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USHL Weekly: Week 7

11/09/2016, 5:00pm CST
By Kevin Meyers, USHL

Nick Lappin scores his first career NHL goal, NCAA alumni report and USHL storylines.

 


USHL Headlines:

 

Players of the Week: Mackey named Defenseman of the Week for second week straight, Mittelstadt, Beydoun also honored

2016 Organization & Executive of the Year announced: Tri-City Storm, Omaha President Bryan Marshall honored

November Power Rankings: Steel remain atop the rankings

Recent college commits: Eetu Selanne | Michael Karow | Evan Bell

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NHL Alumni News

 

Anthony DeAngelo (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) and Nick Lappin (Tri-City Storm) scored the first goals of their NHL careers on Tuesday…  Brandon Saad (Team USA) reached 100 career assists last week…  Ryan Kesler (Team USA) reached 500 career points, joining fellow USHL alumni who were selected in the 2003 NHL Draft Thomas Vanek (Sioux Falls Stampede) and Joe Pavelski (Waterloo Black Hawks)… Brady Skeji (Team USA) is currently sporting a six-game assist/point streak for the New York Rangers.

 

 

NCAA Alumni News

 

Mike Vecchione (Tri-City Storm) still leads the NCAA in scoring with 24 points (14G, 10A) in 11 games…  Joseph Woll (Team USA) made 50 saves over the weekend for Boston College. He is 6-2-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .933 SV%...  Clayton Keller (Team USA) picked up four points (2G, 2A) on the weekend. He has nine points (5G, 4A) in seven games…  Matheson Iacopelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks) is tied for second for second in NCAA goals with nine goals in eight games for Western Michigan…  Both Tommy Novak (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Rem Pitlick (Muskegon Lumberjacks) are both off to good starts. Novak has eight points (3G, 5A) in eight games while Pitlick has tallied six points (1 G, 5 A) in eight games.

 

 

NCAA Award Winners

 

USHL alumni once again swept the Big Ten weekly awards thanks to Tommy Novak (Waterloo Black Hawks), Denis Smirnov (Fargo Force) and Mike Szmatula (Dubuque Fighting Saints)…  Austin Cangelosi (Youngstown Phantoms) and Clayton Keller (Team USA) picked up Hockey East weekly awards…  Matheson Iacopelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Joey Anderson (Team USA) and Trevor Gorsuch were named NCHC weekly honorees…  Phillip Marinaccio (Lincoln Stars) was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week…  Mike Vecchione (Tri-City Storm) and Kyle Hayton (Sioux City Musketeers) earned ECAC weekly honors…  Charles Williams (Lincoln Stars) was named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week.

 

 

Bloomington Thunder

 

Last’s Week Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 5-6-2-0 (12 PTS, 6th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 and Saturday, 11/12 at Youngstown

 

The Thunder picked up victories over Madison and Cedar Rapids to reach double digits in points and get to just three points out of a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference. Logan Halladay was a big key to Bloomington’s success over the weekend. The Merrimack College commit won back-to-back starts, including a 31-save performance on Friday for his 25th career USHL win. Calgary Flames prospect Mitchell Mattson also had a successful weekend as he picked up the game-winning goal on Saturday, a game in which he finished with five shots and a +1 rating. The Thunder also remained in the 13th spot in November’s USHL Power Rankings, but if they keep playing the way they did last weekend, they certainly can move up in a hurry come December. Bloomington will travel to Youngstown for a Friday-Saturday series.

 

 

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 0-11-1-1 (2 PTS, 9th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 at Chicago, Saturday, 11/12 at Muskegon

 

Cedar Rapids is making some noise in the equipment department. Goaltender Drew DeRidder announced on Twitter that he partnered with Shell Shock Paint Company and CCM Hockey to create a one-of-a-kind glow-in-the-dark goalie mask. Pictures of the mask can be found here: https://twitter.com/DrewDeRidder44/status/794368173889961989. The RoughRiders will face a pair of tough road tests this weekend as they travel to Chicago on Friday before heading to Muskegon on Saturday.

 

 

Chicago Steel

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-0-1-1

Overall Record: 10-1-1-1 (22 PTS, 1st in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 vs. Cedar Rapids, Saturday, 11/12 vs. Waterloo

 

Chicago fell in a shootout to Des Moines on Friday night, their first home loss of the season, before dropping a decision to Madison in overtime on Saturday. Despite the two losses, the Steel picked up a pair of points and remain atop the USHL standings with 21 points. Blake McLaughlin made his USHL debut in Madison on Saturday. The Minnesota commit was a first round Phase I pick of the Steel in 2016. It was also a notable evening for Walker Duehr, who played in his 100th USHL regular season game on Saturday. Chicago remained atop the USHL power rankings and received 20 of the 21 possible first-place votes. The Steel will look to get back into the win column with home games Friday against Cedar Rapids and Saturday versus Waterloo.

 

 

Des Moines Buccaneers

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 7-3-0-1 (15 PTS, 3rd in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 and Saturday, 11/12 vs. Fargo

 

Des Moines overcame a 4-0 deficit on Friday night to defeat Chicago 5-4 and snap the Steel’s unbeaten record at home before dropping a tough 3-2 decision to Green Bay on Saturday. Rookie Isaac Johnson continues to lead the team in scoring. The Andover, MN native has 11 points (4G, 7A) in 11 games this season. Even though the Buccaneers dropped two spots to fifth in the November USHL Power Rankings, they still remain one of the most dangerous teams in the league. Des Moines will travel to Fargo for a Friday-Saturday series with the Force.

 

 

Dubuque Fighting Saints

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 6-6-0-1 (13 PTS, 5th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 vs. Green Bay, Saturday, 11/12 at Green Bay

 

Dubuque split their pair of weekend games to remain just two points out of a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference. Defenseman Jacob Semik recently finished playing for Team USA at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. He played very well, finishing third on the team in scoring with five points (2G, 3A) in five games. Goaltender Jaxon Castor is eighth in the USHL with a 2.11 GAA. Dubuque has a great chance to make a statement this weekend with a home-and-home with Eastern Conference rival Green Bay.

 

 

Fargo Force

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-0

Overall Record: 6-6-0-0 (12 PTS, T-6thin West)

Upcoming Games: Thursday, 11/10 at Sioux Falls, Friday, 11/11 and Saturday, 11/12 at Des Moines

 

Fargo knocked off Lincoln 3-2 on Friday in their only game of the weekend. With the win, the Force moved back to .500 and just two points out of a top-four spot in the Western Conference. Jack Adams continues to light it up offensively for Fargo. He scored twice in the win over the Stars to give him 10 goals on the season, most in the USHL. The Union College commit now sports a three-game goal scoring streak. Prospect Jonathan Tychonick was a member of Canada White for the World U17 Hockey Challenge and finished tied for second among all players in the tournament with four assists, the most assists by anyone on his team.  Fargo will look to make a move in the Western Conference standings over the weekend with road games at Sioux Falls and Des Moines.

 

 

Green Bay Gamblers

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 10-4-0-0 (20 PTS, 2nd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 at Dubuque, Saturday, 11/12 vs. Dubuque

 

After a pair of wins on the weekend, Green Bay is now on a five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 21-10 in those contests. They are now just two points shy of the top spot in the USHL. The Gamblers had two players named USHL Players of the Week for Week 7. Casey Mittelstadt picked up his first career USHL Forward of the Week honor after a six-point weekend. The rookie forward leads the league with 20 points in 14 games. Green Bay has benefitted greatly from Mittelstadt’s offense, as the team is 6-0-0-0 when he scores a goal and 9-1-0-0 when he tallies at least one point. The University of Minnesota commit has registered a point on 20 of the 41 goals his team his scored this season, or 49% of the Gamblers offense. Connor Mackey earned his second straight USHL Defenseman of the Week award after scoring twice on Friday and adding a pair of assists on Saturday, giving him a five-game point streak. His second goal on Friday was the game-winner in his first career multi-goal game. Green Bay is 7-1-0-0 when Mackey tallies at least one point. The team also jumped from 14th to fourth in the USHL Power Rankings, the biggest jump by any team in the league. The Gamblers will look to keep their winning streak intact with a home-and-home over the weekend with the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

 

 

Lincoln Stars

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-1-1-0

Overall Record: 5-7-2-0 (12 PTS, T-6th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 vs. Tri-City

 

The Stars picked up a point on the weekend and sit just two points out of a top-four spot in the Western Conference. Josef Korenar is a big reason why the Stars remain close to the top half of the West through the first 14 games. He currently sports a 1.77 GAA and a .945 SV%, both of which are among the top-10 in the USHL. Christian Krygier recently finished representing Team USA at the World U17 Hockey Challenge, suiting up in all five games that the team played. The Stars also moved up a spot in the USHL Power Rankings from 12th to 11th. Lincoln will look to climb the Western Conference standings over the weekend with one game on Friday against in-state rival Tri-City.

 

 

Madison Capitols

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 5-6-0-0 (10 PTS, 7th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 and Saturday, 11/12 at Team USA, Sunday, 11/13 at Muskegon

 

Madison lost on Friday before knocking off Chicago 2-1 in overtime on Saturday to remain a single game under the .500 mark. Daniel Lebedeff continues to impress between the pipes for the Capitols. The University of Wisconsin commit is third among rookie goaltenders in both GAA (2.67) and SV% (.915). The Capitols also remained in the 15th position in the November USHL Power Rankings, but they could find themselves moving up in a hurry if they keep playing the way they did in the overtime victory over the Steel last Saturday night. The Capitols will head to Plymouth for a Friday-Saturday set with Team USA before traveling to Muskegon to take on the Lumberjacks on Sunday.

 

 

Muskegon Lumberjacks

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-1-0-0

Overall Record: 9-5-0-0 (18 PTS, 3rd in East)

Upcoming Games: Saturday, 11/12 vs. Cedar Rapids, Sunday, 11/13 vs. Madison

 

Muskegon picked up a pair of victories from their three games over the past week and sit alone in third place in the Eastern Conference standings, but it was a Lumberjacks player who wasn’t with the team last week who was making the most noise. Rookie Andrei Svechnikov represented Russia at the World U17 Hockey Challenge. He led all players in both goals (5) and points (8) despite missing two games. As for Muskegon, they’ve played their share of close games recently. The last six games for the Lumberjack have been one-goal affairs, with the team winning for of those six contests. Collin Adams had three goals over the weekend and now sports a six-game point streak on the road. In those six games, the North Dakota commit has eight goals and two assists. Keith Petruzzelli has also been fantastic between the pipes for Muskegon. The Quinnipiac commit leads all USHL rookie netminders in SV% (.921) and is second in GAA (2.16). The Lumberjacks will host Cedar Rapids on Saturday and Madison on Sunday.

 

 

Omaha Lancers

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-1-1-0

Overall Record: 6-7-1-0 (13 PTS, 5th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 vs. Sioux Falls

 

The Lancers picked up a point over the weekend and now sit just a single point out of the top four in the Western Conference. Omaha made the second biggest jump from October to November in the USHL Power Rankings, as they went from 17th to ninth. Brannon McManus and Pierce Crawford continue to lead the team with 10 points each. Peter Thome continues to backstop the team between the pipes, as he has been the winning goaltender in five of the six Omaha victories. The Lancers will only play once on the weekend as they host the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday in the USHL Game of the Week.

 

 

Sioux City Musketeers

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 9-3-1-0 (19 PTS, 2nd in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 at Waterloo, Saturday, 11/12 vs. Tri-City

 

With two victories over the weekend, Sioux City now sports a five-game winning streak, and now are just two points shy of the top spot in the Western Conference. All five of those victories have come at home, and the Musketeers have outscored their opponents 21-13 in that span. Eeli Tolvanen picked up four points (2G, 2A) over the weekend and now has a five-game point streak, concurrent with his team’s winning streak. In those five games, the Boston College commit has 10 points (5G, 5A). Fellow Finn and Edmonton Oilers prospect Aapeli Rasanen boasts a five-game point streak of his own, with two goals and seven assists in those contests. Sioux City will look to extend their winning streak this weekend as they visit Waterloo on Friday and host Tri-City on Saturday.

 

 

Sioux Falls Stampede

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 5-7-0-1 (11 PTS, 8th in West)

Upcoming Games: Thursday, 10/10 vs. Fargo, Friday, 11/11 at Omaha

 

Sioux Falls split their weekend games, and despite being eighth in the Western Conference, they only sit four points out of the top half of the West. Despite a loss to the Sioux City Musketeers on Friday night, Jack Doremus had himself quite the game. The University of Denver commit picked up a hat trick, and it was his first career multi-goal game.  Austin Albrecht continues to lead the team in scoring. The University of Massachusetts commit is tied for second in the league in scoring with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 11 games. The Stampede will look to gain ground in the Western Conference standings over the weekend with a Thursday game at home, and then Omaha on the road.

 

 

Team USA

 

Last Week’s Record: NO GAMES

Overall Record: 2-6-1-0 (5 PTS, 8th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 and Saturday, 11/12 vs. Madison

 

Team USA was representing their country at the World U17 Hockey Challenge and the U18 Five Nations tournament last week. The team at the World U17 Hockey Challenge finished fifth, while the team at U18 Five Nations took home the gold medal. Joel Farabee led the way at the World U17 Hockey Challenge. The Boston University commit was first on the team and fifth in the tournament with six points. A pair of Team USA alumni also reached career milestones in the NHL. Brandon Saad reached 100 career assists last week, while Ryan Kesler tallied his 500th career NHL point. After not playing USHL games last weekend, Team USA will return to league action this weekend with a Friday-Saturday set against Madison.

 

 

Tri-City Storm

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-0-0-0

Overall Record: 6-4-0-2 (14 PTS, 4th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 at Lincoln, Saturday, 11/12 at Sioux City

 

The defending Clark Cup champions have now earned at least one point in each of their last five games thanks to a 4-1 win over Omaha in their only game of the weekend on Friday. Alex Limoges remains red hot after adding an assist on Friday. The Cornell commit is now sporting an eight-game point streak and has collected 12 points (7G, 5A) in that span. He now has 14 points (7G, 7A) on the season, first on the team and tied for eighth among all USHL players. Tri-City will look to extend their point streak over the weekends with games at Lincoln on Friday and at Sioux City on Saturday.

 

 

Waterloo Black Hawks

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 10-2-0-1 (21 PTS, 1st in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 vs. Sioux City, Saturday, 11/12 at Chicago

Waterloo has also picked up at least one point in their last five games thanks to a pair of victories over the weekend and remain atop the Western Conference standings. They are also just one point shy of the top spot in the USHL standings. Robbie Beydoun picked up his third shutout of the season on Saturday with a 25-save performance. His three shutouts on the season set a career high just one season after he recorded a pair of shutouts last season with the Fargo Force. He sports a record of 5-1-0-1 and leads the USHL in both GAA (1.23) and SV% (.955). The Black Hawks are 4-0-0-1 when the uncommitted goaltender makes at least 25 saves in a game. Waterloo will look to keep their winning ways going this weekend as they host Sioux City on Friday before heading to Chicago to take on the league-leading Steel on Saturday.

 

 

Youngstown Phantoms

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-1

Overall Record: 7-6-0-1 (15 PTS, 4th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 11/11 and Saturday, 11/12 vs. Bloomington

 

The Phantoms picked up a single point in a shootout loss to Waterloo on Saturday to remain in the top half of the Eastern Conference. Alex Esposito and Nicolas Werbik are pacing the team offensively. Both players have 15 points on the season, tied for the fourth most in the league. The Phantoms have also had strong goaltending all season long from Ivan Kulbakov. The Belarus native is 6-3-0-1 on the season with a 1.67 GAA and .928 SV%. His six victories put him in a tie for third among all USHL goaltenders, his GAA ranks fourth, and his SV% is tied for seventh. Youngstown will look to stay among the top of the Eastern Conference with a Friday-Saturday home set against the Bloomington Thunder.

 

 

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