The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the ninth week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.
Congratulations to forward Dajon Mingo of the Des Moines Buccaneers, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Austin Coldwell of Des Moines Buccaneers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Scott Diebold of the Tri-City Storm who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Mingo recorded six points (5g, 1a) in leading the Buccaneers to two victories during the weekend. He tallied three points (2g, 1a) in the second period alone, plus converted in the shootout of Friday's 6-5 win over Chicago. The 20-year-old then recorded a hat trick, which included the game-winning goal, in Saturday's 5-3 victory vs. Muskegon. Mingo is a native of Detroit, Michigan and is competing in his first USHL season. He leads the Bucs with eight goals and has recorded 11 points (8g, 3a) through 10 games. The forward is also tied for the team lead with a plus-six rating.
Coldwell dished out five assists and posted a plus-two rating over the Buccaneers two wins. The 20-year-old had two assists in Friday's 6-5 shootout win over Chicago. He then tallied three helpers in Saturday's 5-3 victory against Muskegon, including an assist on the game-winning goal. Coldwell currently leads the Bucs in scoring with 13 points (4g, 9a) in 14 games this season and ranks second among all USHL defensemen in scoring. The Vancouver, Washington native is in his second USHL season after playing 58 games in 2009-10 for Des Moines.
Diebold led the Storm to a pair of victories over the weekend, helping them snap a four-game winless stretch. He turned aside all 28 shots he faced in the 2-0 victory over Team USA on Friday. It was the second shutout of the season for Diebold. The 18-year-old then made 30 saves and stopped 4-of-5 attempts in the shootout during Saturday's 3-2 win against Sioux Falls. It was the first shootout win in four attempts this season for the Storm. Diebold is a native of Cheektowaga, New York and has won four games for the Storm during his first USHL season.
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