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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 17 of the 2016-17 season. Zach Solow of the Dubuque Fighting Saints was named Forward of the Week following a four-assist weekend. He is also sporting a 20-game point streak, just one game shy of tying the USHL Tier 1 record. Muskegon’s Marc Del Gaizo earned Defenseman of the Week honors thanks to a goal and two assists over the weekend, and Team USA netminder Dylan St. Cyr was named Goaltender of the Week for the second time this season after stopping 56 shots en route to leading his team to a pair of victories over the weekend. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Forward: Zach Solow – Dubuque Fighting Saints
2 GP: 0 goals, 4 assists, +3 rating
Solow dished out three assists in Friday’s 6-2 win over Cedar Rapids before tallying his fourth helper of the weekend on Saturday in a win over the Waterloo Black Hawks. It is the first weekly award of his USHL career. The Northeastern commit has tallied a point in each of his last 20 games, just one game shy of the Tier 1 USHL record for the longest point streak. In those 20 games, he has 32 points (6G, 26A). Solow has tallied at least one point in all but four of his 29 games this season, and has 38 points (10G, 28A) on the year. He leads the USHL in both assists and points. The Naples, FL native is in his second season with Dubuque and has scored 63 points (18G, 45A) in 68 career USHL games. He recently won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge earlier this season. Solow was a 15th round pick, 242nd overall by the Fighting Saints in the 2014 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for the Janesville Jets (NAHL), Dells Ducks (MNJHL) and St. Louis AAA Blues (T1EHL).
Defenseman: Marc Del Gaizo – Muskegon Lumberjacks
3 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists, +4 rating
Del Gaizo scored a three-point weekend, scoring a goal on Friday in Madison before adding two assists against the Capitols on Saturday night. He has now 10 points (3G, 7A) in 31 games this season, including four points in his last four games. The Basking Ridge, NJ native is in his first full season with Muskegon and is committed to the University of Massachusetts along with brother and current Lumberjacks teammate Anthony Del Gaizo. Prior to his time in the USHL, Del Gaizo played for the New Jersey Rockets (EHL).
Goaltender: Dylan St. Cyr – Team USA
2-0-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .949 sv%
St. Cyr earned his second Goaltender of the Week award this season following a weekend in which he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a win over Green Bay on Friday before completing the sweep against the Gamblers with a 32-save performance on Saturday. He is now 8-2-0-1 on the season and has won seven of his last eight starts. The University of Michigan commit also sports a .917 SV% (T-8th in USHL) and 2.28 GAA (9th in USHL). He was previously named CCM/USHL Goaltender of the Week on Dec. 12. St. Cyr is in his second season with Team USA and has 12 wins in 31 career games. He previously played for Honeybaked (HPHL).
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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