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The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 12 of the 2018-19 season. Fargo Force forward Hank Crone and a pair of Sioux Falls Stampede teammates - defenseman Max Crozier and goaltender Alec Calvaruso - all earned the first weekly honors of their USHL careers. Crone recorded six points in three games last week, including a pair of multi-point performances, to go along with a +6 rating. Crozier scored twice and dished out three assists to help Sioux Falls extend their winning streak to four games and Calvaruso picked up wins in each of his first three USHL appearances, allowing just three goals and making 59 saves in the process. 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.
3 GP: 3 goals, 3 assists, +6 rating
Crone scored a goal and added an assist on Tuesday in Fargo's 4-2 win over the Sioux City Musketeers. The University of Denver commit then found the back of the net twice and dished out a pair of helpers as the Force shut out Tri-City 5-0 on Saturday before recording his third assist of the week on Sunday against the Storm. He also finished the week with a +6 rating in those three contests. With his six-point week, Crone has extended his point streak to 10 games dating back to Nov. 21, with 16 points (5G, 11A) and five multi-point efforts in that span. The Dallas, TX native leads the Force and is currently tied for second among all USHL players in scoring with 33 points (7G, 26A) in 26 games, while his 26 assists lead the league in that category. He also has 11 multi-point games this year. Crone is in his fourth USHL season, having split time with Fargo (2015-19) and the Omaha Lancers (2014-16). The 2016-17 was the best USHL season for Crone, as he finished second on the team and tied for third among all USHL players in scoring with 62 points (24G, 38A) in 56 games. In 198 USHL games, he has compiled 147 points (50G, 97A). In addition to his time in the USHL, Crone has also played for Boston University and Dallas Stars Elite (T1EHL).
3 GP: 2 goals, 3 assists, E rating
Crozier scored twice, including the overtime winner, and added an assist in Sioux Falls' 5-4 comeback victory over Dubuque on Thursday and dished out two more helpers as the Stampede knocked off the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday, helping his team extend their winning streak to four games. The Providence College commit has been on an offensive tear as of late, as he has recorded at least one point in seven of his last nine games dating back to Nov. 18, with 11 points (3G, 8A) in those contests. In total this season, he has amassed 16 points (4G, 12A) in 21 games to lead all Stampede defensemen and sit in a tie for eighth among all USHL blueliners in scoring. A native of Calgary, AB, Crozier is in his first USHL season. He was drafted by Sioux Falls in the second round, 22nd overall in the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) and Edge School (CSSHL).
Calvaruso had a tremendous start to his USHL career. He came on in relief and stopped all 10 shots he faced to help Sioux Falls come back and knock off Dubuque in overtime on Thursday. He then stopped 29 of 31 shots on Friday and 20 of the 21 attempts he faced on Saturday to help the Stampede to a weekend sweep of the Green Bay Gamblers. Because of Calvaruso's strong play between the pipes, the Stampede have extended their winning streak to four games, won five of their last six contests and sit just two points back of fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The Livonia, MI native was added by Sioux Falls on Dec 8 and previously backstopped Colorado College, the Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) and Detroit Catholic Central (USHS).
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.