The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 11 of the 2017-18 season. Omaha Lancers forward Filip Suchy, Lincoln Stars defenseman Carter Long and Sioux City Musketeers goaltender Matt Jurusik all earned their first career USHL weekly honors. Suchy recorded six points in two games to help Omaha extend their winning streak to eight games, Long scored two goals for Lincoln on Saturday night and Jurusik backstopped Sioux City to a pair of victories on the weekend, including a 34-save performance in a shootout win on Friday. 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: Filip Suchy - Omaha Lancers
2 GP: 3 goals, 3 assists, +4 rating
Suchy scored two goals and dished out two assists in Omaha's 5-2 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday before putting up two more points (1G, 1A), including the overtime winner, as the Lancers defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-2 to extend their winning streak to eight games. The Czech forward has been on a tear lately, recording five goals and eight points through his last three games. He is now tied for third on the team in scoring with 16 points (8G, 8A) through 15 games. Suchy is in his second season in the USHL and had 29 points (15G, 14A) in 47 games with Omaha during the 2016-17 season. Prior to his time with the Lancers, he played for HC Plzen in the Czech Republic. Suchy has also represented his home country in the 2017 World Junior Championships, 2014 U18 World Junior Championships and 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge. He is currently uncommitted.
Defenseman: Carter Long - Lincoln Stars
2 GP: 2 goals, 0 assists, Even rating
After being held off the scoresheet on Friday, Long scored two goals on Saturday against the Des Moines Buccaneers, including a power play goal. The Vermont commit more than doubled his goal output for the season with his performance, as he now sits with three goals and nine points through 20 games this season. Saturday also marked his second multi-point performance of the season. His three goals lead the Stars among defensemen are tied for fourth among all USHL blueliners, while his nine points put him second on the team in defensive scoring. A native of Yorktown, VA, Long is in his second USHL season, registering four points (1G, 3A) through 57 games last season with Lincoln. He was selected in the third round, 33rd overall by the Stars at the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for Selects Academy (USPHL).
Goaltender: Matt Jurusik - Sioux City Musketeers
2-0-0-0, 1.44 GAA, .952 SV%
Jurusik stopped 34 of the 35 faced on Friday, as well as 10 the 11 attempts he saw in the shootout, in Sioux City's 2-1 shootout win over Central Illinois before turning away 25 of 27 shots to lead the Musketeers to a 5-2 victory over the Flying Aces on Saturday. Jurusik now has six victories on the season and currently sports a 2.73 GAA and .903 SV%, both of which are shy of the top-10 among all USHL goaltenders. He has also seen a lot of rubber this year, as he has faced 25 or more shots in 10 of his 18 appearances. The Chicago, IL native is in his first season in the USHL after spending the last two years at the University of Wisconsin. He has also played for the Janseville Jets (NAHL), where he recorded the NAHL's best GAA and SV% during the 2013-14 season, Cleveland Barons (T1EHL) and Chicago Fury (T1EHL).
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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