Mikhail Berdin

Sioux Falls Stampede (G)

4-3-0-1, 1.97 GAA, .948 SV%

6. Waterloo Black Hawks

4-4-0-0, Last Poll: 1

Waterloo was another team that got off to a hot start to 2017-18, going 4-1-0-0 in their first five games before dropping their last three to enter November right at .500. It has been a balanced scoring attack for the Black Hawks that is lead by a group of veterans in Jackson CatesBen CopelandEthan Johnson and Garrett Wait with six points each. The best player early on for the Black Hawks has been first-year goaltender Jared Moe. The New Prague, MN native has gone 2-2 in his four starts but has only given up five combined goals in his losses. He currently sports a 1.78 GAA, third among USHL goaltenders, and a .935 SV%, fifth in the league. The Black Hawks play on the road in six of the nine games in November, a tough test for a team that is looking to gain some ground in the standings. 

 

5. Sioux Falls Stampede

4-4-1-1, Last Poll: 8

The Stampede earned at least one point in six of their first eight games before ending October with a pair of losses to the Green Bay Gamblers. Reid Stefanson has been one of the dynamic offensive players for Sioux Falls and was at or near the top of the USHL scoring race for most of November. Currently, the UMass-Lowell commit sits with seven points (2G, 5A) through 10 games along with Nolan Walker (3G, 4A) and Adam Dawe (6G, 1A). Walker and Dawe have been playing on the same line a lot of the time and have provided a powerful 1-2 punch offensively. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin has been outstanding between the pipes for Sioux Falls and has a .948 SV% (3rd in USHL) and a 1.97 GAA (4th in USHL). He has been busy as well, facing and stopping 30 or more shots in all but two of his nine appearances in October. The Herd will be looking to get back on the right track in November with six of their eight November games being played at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.