The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 27th and final week of the 2009-10 USHL regular season.
Congratulations to forward Stephan Vigier of the Sioux City Musketeers, named Reebok Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Danny Wurden of the Sioux City Musketeers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Carsen Chubak of the Tri-City Storm who earned honors as the USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Vigier scored six points (4g, 2a) and recorded a plus-five rating as the Musketeers won both games to close out the regular season. The second-year USHL forward had a game high four points (2g, 2a) in the 7-2 win over Waterloo on Friday. He followed up with two more goals in Saturday's 10-3 victory against Lincoln. Vigier scored 12 goals over the final 13 games of the season helping his club post a 9-1-3 record over that span. The 20-year-old native of Notre Dame, Manitoba was the leading scorer for Sioux City this season with 49 points (29g, 20a) in 58 games played. His 29 goals tied for sixth in the League and his 12 power play goals ranked fourth overall.
Wurden registered six points (2g, 4a) and a plus-two rating to win his second straight weekly award. He assisted on the game-winning goal and later added a goal in Friday's 7-2 win. He then recorded a career best four points (1g, 3a) in Saturday's 10-3 victory. All four of his points were on the power play as he led the Musketeers to a 5-of-8 performance on the man advantage. The game also marked the end of the four-year USHL career for the native of Fargo, North Dakota who has appeared in 185 games in the League. Wurden ranked fifth on the team in scoring this season with 26 points (6g, 20a) in 57 games.
Chubak stepped up to post consecutive victories as the Storm needed two wins during the weekend to earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2007. He turned away all 30 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season in the 1-0 victory vs. Des Moines on Friday. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native then made 31 saves in the 5-2 win over Sioux Falls in Saturday's regular season finale. The game was the 50th appearance of the season for Chubak which tied for the lead among USHL goaltenders. He led all League netminders with 1,291 saves and ranked second with 2,776 minutes played.
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