Matthew Barry

Youngstown Phantoms (C)

35 GP: 9 goals, 26 assists

14. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

13-15-5-1, Last Poll: 11

 

Heading into February, Cedar Rapids sits five points out of a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference standings. Marc McLaughlin has been on a roll as of late, with 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last eight games. He is currently third on the team in scoring behind Nathan Smith (23 PTS) and leading scorer Marek Valach (28 PTS). After starting the month of February at home, the RoughRiders will play four straight games away from Cedar Rapids before ending the month with four of their last five games at home, a place where they are a game over the .500 mark on the season. Four of those contests will be played against teams above them in the Eastern Conference, making those games that much more critical in Cedar Rapids’ pursuit of a playoff spot.

 

 

13. Youngstown Phantoms

16-14-4-1, Last Poll: 9

 

Despite having dropped four spots since last month, the Phantoms won their final two games in January to move into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Matthew Barry has quietly been one of the highest-producing offensive players in the league this season, but he might start to be become more of a well-known name. The Holy Cross commit ended January with six points (2G, 4A) in two games, including a five-point (1G, 4A) performance last Friday en route to being named USHL Forward of the Week. He leads the team and is alone in fourth among all USHL players with 35 points (9G, 26A) through 35 games. He had 13 points (3G, 10A) in January along with fellow forward Mike Regush, who also might not be getting as much attention as he deserves. Chase Gresock had the fifth-most productive January of any USHL players, as he tallied 15 points (11G, 4A) in 10 games during the first month of 2018. If these players, along with other veterans like Curtis Hall and Max Ellis continue to produce, teams might find it extremely difficult to shut down the Phantoms offense.