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USHL Honors - Week 24

03/03/2014, 12:00pm CST
By bwerger

The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the 24th week of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.

Winners include Andrew Zerban of the Fargo Force and Dawson Cook of the Green Bay Gamblers, chosen as co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week; Alexx Privitera of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Eric Schierhorn of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, tabbed as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Andrew Zerban, F, Fargo Force: The first-year forward had a monster week, accounting for four points (3g, 1a) to lead Fargo to their first three-game winning streak of the season.  On Wednesday, he tallied the game-winner in overtime of the 4-3 overtime victory over the Sioux City Musketeers.  He also tallied an assist and finished with a game high plus-three on-ice rating.  The Elk River, Minnesota native lit the lamp again on Saturday just 1:36 into the 5-4 shootout win over the Tri-City Storm.  He capped off his weekend on Sunday with his fourth goal in as many games in a 4-3 win over the Storm.  Zerban, who turns 18 later this month, has appeared in 13 games for the Force this season and has recorded all five of his points (4g, 1a) over the last four games.

Dawson Cook, F, Green Bay Gamblers: The Cadillac, Michigan native tallied five points (4g, 1a) last week, helping the Gamblers to a pair of wins.   After dishing out an assist in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Omaha Lancers, he netted a pair of power play goals to lead Green Bay to a 5-2 win over the Lancers on Saturday.  His hot hand continued on Sunday as the University of Notre Dame commit scored twice more in the 6-3 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  It was the fourth multi-goal game of the season for the 18-year-old who now ranks fourth on the team with 13 goals and second in power play markers with seven.  Playing in his third USHL season, Cook has produced 25 points (13g, 12a) while appearing in 48 games for Green Bay.

Alexx Privitera, D, Dubuque Fighting Saints: The defenseman recorded three points (2g, 1a) and registered a plus-two rating over three games last week.  He scored the game-tying goal with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation and then converted his shootout attempt in Thursday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Youngstown Phantoms.  He found his way onto the scoresheet again on Saturday, scoring the game-winning goal in the 5-3 victory over Team USA.  Despite being held scoreless on Sunday, the Old Tappan, New Jersey native earned a plus-one rating and helped kill all five opposition power plays in a 5-2 loss to Team USA.   The University of Vermont commit is tied for the team scoring lead and ranks tied for second among USHL defensemen with 37 points (9g, 28a) in 46 games.   

Eric Schierhorn, G, Muskegon Lumberjacks: Playing in his first full USHL season, the goaltender posted a 2-0-0 record with a 1.18 goals-against average and .969 save percentage over two weekend appearances.  On Friday, he came on in relief during the second period and stopped all 25 shots he faced the rest of the way in the 5-4 overtime win against the Des Moines Buccaneers.  It was his first victory since mid-January.  He got the start on Saturday and made 38 saves, plus was a perfect 7-for-7 in the shootout, during the 3-2 shootout win over the Waterloo Black Hawks.  The recently turned 18-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska native has posted a 13-14-1 record with a 3.33 GAA and .905 SV% this season for the Lumberjacks.  


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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