Empire Players of The Week - October 07, 2011
Player: James Hyatt
Team: Florida Jr Blades – 1992 (Coral Springs, FL)
James Hyatt was a mainstay all weekend on the blue line the captain of the Florida Jr. Blades limited the Space Coast Hurricanes to minimal shots on net and recorded his first hat-trick of the season on Sunday. James finished the weekend with 3 goals, 2 assists and 5 points. This currently places James at the leader board for most points by a defensemen (12) in the Empire league. Hyatt continues to lead the team in +/- with a +25. James returns to the Jr. Blades from a great rookie campaign which had him as an All-Star selection in the Met league. James's work-ethic and desire to be the best he can be gives him the leadership abilities on and off the ice to excel in all situations.
Player: Tyler Warila
Team: Junior Bruins 1995-Shirley, MA
Warila had a big weekend as the Bruins picked up a three game weekend sweep in Empire League action. Warila scored the opening goal in a tough, hard fought 4-2 win over the NE Huskies on Friday night at NESC in Marlboro, MA. The following night he netted a pair of goals against the Salem Ice Dogs. He saved his best for the last game of a tough weekend schedule when, just 10 hours after polishing off the Dogs, he led the team with a three goal game in a 7-3 win on the road against the Pics. In one of the toughest rinks to pick up two points in Warila’s first two goals helped stake the B’s to a big lead before the Pics mounted a mini comeback in the third period. His third goal of the game, and sixth on the weekend, put the comeback to rest with 7 minutes to go in the third and saw the B’s improve to 9-1-1 and remain in first place.
Players: Louis Sanchez
Team: Brewster Bulldogs - 1994 (Walkil, NY)
Louis followed up a 7-1 loss with a 4-0 shutout against the Hitmen during Fridays match up, he made 26 saves in route to his first shutout of the season, making key stops at crucial points of the game.