The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the fifth week of the 2009-10 USHL regular season.
Congratulations to Matt Bailey of the Sioux Falls Stampede, named Reebok Offensive Player of the Week; Nick Bailen of the Indiana Ice, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Matt Hemingway of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, who earned honors as the USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Bailey registered five points (2g, 3a) and a plus-three rating as the Stampede earned consecutive victories. He dished out two assists in Friday’s 4-0 shutout of Lincoln. The following evening he scored two goals on two shots and collected one assist for a three-point effort in the 7-3 win vs. Sioux City. The 18-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba leads Sioux Falls in scoring with 12 points (6g, 6a) and is currently riding a three-game point streak (3g, 3a). Bailey is in his second USHL season after scoring 24 points (10g, 14a) in 58 games last season for the Tri-City Storm.
Bailen recorded three points (1g, 2a) and plus-three rating during Indiana’s two-game sweep of Waterloo. He assisted on the game-winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 victory, and then scored his first goal of the season while also collecting an assist during Saturday’s 7-0 win. The Fredonia, New York native is currently tied for the team lead in scoring with six points (1g, 5a). The 19-year-old defenseman played his 171st USHL regular season game on Saturday which ties him for the most by a player in Ice history. Currently in his fourth USHL season, Bailen has scored 48 points (14g, 34a) in the League.
Hemingway made just his second USHL start on Friday, but stopped all 30 shots in the 2-0 victory over the Chicago Steel. The 18-year-old from Alexandria, Minnesota earned the key road win over the League’s top offensive club, which had averaged 4.88 goals per game coming into the contest. Hemingway has won both his starts during his first USHL season and currently has a 1.92 GAA and a .943 SV% for the RoughRiders.
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