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2019-20 USHL Players of the Week - Week 7

11/12/2019, 12:45pm CST

Joey Strada (Des Moines), Uula Ruikka (Chicago) and Derek Mullahy (Cedar Rapids) Earn Weekly Honors

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The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Tuesday the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 7 of the 2019-20 season. This is the first weekly honor for Des Moines Buccaneers forward Joey Strada, Chicago Steel defenseman Uula Ruikka and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders goaltender Derek Mullahy. Strada netted four goals in a Saturday night Buccaneers win, Ruikka put up a pair of goals and assists in a two-game weekend and Mullahy walked away with a pair of wins while stopping 44 of the 47 shots he faced. The USHL is America's only Tier I junior hockey league and continues to lead the world in the advancement of Division I college hockey athletes. 

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Forward - Joey Strada (Des Moines Buccaneers

Strada was on fire in the Buccaneers' 8-4 win over the Tri-City Storm on Saturday night, netting four goals in the statement win. The four-goal outburst came just 24 hours after he scored in a Friday night loss to Tri-City.  Goals in each game last weekend pushed both his goal and point streak to three games (6-2-8), the longest of his young USHL career. Just 13 games into his USHL tenure, Strada has 10 goals and 14 points (10-4-14). The Arizona State University commit is tied for the USHL lead with 10 goals and is currently tied for 14th in the league with 14 points. Strada's goal total leads the Buccaneers and he only trails forward Alex Laferriere in points on the Des Moines roster. Laferriere is the only other Buccaneers forward to take home the Forward of the Week honor as he did so in Week 2. Strada is the fourth Des Moines player to take home a weekly honor as Noah Ellis and Christian Stoever walked away with Defenseman and Goalie of the Week, respectively, last week

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Defenseman - Uula Ruikka (Chicago Steel)

Ruikka walks away with Defenseman of the Week honors after registering four points in a pair of wins last weekend. On Friday night, the Providence College commit added an insurance goal just 28 seconds after what would become the game winning goal late in the third period. The next night, Ruikka scored again and added a pair of assists in a 9-1 drubbing of the Madison Capitols. Through 14 games this season, Ruikka has matched his assist total (8) and is just one goal (3) and point (11) shy of his totals (4, 12) from 53 games last season in his rookie campaign. Ruikka's 11 points this season is currently fourth among USHL defensemen. The Oulu, Finland native is the third Steel player to take home a weekly award this season. Fellow blueliner Owen Power and netminder Victor Ostman were named Defenseman and Goalie of the Week, respectively, last month

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Goalie - Derek Mullahy (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)

Mullahy was named Goalie of the Week for the first time in his career after picking up a pair of wins last weekend with a 1.50 goals against average (GAA) and 0.946 save percentage (SV%) after allowing only three goals on 47 shots faced. The Harvard University commit stopped a combined 12 shots in the final two periods of a 4-2 win over the Fargo Force Friday night and followed it up by allowing only one goal on 32 shots against in a 4-1 win over the Western Conference-leading Waterloo Black Hawks Saturday night. Mullahy is 5-4-0-0 in 10 appearances this season with a 3.09 GAA and 0.901 SV%. The Scituate, Mass. native is the third RoughRiders player to take home a Player of the Week honor after Jack Millar and Ben Meehan were named Defenseman of the Week in Week 2 and Week 4, respectively. 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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