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Dubuque Fighting Saints at Muskegon Lumberjacks
Friday: 6:15 pm CST (HD)
Saturday: 6:15 pm CST (HD)
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This matchup will feature the top-two scorers in the USHL: Zach Solow and Collin Adams are separated by just one point atop the USHL scoring race. Both Dubuque and Muskegon are currently in playoff position in the Eastern Conference, and the season series is tied at 1-1-0-0. Solow enters the weekend coming off of a 20-game point streak, the third longest in USHL Tier 1 history. The Northeastern commit scored three points (0-3-3) in the two previous meetings this season, games three and four of his point streak. Adams, a New York Islanders prospect, is looking to eclipse his 61 points from last season and is just one point shy of 100 in his USHL career. Adams found instant chemistry with rookie Andrei Svechnikov, who some have already predicted will be the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Right behind Svechnikov in rookie scoring is Fighting Saints forward Cole Guttman, a first-year NHL Draft eligible forward.
Muskegon defenseman Bo Hanson has been a leader for the Lumberjacks all season, and happens to lead all USHL defensemen in scoring. The St. Lawrence University commit has a league-best 28 points this year, and has played big minutes all season long. For Dubuque, Arizona Coyotes prospect Patrick Kudla is adjusting well to his new defensive position. Rookie defenseman Jacob Semik could also begin to emerge for the Fighting Saints after battling through injury earlier this season.
Potentially in net for the Lumberjacks is 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game East MVP Keith Petruzzelli. The Quinnipiac University commit has been one of the top rookie netminders in the USHL all season and was recently ranked by NHL Central Scouting as the top goaltending prospect in North America. He is also coming off a weekend in which he was named USHL Co-Goaltender of the Week. Jaxon Castor has played in 88% of Dubuque’s games this season and should be the favorite to appear in net for the Fighting Saints over the weekend. The Arizona State University commit is currently ranked first in wins, and his consistency has been a big reason Dubuque finds itself ranked high in the Eastern Conference standings.
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, 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.