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The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 6 of the 2017-18 season. A pair of Youngstown Phantoms - forward Curtis Hall and defenseman Julian Kislin - and Omaha Lancers goaltender Zach Driscoll all earned their first career USHL weekly honors. Hall recorded six points on the weekend, including a hat trick, Kislin put up a four-point weekend, including his first USHL goal, and Driscoll allowed only one goal against in two games, backstopping Omaha to a weekend sweep of Green Bay. The USHL is America’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league, and continues to lead the world in the advancement of Division I college hockey athletes.
Forward: Curtis Hall - Youngstown Phantoms
3 GP: 4 goals, 2 assists, +6 rating
After being held off the scoresheet on Friday against Central Illinois, Hall exploded offensive Saturday and Sunday in Youngstown's victories over Muskegon. He recorded a goal and an assist on Saturday, including helping on the overtime winner, before tallying four points, including a hat trick, on Sunday to help the Phantoms complete the two-game sweep of the Lumberjacks. The Yale commit has now reached double digits in scoring, with 10 points (6G, 4A) on the season to lead Youngstown offensively. Earlier this year, the Chagrin Falls, OH native was named to the USA Hockey Ivan Hlinka Team, the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and was listed as a C-rated skater on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List. Hall is in his second USHL season and is coming off a solid rookie campaign in which he had 21 points (7G, 14A) in 59 games. He was signed to a tender by the Phantoms prior to the 2016-17 season and previously played for the Cleveland Barons (T1EHL).
Defenseman: Julian Kislin
3 GP: 1 goal, 3 assists, +4 rating
Kislin picked the right time to record his first points of the season. He was also held pointless on Friday but played a big part in Youngstown's wins on Saturday and Sunday, dishing out an assist in Saturday's overtime victory over Muskegon before scoring his first USHL goal and adding two more helpers in the Phantoms' 5-4 victory over the Lumberjacks on Sunday. Kislin has played in 10 games this season and is tied for the lead among Phantoms defensemen in scoring to go along with a +3 rating. The Northeastern University commit was selected in the ninth round, 142nd overall by Youngstown in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft. He is a native of Manalapan, NJ and previously played for the North Jersey Avalanche (T1EHL), New Jersey Jr. Titans (NAPHL) and Team Comcast (USPHL).
Goaltender: Zach Driscoll - Omaha Lancers
2-0-0-0, 0.60 GAA, .978 SV%
Driscoll played an integral part in Omaha's weekend sweep of Green Bay. He stopped all 29 shots he faced in the Lancers' 5-0 victory on Friday before coming on in relief on Saturday and turning aside 15 of the 16 shots he faced over 40 minutes to help Omaha to a 5-2 triumph over the Gamblers. Driscoll has been solid between the pipes early on in the season, sporting a 5-3-0-0 record, a 2.10 GAA and .916 SV%. His GAA places him fourth among all goaltenders, while his SV% ranks sixth in the league. He also has three shutouts so far this year, the most of any netminder in the USHL. This is Driscoll's in his second stint with the Lancers, as he appeared in 18 games for Omaha during the 2014-15 season. The Apple Valley, MN native has also played for St. Cloud State University, the Penticton Vees (BCHL), Austin Bruins (NAHL) and Eastview High (USHS) in addition to his time in the USHL. He was originally selected by the Lancers in the fourth round, 52nd overall of the 2013 USHL Phase I Draft.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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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