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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 22 of the 2016-17 season. Waterloo Black Hawks teammates Kevin Charyszyn and Peter Thome earned their first career USHL Players of the Week honors along with Fargo Force defenseman Cody Haiskanen. Charyszyn had five goals and an assist over the weekend, including a hat trick, to help Waterloo to a pair of victories. Haiskanen had five points, including four assists, in Fargo's weekend sweep of the Bloomington Thunder. Thome backstopped the Black Hawks to a pair of victories, making 54 saves while allowing only two goals. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Forward: Kevin Charyszyn, Waterloo Black Hawks
3 GP: 5 goals, 1 assist, +3 rating
Charyszyn scored the first hat trick of his USHL career in a 5-2 Waterloo win over Sioux Falls on Friday and tallied three points (2G, 1A) in the Black Hawks' 6-0 shutout of the Lincoln Stars on Sunday. The Clarkson University commit has been on fire lately, tallying 18 points (13G, 5A) in his last 12 contests dating back to Jan. 20. He has scored in seven of his last eight games and sits in the top-20 in USHL scoring with 36 points (23G, 13A). A native of Jamison, PA, Charyszyn is in his second season with Waterloo and has 48 points (29G, 19A) in 97 career games. Prior to his time in the USHL, Charyszyn played for the Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL) and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (T1EHL).
Defenseman: Cody Haiskanen - Fargo Force
2 GP: 1 goal, 4 assists, +3 rating
Haiskanen dished out four assists on Friday in a win over Madison, and scored his fourth goal of the season and fifth point of the weekend on Saturday to help complete the Force's sweep of the Capitols. The Fargo native has played well all season long, as he leads Force defenseman and is near the top-10 among all USHL blueliners with 20 points (4G, 16A). Haiskanen has found his scoring touch in the month of February, tallying seven points (1G, 6A) in six games. The Cornell University commit is in his first season with his hometown team and played for the Portage Terriers (MJHL) prior to his time in the USHL. Haiskanen was a seventh round selection, 109th overall by the Force in the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft.
Goaltender: Peter Thome - Waterloo Black Hawks
2-0-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 SV%
Thome made 32 saves on 34 shots in Waterloo's 5-2 victory over Sioux Falls on Friday before stopping all 22 shots he faced to backstop the Black Hawks to a 6-0 shutout of the Lincoln Stars on Sunday. The University of North Dakota commit has won all three starts he's made since being acquired by Waterloo earlier this month and has been victorious in five of his last six starts. Since joining Waterloo, he sports a 1.33 GAA and .949 SV% and has only given up four goals in his three appearances. The goaltender has also been credited with two assists in his first three games with the Black Hawks. Thome has a combined 13-5-1-1 record this season, including a five-game win streak earlier this season. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Thome was selected in the sixth round, 155th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2016 NHL Draft. He previously played for the Chicago Steel (USHL), Omaha Lancers (USHL), Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) and Chicago Fury (T1EHL).
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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