The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the fourth week of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.
The Omaha Lancers earned a clean sweep of the USHL Weekly awards as Tyler Vesel was named CCM Forward of the Week, Matt Nelson was selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week, and Cole Bruns earned Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Tyler Vesel, F, Omaha Lancers: The Rochester, Minnesota native had a monster weekend for the Lancers, registering six points (3g, 3a) and a plus-four rating over two games played. On Friday, he tallied a shorthanded marker in Omaha’s 2-0 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Saturday marked the most productive game of his young USHL career as the University of Nebraska-Omaha commit notched a pair of goals and dished out three assists, and tied a game-high plus-three rating, in a big 7-0 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. The 19-year-old has points in all five games this season and is tied for second in League scoring with 11 points (5g, 6a) while leading all players with two shorthanded goals.
Matt Nelson, D, Omaha Lancers: The first-year defenseman tallied two points (1g, 1a) and earned a plus-two on-ice rating in a pair of wins over the weekend. The Edina, Minnesota native recorded his first USHL point on Friday as he dished an assist on the game-winning goal in Omaha’s 2-0 victory over the Stampede. His weekend of firsts continued on Saturday when he notched his first USHL goal in a 7-0 win over the Bucs. Committed to Princeton University, the 19-year-old was also a part of a penalty killing unit that was a perfect nine-for-nine on the weekend and has contributed to the impressive streak for the Lancers this season as they have yet to allow a goal over five games.
Cole Bruns, G, Omaha Lancers: Bruns picked up his fourth and fifth shutouts of the season this weekend, earning his second Goaltender of the Week award. He stopped all 28 shots he faced on Friday in the 2-0 win over the Stampede. Saturday seemed like a carbon copy of Friday as the 19-year-old Prairie Grove, Illinois native again blocked all 28 shots, leading the Lancers to a 7-0 win over Des Moines. He has posted five consecutive shutouts this season, stopping all 117 shots and leading the USHL record shutout streak for the Lancers. Bruns is just one shutout shy of tying the Lancers Tier 1 era (2002-present) record for shutouts in a season, set by Jeff Lerg in 2004-05.
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