Eeli Tolvanen (RW)

Sioux City Musketeers

48 GP: 29 goals, 22 assists

2. Waterloo Black Hawks (1)

37-15-2-2, Last Poll: 1

 

Waterloo has clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season and looks poised to make a deep run toward their first Clark Cup since the 2003-04 season. The Black Hawks boast four players in the top-15 in USHL scoring with Alex Limoges, Shane Bowers, Kevin Charyszyn and Nick Swaney. Limoges has been spectacular since joining the Black Hawks from the Tri-City Storm in late Feburary with 21 points (8G, 13A) in 16 games in a Waterloo uniform. The Penn State commit is currently tied for sixth in USHL scoring with 52 points (21G, 31A) in 52 games. Bowers put up his second most productive month through nine games in March, with 10 points (3G, 7A) in nine games. The Boston University commit is tied for 10th in the USHL in scoring with 49 points (21G, 28A). Bailey Conger and Emil Ohrvall have also stepped up in a big way lately. Conger tied Bowers with 10 points (4G, 6A) in nine games, while Ohrvall tallied eight points (2G, 6A) in that stretch. Peter Thome has also been solid between the pipes since joining the Black Hawks. The North Dakota commit has played 14 games with Waterloo and sports an 11-3-0-0 record in that stretch with a 2.65 GAA and a .901 SV%. Waterloo will play in Cedar Rapids on April 1 before three straight home games to end the season.

 

1. Sioux City Musketeers (18)

38-10-5-2, Last Poll: 2

 

The Musketeers are back in the top spot in the USHL Power Rankings and can make the case that they are the hottest team in the USHL heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Sioux City is 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 games, they have clinched a playoff spot and are the current favorite to win their first Anderson Cup in 20 years. The Musketeers are rolling on all cylinders, especially in terms of offense and goaltending, and they’re getting production from all their big names.  Odeen Tufto has been outstanding the entire time he’s played in a Musketeers uniform, with 18 points (7G, 11A) in 17 games with Sioux City. Eeli Tolvanen continues to be a prolific scorer, as the Boston College commit has earned at least one point in 10 of his last 17 games dating back to Feb. 17. Tolvanen leads the Musketeers in scoring and is eighth among all USHL players with 51 points (29G, 22A). Charlie Kelleher remains a prominent scoring threat for Sioux City as well, with 16 points (6G, 10A) in his 17 games with the Musketeers. Kristian Pospisil and Matt Hellickson have also made significant contributions, especially recently as both players were named CCM/USHL Players of the Week on Monday. Matiss Kivlenieks is still doing his thing between the pipes – leading all USHL goaltenders in every major category including wins (34), GAA (1.86), SV% (.933), shutouts (5), saves (1215) and minutes (2812). Sioux City will spend the next two weeks trying to capture the Anderson Cup and home ice advantage.