Mikhail Berdin

Sioux Falls Stampede (G)

8-3-1-1, 2.47 GAA, .933 SV%

4. Sioux Falls Stampede (1)

9-4-3-2, Last Poll: 5

There has been a lot of excitement in Sioux Falls recently. The Stampede have been hot lately, going on an eight-game point streak, posting a 5-0-2-1 record in that stretch to move them alone in third place in the Western Conference. They are only one goal behind Fargo for most goals for (66), while playing one less game than the Force, a sign their offense is right where they want it to be. Nolan Walker and Khristian Acosta are tied for the team lead in scoring with 17 points. Walker owns eight goals and nine assists, while Acosta possesses five tallies and 12 helpers. Both players sit tied for fifth in USHL scoring. Forward Adam Dawe leads the team in goals with nine goals, putting him fifth in the USHL in that category. But even with the offensive production, the top story in Sioux Falls has been goaltender Mikhail Berdin. The Russian netminder has been great thus far, posting a 2.47 GAA (7th in USHL)and .933 SV% (3rd in USHL) through 15 appearances. He has also remained busy this year, leading the league with 488 saves, over 100 more saves than the next goalie. The Winnipeg Jets prospect also scored one of the most memorable goals in recent memory two weeks ago in a win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the most notable moment of the USHL season to-date. The Herd will look to keep up their winning ways in December, with six of their nine games at the PREMIER Center, a nice way for the Stampede to end 2017.

 

3. Chicago Steel (2)

9-3-1-2, Last Poll: 1

The defending Clark Cup champions and co-leaders of the Eastern Conference fell 2 spots in this month's rankings, but not necessarily because of their own play. Jack Dugan (22 PTS) and Blake McLaughlin (19 PTS) have both continued their strong offensively play, as both players sit in the top-five for USHL scoring. Dugan, with 11 goals and 11 assists, rank him second in the league. McLaughlin, who sports seven goals and 12 assists, is not too far behind his teammate, sitting fourth in league scoring. Yale commit and Geneva native Graham Lillibridge has been producing on the back end, leading all USHL defenseman in scoring with 16 points (3G, 13A). Those 13 helpers also lead all blueliners. Penn State commit Oskar Autio has also continued to be solid between the pipes, posting a 2.56 GAA (8th in USHL) and .917 SV% (5th in USHL), stellar numbers for a rookie netminder. The Steel’s special teams units have been stellar as well, as they currently have the top power play (27.9%) and best penalty kill (88.3%) in the USHL. The Steel will head into December looking to remain at the top of the very competitive Eastern Conference.