Chaz Lucius needed only one game, a 9-0 NTDP win over the Youngstown Phantoms, to rack up four points and earn his first USHL Forward of the Week award. The future University of Minnesota Golden Gopher picked up a pair of assists as the NTDP opened the scoring Sunday afternoon with a pair of goals just 22 seconds apart midway through the opening frame. Lucius picked up a third assist as the NTDP extended their lead to 7-0 with less than 10 minutes to play before striking for a goal of his own with 38 seconds remaining in regulation. The A-rated skater’s (NHL Central Scouting Preliminary and Updated Lists) four-point game was a new USHL career-high after registering three points in back-to-back games last season. Lucius now has 10 goals this season in eight games, which bested last season’s personal best of eight goals through 32 games.
Schweitzer continued a great offensive season with six points (2-4-6) during the Sioux Falls Stampede’s four-game week. The Colorado College commit set a career high with a three-point night (2-1-3) in an 8-4 Stampede win over the Lincoln Stars on Tuesday night. Schweitzer’s multi-goal game was also a first for the defenseman through his first 46 games in the USHL. The Champlin, Min. native finished the week with three-straight games with an assist, extending his current point streak to five games (3-4-7). Prior to the current streak, Schweitzer had recorded a three-game point streak back in November. After a six-point week the defenseman, who was ranked by NHL Central Scouting three different times last season, now has 20 points (6-14-20) in 42 games this season.
Schmid was awarded his second USHL Goaltender of the Week this season after backstopping the Sioux City Musketeers to a pair of wins over the Western Conference-leading Fargo Force. The New Jersey Devils prospect (2018, Round 5, #136 Overall) turned aside 22 of the Force’s 24 shots on Friday night as the Musketeers won 3-2. The following night, Schmid recorded a season-high 42 saves Saturday night as Sioux City never trailed in its second 3-2 win in as many nights. The Switzerland native has appeared in 26 games this season with a 12-13-1-0 record, a league-leading 0.909 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average that ranks second in the USHL.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league 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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