The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the seventh week of the 2009-10 USHL regular season.
Congratulations to Brodie Reid of the Lincoln Stars, named Reebok Offensive Player of the Week; Andrej Sustr of the Youngstown Phantoms, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Troy Grosenick of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, who earned honors as the USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Reid registered five points (4g, 1a) and a plus-four rating as the Lincoln Stars earned a split of two games during the weekend. The 20-year-old forward recorded a hat trick scoring three goals in a span of 11:15 in the third period of Friday’s 8-4 loss to Des Moines. On Saturday, the native of Delta, British Columbia scored the first goal of the game and dished out an assist in the 4-1 win over Waterloo. All four goals scored by Reid were even strength tallies. He is playing in his first USHL season and currently leads the Stars with six goals.
Sustr recorded two points (2a) and a plus-five rating as the Youngstown Phantoms won two of three contests during the week. The 6-6, 195-pound defenseman assisted on the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory vs. Green Bay. He then collected an assist in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Green Bay extending his point streak to three games. In Saturday’s 7-6 win over Chicago, the native of Plzen, Czech Republic registered a plus-two rating, his fourth straight game with an even-or-better plus/minus. Sustr, 18, is playing in his first USHL season and currently ranks tied for second among all League defenseman with nine assists.
Grosenick posted two victories, a 1.44 goals-against-average, and a .953 save percentage for the RoughRiders. On Friday, the 20-year-old netminder made 30 saves and stopped four shooters in a seven-round shootout to earn the 4-3 victory for Cedar Rapids. He then turned away all 31 shots by Tri-City in Saturday’s 4-0 shutout victory. It was the second shutout of the season for Grosenick and the seventh victory, which ranks tied for second among USHL goaltenders. It is the second weekly honor for the native of Brookfield, Wisconsin who earned the award following the second week of the 2009-10 season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 31st season of junior hockey in 2009-10. With over 160 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 13 NHL Entry Draft picks currently on League rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.
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