USHL Names Midseason All-Star Selections
Thursday February 20, 2014
Jake Randolph, Cal Petersen, Matt Iacopelli, and Scott Conway are among 24 players named to the midseason USHL All-Star Teams as voted by League coaches and general managers. (photos by Brandon Anderson, Britta Lewis, Whiteshark Photography)
The United States Hockey League today announced the midseason USHL All-Star Teams for the Eastern and Western Conference presented by CCM. The selections were determined by the voting of USHL coaches and general managers.
A total of 24 players were selected among the USHL All-Star First and Second Teams with each team consisting of three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender. The Omaha Lancers and Waterloo Black Hawks lead the League with four players each among the All-Stars while the Indiana Ice and Sioux City Musketeers each have three players represented. Eleven of the 16 USHL Member Clubs have at least one player selected to the teams.
All-Star First Team selections in the Eastern Conference are forwards Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms), Scott Conway (Indiana Ice), and Matt Iacopelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks), defensemen Austin Kosack (Indiana Ice) and Alexx Privitera (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and goaltender Danny Tirone (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders).
First Team selections in the Western Conference include forwards Peter Krieger (Waterloo Black Hawks), Jake Randolph (Omaha Lancers), and Tyler Vesel (Omaha Lancers), defensemen Brandon Montour (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Tucker Poolman (Omaha Lancers), and goaltender Cal Petersen (Waterloo Black Hawks).
Second Team honorees in the Eastern Conference are forwards Karson Kuhlman (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Andrew Poturalski (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers), defensemen Joshua Jacobs (Indiana Ice) and Alec Vanko (Chicago Steel), and goaltender Jared Rutledge (Green Bay Gamblers).
Members of the Second Team in the Western Conference are forwards C.J. Franklin (Sioux Falls Stampede), Gage Hough (Omaha Lancers), and Jared Thomas (Sioux City Musketeers), defensemen Mark Friedman (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Tyler Mueller (Sioux City Musketeers), and goaltender Kyle Hayton (Sioux City Musketeers).
The USHL All-Star Game and USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were not part of the schedule for the 2013-14 season. The All-Star Game was last played in 2010 while the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game has been played in each of the previous two seasons and looks to make a return in 2015.
Kyle Connor (F), Youngstown Phantoms
The youngest player on the All-Star Teams, the 17-year-old currently ranks third in USHL scoring with 53 points (20g, 33a) in 39 games this season. He has also been a top producer on special teams as he is second in the League with 18 power play assists. The Shelby Township, Michigan native is committed to play college hockey at the University of Michigan
Scott Conway (F), Indiana Ice
The Kissimmee, Florida native is the leading scorer for his team and ranks tied for 10th in the USHL with 42 points (19g, 23a) in 40 games to help the Ice to the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference. The 18-year-old also ranks tied for fifth in the League with a plus-28 rating, finishing with an even-or-better plus/minus in 33 of 40 games. He is committed to Penn State University.
Matt Iacopelli (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks
Already the holder of the Muskegon record for goals in a season, the 19-year-old from Brownstown, Michigan is second in the League with 31 goals and ranks tied for fourth in scoring with 46 points (31g, 15a) in 42 games. He scored a goal in eight straight games earlier this season, the longest streak in the USHL since the 2009-10 season. He is committed to Western Michigan University.
Austin Kosack (D), Indiana Ice
The 18-year-old has helped anchor one of the League’s top defensive units while putting up 22 points (3g, 19a) in 42 games to rank tied for seventh in scoring among USHL defensemen. He has finished even-or-better in 35 games this season and is currently second overall in the League with a plus-34 rating. The Oakville, Ontario native is committed to Ferris State University.
Alexx Privitera (D), Dubuque Fighting Saints
The Old Tappan, New Jersey is currently tied for his team’s scoring lead while ranking second among USHL defensemen with 34 points (7g, 27a) in 41 games. His 27 assists ranked tied for eighth overall in the League. Fifteen of his assists have come on the power play, tying for the third highest total in the USHL. He will play college hockey at the University of Vermont next season.
Danny Tirone (G), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
The 19-year-old has compiled an 18-8-0 record for the RoughRiders and currently ranks fifth among USHL goaltenders in victories. His .921 save percentage is second in the League and his 2.44 goals-against-average ranks fifth. The Trumbull, Connecticut native also recently posted consecutive shutouts. He will play college hockey at the University of New Hampshire.
Karson Kuhlman (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints
The 18-year-old leads his team with 17 goals and ranks third in scoring with 31 points (17g, 14a) in 38 games. During one stretch earlier this season, he scored seven goals over a span of seven games. He has netted six of his goals on the power play and has compiled a plus-13 rating. The Cloquet, Minnesota native is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Andrew Poturalski (F), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
The recently turned 20-year-old has appeared in all 43 games this season for the Riders and leads the team with 40 points (13g, 27a), ranking 14th overall in USHL scoring. The Williamsville, New York native opened the season on a 10-game point streak, recording 18 points (8g, 10a) over that span. Three of the goals for the University of New Hampshire commit have been game-winners.
Nick Schmaltz (F), Green Bay Gamblers
The Verona, Wisconsin native celebrates his 18th birthday next week and is currently tied for eighth in the USHL with 43 points (10g, 33a). His 33 assists are tied for the third most in the League. He leads the League with four shootout tallies in five attempts this season. The University of North Dakota commit is one of the top prospects for the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.
Joshua Jacobs (D), Indiana Ice
The Shelby Township, Michigan native has been a huge presence for one of the USHL’s top defensive units while producing 19 points (5g, 14a) over 40 games this season. His plus-28 rating is tied for fifth overall in the League as he has finished even-or-better in 36 of 40 games. The Michigan State University commit is also a top prospect for the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.
Alec Vanko (D), Chicago Steel
The 19-year-old is tied for 10th among USHL defensemen in scoring with 21 points (8g, 13a) through 35 games in his first season in the League. He has contributed 10 of his points (4g, 6a) on the power play and has twice been named CCM Defenseman of the Week. The Oregon, Wisconsin native has tallied seven points (2g, 5a) over his last six games. He is currently uncommitted to a college.
Jared Rutlege (G), Green Bay Gamblers
The Skokie, Illinois native has been a workhorse for the Gamblers as he has played more minutes (2,153) than any other USHL goaltender this season. His 20 victories are tied for the third most in the League. The 19-year-old has compiled a 2.76 GAA and .910 save percentage over his 36 appearances. He is currently uncommitted to a college hockey program.
Peter Krieger (F), Waterloo Black Hawks
The 20-year-old has appeared in all 42 games for the Black Hawks and has produced 44 points (18g, 26a), ranking sixth in USHL scoring. During a recent stretch, he netted nine goals over seven games, including three consecutive two-goal efforts. His plus-23 rating is currently tied for ninth in the League. The Oakdale, Minnesota native is committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Jake Randolph (F), Omaha Lancers
The 19-year-old is the USHL’s leading scorer with 69 points (19g, 50a) over 44 games this season. He established one of the League’s longest point streaks earlier in the year, scoring 28 points (8g, 20a) over 14 games. The Duluth, Minnesota native has twice equaled a USHL season high with five points in a game. He will play college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Tyler Vesel (F), Omaha Lancers
The native of Rochester, Minnesota leads the USHL with 32 goals and is second in scoring with 67 points (32g, 35a) in 44 games. He is also tops in the League with a plus-38 rating. The 19-year-old put together a 12-game point streak (10g, 9a) earlier in the season, and six of his goals have been game-winners, tying for first in the USHL. He is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Brandon Montour (D), Waterloo Black Hawks
The 19-year-old is the leading scorer among USHL defensemen and 10th overall in the League with 42 points (9g, 33a) over 42 games. He recently put together an 18-game point streak (4g, 23a), the longest by a defenseman in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present). His plus-24 rating is tied for seventh in the League. The Oshweken, Ontario native is committed to the University of Massachusetts.
Tucker Poolman (D), Omaha Lancers
A 2013 NHL Draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets, he is third among USHL defensemen in scoring with 32 points (11g, 21a) over 43 games. His 11 goals are the most among League blueliners. He has been one of the League’s top performers on special teams, recording 18 power play points (8g, 10a). The 20-year-old from East Grand Forks, Minnesota is committed to the University of North Dakota.
Cal Petersen (G), Waterloo Black Hawks
Selected in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, he has compiled a stellar 23-3-3 record this season to lead all USHL goaltenders in victories. His .920 save percentage is third overall in the League and his 2.32 GAA ranks fourth. At one point, the 19-year-old was victorious in 12 consecutive appearances. The Waterloo, Iowa native is committed to the University of Notre Dame.
C.J. Franklin (F), Sioux Falls Stampede
The leading scorer for the Stampede is 13th overall in the USHL with 41 points (16g, 25a) in 41 games this season. He has been a big key to his team’s special teams, recording 18 of his points (6g, 12a) on the power play. Three of his goals this season have been game-winners. The 19-year-old from Forest Lake, Minnesota is committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Gage Hough (F), Omaha Lancers
The 20-year-old native of Omaha, Nebraska is part of the highest scoring line in the USHL and is currently tied for fourth in League scoring with 46 points (20g, 26a) in 43 games. Nine of his goals have come on the power play and he has netted four game-winners. His plus-29 rating is also ranked fourth overall in the USHL. He is currently uncommitted to a college hockey program.
Jared Thomas (F), Sioux City Musketeers
The Hermantown, Minnesota native, who celebrates his 20th birthday this week, leads the Musketeers in scoring and ranks tied for seventh in the USHL with 43 points (12g, 31a) in 42 games this season. He has produced 15 points (3g, 12a) on the power play and earlier this year put together a 10-game point streak (6g, 8a). He is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Mark Friedman (D), Waterloo Black Hawks
The 18-year-old is tied for third among USHL defensemen with 32 points (6g, 26a) over 41 games. He has also been effective for the League’s top power play unit, contributing 13 points (3g, 10a) on the man-advantage. The native of Toronto, Ontario has compiled a plus-18 rating this season, currently tied for 15th in the League. He is committed to Bowling Green State University.
Tyler Mueller (D), Sioux City Musketeers
The 19-year-old has appeared in all 43 contests for the Musketeers this season and contributed 24 points (5g, 19a) to rank tied for fifth among USHL defensemen in scoring. He has also posted a plus-18 rating to rank tied for 15th overall in the League. The Regina, Saskatchewan has registered 10 points (2g, 8a) over his last eight games. He is committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Kyle Hayton (G), Sioux City Musketeers
The 19-year-old is tied for third among USHL goaltenders with 20 victories this season. He has put together winning streaks of seven and six games during his second USHL campaign. He has also recorded a pair of shutouts. The native of Faribault, Minnesota is tied for fourth in the League with a .919 SV% and ranks seventh with a 2.49 GAA. He is committed to St. Lawrence University.
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