The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 25 of the 2017-18 season. Team USA forward Ryder Rolston, Fargo Force defenseman Ty Farmer and Omaha Lancers goaltender Christian Sbaraglia all earned weekly honors. Rolston recorded eight points in three games, including his first USHL hat trick, Farmer scored two goals and dished out four assists last week and Sbaraglia stopped 24 of 25 shots to help Omaha to an overtime victory on Sunday. 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: Ryder Rolston - Team USA
3 GP: 5 goals, 3 assists, +4 rating
Rolston scored two goals and dished out a pair of assists to lead Team USA's U17 team to a 9-3 victory over Central Illinois on Friday. He ended his weekend with a hat trick and his fourth helper in three games on Sunday against the Chicago Steel. The hat trick was the first of his USHL career. The University of Notre Dame commit helped the U17s earn four of a possible six points on the weekend and clinch home-ice advantage for Team USA through the Eastern Conference Final. He is now up to 28 points (19G. 9A) on the season, tied for ninth among all Team USA players and fourth among members of the U17 team. A native of Birmingham, MI, Rolston is in his first season with Team USA and previously played for Little Caesars (HPHL).
Defenseman: Ty Farmer - Fargo Force
3 GP: 2 goals, 4 assists, +4 rating
Farmer scored a power play goal both Thursday and Friday to help Fargo to a two-game sweep of the Omaha Lancers. He added three assists on Friday and dished out his fourth helper of the weekend to help the Force to a 3-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers on Sunday. The University of Massachusetts commit is having a career year on the blue line, as he has recorded 39 points (9G, 30A) in 53 games. Those 39 points and 30 assists lead all Fargo defensemen and are tied for second among all USHL blueliners in their respective category. He has earned at least one point in each of his last four games dating back to Mar. 17 and has scored a goal in three of those contests. This is Farmer's fourth season in the USHL and he has amassed 63 points (14G, 49A) in 164 career USHL games. He originally joined the USHL via tender with the Youngstown Phantoms prior to the 2014-15 season and also previously played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks and St. Louis AAA Blues (T1EHL).
Goaltender: Christian Sbaraglia - Omaha Lancers
1-0-0-0, 0.95 GAA, .960 SV%
Sbaraglia earned the start in goal for Omaha on Sunday against the Tri-City Storm and stopped 24 of 25 shots to lead the Lancers to a 2-1 overtime victory over their in-state rivals. The Penn State commit has appeared in six games this season and has earned victories in each of his last three starts, putting him at an even 3-3-0-0 mark on the year. He has faced 25 shots in all three of those games and has allowed two goals or more just twice in his six appearances. A native of Toronto, ON, Sbaraglia is in his first season with Omaha and previously played with the Vaughan Kings (GTMMHL).
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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