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The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 3 of the 2017-18 season. Waterloo Black Hawks forward Ethan Johnson, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defenseman Chase Blackmun and Tri-City Storm goaltender Filip Larsson all earned their first career USHL weekly honors. Johnson recorded five points in two games over the weekend to lead the Black Hawks to a pair of victories, Blackmun helped the RoughRiders pick up two wins with three assists and Larsson earned his first career shutout on Saturday en route to stopping 50 of the 51 shots he faced on the weekend, propelling Tri-City to two victories. 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.
Forward: Ethan Johnson - Waterloo Black Hawks
2 GP: 2 goals, 3 assists, +4 rating
Johnson scored a goal and dished out a pair of assists on Friday in a 4-1 Waterloo win in Sioux City. He followed that performance up by dishing out another helper and scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, leading the Black Hawks to a 4-2 victory in Sioux Falls and a sweep of their two games on the weekend. The University of Nebraska-Omaha commit is off to a fast start to the season, as he has tallied five points (2G, 3A) in his first five games, good for second on the team in scoring. Johnson is in his second USHL season and scored 20 points (8G, 12A) in 47 games during the 2016-17 season. He is a native of Thief River Falls, MN and played for Thief River Falls High (USHS) prior to his USHL career.
Defenseman: Chase Blackmun - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2 GP: 0 goals, 3 assists, +1 rating
Blackmun helped lead the RoughRiders to a pair of tough victories over the weekend, as he recorded two assists in Friday's 4-2 victory over the then-unbeaten Lincoln Stars before adding his third helper of the weekend as Cedar Rapids knocked off the Central Illinois Flying Aces by a score of 5-3. The University of Massachusetts-Lowell commit is now tied for fourth on the RoughRiders in scoring thanks to his performance on the weekend and will look to keep up his strong offensive play. Blackmun is a native of Hudson, WI and previously played for Team Wisconsin before joining the RoughRiders. He was selected in the second round, 17th overall by Cedar Rapids in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft.
Goaltender: Filip Larsson - Tri-City Storm
2-0-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .980 SV%
Larsson put on quite the performance in his two appearances over the weekend. The Swedish netminder stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the Storm's 4-1 victory over Omaha on Friday and continued his strong play between the pipes on Saturday, recording a 25-save shutout in a 3-0 win over Lincoln. He has started all five of Tri-City's games this season and currently sports a 1.62 GAA and .936 SV%. His GAA sits fifth among all goaltenders in the USHL and his SV% ranks sixth in the league. Larsson was selected in the sixth round, 167th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2017 NHL Draft. He was also selected in the first round, eighth overall by the Storm in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft. Prior to his time in Kearney, Larsson played for Djurgardens in Sweden. He has also represented his home country at the U18 World Junior Championship and the World Junior Summer Showcase. Larsson is currently uncommitted.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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.
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