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CCM Defenseman of the Week

01/26/2015, 2:25pm CST
By USHL

Christian Wolanin & Neal Pionk

Christian Wolanin, D, Muskegon Lumberjacks: The USHL veteran continues to impress in his final USHL season. Wolanin’s 24 points (10g 14a) in 34 games ranks him third in scoring for USHL defensemen. Wolanin’s three-point week was instrumental in Muskegon’s three-game win streak as two of the Lumberjack’s three games were decided by just one goal. Wolanin’s lone assist on the week was on the game-winning goal against Fargo Saturday night as well. He currently is riding an eight-game scoring streak that includes scoring nine points (3g 6a) since January 3, 2015. Wolanin is committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season. He played for Little Caesars prior to joining the USHL.

Neal Pionk, D, Sioux City Musketeers: The veteran defenseman benefited from an offensive explosion Sunday night against Green Bay. Despite teammate Robert Carpenter scoring five points, Pionk was able to generate some offense of his own. His first period goal, assisted by Carpenter, came less than five minutes after Green Bay opened the scoring in the first period. Pionk went on to dish out two assists, both primary assists, on the power play in the second period. He finished the game with a +2 rating, 3 points (1g 2a) and 15 penalty minutes. Pionk currently leads all defensemen in the USHL with 21 assists this season. The University of Minnesota-Duluth commit previously played for Hermantown High in Hermantown, MN prior to joining the USHL last season for his first full season with the Musketeers.

Tag(s): Players of the Week