November 14, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Home Perfection ...A pair of home wins for the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the weekend kept them as the only unbeaten USHL team on home ice (7-0-0) this season. It also gave them the best overall record in the League (12-1-1). Goaltender Arthur Brey made a season high 23 saves in Friday's 5-1 win over Muskegon and then earned the victory in a relief appearance on Saturday to push his season record to a perfect 8-0-0. Playing in his 150th career USHL game, defenseman Brandon Carlson scored two goals on Friday. It was the first time in 21 months that the rugged defenseman had scored a goal in the League. Alex Fossen netted two goals in Saturday's 5-3 victory against Muskegon, including the game-winner, and then set up teammate Mike Szmatula's third goal of the game.
Star Earns 40th ...Lincoln Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb stopped all 25 shots that came his way on Friday during the 5-0 victory against Cedar Rapids to record his second shutout in a span of four starts. It was also the 40th USHL career win for the third-year netminder. He is tied for the lead among USHL goaltenders with eight victories this season.
Quick Strikes ...After scoring one goal in 13 previous USHL games, Des Moines Buccaneers forward Danny Elser netted a pair of goals within a span of 22 seconds during the first period of the Thursday loss to Sioux City. Chicago Steel forward Christian Heil scored two goals in a span of 34 seconds during the third period of Sunday's 5-2 loss to Indiana. It gave the 18-year-old five goals over his last four games and moved him into a tie for third in the USHL with 10 goals this season.
Chemistry ...The line of Brendan Harms, Jordan Nelson, and Dominic Toninato had a big night on Saturday as each scored a goal and dished out two assists in the 5-4 win over Des Moines. It equaled the individual scoring high for all three players during their USHL careers. Harms netted the game-winner in the contest, putting him in a tie for the League scoring lead.
Positive Contributions ...Defenseman Paul LaDue was on the ice for each goal in the 5-0 victory against Cedar Rapids on Friday, finishing the game with a plus-five rating to equal a USHL season high. The next evening, Fargo Force defenseman Taylor Fleming accomplished the same feat in his team's 5-4 win over Des Moines. Both players are among League leaders in plus/minus this season (LaDue +12, Fleming +8).
Fanfare ...The Sioux Falls Stampede earned a 5-2 win against Lincoln on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,759 fans at the Sioux Falls Arena, which were five fans shy of equaling their all-time single-game attendance record. They lead the USHL averaging nearly 4,000 fans per contest. Sam Rothstein scored two goals for the Herd as they claimed their League best eighth home victory.
Big House Debut ...The Indiana Ice played their first game of the season at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA's Indiana Pacers, on Friday. A total of 5,199 fans - the highest attendance in the USHL so far this season - saw the Ice earn a 2-1 victory against Green Bay. Zach Aman scored just 52 seconds into the contest before Austin Ortega scored the eventual game-winner.
They Have Their Number ...The Green Bay Gamblers earned victories over Youngstown on Saturday and Sunday to make it four straight wins against the Phantoms. Goaltender Cam Hackett earned his first USHL victory with 30 saves for the Gamblers in Saturday's 5-2 win. Defenseman Ben Gallacher scored his first goal in the League which proved to be the game-winner in Sunday's 3-2 victory. Sebastian Weberg scored a goal in both contests, his first two tallies in the USHL. Green Bay also continued their solid penalty killing during the week, stopping all nine opponent power plays over three games. They have successfully killed off all 25 shorthanded opportunities in their last 10 games.
He Shoots, He Scores ...Des Moines Buccaneers forward Willem Nong-Lambert scored a goal on three consecutive nights. He was efficient in his scoring as the three goals came on just three shots. The four goals this season for the USHL rookie have come from only six shots, a stellar .667 shooting percentage.
Stars and Stripes ...Several players took a break from USHL action to represent the United States in international competition last week. A total of 20 USHL players were part of the U.S. Junior Select Team that won gold at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. They finished the tournament unbeaten over four games, including the 6-3 victory against Canada West in the championship game. Vince Hinostroza of the Waterloo Black Hawks served as captain of the U.S. team and earned tournament Most Valuable Players honors after leading all players with six goals. He tied for the tournament scoring lead of eight points with teammate Ian Brady, a defenseman for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, who set a tournament record with eight assists.
Team USA's Under-18 squad won three of their four games during the Four Nations Tournament to finish with the best record and claim the tournament championship for the fifth consecutive year. Goaltender Thatcher Demko was in net for all three U.S. victories, posting a 1.67 GAA and .936 SV% during the tournament that included Sweden, Switzerland, and Finland. Forward Tyler Kelleher led all players at the event with six points (2g, 4a).
The Under-17 squad for Team USA went across the pond for their Four Nations Tournament in Switzerland and won all three of their games to claim the title for the fourth consecutive year. They earned wins over Russia, Slovakia, and the host Switzerland, outscoring the opposition by a combined 18-7. Forward Sonny Milano led Team USA with six points (4g, 2a) which was third among all players at the tournament.
Notes ...Sioux Falls Stampede forward Zeb Knutson has scored five goals during his current four-game goal streak...Playing in just his second game of the season, Nikolas Olsson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, plus dished out an assist for the Sioux City Musketeers in the 6-3 win over Des Moines on Thursday...Lincoln Stars forward David Parrottino wasted little time in making his presence felt in the USHL. After starting the season on injured reserve, the 18-year-old scored a goal and finished with a plus-two rating during his first USHL game, a 5-0 win against Cedar Rapids on Friday...The first USHL goal for Christian Lampasso was the game-winner for the Des Moines Buccaneers in Friday's 3-2 win over Fargo...Omaha Lancers forward Luca Frigo, a native of Italy, has scored three goals over his last four games, including the game-winner in the 3-1 victory against Cedar Rapids on Saturday...Vinni Lettieri has scored four goals during his current five-game point streak for the Lincoln Stars...Cutler Martin and Nolan Gluchowski both scored their first USHL career goal for the Tri-City Storm in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Fargo...Jake Jackson and Tyler Sheehy each scored their first USHL goal on Saturday, helping the Waterloo Black Hawks capture a 5-2 win over Sioux City.
Looking Ahead ...Friday marks a matchup of conference leaders as the Dubuque Fighting Saints, currently on top of the Eastern Conference, travel to meet the Western Conference leading Lincoln Stars. They rank first and second among USHL teams in fewest goals allowed with Dubuque giving up just 1.71 goals per game and Lincoln allowing 2.15 per contest.
11/12/12 - Cam Darcy, Muskegon - added to roster
11/9/12 - David Parrottino, Lincoln - activated from injured reserve
11/9/12 - Vince Pedrie, Indiana - acquired in a trade from Omaha
11/8/12 - Ruslan Pedan, Tri-City - added to roster