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Four Colorado products earn USPHL weekly honors as 2021-22 season kicks into high gear


A quartet of Colorado products have taken home weekly honors from the USPHL.

Rockets Hockey Club blueliner Evan Pahos is the NCDC South Defenseman of the Week.

A 2021 Valor Christian graduate, Pahos was instrumental in the Rockets’ sweep of the Utica Jr. Comets, which led to the Rockets extending their winning streak to 6-0 and taking the top spot in the South Division.

Born in Edina, Minn., Pahos put up three assists in the team’s Friday victory and came back the next day to play strong defensively to put away the visitors, leading the Rockets in time on ice and blocking two shots. 

In addition to Valor, Pahos also skated for the Colorado Thunderbirds during his youth hockey days.

Over in the USPHL Elite, Richmond Generals forward Austin Sawyer (pictured) is the Southeast Division Forward of the Week.

Sawyer, a 2002 birth year from Colorado Springs, earned a goal and four assists in a pair of games against the Charlotte Rush which resulted in a split weekend. Sawyer is currently the Generals’ leading scorer with 28 points in 18 games. 

Before the USPHL, Sawyer played for the Colorado Rampage and at Pine Creek High School.

In the USPHL Premier, Javen Heidergott of the Northern Colorado Eagles is the Mountain Division Forward of the Week.

A 2002-born native of Telluride, Heidergott registered his first hat trick with the Eagles in their third game, completing a sweep against Colorado rivals the Pueblo Bulls. He also had two assists, one in each of the earlier two wins, for a five-point weekend.

He currently has 14 points in 14 games. 

The New England Division Defenseman of the Week is the Northern Cyclones’ Andrew Nieusma.

The Cyclones’ captain and returning blueliner earned a pair of assists in wins over the South Shore Kings, ending a long Kings winning streak, and the Islanders Hockey Club. He led the team in ice time over the weekend, a regular presence in both games towards the wins. He also put his points per game over 1.00 for the season, posting 13 points through 12 games so far. 

An Erie native, Nieusma developed back home with the Colorado Springs Tigers and Rocky Mountain RoughRiders.

(November 11, 2021)

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