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California trio of Morris, Baum, Alford earns weekly awards from USPHL


The USPHL has announced its players of the week, which include three from California.

Seattle Totems forward Seth Morris is the Northwest Premier Division Forward of the Week, while Logan Baum of the Vernal Oilers is the Northwest Premier Division Defenseman of the Week and the Lake Tahoe Lakers’ Carver Alford is the Pacific Premier Division Defenseman of the Week.

Morris, an ‘06 from Rancho Cucamonga, was big on the power play as the Totems swept the in-state rival Bellingham Blazers last weekend, scoring three of his four goals with the extra man. He also added two assists for six points in two games.

He currently has 34 points in 47 games to rank third on the Totems in scoring.

Back home, Morris skated for the California Wave, Empire Hockey Club and Damien High School.

Baum, a 2005-born Orange native, was a huge help as the Oilers were able to take a 2-1 record against the Pacific’s Bakersfield Roughnecks. Baum posted a goal and two assists in a 6-2 series-opening victory. He also blocked six shots during the series.

The former Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs and Orange Lutheran High School player has 20 points in 37 games this season for the Oilers as a rookie junior player.

Alford, an ‘05 out of Lake Tahoe, put up a goal and four assists for five points in four games last week, as the Lakers earned a win against Long Beach and then went 2-1 against San Diego last weekend. Alford led the team in ice time per game at 21:40, and he also led with five hits.

Alford has played this year with Tahoe Prep Academy, while also splitting this year between Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, after being acquired from the Thunderbirds in November.

During his youth hockey days, Alford also played for the Golden State Elite Eagles and Vegas Jr. Golden Knights.

(February 12, 2024)

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