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The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 25 of the 2016-17 season. The Waterloo Black Hawk's Alex Limoges and Fargo Force's Blake Lizotte earned Co-Forward of the Week honors thanks to five-point weekends, while Limoges' teammate Jake Ryczek and Des Moines Buccaneers blueliner Mario Ferraro both had one goal and two assists on the weekend en route to sharing Defenseman of the Week. Bloomington Thunder netminder Logan Halladay was named Goaltender of the Week for the second time this season, as he made 92 saves over three games to extend the Thunder's point streak to five games. CCM Hockey is the official equipment provider of the USHL.
Co-Forward: Alex Limoges - Waterloo Black Hawks
2 GP: 2 goals, 3 assists, +1 rating
Limoges tallied a pair of assists in Waterloo's win on Friday over Dubuque and followed it up with three points (2G, 1A) in Saturday's victory over Sioux City that snapped the Musketeers' nine-game win streak. The Winchester, VA native has been a strong offensive player all year long, but he has fit in exceptionally well with the Black Hawks since coming over from the Tri-City Storm earlier this season. In his 11 games with Waterloo, Limoges has scored 16 points (5G, 11A), giving him 47 points (18G, 29A) in 49 games overall. He is in his second USHL season and has 86 points (32G, 54A) in 90 career regular-season games. He is also a proven playoff performer, as he had 14 points (5G, 9A) in 11 games last season to help the Storm win the Clark Cup. Earlier this season, the uncommitted forward helped Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge and was also named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. In addition to Tri-City, Limoges previously played for Selects Academy (USPHL) and the Washington Little Caps (T1EHL).
Co-Forward: Blake Lizotte - Fargo Force
2 GP: 2 goals, 3 assists, +4 rating
Lizotte had a goal and two assists in Fargo's Friday night win over Cedar Rapids and two points (1G, 1A) in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede. He has been on a absolute tear as of late, scoring 14 points (6G, 8A) in his last eight games dating back to Feb. 17. The St. Cloud State commit is currently sporting a five-game point streak, with 10 points (3G, 7A) in that span, four of which have been Fargo victories. He is currently tied for second in the USHL in scoring with 51 points (13G, 38A) in 46 games. Lizotte's 38 assists lead the team and are second among all USHL players. A native of Lindstrom, MN, Lizotte won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge earlier this season and was previously named USHL Forward of the Week on Sep. 29. He was selected fourth overall by the Force in the 2015 USHL Phase I Draft and previously played for the Minot Minotauros (NAHL) and Chisago Lakes (USHS).
Co-Defenseman: Jake Ryczek - Waterloo Black Hawks
2 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists, +3 rating
Ryczek dished out an assist in Waterloo's 5-3 victory over Dubuque on Friday before scoring a goal and adding his second helper of the weekend in the Black Hawks' 6-1 triumph over the league-leading Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday. This is Ryczek's third Defenseman of the Week honor this season, after winning back-to-back weekly honors in February. The Providence College commit has been stellar on the back end for Waterloo with 29 points (8G, 21A) in 44 games, seventh among all USHL defensemen in scoring and eighth on the Black Hawks roster. Ryczek has earned at least one point in five of his last seven games, with six points (2G, 4A) during that span, and leads the USHL with a +30 rating this season thanks to a weekend where he finished at +3 overall. The Ludlow, MA native was selected in the seventh round, 203rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2016 NHL Draft and was named to this season's U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge, where he helped Team USA to a gold medal. Ryczek previously played for Selects Academy (USPHL) and the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL).
Co-Defenseman: Mario Ferraro - Des Moines Buccaneers
2 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists, +1 rating
After dishing out a helper on Friday night, Ferraro had a goal and an assist in Des Moines' 4-3 victory in Omaha on Saturday. He has excelled in his rookie season in the USHL, tallying 36 points (8G, 28A) in 51 games, second among both the Buccaneers roster and all USHL defensemen. That total is also tops among rookie defensemen and third among all USHL rookies, and his eight goals are tied with Ryczek for the most among defensemen. The University of Massachusetts commit has been especially hot over the last six weeks, with 15 points (4G, 11A) in his last 13 games dating back to Feb. 4. He has also been lethal on the man-advantage with 14 assists, third among all USHL players. Ferraro was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 107th among North American Skaters in January's NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. A native of King City, Ontario, he was selected in the 17th round, 262nd overall by Des Moines in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for the Toronto Patriots (OJHL) and Don Mills Flyers (GTMMHL).
Co-Goaltender: Logan Halladay - Bloomington Thunder
1-0-1-1, 1.57 GAA, .948 SV%
Halladay had a busy week, stopping a combined 73 shots in Bloomington's games Thursday and Friday in Muskegon before making 19 saves on 20 shots in the Thunder's 4-1 win over Team USA on Sunday afternoon. In his 28 games with Bloomington, he sports a record of 12-11-3-1, a .908 SV% and a 2.61 GAA. Halladay has made 114 saves in his last five games, resulting in the Thunder earning at least one point in each of those contests. He has also made 30 or more saves in nine of his 30 appearances and has stopped a total of 710 shots this year. A native of Cary, NC, Halladay is committed to Merrimack College and previously played for the Tri-City Storm (USHL), Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL), Janesville Jets (NAHL) and Chicago Young Americans (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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