California natives McNeil, Giourof collect weekly awards from NCDC
Two California products have taken home weekly honors from the USPHL’s NCDC conference.
In the South Division, Jersey Hitmen forward Tyler McNeil is the Forward of the Week, while in the North Division, Northern Cyclones forward Marko Giourof has also been named Forward of the Week.
McNeil, a 2002 birth year out of Valencia, has kept his goal-per-game streak alive. Over the weekend, he scored three goals and three assists over three BJB Shootout games, bringing his point total up to 11 for the season. He is projected to end the season with 88 points, coming close to beating his final total in last year’s USPHL Premier season with the Fresno Monsters.
As a youth star, McNeil played for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Valencia Jr. Flyers and at Tahoe Prep Academy.
A second-year Cyclone, Giourof, a 2003 from Torrance, was huge for the Cyclones this past weekend at the BJB Shootout. In the team’s last game of the weekend, a 6-5 win over the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, he scored the game-tying goal to force overtime and eventually a shootout, in which he scored the game-winning shootout goal as well. He also had an assist in that game.
Two games earlier, Giourof scored the first of three goals to help the Cyclones bounce back from being down 2-0 to the Rockets Hockey Club towards an eventual 4-3 win.
Back home, Giourof skated for the Jr. Ducks.
(October 5, 2022)