The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the sixth week of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.
Award winners include Jake Randolph of the Omaha Lancers and Jared Thomas from the Sioux City Musketeers, selected as co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week; Jack Dougherty of Team USA and Tyler Mueller of Sioux City, chosen as co-recipients of CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Jason Pawloski of the Indiana Ice, earning honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Jake Randolph, F, Omaha Lancers: The Duluth, Minnesota native continued his red hot start to the season with seven points (1g, 6a) over three games to help the Lancers earn five of six points in the standings. On Friday, Randolph dished out three assists and recorded a plus-one on-ice rating in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. He then tallied the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Tri-City Storm. The 19-year-old rounded out his weekend by dishing out three more assists in Sunday’s 6-5 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Randolph is riding a five-game point streak (2g, 9a) and leads the USHL in scoring with 23 points (5g, 18a).
Jared Thomas, F, Sioux City Musketeers: The 19-year-old had a big weekend, recording six points (2g, 4a) to help the Musketeers earn two wins and extend their winning streak to five games. On Friday night against Omaha, he tallied his first USHL career shorthanded goal and handed out two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in overtime. The Hermantown, Minnesota native turned out another three-point night on Saturday, including an assist on the game-winner, in a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks. He also finished the game with a game-high plus-three on-ice rating. The University of Minnesota-Duluth commit leads the team in both points (13) and assists (9), and has recorded multi-point games in four of his last five (3g, 8a).
Jack Dougherty, D, Team USA: The Cottage Grove, Minnesota native was an instrumental part in Team USA’s 4-1 win over the Fargo Force on Friday, recording a pair of goals and an assist. He scored on the power play in the first period, the first goal of his USHL career, and again converted on the power play in the second period which proved to be the game-winner. He added an assist early in the third period to complete his three-point night. The 17-year-old also helped Team USA kill all nine of Fargo’s power play chances. The University of Wisconsin commit has recorded six points (2g, 4a) over six games during his first USHL season and is currently tied for third in the League with a plus-10 on-ice rating.
Tyler Mueller, D, Sioux City Musketeers: The defenseman lit the lamp twice and recorded a plus-four on-ice rating in two victories for the Musketeers. The University of Massachusetts-Lowell commit had the biggest game of his young USHL career on Friday, scoring two goals in a span of 1:34 during the third period to force overtime. The Musketeers would then go on to win 6-5 in overtime vs. Omaha. In addition to his first two USHL goals, he finished with a plus-three rating and added one assist. The 19-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan then posted a plus-one rating and was a part of a penalty killing unit that held Waterloo scoreless on six-of-seven power play chances. Mueller has recorded all five of his points (2g, 3a) over his last five games.
Jason Pawloski, G, Indiana Ice: The 17-year-old rookie had a stellar weekend, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. On Saturday night, he made a season high 38 saves in a 5-3 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints to hand them their first loss of the season. He was back between the pipes on Sunday, turning out a 20-save performance in a 6-1 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. The Omaha, Nebraska native has won three of his last four starts, posting a 2.01 GAA and 925 SV% over that span. Pawloski is committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato and has recorded a 2.63 GAA and .904 SV% in eight appearances this season for the Ice.
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