Bocharov leads Players of the Week
Pavel Bocharov is playing a long way from his home in Novokuznetsk, Russia, this season.
But he is proving to be anything but homesick in his surroundings with the Alpena Street Cats, averaging better than two points a game so far.
His efforts the week ending Feb. 2, garnered him enough votes to be the Midwest Junior Hockey League forward of the week voted on by league staff, coaches and general managers.
Bocharov tallied three goals and six assists for nine points as Alpena took both games in Berkley over the first weekend of February.
The 18-year-old’s goal and five assists on Saturday were followed by two goals, with one being the game-winner, and an assist in Sunday’s victory.
The points boosted his season totals to 26 goals and 37 assists for 63 points in 29 games, good for third in the league scoring race.
Other MWJHL weekly awards went to Kyle Cobb of Detroit Fighting Irish for defense, Anthony Benvenuti of the Soo Firehawks, for goaltending and rookie honors went to Nick Papandrea, also of the Soo.
Cobb, 20, of Belleville, recorded his first two goals of the season while helping to keep Bloomington off the scoreboard in wins on Saturday and Sunday.
Cobb, a MWJHL veteran, tallied twice in Saturday night’s 7-0 win. It was his first two goals of the season. He also has five assists for the year.
Benvenuti, 19, of Macomb, has played just four games all season since signing with the Firehawks on Jan. 8, but earned a win and a shootout loss in last weekend’s home-and-home series with first-place Traverse City.
Friday night, Benvenuti made 51 saves in the 5-4 shootout loss, but rebounded with 40 saves the following evening in a 4-2 win. Benvenuti is now 3-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage in his brief time with the Firehawks.
Benvenuti’s teammate, Papandrea, an 18-year-old defenseman from Chesterfield Township, rang up three goals against Traverse City, two on Friday night and his goal Saturday night proved to be the game-winner. He has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 29 games this season.