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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 24 of the 2016-17 season. Team USA's Joel Farabee earned Forward of the Week honors for the first time this season, Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Connor Mackey was named Defenseman of the Week for the third time this year, and Sioux City Musketeers goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks won Goaltender of the Week honors for the second straight week. Farabee had a fantastic weekend, tallying seven points including a hat trick and a pair of game-winning goals in Team USA's sweep over Waterloo. Mackey had a goal and two assists in a pair of Green Bay wins that kept the Gamblers in the playoff hunt, while Kivlenieks backstopped the Musketeers to a pair of victories over the weekend, pitching a 15-save shutout in the process and finishing the weekend with a .959 SV%. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Forward: Joel Farabee - Team USA
2 GP: 4 goals, 3 assists, +4 rating
Farabee tallied a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal in Team USA's 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Waterloo on Friday before scoring a natural hat trick and dishing out two more helpers in an 8-3 win over the Black Hawks on Saturday, giving him seven points (4G, 3A) on the weekend. He has been outstanding in USHL competition recently, with 10 points (6G,4A) in his last five USHL games. Farabee has been a steady offensive force for Team USA all season, with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 24 games in his first USHL season. A native of Cicero, NY, Farabee is committed to Boston University and previously played for Selects Academy (USPHL).
Defenseman: Connor Mackey - Green Bay Gamblers
3 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists, +2 rating
Mackey picked up the game-winning goal and added an assist on Friday, his 13th multi-point performance of the season, in a 5-1 victory over Team USA before dishing out his second helper of the weekend on Saturday in a 5-0 shutout that completed the Gamblers' weekend sweep of the U17s. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit has been outstanding all season long, as he leads all USHL defenseman in scoring with 42 points (6G, 36A) in 50 games. He is also the only defenseman in the league to sit in the top-20 of overall USHL scoring. A native of Barrington, IL, Mackey previously played for Team Illinois (HPHL) and Barrington High (USHS) and was a 13th round pick, 197th overall by the Gamblers in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft. This is Mackey's third Defenseman of the Week award this season, as he previously earned the honor on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.
Goaltender: Matiss Kivlenieks - Sioux City Muskteers
2-0-0-0, 1.01 GAA, .959 SV%
Kivlenieks made 32 saves on 34 shots in Sioux City's 2-1 victory in Cedar Rapids on Saturday before stopping all 15 shots he faced in the Musketeers' 3-0 shutout in Madison over the Capitols on Sunday, earning him his second straight Goaltender of the Week award. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit has now won his last nine starts between the pipes dating back to Feb. 3 and has still not lost back-to-back starts all year. Kivlenieks remains the USHL goaltending leader in multiple categories, including wins (29), goals against average (1.76), save percentage (.938) and saves (1094). He is also the only goaltender to have stopped more than 1000 shots so far this year. The Riga, Lative native previously played for the Coulee Region Chill (NAHL), Forest Lake Lakers (MNJHL) and HS Prizma/Pardaugava (Latvia). He was selected fifth overall by the Musketeers 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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