Matt Jurusik

Sioux City Musketeers (G)

9-9-2-1, 2.46 GAA, .911 SV%

12. Sioux City Musketeers

10-11-2-1, Last Poll: 17

 

Sioux City comes into January as one of the hottest teams in the USHL, having won each of their last five games and jumping up two spots into playoff position in the Western Conference. The Musketeers have been led by goaltender Matt Jurusik, who finished December with five-game winning streak, a 2.00 GAA,.929 SV% and USHL Goaltender of the Week award. The Chicago, IL native is now 9-9-2-1 on the season and sports a 2.54 GAA to go alone with a .911 SV%. His GAA places him seventh in the USHL, while his SV% puts him 10th in the league. He has also only allowed six goals during his five-game winning streak. It’s been a balanced offensive attack as well for the Musketeers during their winning streak, with no player recording more than four points over the five games. Because of their recent success, Sioux City has a great chance to carry that momentum into the second half of the season and really turn things around. It will be a tough test for the Musketeers, however, as they will play nine of their 11 January games on the road, including a seven-game trip from Jan. 5 through Jan. 25.

 

 

 

11. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

11-10-3-1, Last Poll: 13

 

The RoughRiders have earned a point in seven straight games and won four of those contests, putting them into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference to begin the new year. Marek Valach was an offensive beast in December, tallying 10 points (6G, 4A) in nine games, including eight points (5G, 3A) in his last five contests. He leads the team and is tied for fifth in USHL scoring with 23 points (11G, 12A) through 24 games. Nathan Smith also picked up a lot of the offensive slack throughout the month of December. In his last four games dating back to Dec. 2, the Minnesota State commit has recorded six points (2G, 4A), including two multi-point efforts. Cedar Rapids will play five of nine games at home in January and will also face teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings in five of their nine January games, making it a perfect opportunity for the RoughRiders to begin to make a move.