The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the 20th week of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.
Winners include Peter Krieger of the Waterloo Black Hawks, recognized as CCM Forward of the Week; Brandon Montour of the Waterloo Black Hawks, chosen as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Danny Tirone of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, tabbed as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Peter Krieger, F, Waterloo Black Hawks: For the second time in a span of three weeks, the Oakdale, Minnesota native takes home USHL honors, having recorded four goals and a plus-three on-ice rating over two games to help the Hawks push their winning streak to 15 games. On Friday night, he tallied two goals in a 5-1 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He deposited two more in Saturday’s big 7-0 win over the Sioux City Musketeers. It was the third consecutive two-goal game for the 20-year-old and gave him nine goals over his last seven contests. Committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Krieger is seventh in League scoring with 40 points (18g, 22a) in 37 games.
Brandon Montour, D, Waterloo Black Hawks: The 19-year-old lent a helping hand this weekend, recording assists on six of the team’s 12 goals over two victories while also posting a plus-five rating. He dished out three assists and registered a game-high plus-three rating in the 5-1 win over Muskegon on Friday. It was more of the same on Saturday, as the Oshweken, Ontario native tallied three more assists in the 7-0 win over Sioux City. The University of Massachusetts commit has points in each of his team’s 15 consecutive victories, totaling 24 points (4g, 20a) over that span. He leads all USHL defensemen in scoring with 37 points (9g, 28a) in 37 games this season.
Danny Tirone, G, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders: Hailing from Trumbull, Connecticut, the goaltender had a stellar week by stopping all 50 shots he faced over two games to earn his first two USHL shutouts. He put together an 18-save performance in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. The 19-year-old was back in between the pipes on Saturday, stopping all 32 shots he saw to lead the Riders to a 5-0 win over the Green Bay Gamblers. On his way to the University of New Hampshire after his USHL career, Tirone is 7-2-0 in his last nine starts and now ranks fifth in the League with 16 total wins this season. He is seventh amongst USHL backstops with a 2.53 goals-against average and sixth with a. 919 save percentage.
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