The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the opening week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.
Congratulations to forward Justin Crandall of the Omaha Lancers, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Scott Mayfield of the Youngstown Phantoms, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Matt O'Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Crandall scored a pair of goals in his USHL debut on Friday for the Lancers. With his team trailing by a goal, the forward tied the game with his first USHL goal and then netted the game-winner with under two minutes to play in the 3-2 win over Dubuque. The 18-year-old native of Lakeville, Minnesota was held scoreless on Saturday, but his shootout goal was the deciding tally in the 2-1 victory vs. Tri-City.
Mayfield scored a goal and helped the Phantoms earn a pair of victories during the first week of the USHL season. He tallied the game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Chicago on Saturday and fired five shots on goal for the weekend. The 17-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri is playing in his second USHL season after posting 22 points (10g, 12a) in 59 games for the Phantoms during their inaugural season in 2009-10.
O'Connor backstopped the Phantoms to both victories over the weekend, posting a 1.48 goals-against-average and a .947 save percentage. The 6-6 goaltender made 29 saves in the season opening victory vs. Des Moines on Friday, a 2-1 overtime win. It was the USHL debut for the native of Toronto, Ontario. O'Connor then made 25 saves on Saturday in the 2-1 win over Chicago to improve his record to 2-0-0.
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