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The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 15 of the 2018-19 season. Youngstown Phantoms forward Jack Malone, Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman James Marooney and Dubuque Fighting Saints goaltender Aaron Randazzo all earned their first weekly awards of the season. Malone recorded six points in two games over the weekend, including a hat trick on Friday, Marooney scored a goal and added three assists last week and Randazzo made 25 saves on 26 shots to lead Dubuque to a 2-1 shootout win over Omaha on Saturday. 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.
2 GP: 3 goals, 3 assists, +6 rating
Malone recorded a hat trick and added an assist in Youngstown's 5-3 victory over Sioux City on Friday before dishing out a pair of helpers as the Phantoms knocked off the Musketeers 4-3 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to three games. With his efforts over the weekend, the Cornell University commit has extended his point streak to six games dating back to Dec. 1, with 11 points in that stretch (5G, 6A), and now sits alone in third on the team in scoring with 26 points (12G, 14A) in 24 games. His 12 goals also are third among the Phantoms, while his 12 assists are good for fifth. The Madison, NJ native was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game last Friday and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge under Anthony Noreen, who will serve as Malone's assistant coach with Team West at the 2019 Top Prospects Game. Malone was drafted in the 9th round, 136th overall by Youngstown in the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft and previously played for the North Jersey Avalanche (T1EHL) and Delbarton School (USHS). Malone is in his second full USHL season and has recorded 41 points (16G, 25A) in 78 career games.
3 GP: 1 goal, 3 assists, -1 rating
Marooney dished out two assists in Waterloo's New Years Eve win over Madison, scored a goal on Friday in Sioux Falls and added his third helper of the week on Saturday against Lincoln. The Ohio State commit has now cracked the double-digit mark in points on the season, as he currently has 12 (1G, 11A) points on the year. He has recorded points in five of his last six games dating back to Dec. 15, with seven points (1G, 6A) and a pair of multi-point efforts in that stretch. The Chaska, MN native is in the midst of his second full USHL season. In 66 career games, all with Waterloo, Marooney has put up 18 points (3G, 15A) to go along with a +8 rating. He was drafted by Waterloo in the 19th round, 306th overall in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft and played for Holy Family Catholic High (USHS) prior to his time in the USHL.
1-0-0-0, 0.92 GAA, .962 SV%
In his only start of the weekend, Randazzo stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced through 65 minutes of play as well as all three attempts in the shootout to lead Dubuque to a 2-1 win over the Omaha Lancers on Saturday night. With the victory, Randazzo moved to 5-2-0-0 on the year. The St. Cloud State commit has won his last two decisions between the pipes, the last one coming on Nov. 24 in the Fighting Saints' 5-3 win in Sioux Falls over the Stampede. In his 11 appearances this season, he has faced at least 25 shots in four of them and has made at least 25 saves in all four of those contests. An Annapolis, MD native, Randazzo is in his first season in Dubuque as well as the USHL. He was added to the Fighting Saints' roster on Sept. 4 and spent the majority of the 2017-18 season with Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA in Canada, where he backstopped the team to a championship with a 1.62 GAA and .920 SV% in 21 games.