner
Position: Forward
Team: Florida Jr Blades - 1993 (Montgomery, NY)

Josh Koerner #17 In a four game span Josh complied (3) Hat Tricks, recording 10 goals and added 1 assist for a weekend of 11pts . Josh also was also a +12. His hat tricks were against north competition the Boston Jr Bruins, Brewster Bulldogs and Salem Ice Dogs.





Brian Jacobs

Players: Brian Jacobs
Position: Goalie
Team: South Shore Kings 1993 (West Chester, PA)

The 93 from West Chester PA improved his record to 5-0 with victories over Potomac and Brewster. Brian held Potomac scoreless for the first half as the Kings cruised to an 8- 1 victory. The next day he continued his shutout streak turning away all 16 shots he faced in a 5-0 shutout win over Brewster. This was Brianís league leading 3rd shutout of the season.

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