Tommy Nappier

Chicago Steel (G)

6-0-0-0, 1.31 GAA, .951 sv%

2. Waterloo Black Hawks (1)

8-2-0-1, Last Poll: 8

 

The Black Hawks are one of three USHL teams with three different players with 10 points or more. Forwards Shane Bowers and Nick Swaney have 12 points, while Kevin Charyszyn has 11 points in as many games. Bowers had a four-game goal streak and ended the month with a three-point performance. The top NHL Draft prospect also announced his commitment to Boston University in October. Swaney had four multi-point games in the month of October, and scored goals in five different games. Charyszyn picked up points in eight of Waterloo’s nine games in October, and is currently on a five-game point streak. Mikey Anderson has also provided offense from the blue line, leading Black Hawks defensemen with seven points in 11 games. Waterloo has been solid at home (2-0-0-1) and equally impressive on the road (6-2-0-0) early in the season.

 

 

1. Chicago Steel (20)

10-1-0-0, Last Poll: 1

 

Everything is going right for Chicago. The Steel lead the USHL in scoring and team defense, are undefeated at home and have the two hottest goaltenders in the league. Ales Stezka and Tommy Nappier rank first and second in both goals against average and save percentage. Stezka is 4-1-0-0 this season with a 1.01 GAA and .963 sv%, while Nappier is 6-0-0-0 with a 1.31 GAA and .951 sv%. The “Mankato Line” of Jake Jaremko, Walker Duehr and Reggie Lutz have combined for 14 goals. All three players are committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato following their USHL career. As for first year NHL Draft prospects, Baker Shore and Reilly Walsh have been good early. Shore ranks fourth in USHL rookie scoring, while Walsh ranks fourth in rookie scoring by defensemen. Both Shore and Walsh are committed to Harvard University.