Clayton Phillips

Muskegon Lumberjacks (D)

14 GP: 5 goals, 7 assists

17. Sioux City Musketeers

4-8-2-1, Last Poll: 17

Sioux City has been playing better than their record indicates as of late, picking up points in half of their last 10 games. Sampo Ranta continues to pace the Musketeers in scoring, with 10 points (7G, 3A) through 15 contests, including a goal in his last game against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Wisconsin commit was also listed as an A-rated skater by NHL Central Scouting on Nov. 15. Goaltender Matt Jurusik has also played well between the pipes considering the amount of work he's facing, as he has seen 25 or more shots come his way in seven of his 13 appearances so far this year. If Sioux City wants to turn things around, both Ranta and Jurusik will have to continue their solid play.

 

16. Muskegon Lumberjacks

5-9-1-1, Last Poll: 14

Muskegon has also picked up points in five of their last 10 games and only sits five points out of the top half of the Eastern Conference standings heading into December. Clayton Phillips has continued to be outstanding on the blue line for the Lumberjacks. The University of Minnesota commit currently has 12 points in 14 games, second on the Lumberjacks and tied for third among all USHL defenseman. He also has scored five goals to lead all USHL blueliners. Phillips has been solid since joining Muskegon in October, putting up nine points (4G, 5A) in 11 games. Currently leading the Lumberjacks in scoring is rookie Matej Pekar, who has 13 points (3G, 10A) in 16 games, including six points (2G, 4A) in his last five games. The Nebraska-Omaha commit is second in USHL rookie scoring and will look to help lead Muskegon back into the top half of the Eastern Conference standings. 

 

15. Madison Capitols

6-8-0-1, Last Poll: 13

Before dropping their last three games, Madison had been playing well, with wins in four of their previous six games. The Capitols are hoping that stretch is more indicative of how the team will perform moving forward. Alec Broetzman has been on fire as of late, recording nine points (4G, 5A) through eight games in the month of November. The Michigan Tech commit is now tied for ninth in USHL scoring with 16 points (7G, 9A) through 15 games. Rookie Ryan O'Reilly has also provided an offensive boost for Madison, including a two-goal performance on Nov. 22 against the Omaha Lancers. The Denver commit currently sits fourth in rookie scoring with 11 points (10G, 1A) through 15 games. Dryden McKay has also been solid in goal, despite the heavy workload he's seen. McKay has faced 30 or more shots in eight of his 12 appearances so far this year, including each of his last five times out, so team defense will surely be a priority for Madison moving forward.