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USHL WEEKLY: Week 2

10/05/2016, 3:30pm CDT
By USHL

USHL alumni news, team recaps and weekend previews.


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USHL Headlines:

NHL Central Scouting: 68 USHL Players Named to Preliminary List

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USA Hockey: WJAC Coaching Staff Announced

Stampede Rookie: Jeremy Swayman Off To Quick Start

Goaltender to Donate Mask: Logan Halladay Unmasked

Iowa Teams Come Together: Rivals Come Together For Flood Relief

Commits: Jake Durflinger | Brendan Bushy | Marcel Godbout

 

 

USHL Team News:

Bloomington Thunder

 

Last’s Week Record: 1-0-1-0

Overall Record: 1-1-1-0 (3 PTS, 6th in East)

Upcoming Games: Saturday, 10/8 at Chicago

 

It was a successful weekend on the ice for the Thunder, who picked up points in both of their games over the weekend. Bloomington fell 2-1 in overtime to Chicago on Friday before rebounding with a 4-1 win over Cedar Rapids on Saturday. It was also a successful weekend off the ice for the Thunder. Veteran forward Jake Durflinger committed to the University of Denver last Thursday, giving Bloomington 21 Division I commits on their roster. Additionally, Ben Mirageas, a Providence College commit, was listed as a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List. Goaltender and Merrimack commit Logan Halladay also announced plans to auction off his mask to support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation following the season. Bloomington will play just one game over the weekend as they will travel to Chicago on Saturday for a rematch with the Steel.

 

 

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 0-2-1-0 (1 PT, 9th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 vs. Muskegon

 

Despite a tough week for the RoughRiders both on and off the ice, there have been some big positives in Cedar Rapids. The RoughRiders assisted in the Cedar River flood relief efforts over the past week, showing just how close a hockey team can be with its community. The RoughRiders were also a prominent team on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List.  Both defenseman Jakub Sirota and rookie forward Marc McLaughlin were named to the list with Sirota earning a B rating and McLaughin receiving a C rating. Cedar Rapids will host the Muskegon Lumberjacks for a pair of games at The Stable over the weekend.

 

 

Chicago Steel

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 3-0-0-0 (6 PTS, 1st in East)

Upcoming Games: Saturday, 10/8 vs. Bloomington

 

The Steel remain the only unbeaten team in the USHL as they won both of their games over the weekend – 2-1 in overtime at Bloomington on Friday and 6-3 vs. Dubuque on Saturday.  Greg Printz has been an offensive spark for Chicago. The Providence College commit has scored at least one goal in each of the Steel’s first three games. Chicago also announced captains for the upcoming season last week. Veteran forward Marc Johnstone will serve as captain, with four players receiving alternate captain status; Jake Jaremko and Austen Long will wear an “A” at home while Matt Kiersted and Mitch Lewandowski were designated as alternate captains on the road. In addition, Adam Karashik took home CCM USHL Defenseman of the Week honors after a weekend where he tallied his first two career USHL points including the game-winning goal on Saturday over the Fighting Saints. The Steel also had three players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List: Reilly Walsh, Jesper Kokkila and Corson Green. Chicago has only one game on the schedule this weekend – a rematch with the Bloomington Thunder on Saturday at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

 

 

Des Moines Buccaneers

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-1

Overall Record: 2-0-0-1 (5 PTS, T-1st in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 at Team USA

 

Des Moines remains the hottest team in the Western Conference. The Buccaneers picked up points in both their games over the weekend. They fell 4-3 to Lincoln in a shootout on Friday before responding with a dominant 8-3 home victory over the Omaha Lancers on Saturday. Like Chicago, Des Moines also named captains last week. Defenseman Brendan Demler was named captain while Kobe Roth, David Keefer and Michael Rounds will all serve as alternate captains. The team also had three players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List: Isaac Johnson, Jan Ruzicka and Mario Ferraro. Dave Allison’s club will look to keep their hot start to the season going as they travel to Plymouth this weekend for a pair of games with Team USA.

 

 

Dubuque Fighting Saints

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (4 PTS, T-3rd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 vs. Fargo

 

The Saints knocked off the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday before falling to the Chicago Steel on Saturday. It was still a positive weekend for Dubuque as they remain in the top three of the Eastern Conference. It was a great week for the Saints off the ice as well. Minnesota native Brendan Bushy announced his commitment to play at St. Cloud State last Wednesday while associate head coach JB Bittner was named an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. Dubuque also helped out in the community over the past week as they traveled to Cedar Rapids to help with the flood relief efforts. Additionally, both RJ Murphy and Santeri Virtanen were named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List. Dubuque returns home this weekend for a pair of games Friday and Saturday against Fargo. Friday’s game is the USHL Game of the Week on ushl.hockeytv.com.

 

 

Fargo Force

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 1-2-0-0 (2 PTS, 7th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 at Dubuque

 

Fargo dropped both of their games over the weekend, but there was plenty of positive off-ice news for the Force in the past week. Last Thursday, the team announced the Seats for Soldiers promotion. According to a release by the team, “Seats for Soldiers will highlight a military member attending the game during a stoppage in play in the first period. Fans can nominate themselves or a friend/family member by sending in a nomination form. The selected nominee will receive four tickets to a home game in the Seats for Soldiers location for them and their family or friends.” Fargo also had five players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List: Clayton Phillips, Matthew Murray, Ryan Bischel, Charlie Dovorany and Evan Dougherty. The Force will look to rebound this week as the travel to Dubuque for a pair with the Fighting Saints.

 

 

Green Bay Gamblers

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-1-0-0

Overall Record: 1-2-0-0 (2 PTS, T-7th in East)

Upcoming Games: Thursday, 9/6 and Friday, 9/7 at Tri-City

 

Despite falling to the Dubuque Fighting Saints in their only game last week, things are looking up for the Gamblers. Green Bay had six players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List: Casey Mittelstadt, Maxim Zhukov, Alexis Binner, Josh Dunne, Nolan Moyle and John Leonard. Two of the players, Mittelstadt and Zhukov, were listed as A-rated players, which indicates a 1st round 2017 NHL Draft candidate. Green Bay will look to get back on track as they travel to Tri-City for a pair of games with the defending Clark Cup champions.

 

 

Lincoln Stars

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (0 PTS, T-2nd in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 vs. Sioux City, Saturday, 10/8 at Waterloo

 

What a weekend it was for the Lincoln Stars, who picked up their first win of the season in a shootout over the Des Moines Buccaneers and followed that up with a 3-2 victory on the road over the Tri-City Storm to move into a tie for second place in the Western Conference. Cayden Primeau and Eero Teravainen were both named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List earlier this week. Primeau was listed as a B-rated goaltender while Teravainen received a C grade.  Head coach Chris Hartsburg was also named an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. The Stars will look to keep the momentum going and stay near the top of the Western Conference with games this weekend against the Sioux City Musketeers and Waterloo Black Hawks.

 

 

Madison Capitols

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-0

Overall Record: 1-1-0-0 (2 PTS, T-7th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 at Youngstown

 

Madison picked up their first win of the season on Friday, a 4-0 shutout of the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena, to even their record at 1-1-0-0. The Capitols had their fair share of off-ice news as well this week. Veteran forward and second-year Capitol Marcet Godbout announced his commitment to play college hockey at Sacred Heart University. In addition, two Capitols were named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List: Wisconsin commit Mick Messner and Ohio State commit Kamil Sadlocha. Madison looks to start a winning streak this weekend as they face off with the Youngstown Phantoms at Covelli Centre Friday and Saturday.

 

 

Muskegon Lumberjacks

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (4 PTS, T-3rd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 at Cedar Rapids

 

The Lumberjacks were victorious in their only game of the weekend, a 2-1 overtime win at Team USA thanks to a game-winning goal from defenseman Scooter Brickey in extra time. That victory gave Muskegon their second victory of the season and vaulted them over the .500 mark. The Lumberjacks also had six players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch list.  Those six players included both goaltenders Keith Petruzzelli and Adam Brizgala, forwards Jordan Timmons, Keenan Suthers and Keeghan Howdeshell, and defenseman Scooter Brickey. The team will look to string a few wins together as they travel west to take on Cedar Rapids in a Friday-Saturday matchup.

 

 

Omaha Lancers

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 0-4-0-0 (0 PTS, 8th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 vs. Sioux Falls, Sunday, 10.9 vs. Tri-City

 

The Lancers have dealt with some tough opponents in the first two weeks of the season, but it isn’t a situation that they can’t overcome. They are backstopped by North Dakota commit and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Peter Thome as well as Jacob Acton, who was recently named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List. Omaha also had two more players named to the list: Michigan Tech commit Brendan Rons and University of Minnesota commit Brannon McManus. The Lancers will look to earn their first victory of the season with two home games this weekend: Friday vs. Sioux Falls and Sunday vs. Tri-City.

 

 

Sioux City Musketeers

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (4 PTS, T-2nd in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 at Lincoln, Saturday, 10/8 vs. Sioux Falls

 

After a loss on Friday night, the Musketeers responded with a big 5-2 win over the Fargo Force on Saturday. The big story of the past week has been Eeli Tolvanen. The Boston College commit had three goals and an assist over the weekend, including a two-goal, three-point performance in the win on Saturday en route to being named the CCM Forward of the Week. He was also listed as an A-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List. The other Musketeers named were defensemen Matt Hellickson and Connor Mayer. But it wasn’t just the players who grabbed all the headlines, as Sioux City head coach Jay Varady was named head coach for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. Sioux City will look to build on last week’s win with games against Western Conference opponents Lincoln and Sioux Falls.

 

 

Sioux Falls Stampede

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (4 PTS, T-2nd in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 at Omaha, Saturday, 10/8 at Sioux City

 

After last weekend’s exciting season-opening win, the Stampede followed up with a split of their next two games last weekend. Their win came in an 8-3 road defeat of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday night. Jaxon Nelson, Jason O’Neill and Josh Passolt all had multiple points in the win. Eric MacAdams had two goals and Austin Albrecht earned four points of his own (1 G, 3 A). With the performance, Albrecht moved in the scoring lead for USHL players. Jeremy Swayman made 34 saves between the pipes.  Swayman was also named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List along with Matthew Quercia, John St. Ivany and Kasper Kotkansalo. Sioux Falls will look to continue their winning ways this weekend with games at Omaha and Sioux City.

 

 

Team USA

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-1-0

Overall Record: 2-2-1-0 (5 PTS, 2nd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 vs. Des Moines

 

Team USA finds themselves alone in second place in the Eastern Conference despite a weekend which saw them only pick up a single point in three games. In off-ice news, a league-high 18 players from Team USA were named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List. Forward Joel Farabee continues to lead all USHL rookies in scoring with five points in three games.  Team USA will look go get back to their winning ways this weekend as they host the Western Conference-leading Des Moines Buccaneers.

 

 

Tri-City Storm

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-1 (5 PTS, T-1st in West)

Upcoming Games: Thursday, 10/6 and Friday, 10/7 vs. Green Bay, Sunday, 10/9 at Omaha

 

The Storm started off their weekend with a 4-2 win over Sioux City before a loss on Saturday to the Lincoln Stars. Those two points the defending champs picked up over the weekend were good enough to keep them in a tie atop the Western Conference with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Tri-City also had four players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List. Those players were forwards Adam Goodsir, Paul Washe and Wyatt Bongiovanni as well as goaltender Dayton Rasmussen. The Storm have the first three-game weekend in the USHL starting on Thursday as they welcome the Green Bay Gamblers. They’ll host the Gamblers again on Friday before traveling to Omaha on Sunday to take on the Lancers.

 

 

Waterloo Black Hawks

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (4 PTS, T-2nd in West)

Upcoming Games: Thursday, 10/6 at Lincoln, Saturday, 10/7 vs. Lincoln

 

Waterloo responded to their season-opening loss last week with a pair of road victories over the weekend. They knocked off Fargo 2-0 on Friday night before traveling to Sioux Falls and dispatching of the Stampede on Saturday. CCM USHL Goaltender of the Week Robbie Beydoun had himself quite the weekend. He shut out the Force on Friday by stopping all 27 shots he faced. He also added an assist on the game-winning goal by Nick Swaney. The next night was Beydoun’s birthday and he celebrated by making 31 saves in the victory over Sioux Falls. The Black Hawks also had three players – Shane Bowers, Mikey Anderson and Ben Copeland – named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List, with Bowers receiving an A-rating. Waterloo faces a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home series with the Lincoln Stars this weekend.

 

 

Youngstown Phantoms

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 2-1-0-0 (4 PTS, T-3rd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 10/7 and Saturday, 10/8 vs. Madison

 

It was a huge weekend for the Phantoms, who rebounded with a pair of victories over Team USA this past weekend. Veteran forward Austin Pooley leads the way with four goals and an assist through the first three games. Chase Gresock and Brett Murray are not far behind with four points each. Also, Michael Karow was named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List.  Off the ice Youngstown began a 10-week commitment to bring floor hockey to community schools in an effort to promote healthy activities. The Phantoms will look to staying on the winning train with a pair of home games over the weekend against the Madison Capitols.

 

 

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.

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