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USHL Players of the Week: Week 11

12/10/2018, 1:45pm CST

Des Moines' TJ Walsh, Lincoln's Justin Lee, Green Bay's Evan Fear earn weekly honors.

Photos by Hickling Images

The United States Hockey League announced today the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 11 of the 2018-19 season. Des Moines Buccaneers forward TJ Walsh and Lincoln Stars defenseman Justin Lee won their first weekly awards of their USHL careers, while Evan Fear of the Green Bay Gamblers was named Goaltender of the Week for the second time this season. Walsh recorded five points last week, including a pair of two-goal games, Lee recorded an assist in both of his games last weekend and scored a goal on Saturday, and Fear stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced through 65 minutes of play, as well as two-of-three attempts in the shootout, to lead Green Bay to a victory 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: TJ Walsh - Des Moines Buccaneers

3 GP: 4 goals, 1 assist, +3 rating


Walsh scored twice, including the overtime winner, and dished out an assist in Des Moines' 5-4 victory in Sioux Falls on Tuesday. He added two more goals in Lincoln on Saturday night as the Buccaneers extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-2 victory over the Stars. The Shrewsbury, MA native is in the midst of his best season in the USHL, as he has 29 points (9G, 20A) through 25 games. His 29 points led the Bucs and are tied for fourth among all USHL players, while his 20 assists place him third in the league. He has points in 11 of his last 15 games dating back to Oct. 27, with 19 points (5G, 14A) and six multi-point performances in that span. Walsh is in his third USHL season, his first in Des Moines after spending 2016-18 with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. In 104 career games, the Northeastern University commit has recorded 53 points (19G, 34A). Walsh was originally tendered by Cedar Rapids and played for Cushing Academy (USHS) prior to his time in the USHL.

Defenseman: Justin Lee - Lincoln Stars

2 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists, +2 rating


Lee dished out an assist on Josiah Slavin's overtime winner on Friday before scoring his third goal and adding his ninth helper of the season on Saturday night against the Des Moines Buccaneers. It is the second time this season he has recorded points in back-to-back games, and his two-point night on Saturday was the third multi-point performance this year. A University of Denver commit, Lee has recorded 12 points (3G, 9A) through 22 games this season, tying him for the scoring lead among Stars defensemen and putting him in a tie for fourth overall in team scoring. Lee is in his first USHL season and was acquired by Lincoln from Cedar Rapids on July 17. He is a Waskada, MB native and previously played for the Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL) and Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL).

Goaltender: Evan Fear - Green Bay Gamblers

1-0-0-0, 0.92 GAA, .963 SV%


In his only start of the weekend, a 3-2 Green Bay win over Cedar Rapids in a shootout, Fear made 26 saves on 27 shots through 65 minutes, as well as two of three RoughRiders attempts in the shootout. With the win, the Quinnipiac University commit moved over the .500 mark on the season to 7-6-2-0. He also boosted his SV% up to .904, which is good for eighth among all USHL goaltenders. He has also faced the eighth most shots in the USHL (478), including eight times where he faced 30 or more shots. This is Fear's second weekly award of the season, as he was also named USHL Goaltender of the Week on Oct. 22. 2018-19 marks Fear second season playing in the USHL, as he suited up for 14 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 2016-17 campaign. A Winnetka, IL native, Fear spent time with the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) and Chicago Mission (HPHL). He was taken in the fourth round, 57th overall by the Gamblers in the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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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