Trio of Colorado youth hockey grads collect weekly USPHL accolades
The USPHL announced this week that three Colorado natives have picked up weekly player honors.
Richmond Generals goalie Logan Gorbitz is the Southeast Division Goaltender of the Week, while Elmira Jr. Enforcers netminder Joseph Holguin is the Atlantic West Division Goaltender of the Week, and Northern Cyclones forward Jackson Tillinghast is the New England Division Forward of the Week.
Gorbitz, a 2001 birth year from Superior, won his ninth and 10th games of this, his first USPHL Premier season – and his fifth and sixth in a row dating back to Dec. 17 – by giving up just one goal in 120 minutes against a strong Carolina Jr. Hurricanes squad. Gorbitz stopped 56 of 57 shots over the weekend including a 33-save shutout of the Jr. Canes for the weekend sweep.
Back home, Gorbitz played for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders and for Monarch High School.
Holguin, an ’01 hailing from Parker, had his best performance of the season, his second for the Jr. Enforcers, by stopping 38 of 39 shots faced in a 5-1 victory over the Hershey Cubs in a split series. With his next performance, against Utica, he stopped 55 of 61 shots in his most recent games.
Holguin played for Chapparal High School prior to junior hockey.
The next point scored by Tillinghast, a 2001 birth year out of Louisville, will be his 100th in regular season play in the USPHL Premier. He moved up to 54 points on this season (in addition to his 45 last year) by posting a run of 2-5-7 in a pair of road wins against the Rockets Hockey Club, the leaders of the Atlantic East Division.
During his youth days, Tillinghast skated for the Boulder Bison and RoughRiders.
(January 20, 2022)