Kobe Roth

Des Moines Buccaneers (RW)

3 GP: 2 goal, 3 assists

4. Sioux City Musketeers

2-1-0-0, Last Poll: 17

 

Musketeers forward Eeli Tolvanen and defenseman Matt Hellickson lead the Musketeers in scoring with four points each in three games. Tolvanen came up big for Sioux City last weekend with three goals and an assist, giving him USHL Forward of the Week honors. Hellickson could’ve made an equally strong case for USHL Defenseman of the Week after a big four-point weekend in which he held a +6 rating. Hellickson joins the Musketeers after playing 55 career games with Team USA. Already, the additional playing time in Sioux City has benefited the defenseman, as he was noticed in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Rankings. Matiss Kivlenieks has been equally impressive in net going 2-0-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .935 SV%. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit joins Sioux City after spending one season with the Coulee Region Chill (NAHL). Both Kivlenieks and Hellikson were 1st round USHL Phase II Draft picks.

 

3. Des Moines Buccaneers (1)

2-0-0-1, Last Poll: 14

 

The Buccaneers are the first place team in the Western Conference after back-to-back wins last weekend. Des Moines has outscored its opponents 14-8 including an 8-3 victory at home. Jan Ruzicka has been stellar in net with a 2-0-0-1 record, 2.25 GAA and .916 SV%. Des Moines offense is led by Kobe Roth who has five points in three games. Roth played in 17 games with the Buccaneers last season, and has nearly double his point production. Isaac Johnson has three points in three games for Des Moines and was named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List. The uncommitted forward scored a goal on the road against Lincoln, and added two assist at home the next evening. One major change from last season is the early dominance at home, with an early 2-0-0-0 record at Buccaneer Arena.