The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 16 of the 2018-19 season. For the first time this season, all three winners play on the same team, as Tri-City Storm forward Brendan Furry, defenseman Ronnie Attard and goaltender Isaiah Saville earned weekly honors. Furry recorded eight points in three games over the weekend, including a four-point performance on Saturday, Attard picked up six points in three games, which included a pair of multi-point efforts and Saville recorded a 38-save shutout on Friday before stopping 42 of the 44 shots he faced on Saturday to lead the Storm 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.
3 GP: 2 goals, 6 assists, +4 rating
Furry scored a goal and dished out two assists on Friday, scored his second goal of the weekend and added three more helpers on Saturday and picked up his sixth assist and eighth point of the weekend to help Tri-City move to the top of the USHL standings. Furry is now up to 31 points (12G, 19A) on the season and has recorded 13 points (4G, 9A) in eight games with the Storm since being acquired from the Omaha Lancers. The uncommitted forward leads the team in scoring with his 12 goals and 31 points, and is second among all Storm players in assists with 19. Furry is also in the midst of a six-game point streak dating back to Jan. 3, with 11 points (3G, 8A) and a pair of multi-point performances in that stretch. He has also recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine games dating back to Dec. 9, with four games where he recorded at least two points. A native of Toledo, OH, Furry is in his second USHL season. He recorded 40 points (17G, 23A) in 59 games with Omaha last season and has 71 points (29G, 42A) in 83 career USHL games. Prior to his time in the USHL, he played for the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) and Belle Tire (T1EHL). This is the first USHL weekly award of Furry's career.
3 GP: 1 goal, 5 assists, +5 rating
Attard scored a goal and dished out two helpers on Friday before recording two assists on Saturday and picking up his fifth assist and sixth point of the weekend on Sunday. Thanks to his six-point weekend, he is now third among all USHL defensemen in scoring with 26 points (11G, 15A) and is the only USHL defenseman who has played at least five games to average over a point-per-game (1.18). His 11 goals are tied for the most among blueliners and second among all Tri-City players, and Attard also leads all USHL players with a +25 rating. The Western Michigan commit is currently sporting a five-game point streak dating back to Jan. 4 and has recorded 11 points (4G, 7A) in that span, including four multi-point performances from Jan. 4 - Jan. 12. This is Attard's second weekly award of the season, as he was previously named USHL Defenseman of the Week on Dec. 3. 2018-19 marks Attard's third season in the USHL. He has played in 118 career games, all with the Storm, amassing 46 points (22G, 24A) in those contests. A White Lake, MI native, Attard was selected by Tri-City in the 10th round, 158th overall in the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge. Prior to his time in the USHL, Attard skated for Victory Honda (T1EHL).
2-0-0-0, 1.21 GAA, .968 SV%
Saville earned his third Goaltender of the Week award of the season with his performance over the weekend, as he pitched a 38-save shutout on Friday before stopping 42 of the 44 shots he faced on Saturday. The University of Nebraska Omaha commit moved his record to 16-2-1-1 to go along with a sparking 1.64 GAA and .939 SV%, both the top marks in the league. He has also allowed just 34 goals in those 21 games, tied for the fewest among qualified goaltenders (min. 600 minutes played) and has helped the Storm allow the fewest goals against (76) in the USHL, as well as the best record in the league (25-7-1-1). The Anchorage, AK native previously won USHL Goaltender of the Week on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29 and was named to November's NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List. In addition, Saville participated in the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, recording 10 saves, and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge. Saville spent the 2017-18 season with the NAHL's Minnesota Magicians, where he posted a 2.41 GAA and .927 SV% en route to being named to the All-NAHL Second Team. Before his time in junior hockey, Saville played for the Colorado Thunderbirds (T1EHL). He was acquired by Tri-City from the Madison Capitols via trade before the 2018 USHL Phase I 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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