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USHL Weekly: Week 22

02/23/2017, 1:00pm CST
By Kevin Meyers, USHL

USHL team updates, alumni news and weekend previews.

 

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Players of the Week:  Charyszyn, Haiskanen, Thome all win first career weekly honors

 

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NHL Alumni News

 

Since being recalled from the AHL, Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers) is has 10 points (4G, 6A) in 15 games…  Torey Krug (Indiana Ice) recently played in his 300th career NHL game…  Auston Matthews (Team USA) has eight points (3G, 5A) in his last five games, including a three-assist performance on Feb. 21 against the Winnipeg Jets…  Jack Eichel (Team USA) has assists in each of his last four games dating back to Feb. 14…

 

NCAA Alumni News

 

The top-seven freshman scorers in the NCAA all played in the USHL…  Denis Smirnov (Fargo Force) leads that group with 39 points…  In terms of goaltenders, at least half of the top-10 NCAA goaltenders in wins, SV%, GAA, shutouts, saves, and minutes played in the USHL…  USHL alumni currently lead the Big Ten, ECAC, Hockey East, NCHC, and WCHA in scoring… 

 

NCAA Award Winners

 

Derek Barach (Green Bay Gamblers) was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week…  Rem Pitlick (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Trent Frederic (Team USA) and Justin Kloos (Waterloo Black Hawks) swept the Big Ten weekly awards…  Alex Sakellaropolous (Chicago Steel), Tyler Moy (Omaha Lancers) and Nathan Krusko (Omaha Lancers) swept the ECAC weekly awards…  Brian Bowen (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Sami Tavernier (Sioux City Musketeers) and Cal Petersen (Waterloo Black Hawks) swept the Hockey East weekly awards…  Troy Terry (Team USA), Will Butcher (Team USA), Hunter Miska (Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Ben Blacker (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) swept the NCHC weekly honors…  Nick Rivera (Omaha Lancers) was named WCHA Rookie of the Week…

 

 

Bloomington Thunder

 

Last’s Week Record: 1-0-0-0

Overall Record: 18-19-3-2 (41 PTS, 6th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 at Waterloo, Saturday, 2/25 and Sunday, 2/26 at Des Moines

 

The Thunder picked up a 7-4 victory in Sioux Falls on Saturday in their only game last weekend. Sean Harrison and August Von Ungern-Sternberg both scored twice in Saturday’s win. For Harrison, the Union College commit, it was the first multi-goal game of his USHL career. It was also a milestone night for Jason Smallidge, who scored his first career USHL goal in the game. Vladislav Dzhioshvili also found the back of the net against the Stampede to stretch his point-streak to six games, with nine points (4G, 5A) in those contests, tied for the longest such streak on the team this season. The University of Vermont commit has tallied at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games, with four multi-point efforts in that span. Bloomington will play in Waterloo on Friday before traveling to Des Moines for a Saturday-Sunday set at Buccaneer Arena.

 

 

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 8-33-2-1 (19 PTS, 9th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 vs. Team USA, Saturday, 2/25 at Dubuque

 

The RoughRiders fell to Omaha on Friday before scoring four goals in the third period in a 4-3 comeback victory over the Lincoln Stars on Saturday. Bobby Hampton scored twice in the win over the Stars, including the game-winning goal late in the contest. The Northeastern commit has seven points (5G, 2A) in his last seven games dating back to Feb. 3 and has 16 points (10G, 6A) in his 29 games with Cedar Rapids. Justin Cole, Jake Johnson, TJ Walsh and Scott Perunovich also scored for the RoughRiders over the weekend. Cedar Rapids will host Team USA on Friday before traveling to Dubuque to take on the Fighting Saints Saturday night.

 

 

Chicago Steel

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-1-0-0

Overall Record: 29-11-1-3 (62 PTS, 1st in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 vs. Green Bay, Saturday, 2/25 at Green Bay

 

With two victories in their three games over the weekend, Chicago increased their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings to four points. Jack Badini scored in back-to-back games over the weekend for the Steel. The Harvard commit now has 21 goals on the season, good for first on the team and tied for fifth among all USHL players. Dayton Rasmussen made his Chicago debut between the pipes on Friday and picked up the win, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced in a 4-1 victory over Team USA. Michigan State commit Mitch Lewandowski picked up goals both Friday and Saturday, including the overtime winner in Muskegon on Saturday. It was also a milestone weekend for Chicago captain Marc Johnstone, who skated in his 100th career USHL game on Saturday. The Steel will look to increase their advantage at the top of the Eastern Conference this weekend with a Friday-Saturday home-and-home series with the Green Bay Gamblers.

 

 

Des Moines Buccaneers

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 27-14-1-3 (58 PTS, 3rd in West)

Upcoming Games: Saturday, 2/25 and Sunday, 2/26 vs. Bloomington

 

Des Moines picked up victories over Tri-City and Dubuque last weekend and now sit alone in third place in the Western Conference. Isaac Johnson picked up a hat trick in Friday’s win over the Storm. It was the first hat trick of the uncommitted forward’s USHL career, and he now has 21 points (9G, 12A) in 36 games this season. Chris Berger (2G, 2A), Cameron Orchard (3G, 0A), and Mario Ferraro (0G, 3A) also had multi-point weekends. Des Moines’ goaltending continues to be exceptional, as both Nick MacNab and Jan Ruzicka earned victories over the weekend. Both Buccaneers netminders sit in the top-five among all USHL goalies in both GAA and SV%. Ruzicka is third in GAA (2.06), while MacNab is fourth (2.09). In terms of SV%, Ruzicka is second among USHL goaltenders (.926) while MacNab is tied for fourth (.919). The Buccaneers are currently sporting a four-game win streak and will look to extend it this weekend with a Saturday-Saturday series at home against the Bloomington Thunder.

 

                                               

Dubuque Fighting Saints

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 26-12-4-2 (58 PTS, T-2nd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 vs. Omaha, Saturday, 2/25 vs. Cedar Rapids

 

Despite a pair of losses over the weekend, Dubuque currently sits in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. With an assist on Friday night against the Lincoln Stars, Zach Solow became the first player this season to reach the 50-point mark. The Northeastern commit has 13 goals and 37 assists through 40 games so far this season and has 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last seven games. Colin Theisen tallied a goal and an assist on Friday night and now sports a 12-game home point streak. Quinn Preston scored three times over the weekend and now has four points (3G, 1A) in his last three games. Dubuque also acquired Eric MacAdams from Sioux Falls this week to bolster their roster for a long run in the Clark Cup Playoffs. The Fighting Saints will host Omaha on Friday before welcoming in-state rival Cedar Rapids to the Mystique Ice Center on Saturday night.

 

 

Fargo Force

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 26-15-2-1 (55 PTS, 4th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 and Saturday, 2/25 at Youngstown

 

Fargo notched a weekend sweep of the Bloomington Thunder to move into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Force captain Blake Lizotte notched his first career USHL hat trick in Friday’s victory. The St. Cloud commit added an assist on Saturday for his fourth point of the weekend, and is second on the team and seventh among all USHL players in scoring with 41 points (10G, 31A). Cody Haiskanen dished out four assists on Friday and scored on Saturday en route to being named CCM/USHL Defenseman of the Week. The Fargo native has been solid for his hometown team all season, as he leads Force defenseman and is near the top-10 among all USHL blueliners with 20 points (4G, 16A), including seven points (1G, 6A) over the course of six games in the month of February. Matthew Murray was stellar between the pipes as well last weekend, winning both games and making 43 total saves while only allowing two goals. The University of Massachusetts commit is now 22-12-0-4 on the season and is tied for second among all USHL goaltenders with those 22 victories. The Force will travel to Youngstown for a Friday-Saturday series with the Phantoms.

 

 

Green Bay Gamblers

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 23-18-2-2 (50 PTS, 5th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 at Chicago, Saturday, 2/25 vs. Chicago

 

Green Bay lost their pair of games to the Western Conference-leading Sioux City Musketeers over the weekend and remain just outside the top-half of the Eastern Conference standings. The team has two players listed as finalists for Minnesota’s prestigious Mr. Hockey award in Casey Mittelstadt and Matt Anderson. Gamblers captain Jared Spooner picked up a goal and an assist both Friday and Saturday night. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit now has 38 points (16G, 22A) in 41 games this season. Green Bay will look to climb closer to the top half of the Eastern Conference standings this weekend with a home-and-home series with the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Steel.

 

 

Lincoln Stars

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-2-0-0

Overall Record: 24-16-4-1 (53 PTS, 5th  in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 at Sioux City, Saturday, 2/25 vs. Sioux Falls

 

The Stars were victories in one of their three games over the weekend and sit just two points out of a playoff position in the Western Conference. In Friday’s 7-4 win in Dubuque, Lincoln tied the USHL record with three shorthanded goals in the same game, the 12th time in USHL history that has happened. Five different players all had multi-point efforts in the victory.  Ethen Frank had himself a solid weekend, tallying three points (1G, 2A). The Western Michigan commit leads the team in scoring with 34 points (16G, 18A) on the season. Sam Sternschein returned to face his former team in Cedar Rapids on Saturday and picked up his team-leading 18th goal of the season. The Stars will look to get back into playoff position this weekend as they play in Sioux City on Friday before hosting Sioux Falls on Saturday.

 

 

Madison Capitols

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 18-22-1-1 (38 PTS, 7th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 and Saturday, 2/25 at Muskegon

 

The Capitols dropped both of their road games to the Fargo Force over the weekend. Eugene Fadyeyev remains the team’s leading scorer with 26 points (6G, 20A) in 41 games. Mick Messner tallied an assist on Saturday and has seven points (4G, 3A) in his last seven games. The Madison native and University of Wisconsin commit now has 20 points (10G, 10A) in 39 games this season and has tallied at least one points in five of his last seven contests. Madison will travel to Muskegon this weekend for a Friday-Saturday series with the Lumberjacks.

 

 

Muskegon Lumberjacks

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-1-0

Overall Record: 27-14-3-1 (58 PTS, T-2nd in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 and Saturday, 2/25 vs. Madison

 

By picking up five of a possible six points over the weekend, Muskegon has moved into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Andrei Svechnikov is now sporting a three-game point streak thanks to a five-point weekend (2G, 3A. The Russian forward now leads all rookies and is tied for fifth among all USHL players in scoring with 43 points (22G, 21A) in 35 games. Collin Adams had a three-point weekend (1G, 2A) and has points in four of his last six games. The University of North Dakota commit now has points in four of his last six games and is tied for third among all USHL Players in scoring with 44 points (21G, 23A). Keith Petruzzelli was outstanding yet again between the pipes, finishing the weekend with a 2-0-0-0 record with 57 combined saves. The Quinnipiac commit has won four of his last five starts and sports a record of 15-8-0-2, a 2.53 GAA and a .911 SV%. Muskegon will look to inch closer to the top of the USHL standings over the weekend with a Friday-Saturday series at home against the Madison Capitols.

 

 

Omaha Lancers

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 18-21-5-1 (42 PTS, 6th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 at Dubuque, Saturday, 2/25 at Waterloo

 

The Lancers picked up wins over Cedar Rapids and Tri-City last weekend and have won three of their last four games. Cole Gallant tallied his first career USHL hat trick on Saturday, a night after he scored two goals in a win over the RoughRiders. The uncommitted forward now has 10 points (7G, 3A) in 26 games with the Lancers this season, matching his single-season career-high. Emilio Pettersen has also been on a tear lately. The University of Denver commit has 10 points (4G, 6A) in his last 10 games and is tied for sixth among all rookies in scoring with 20 points (9G, 11A) in 44 games this season. It was also a milestone weekend for Tyler Carpenter, who tallied the first goal of his USHL career on Saturday. Omaha faces a pair of road games this weekend as they will play in Dubuque on Friday and in Waterloo on Saturday.

 

 

Sioux City Musketeers

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 28-9-5-2 (63 PTS, 1st in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 vs. Lincoln, Saturday, 2/25 at Tri-City

 

The Musketeers picked up a pair of road victories in Green Bay last weekend and remain atop the USHL standings thanks to a four-game winning streak. It was an outstanding night on Saturday for Eeli Tolvanen, who picked up his first hat trick in Green Bay. It was the Finnish forward’s eighth mutli-goal game of his USHL career, and he currently sits with 36 points (20G, 16A) this season. Matiss Kivlenieks continues to shine between the pipes for Sioux City, as the Minnesota State University, Mankato commit has now won six straight starts and leads the USHL in wins (26), GAA (1.85) and SV% (.936). The Musketeers will look to continue their winning ways over the weekend with a home game against Lincoln on Friday and a road date against Tri-City on Saturday.

 

 

Sioux Falls Stampede

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 16-22-2-4 (38 PTS, 7th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 at Tri-City, Saturday, 2/25 at Lincoln

 

The Stampede dropped their games to Waterloo and Bloomington over the weekend. With three assists in his last four games, Austin Albrecht remains the team’s leading scorer with 35 points (5G, 30A). Max Johnson scored twice on Saturday to reach the double-digit marks in goals. The Bowling Green commit now has 11 goals and seven assists in 42 games this season. Sioux Falls will look to get back on the winning track this weekend with road games at Tri-City on Friday and at Lincoln on Saturday.

 

 

Team USA

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-1-0-1

Overall Record: 16-20-1-2 (35 PTS, 8th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 at Cedar Rapids

 

Team USA dropped their games to Chicago and Youngstown over the weekend. Tyler Weiss, Jonathan Gruden and Joel Farabee picked up the goals in the two contests. Farabee has three points (2G, 1A) in his last three USHL games, and the Boston University commit has 14 points (8G, 6A) in 22 games so far this season. Weiss had two points on the weekend and has tallied at least one point in three of his last five USHL contests, with four points (2G, 2A) in that span. Team USA will play one USHL game over the weekend, as they will travel to Cedar Rapids to take on the RoughRiders on Friday.

 

 

Tri-City Storm

 

Last Week’s Record: 0-2-0-0

Overall Record: 15-23-5-2 (37 PTS, 8th in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 vs. Sioux Falls, Saturday, 2/25 vs. Sioux City

 

The Storm dropped their games to Des Moines and Omaha over the weekend. Linus Weissbach continues to impress, as he picked up two points (1G, 1A) on Saturday. The recent University of Wisconsin commits has tallied points in eight of his last 11 USHL contests, with 10 points (8G, 2A) in that span. Weissbach also remains the team’s leading scorer with 40 points (17G, 23A). Logan Drevitch earned points in both games over the weekend (1G, 1A) and now has 16 points (8G, 8A) on the season. The Storm will host Sioux Falls on Friday before welcoming Sioux City on Saturday.

 

 

Waterloo Black Hawks

 

Last Week’s Record: 2-0-0-0

Overall Record: 29-12-2-2 (62 PTS, 2nd in West)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 vs. Bloomington, Saturday, 2/25 vs. Omaha

 

Waterloo is the hottest team in the USHL, as they have picked up points in each of their last 13 games, including a pair of victories last weekend. The Black Hawks now sit alone in second place in the Western Conference. Kevin Charyszyn was named CCM/USHL Forward of the Week following a six-point weekend (1G, 5A). The Clarkson commit earned the first hat trick of his USHL career on Friday against Sioux Falls and picked up three more points (2G, 1A) on Sunday in his team’s 6-0 shutout of the Lincoln Stars. Charyszyn has 18 points (13G, 5A) in his last 12 contests dating back to Jan. 20 and has scored in seven of his last eight games, moving him into the top-20 in USHL scoring with 36 points (23G, 13A). Peter Thome earned CCM/USHL Goaltender of the Week honors with a pair of victories over the weekend, including a 22-save shutout on Sunday against Lincoln. The University of North Dakota commit and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect has won all three starts he's made since being acquired by Waterloo earlier this month and has picked up victories 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, and now sports combined 13-5-1-1 record this season, including a five-game win streak earlier this season. The Black Hawks will look to extend their point streak with a pair of home games this weekend against Bloomington and Omaha.

 

 

Youngstown Phantoms

 

Last Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Overall Record: 26-14-4-1 (57 PTS, 4th in East)

Upcoming Games: Friday, 2/24 and Saturday, 2/25 vs. Fargo

 

With a split of their games on the weekend, Youngstown remains alone in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Pierce Crawford had himself a nice weekend, as he picked up two assists and the shootout winner on Saturday’s win over Team USA. The Notre Dame commit is now second on the Phantoms in scoring with 30 points (14G, 16A) in 30 games. Austin Pooley scored in both games over the weekend and is now tied for the team lead in goals with 16. Coale Norris also scored on Saturday and now has five points (1G, 4A) in his last four games. The Phantoms will look to solidify their position in the Eastern Conference standings this weekend with a Friday-Saturday series at home against the Fargo Force.

 

 

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