The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 22nd week of the 2011-12 USHL regular season.
Award winners include forward Dominik Shine of the Lincoln Stars, named recipient of CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Nick Seeler of the Des Moines Buccaneers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Pheonix Copley of the Des Moines Buccaneers who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Shine scored eight points (4g, 4a) over three games to help the Stars earn five of six points in the standings. He recorded a USHL career high five points (2g, 3a) in Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over Tri-City, which also equaled a USHL season high for points in a game. The 18-year-old then collected three points (2g, 1a) in the 4-3 shootout win against Youngstown on Friday. It extended his point streak to eight games and was the fourth time in a span of five contests that he had a multi-point game. Shine has been limited to 16 games this season due to injury but has put up 18 points (8g, 10a). The third-year USHL forward from Pinckney, Michigan has registered 75 points (35g, 40a) in 122 career games.
Seeler recorded four points (2g, 2a) and a plus-three rating as the Buccaneers won two of three games during the weekend. On Friday, he scored a goal and dished out an assist in the 3-1 win against Sioux City. The 18-year-old then dished out two assists, including one shorthanded, during the first period of Saturday’s 6-3 victory over Sioux City. Seeler has put up 23 points (4g, 19a) in 43 games during his first USHL season, including eight points (2g, 6a) in 11 games since being acquired by the Bucs. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native was a 2011 NHL Draft pick of the Minnesota Wild.
Copley posted a 2.00 goals-against-average and .932 save percentage while in net for two victories for the Buccaneers. He made 23 saves in Friday’ 3-1 win against Sioux City. The 20-year-old then stopped 32 shots in the 6-3 victory over Sioux City on Saturday to capture his fourth consecutive win. Copley has posted a 6-2-0 record with a 2.23 GAA and .929 SV% in eight games since being acquired by the Bucs earlier in the month. The North Pole, Alaska native has recorded 15 wins thus far in his first USHL season and has allowed one goal or less in eight of those victories.
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