Monday, December 10, 2012

USHL Honors - Week 11

Press Release

Today, the United States Hockey League announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the eleventh week of the 2012-13 USHL regular season.

Award winners include Kyle Osterberg of the Omaha Lancers, named the CCM Forward of the Week; Matias Cleland of the Omaha Lancers, selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Charlie Lindgren of the Sioux Falls Stampede, who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Kyle Osterberg, F, Omaha Lancers:  Osterberg registered four points this weekend (3g, 1a) including the game-winner in both of the Lancers’ victories. On Friday night, the Lakeville, MN native would strike twice in a 4-3 win over Team USA. He netted a powerplay marker to give Omaha a 3-1 lead at 15:50 of the first period. He would then go on to score the fourth and decisive goal roughly four minutes into the third. Osterberg also tallied an assist in Friday’s contest to tie a USHL career high, with three points in a single game. His hot hand would continue, as he lit the lamp again in Saturday night’s 4-3 win over the Lincoln Stars. That was his second game-winning goal and second powerplay goal of the weekend. His three goals over the weekend puts him in a four-way tie for second place on the team with six.

Matias Cleland, D, Omaha Lancers: Cleland tallied four assists this past weekend, and notched the primary assist on both game-winning goals for the Lancers. On Friday night, Cleland handed out a couple of helpers on the way to a 4-3 victory over Team USA. The Longmont, CO native dished out a pair of assists on the powerplay Saturday to help his team to a second consecutive 4-3 win, this time over the Lincoln Stars. Cleland’s four assists moves him into second place on the team in points and he is tied for second overall in the USHL in defenseman scoring with 16 (4g, 12a). He has multi-point efforts in three of his last five games.

Charlie Lindgren, G, Sioux Falls Stampede: Lindgren backstopped the Stampede to a pair of wins this weekend. Lindgren pitched a shutout on Friday, stopping all 41 shots he saw in a 2-0 win over Tri-City. On Sunday, he turned aside 21-of-22 shots to help the Stampede to a 3-1 victory over Sioux City. The Lakeville, MN native was 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and a .984 save percentage. His weekend performance now ranks him in the top five in the USHL in both shutouts (2) and goals against average (2.39), and he is seventh in save percentage (.915).

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