Dylan Sacks (DB)- On a line with Jamie Burns for the majority of the EPSHL season, Dylan Sacks took the regular season goal scoring crown by scoring a double hat trick (6 goals) in the season finale against Berks Catholic. Sacks who finished the regular season with 21 goals added a hat trick in his teams shortened 8-3 playoff victory over Wyowood in the first round. Sacks also finished the regular season second in assists and points behind his teammate Jamie Burns despite also being second in penalty minutes in the league sitting in the box for 60 minutes of the season in games he was available for.
Reed Hirneisen (BC)- Though Berks Catholic started out the season dismally, the team turned it around thanks in part to the play of Reed Hirneisen. Hirneisen finished the regular season with 18 goals and 18 assists. Hirneisen would often lead the Berks Catholic penalty killers as well being able to hold onto the puck for up to 20+ seconds at a time while being chased by his opponents. Hirneisen helped his team reach the EPSHL Championship game through the winners bracket for the second consecutive season. Hirneisen helped his team win their first round playoff game scoring a goal with 2:33 left against SV/Wilson to break a 2-2 tie. Hirneisen finished the postseason with three goals in four games. During his teams February 3rd game against Twin Valley (4-4 tie) Hirneisen became the first Saints player in club history to record 200 career points.
Jamie Burns (DB)- Jamie Burns was crucial for the Blazers this season netting 19 goals in the regular season, falling two short of his teammate Dylan Sacks for the scoring title. Burns was big in helping Sacks win the scoring title as Jamie led in assists and points on the season. For better or worse, Burns was visibly passionate all season long. Burns racked up 42 penalty minutes in the regular season and then in his final career playoff game racked up 49 penalty minutes and an ejection in a 5-1 loss to SV/Wilson. Burns scored five of his teams eight goals in the Blazers playoff shortened victory over Wyowood in the first round. He finished the playoffs with seven goals and five assists.
Connor Meers (TV)- Connor Meers was the captain of the EPSHL Champion Twin Valley Raiders who went undefeated in the regular season. Early in the season Meers showed his leadership ability standing up for his teammate Jimmy Minnig in a game on December 4th against Wyowood's Gavin McGoldrick in the first of what would be four meetings between the rival clubs. Due to the pure dominance of Twin Valley throughout the season, the statistics may not have reflected in any of the players on that team. Meers led his team in the regular season with goals (8) , assists (12) , and points (20). In his teams first elimination playoff game, Meers scored two goals including the game winning goal against Wyowood in a 3-0 victory. Meers finished the playoffs with two goals and two assists.
Dalton Hirneisen (BC) - Dalton Hirneisen was crucial in helping the Saints make it back to the EPSHL Championship game. He netted two goals in the Saints upset victory over the Twin Valley Raiders in the second round of the EPSHL playoffs. He added another two goals in his teams’ semi-final victory against Mexeter. Hirneisen finished the season tied for fourth in goals with 12, and finished with 19 total points. Hirneisen finished the season with only one minor penalty.
Alex Gundersen (BC)- Despite being taken off on a stretcher early in the season against Mexeter and missing valuable playing time, Alex Gundersen still managed to finish the regular season with 11 goals and eight assists. Gundersen recorded his 100th career point in a 4-4 tie at the Santander Arena against Mexeter on January 25th. Gundersen earned a hat-trick in his teams’ semi-final victory over Mexeter in the postseason and was a big part in his teams return to the EPSHL Championship game.
Brenden Brown (SVW)- Brenden Brown quietly finished his regular season tied with Dalton Hirneisen for fourth in the regular season with 12 goals. Brown also finished his season with 17 points leading his team. Brown earned a hat trick on January 12th against Berks Catholic in what would become a 4-4 tie. Brown also had a two goal game December 17th against Wyowood. Brown had one powerplay and one shorthanded goal in the regular season. Brown added a powerplay goal in his teams first round loss to the Saints in the postseason.
Nick Smerek (Wyowood)- Nick Smerek finished the season with eight goals and eight assists leading Wyowood in assists and points. Smerek quietly was a leader on the ice for Wyowood helping the club reach a .500 record for the first time in history. One of the goals from Smerek was a game winning goal and another one of his goals came with only 0.4 seconds left in the first period in what would eventually turn out to be a one goal victory for Wyowood over SV/Wilson December 16th.
Kyle Lark (TV)- Though he only had six goals in the regular season he added six more in the postseason on the road to an EPSHL title for the Twin Valley Raiders including two goal games against Mexeter in an elimination semi-final and against Berks Catholic in the EPSHL Championship game. Lark finished the regular season with ten points tied for fourth on his team with Alex Stein, Dominick DeRemigio, and Stephen Pelle.
Koby Howat (TV)- Koby Howat finished the regular season with eight goals and eight assists finishing second on his team in points only behind team captain Connor Meers. Howat scored a goal in the teams second playoff elimination game against SV/Wilson and also scored what would eventually become the game winning goal for Twin Valley in the EPSHL Championship game against Twin Valley.
Alec Moyer (Wyowood)- Alec Moyer showed heart on the ice and finished the regular season second in goals on his team with nine and second in points with 14. Moyer's speed helped create plays for Wyowood including earning himself multiple breakaway opportunities during the season. Moyer scored a goal in his teams shortened playoff loss to Daniel Boone in the first round.
Jake Spina (TV)- Spina finished the EPSHL regular season with 13 points, good enough for third on his team. Surrounded by a lot of talented teammates Spina flew under the radar during the season but added two goals and two assists on his teams’ playoff run.
DEF PAIRING ONE-
Alex Stein (TV)- Stein was one of many team leaders for Twin Valley during the EPSHL season. His team only allowed 22 goals against in the regular season. Stein finished with six goals and four assists in the regular season and two goals and four assists in the postseason including the game winning goal against SV/Wilson in their second round elimination game. Stein only was in the penalty box for ten minutes during the regular season.
Jim Minnig (TV)- Minnig was another key part of the EPSHL Championship run for the Raiders putting up three goals and four assists over the course of the EPSHL season. Minning only spent eight minutes in the box during the regular season. Minning had two assists over the course of the postseason. Twin Valley only gave up 1.57 goals per game in the regular season.
DEF PAIRING TWO-
Ian Bolles (MEX)- Ian Bolles led Mexeter defensively and put up five goals and an assist in the regular season. Bolles scored a goal and had an assist in Mexeter's second round playoff victory over geographical rival Daniel Boone. Mexeter allowed only 30 goals in the regular season or 2.14 per game second in the league behind Twin Valley. Bolles had 18 minutes in penalties during the regular season.
Daniel Genetti (BC)- Genetti had one goal and one assist in his teams playoff run to the EPSHL Championship game. During the regular season he scored four goals and added four assists and helped the Saints allow much less goals after the teams slow 1-5-1 start. The team allowed 3.7 goals against per game in their final seven games as opposed to 5.4 goals per game in their first seven games. Genetti was in the box for only eight minutes during the regular season.
DEF PAIRING THREE
Josh Watterson (SVW)- Watterson had five goals and eight assists as a defenseman during the 2016-17 EPSHL regular season. He finished second on his team in points behind Brenden Brown. His team allowed 3.24 goals per game which comes down to only 45 in the season, good for the third best amount in the regular season behind Twin Valley and Mexeter. Watterson was only in the penalty box for ten minutes of the EPSHL regular season. Watterson scored a goal in his teams 5-1 elimination game victory over Daniel Boone from behind the blue line.
Benjamin Reisenweaver (SVW)- Though offensively Reisenweaver didn't put up marvelous statistics, he was oftentimes a player around his own crease clearing the puck away and a key helping Chad Simmerman keep the puck out of the net. Reisenweaver's six points was good enough for third on his team behind Josh Watterson and Brenden Brown. Reisenweaver only had eight penalty minutes all regular season.
Hudson Mokrejs (TV)- Hudson Mokrejs finished the regular season tied for the most shutouts with two, third in saves with 254, and finished with the best GAA (1.22) and save percentage (.920). What is more remarkable is Mokrejs' play in the postseason. After losing his first and only game in the first round of the EPSHL playoffs, Mokrejs put together back-to-back-to-back playoffs shutouts to lead his team to the Championship game. In the championship game he stopped 32-of-34 Berks Catholic shots on the road to a Twin Valley title.
Kolin Grogesky (MEX)- Kolin Grogesky finished the regular season with a 4-2-1 record and tied Husdon Mokrejs and Sam Martini for shutouts during the EPSHL regular season. He posted the third best save percentage (.899) and third best GAA (2.33) behind his teammate Josh Rowe. Grogesky was a big part of Mexeter earning the first round bye in the EPSHL playoffs.
SCRATCHES/ EMERGENCY GOALIE/ COACH
Owen Noll (Wyowood)- Owen Noll led Wyowood in goals with 10. Three of his goals came via a hat trick on December 16th against SV/Wilson. Noll finished the season tied for third in points on his team with Michael Smerek with 12 points.
Dominick DeRemigio (TV)- Stephen Pelle finished the EPSHL regular season with four goals and six assists tying his teammates Dominick DeRemigio, Kyle Lark, and Alex Stein for fourth on the Raiders with ten points. Pelle added two goals and an assist during the Twin Valley Championship run.
Jakob Bolles (MEX)- Jakob Bolles finished the season with five goals and eight assists leading Mexeter with points during the regular season while only serving six penalty minutes in the box. Bolles added one goal and two assists in his teams three playoff games.
Josh Rowe (MEX)- Mexeter was lucky enough to have two great goalies as Rowe finished the season second in GAA (2.22) and save percentage (.910) despite his 1-2-2 record during the regular season. Rowe stopped 10-of-11 shots in his teams 5-0 loss in the playoffs to Twin Valley. Rowe also earned the teams only playoff win stopping 19-of-22 shots off the best offensive team in the league.
Coach- Tim Meers led his team to an undefeated regular season despite the fact that he kept saying his team wouldn't finish undefeated. Meers and his team did eventually lose, but it wasn't until the first round of the EPSHL playoffs when Berks Catholic upset the Raiders 5-2. Luckily for Meers the EPSHL postseason is a double elimination playoffs and he was able to turn his team around quickly rattling off four consecutive wins in route to the EPSHL title that eluded him two years before.