The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the 15th week of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.
Winners include Tyler Vesel of the Omaha Lancers, recognized as CCM Forward of the Week; Terrance Amorosa of the Sioux City Musketeers, chosen as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Cal Petersen of the Waterloo Black Hawks, named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Tyler Vesel, F, Omaha Lancers: The 19-year-old had a monster weekend, recording seven points (2g, 5a) over two games. He tallied a career high five points (1g, 4a) as he helped the Lancers record a season high in goals during Friday’s 8-3 win over the Tri-City Storm. His five points and four assists both equaled USHL season highs. On Saturday, the University of Nebraska-Omaha commit scored a goal and assisted on another in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Lincoln Stars. Both of his goals over the weekend came on the power play which gives him eight for the season, ranking third in the League. The Rochester, Minnesota native leads the USHL with 24 goals, which includes five over his last six games, and ranks second in scoring with 45 points (24g, 21a) over 29 games this season. His plus-28 rating also leads the League.
Terrance Amorosa, D, Sioux City Musketeers: The defenseman scored a pair of goals and posted a plus-three rating over two games to help the Musketeers extend their winning streak to seven. After posting a plus-one rating in Friday’s 4-2 win against the Lincoln Stars, he had a career night on Saturday. He netted his first USHL goal late in the second period, which proved to be the game-winner in the 8-2 victory against the Fargo Force. The 19-year-old then added a second goal during a five-goal third period for Sioux City. A commit of Providence College, he was also part of a penalty killing unit that successfully stopped 12-of-13 opponent power plays on the weekend. The native of Kirkland, Quebec is a 2013 NHL Draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Cal Petersen, G, Waterloo Black Hawks: The Waterloo, Iowa product backstopped the Hawks to a pair of wins over the weekend while posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in the process. On Friday night, the University of Notre Dame commit turned out a 27-save performance in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Steel. The 19-year-old then stopped 14 shots in a 6-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday to record his 15th victory of the season. A 2013 NHL Draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, Petersen has won four straight and seven of his last eight appearances, posting a 1.67 GAA and .943 SV% in those victories. He currently ranks second in the League in wins (15), fourth in SV% (.919), and sixth in GAA (2.48).
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