The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 23 of the 2018-19 season. Team USA teammates and 2019 NHL Draft prospects Cole Caufield and Domenick Fensore earned their first weekly awards of the season, while Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender Evan Fear was named Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time this season. Caufield put up 10 points in three games last week, including a four-goal and five-point performance on Friday, Fensore scored a goal and dished out five assists last week and Fear posted a 34-save shutout on Friday en route to stopping 64 of the 66 shots he faced over the weekend. 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.
3 GP: 6 goals, 3 assists, +5 rating
Caufield scored two goals and dished out two assists in Team USA's 11-2 win at Central Illinois on Wednesday before scoring four goals and adding his third assist of the week on Friday in an 11-0 road shutout of the Madison Capitols. It was the second-ever four-goal performance by a Team USA player, as current University of Michigan blueliner and Vancouver Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes found the back of the net four times on Dec. 30, 2015. It was also the first time a Team USA player recorded at least five points in a game since defenseman Cam York had seven points in a game on Jan. 15. The University of Wisconsin commit has continued his high-scoring ways this season, as he leads Team USA with 29 points (18G, 11A) in 20 games with the U18s. His 18 goals also lead all Team USA players, while his 11 assists are good for ninth in the league. In his 20 USHL games this year, he has scored multiple goals four times and has recorded multiple points eight times. A native of Stevens Point, WI, Caufield burst onto the USHL scene last season in his first year with Team USA, recording 33 points (23G, 10A) in 32 games to help Team USA to the Clark Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. He is considered a top prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft, as he was listed as an A-rated skater on both the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary and Updated Players to Watch List, and was then ranked 15th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. Prior to his time with Team USA, Caufield skated for Team Wisconsin and Stevens Point Area High.
3 GP: 1 goal, 5 assists, +6 rating
Fensore dished out three assists on Wednesday against Central Illinois, scored his fifth goal of the season and added another assistS on Saturday in Madison and recorded his fifth helper of the weekend on Saturday against the Capitols. With his performance last week, the Boston University commit extended his point streak to seven games, with 10 points (3G, 7A) in those contests dating back to Jan. 26. On the season, he has recorded 14 points (5G, 9A) in 17 USHL games. His five goals led all Team USA defensemen, his 14 points rank second and his nine assists are good for third among NTDP blueliners. Fensore was listed as an C-rated skater on both the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary and Updated Players to Watch List, and was then ranked 89th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. He is in the midst of his second USHL season and is coming off a year in which he recorded 16 points (1G, 15A) in 35 games to help Team USA to the Clark Cup Playoffs, where he recorded an assist in eight postseason contests and help Team USA advance all the way to the Eastern Conference Final. Fensore is a native of Thornwood, NY and previously played for the P.A.L Junior Islanders.
1-1-0-0, 1.03 GAA, .970 SV%
Fear stopped all 34 shots he faced on Friday to lead Waterloo to a 2-0 shutout win in Fargo on Friday before turning 30 of the 32 Force shots he faced on Saturday. He is now 13-11-4-0 on the season and is currently holding a 2.94 GAA and .909 SV% to go along with three shutouts. He is tied for fourth in the USHL with his three shutouts, is seventh with his .909 SV% and sits just outside the top-10 in the league with his 2.94 GAA. He has been stellar since joining Waterloo from the Green Bay Gamblers on Feb. 7. In five appearances with the Black Hawks, the Quinnipiac University commit has won three times and posted a 0.92 GAA along with a .967 SV%. This is Fear's fourth weekly award of the season, as he was also named USHL Goaltender of the Week on Nov. 22, Dec. 10 and Dec. 31. 2018-19 marks Fear's second season playing in the USHL, as he suited up for 14 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 2016-17 campaign. A Winnetka, IL native, Fear spent time with the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) and Chicago Mission (HPHL). He was taken in the fourth round, 57th overall by Green Bay in the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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.