Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup

Fargo Force (LW)

19 GP: 15 goals, 10 assists

2. Tri-City Storm (7)

12-4-0-0, Last Poll: 2

The story of the Tri-City Storm this season is the unbelievable goaltending from Filip Larsson. The Detroit Red Wings prospect is currently second the USHL in all major goaltending statistics (1.57 GAA, .940 SV%). In the month of November, Larsson was 6-2-0-0 while also picking up two consecutive shutouts, his second and third whitewashes of the season. Larsson has even contributed offensively this season, tallying an assist on the year. Team defense has also been a huge story for this team, as the Storm as whole have allowed only 28 goals through 16 games, an average of 1.75 GA per game, by far the lowest number in the USHL. Though the Storm’s offense hasn’t been as dominant as their goaltending and defense has been, their solid defensive core has been able to produce offensively. Hugo Blixt and Bryan Yoon (10 PTS each) are currently in the top-10 in scoring among all USHL defenseman. The Storm will continue to rally behind the scorching hot Larsson and the offense will look to pick up the scoring pace. If the forwards start to catch some of Larsson’s heat, Tri-City will become an even more dangerous opponent, something that should scare the other 16 teams in the USHL.

 

1. Fargo Force (11)

12-6-1-1, Last Poll: 4

 

The hottest team from last month continued their dominance and are now sitting at the top of the league standings as well as the USHL Power Rankings. Fargo heads into December having won two of their games and six of their last 10 contests. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, the #GreatDane, is still playing at an elite level, leading all USHL players in goals (15) and points (26) through 20 games played this season. The Maine commit has become one of the most electric players to watch in the USHL this season and will look to keep up his torrid scoring pace. Outside of Schmidt-Svejstrup, Fargo has two other players that are top-10 in USHL overall points, as Grant Hebert (22 PTS) and Griffin Loughran (19 PTS) currently tied for second and tied for third, respectively, in league scoring, thanks to each player ending November with a two-point performance against Team USA. The top forward line in Fargo has been dominating the competition, which certainly answers the question of whether or not this team could replicate last year’s dynamic offensive attack. Heading into the heart of winter, it will be cold in Fargo, but the Force look to remain red-hot.