The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 27 of the 2017-18 season. Dubuque Fighting Saints Forward Tyce Thompson and Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Alex Yakovenko earned their first career weekly honors, while Omaha Lancers goaltender Zach Driscoll picked up his fourth weekly award of the season. Thompson recorded a pair of one-goal, two-assist performances over the weekend, Yakovenko tallied three points in two games and Driscoll pitched a pair of shutouts and made 55 total saves to lead the Lancers to a pair of 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: Tyce Thompson - Dubuque Fighting Saints
2 GP: 2 goals, 4 assists, +3 rating
Thompson scored a goal and dished out two assists on Friday before duplicating the performance on Saturday to help the Fighting Saints clinch a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. The Providence commit has earned at least one point in each of his last seven games dating back to Mar. 23, with 13 points in that span (6G, 7A). In 58 games this season, Thompson has recorded 32 points (12G, 20A), placing him in a tie for fourth among all Dubuque players in scoring. This is the Milford, CT native's first full season in the USHL after playing five games with the Fighting Saints last season, including a pair of appearances in the 2017 Clark Cup Playoffs. He was selected in the seventh round, 108th overall by the Fighting Saints in the 2015 USHL Phase I Draft and previously played for Salisbury School (USHS) and the Connecticut Wolf Pack (AYHL).
Defenseman: Alex Yakovenko - Muskegon Lumberjacks
2 GP: 2 goals, 1 assist, +5 rating
Yakovenko scored a power play goal and added an assist on Friday before scoring his second goal of the weekend, helping Muskegon to a pair of victories. The Russian defenseman has now recorded a point in each of his last three games and is up to 16 points (3G, 13A) on the season along with a +6 rating through 29 games. He is also +11 through his last six contests. The 13 assists and 16 points are both tied for fourth among all Muskegon defenseman and he has five multi-point performances on the season. Yakovenko joined the Lumberjacks in the middle of January and previously played for Chelmet Chelyabinsk in Russia.
Goaltender: Zach Driscoll - Omaha Lancers
2-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%
Driscoll stopped all 30 shots he faced on Wednesday for his seventh shutout of the season before making 25 saves on 25 shots to earn his second straight shutout and eighth whitewash of the season. The Bemidji State commit now sports a 21-9-1-1 record on the season to go along with a 1.93 GAA, .933 SV% and the nine shutouts. His SV% is second among all USHL goaltenders, his GAA places him third in the league and the eight shutouts lead the USHL. This is Driscoll's fourth USHL weekly honor this season, as he was named Goaltender of the Week on Nov. 13, Jan. 8 and Jan. 29. Driscoll in his second stint with the Lancers, as he appeared in 18 games for Omaha during the 2014-15 season. The Apple Valley, MN native has also played for St. Cloud State University, the Penticton Vees (BCHL), Austin Bruins (NAHL) and Eastview High (USHS) in addition to his time in the USHL. He was originally selected by the Lancers in the fourth round, 52nd overall of the 2013 USHL Phase I Draft.
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.