Jake Jaremko (C)

Chicago Steel

55 GP: 16 goals, 29 assists

4. Muskegon Lumberjacks

34-18-3-1, Last Poll: 6

 

Muskegon has moved into second place in the Eastern Conference standings with three wins in their last four games. Andrei Svechnikov has been spectacular all season long and especially so as of late. The Russian forward is now leading rookies and third among all USHL players with 56 points (28G, 28A), including 11 points (6G, 5A) in nine games so far in March. Austin Alger has been stellar since joining the Jacks, with 18 points (4G, 14A) in his 16 games since being acquired from the Omaha Lancers. The Miami commit, along with Svechnikov, led Muskegon in scoring in the team’s first nine games in March with 11 points (6G, 5A). Collin Adams has continued his steady play into March, with five points (2G, 3A) in nine games, giving him 50 points (23G, 27A) in 53 games, good for ninth in the USHL in scoring. Muskegon will look to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2015 over the course of the next two weeks. The Lumberjacks have games against Team USA, Chicago and two against Bloomington.

 

3. Chicago Steel (2)

36-14-2-3, Last Poll: 3

 

The Steel recently became the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs, the first time in nine years the organization has advanced to the postseason.  Three Chicago players had double-digit point totals in the team’s first nine games in March. Eduards Tralmaks led the way with 12 points (2G, 10A) in that span, Mankato commit Jake Jaremko had 11 points (6G, 5A) in those contests, and Minnesota commit Brannon McManus tallied 10 points (6G, 4A), including four points (2G, 2A) on March 25. Jaremko is tied for the team lead in scoring with Reggie Lutz with 45 points each. Jack Badini, Mitch Lewandowski, Johnny Walker and Graham Lillibridge have also been solid contributors to the Steel lineup all season long and will look to continue their strong play as their team heads into the playoffs in two weeks’ time. Playoffs also require strong goaltending, and Chicago certainly has that in both Ales Stezka and Dayton Rasmussen. Both netminders sit in the top-15 among all USHL goalies in both SV% and GAA, giving Dan Muse a pair of very solid options between the pipes as the Steel look to make a deep run to the first Clark Cup title in team history.