Matt Jurusik

Sioux City Musketeers (G)

14-11-3-1, 2.60 GAA, .914 SV%

12. Madison Capitols

15-15-1-2, Last Poll: 17

 

Heading into February, Madison now sits just four points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and has jumped five spots in the rankings thanks to seven wins in their last 10 games. Over the last few weeks, the Capitols have seen several of their veteran players step up and provide the offensive spark that has helped them succeed as much as they have. Leading scorer Alec Broetzman picked up seven points (3G, 4A) in eight January games, making him the first player on the team to reach the 30-point mark (15G, 15A). Madison native Mick Messner has started showing more offensive flash in recent games, with eight points (6G, 2A) in his last eight games, including a hat trick on Jan. 12 against Waterloo. Goaltender Dryden McKay has won eight of his last 11 appearances dating back to Dec. 28 and has faced 30 or more shots in 12 of his last 14 appearances, including a 55-save on 56-shot performance on Jan. 12. The Capitols will play Eastern Conference opponents in all but one of their games in February, making it a great chance to continue to improve their record in the standings.

 

 

11. Sioux City Musketeers

15-14-4-2, Last Poll: 12

 

Aside from a tough 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Lincoln Stars on Tuesday, the Musketeers have been one of the hotter teams in the USHL as of late. After being near the bottom of the USHL standings for the majority of the season, Sioux City has climbed all the way into sixth place in the Western Conference and is five points clear of seventh place Lincoln, a comfortable spot to be. Matt Jurusik has been a revelation in between the pipes over the last couple of months. The uncommitted netminder has won 10 of his last 14 appearances dating back to Dec. 15, allowing two goals or fewer in 10 of those appearances. He is currently ninth among all USHL goaltenders with a .914 SV% and sits just outside the top-10 with a respectable 2.60 GAA. Sioux City has also been stellar at home inside Tyson Events Center, having won five straight home games through Jan. 26. The Musketeers will play their first five February contests at home before ending the month on a four-game road swing through Madison, Muskegon and Waterloo.