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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 19 of the 2016-17 season. Waterloo Black Hawks teammates Shane Bowers and Jake Ryczek were named Forward and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, and Green Bay Gamblers goaltender Maksim Zhukov earned Goaltender of the Week honors. Bowers had five points on the weekend and sports a three-game point streak, Ryczek dished out five assists and was a +5 over the weekend, while Zhukov pitched a 17-save shutout on Saturday. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Forward: Shane Bowers - Waterloo Black Hawks
3 GP: 3 goals, 2 assists, +2 rating
Bowers tallied a goal and added an assist on Friday against Omaha and Saturday against Cedar Rapids before scoring his third goal of the weekend on Sunday against Sioux City, all Waterloo victories. He now has 12 career multi-point games and currently ranks in the top-20 in USHL scoring. The Boston University commit has nine points (5G, 4A) in his last 10 games and currently sports a three-game point streak thanks to last weekend. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bowers has 63 points (29G, 34A) in 94 career USHL games, including 30 points (14G, 16A) in 38 games this year. Last season, he was named to the USHL All-Rookie Second Team. This year, he was ranked 13th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's Midterm List and was also named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Bowers was a third round pick, 38th overall by Waterloo in the 2015 USHL Phase I Draft. He previously played for the Halifax Macs (NSMMHL) and the Halifax Gulls (NSMBHL).
Defenseman: Jake Ryczek - Waterloo Black Hawks
3 GP: 0 goals, 5 assists, +5 rating
Ryczek dished out a pair of assists in a Waterloo win on Friday before tallying three helpers in the Black Hawks overtime win at Sioux City on Sunday. He now has 18 points (5G, 13A) in 31 games this season and seven assists in his last six contests. Ryczek has nine point in his last 10 games, including six points in his last five. The Ludlow, MA native is in his second season in Waterloo and third season in the USHL. In 133 career USHL games, the Providence College commit has tallied 70 points (18G, 52A). Ryczek was named USHL Defenseman of the Week twice last season prior to the Chicago Blackhawks selecting him in the seventh round, 203rd overall at the 2016 NHL Draft. This season, he was named to the U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge where he won a gold medal with Team USA. Ryczek was selected in the 2014 USHL Phase I Draft by the Sioux City Musketeers in the 1st round, 14th overall and previously played for Selects Academy (USPHL).
Goaltender: Maksim Zhukov - Green Bay Gamblers
1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%
In his only start of the weekend, Zhukov stopped all 17 shots he faced in Green Bay's 7-0 shutout of in-state rival Madison on Saturday night for his third shutout of the season. The Russian netminder now sports a record of 12-7-1-1, a 2.37 GAA and a .907 SV%. His GAA is tops among rookies and 10th among all USHL goaltenders. Zhukov is in his first season in the USHL and was raked fifth among North American goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting's Midterm List earlier this year. He was also named the starting goaltender for Team East at the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Prior to his time in the USHL, Zhukov played for Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl in Russia. He was a third round selection, 40th overall by Green Bay in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft.
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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