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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 2 of the 2016-17 season. Sioux City forward Eeli Tolvanen earned his first weekly distinction after scoring four points in two games, including three goals. Chicago defenseman Adam Karashik earned player of the week honors after scoring the game-winning goal Saturday night for the Steel. Goaltender Robbie Beydoun earned back-to-back road wins including a shutout of his former team en route to winning the weekly award. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Forward: Eeli Tolvanen – Sioux City Musketeers
2 GP: 3 goals, 1 assist, +2
Tolvanen gave the Musketeers a lead twice Saturday night against the Fargo Force in what would be a 5-2 victory in Sioux City. The two-goal performance came one night after Tolvanen factored into both Sioux City goals with one goal and one assist Friday. The Vihti, FIN native now has three goals in three games this season, and reached 20 career USHL goals Saturday night. Tolvanen is a Boston College commit and was a 2015 USHL tender for the Sioux City Musketeers. The former Espoo Blues forward was named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team last season, and was named to NHL Central Scouting Future List earlier this summer.
Defenseman: Adam Karashik – Chicago Steel
2 GP: 1 goal, 1 assist, +3
Karashik scored the game-winning goal for Chicago Saturday in addition to dishing out an assist in a game that featured the two remaining undefeated Eastern Conference teams. After being down 2-0, Chicago rallied to a 3-3 tie prior to Karashik netting his first career USHL goal. The Ridgefield, CT native finished +4 on the night prior to taking home second star honors. The University of Connecticut commit is skating in his first full USHL season after playing eight games with the Steel last season. Karashik previously played for Avon Old Farms (USHS) and the Connecticut Oilers (EJEPL) prior to being selected in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft in the 6th round, 83rd overall by the Lincoln Stars.
Goaltender: Robbie Beydoun – Waterloo Black Hawks
2-0-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .967 SV%
Beydoun started for the Black Hawks in back-to-back road games facing a combined 60 shots, including 27 against his former Fargo Force team. Friday night’s shutout was the third of his USHL career. Beydoun followed up the performance with a rare road win in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center over the Sioux Falls Stampede stopping 31 of 33 shots. The uncommitted goaltender currently leads, or is tied for the lead in wins (2), goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.967) for all netminders with at least two games played. The Plymouth, MI native previously played for the Fargo Force (USHL), Michigan Warriors (NAHL) and Compuware (HPHL) prior to joining the Waterloo Black Hawks earlier this season. Beydoun was undrafted in the USHL.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.