Zach Solow (F)

Dubuque Fighting Saints

25 GP: 10 goals, 22 assists

4. Dubuque Fighting Saints

18-9-1-1, Last Poll: 3

The big story for the Fighting Saints since the end of October has been Zach Solow. The Northeastern commit has extended his point streak to 16 games dating back to October 28, with 26 points (6G, 20A) in that span. He was also named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Colin Theisen and Cole Guttman have also been on fire as of late. Both players scored in all but one of Dubuque’s nine games in December. Theisen finished the month with 10 goals, including a hat trick, and six assists. He has 28 points (14G, 14A) on the season. Guttman tallied seven goals and five assists in 2016’s final month and now has 20 points (10G, 10A). Goaltender and Arizona State commit Jaxon Castor was 6-2-0-0 in December and now sports a 2.01 GAA (4th in USHL) and .913 SV% (13th in USHL). Dubuque, who now sits in second place in the Eastern Conference, is 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games and 18-9-1-1 overall (38 PTS).

3. Youngstown Phantoms

17-9-2-1, Last Poll: 9

The Phantoms saw the biggest jump in the rankings, moving up six points to number three. Youngstown is now 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games and alone in third place in the Eastern Conference. Nicolas Werbik (11G, 13A) and Alex Esposito (10G, 13A) remain in the top-15 in USHL scoring. Ivan Kulbakov has been fantastic between the pipes as well. He is second in the USHL with a 1.80 GAA and fifth in the league with a .924 SV%. Curtis Hall has blossomed in his first year in the league. He is fifth among all rookies in scoring with 14 points (6G, 8A) and second among all 16-year-olds in the league. The Phantoms will have five games apiece at and away from the Covelli Centre in the month of January.