The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 15th week of the 2011-12 USHL regular season.
Award winners include forwards Sam Herr of the Green Bay Gamblers, named recipient of CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Matthew Krug of the Indiana Ice, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Michael Rotolo of the Green Bay Gamblers who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Herr scored six points (5g, 1a) and recorded a plus-six rating to lead the Gamblers to a pair of wins. He scored a pair of goals in a span of 1:15 during the second period of Friday’s 8-1 win over Tri-City. The 19-year-old then recorded a goal in each period of the 7-1 victory against Chicago on Sunday to record his first USHL hat trick. Herr fired a game high eight shots on goal during his third straight multi-point game. The native of Hinsdale, Illinois is tied for eighth overall in USHL scoring with 30 points (13g, 17a) and is tied for third in the League with a plus-19 rating through 26 games this season.
Krug tallied three points (1g, 2a) and a plus-two rating to help the Ice earn a pair of victories and extend their winning streak to five games. His first USHL career goal was the game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 win over Waterloo. He followed up by dishing out two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 victory against Youngstown. Krug also helped the Ice go a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill during the weekend. The big weekend doubled the point total for the 19-year-old native of Buffalo, New York as he has collected six points (1g, 5a) in 26 games during his first USHL season.
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