Jake Jaremko (C)

Chicago Steel

37 GP: 9 goals, 21 assists

2. Dubuque Fighting Saints (2)

25-10-1-2, Last Poll: 4

 

The Fighting Saints moved up two spots in this month’s rankings, and it was well earned. Dubuque earned at least one point in eight of their nine games in January and are 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games. Zach Solow stretched his point streak to 20 games in the first month of 2017, just one game shy of the USHL Tier 1 record. In the month of January alone, the Northeastern commit tallied 10 points (1G, 9A) and is now leads the USHL in scoring with 42 points (10G, 32A) in 34 games, with his 32 assists also leading all USHL players. Colin Theisen now finds himself in the top-10 in USHL scoring following a month in which he put up eight points (7G, 1A) in nine games. Jaxon Castor has been a rock between the pipes for Dubuque, as he sports a 2.06 GAA and .914 SV%. He finished January with six victories in eight appearances and leads the USHL with 21 wins on the season.

 

1. Chicago Steel (18)

25-8-1-3, Last Poll: 1

 

The Steel finished January with a 5-3-0-0 record and remain atop the USHL standings. Reggie Lutz sits in the top-10 in USHL scoring and has been a well-rounded offensive threat this season, as he leads the team with 32 points (16G, 16A) in 37 games. He, along with Walker Duehr and Jake Jaremko, make up the ‘The Mankato Line’, the forward group that has been the catalyst for the Steel all season. Jaremko is among the top-20 in league scoring with 30 points (9G, 21A), while Duehr, who played in his hometown of Sioux Falls, SD at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, has 27 points (12G, 15A) in 34 games this season. Ales Stezka is exactly the veteran presence in net that Chicago had hoped he would be. He is tied for eighth in the USHL in GAA (2.31) and has won five of his last eight starts. The Steel will play five of their nine February games on the road as they look to increase their lead atop both the Eastern Conference and USHL standings.