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The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 17 of the 2018-19 season. Fargo Force forward Ben Meyers was named Forward of the Week for the second time this season, Team USA defenseman Cam York earned USHL weekly honors for the first time and Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Jared Moe picked up the Goaltender of the Week award for the second time in his USHL career. Meyers recorded seven points in three games last week to extend his point streak to 15 games, tied for the longest point streak in the USHL this season, and move into a tie atop the USHL scoring lead. York tallied seven points in one game on Tuesday, the most by a Team USA player in USHL history, which included a hat trick. Moe recorded two shutouts in three starts over the weekend, stopping 69 of the 71 shots he faced in the process, to help Waterloo climb into a tie for second place in the Western Conference. 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: 4 goals, 3 assists, -1 rating
Meyers dished out an assist on Wednesday, scored two goals and added two more helpers on Friday and found the back of the net twice more on Saturday. His seven-point performance last week extended his point streak to 15 games dating back to Nov. 30, tied for the longest point streak in the USHL this season, putting up 27 points (13G, 14A) in that span. He is also tied atop the USHL scoring race with 45 points (24G, 21A) and has recorded at least one point in all but four of his 31 games played this season. The 24 goals by the University of Minnesota commit lead the league, and he is now tied for the Force's all-time goals record with 49. This is Meyers' second weekly award of the year, as he was previously named USHL Forward of the Week on Oct. 8. 2018-19 marks Meyers' second full season with the Force, as the Delano, MN native played in all 60 regular season games with Fargo last year, recording 44 points (24G, 20A) in those contests. He also put up seven points (4G, 3A) in 14 Clark Cup Playoffs games last season to help the Force to their first-ever Clark Cup. Prior to his time in the USHL, Meyers played four seasons with Delano High in Minnesota. He was selected by Fargo in the seventh round, 96th overall during the 2014 USHL Phase I Draft.
1 GP: 3 goals, 4 assists, +7 rating
York had himself a historic night on Tuesday, as he recorded a hat trick and added four assists for a seven-point night in Team USA's 11-3 victory over Youngstown. His seven points are the most by a Team USA player in USHL history, and his three goals were the most by a Team USA defenseman in a USHL game since Vancouver Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes found the back of the net four times against Muskegon on Dec. 30, 2015. With his historic performance, the University of Michigan commit doubled his point total on the season to 14 points (3G, 11A), matching his USHL career-high in just 12 games. Those 14 points lead Team USA defensemen and are fifth among all Team USA players. He is only one of three full-time USHL defenseman to average over a point-per-game (1.17) and is now on a three-game point streak, with nine points (3G, 6A) in that span. York is in his second USHL season and recorded 14 points (3G, 11A) in 33 games with Team USA in 2017-18 and is ranked 12th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft. York is a native of Anaheim Hills, CA and previously played with Shattuck-St. Mary's.
3-0-0-0, 0.67 GAA, .972 SV%
Moe had himself a very nice week, as he recorded a 21-save shutout on Tuesday, stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced on Friday and recorded his second shutout of the week, a 25-save performance, on Saturday to help Waterloo move into a tie for second place in the Western Conference standings. With his three-win and 69-save performance, the New Prague, MN native moved to 13-7-0-3 on the season, decreased his GAA to 2.81 and increased his SV% to .905, to go along with three shutouts. Both his 2.81 GAA and .905 SV% rank fifth among all USHL goaltenders, while his three shutouts are tied for third in the league. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each his last four and five of his last seven appearances, winning five of those seven contests, and has recorded three shutouts in the span of those seven games dating back to Dec. 31. Moe, a University of Minnesota commit, is in the midst of his second USHL season and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he finished with a 23-6-1-0 record, 2.23 GAA and .919 SV% in the regular season, participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was selected in the sixth round, 184th overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2018 NHL Draft. He was drafted in the fifth round, 79th overall by Waterloo in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft and played for Holy Family Catholic (USHS) before joining the Black Hawks.
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.