The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 15th week of the 2009-10 USHL regular season.
Congratulations to forward Brock Montpetit of the Waterloo Black Hawks, named Reebok Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman David Makowski of the Green Bay Gamblers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Steven Bolton of the Tri-City Storm who earned honors as the USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Montpetit scored nine points (4g, 5a) and registered a plus-six rating as the Black Hawks won three games in three nights. He dished out two assists in the 3-0 win over Team USA on Friday. The 19-year-old then recorded a season high four points (3g, 1a) and completed a hat trick by scoring a goal in all three periods of the 8-3 win vs. Chicago on Saturday. The native of Somerset, Wisconsin completed the weekend registering a point on all three goals (1g, 2a) in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Chicago. The third-year USHL forward is riding a six-game point streak (6g, 7a) and currently leads Waterloo with 42 points (19g, 23a) in 30 games which also ranks fifth overall in the League.
Makowski recorded a goal in each of the Gamblers’ two weekend victories, extending the team’s win streak to eight games. He capped the scoring with a shorthanded tally in the 3-1 win over Team USA on Friday. The 20-year-old from Wildwood, Missouri then scored the game-winning goal in the 6-1 victory over Team USA on Saturday. The defenseman has scored a goal in three straight games, two of which have been game-winners. It is the third weekly USHL honor this season for Makowski who ranks second among League defenseman in scoring with 26 points (13g, 13a) in 29 games.
Bolton posted a 1.50 goals-against-average, .950 save percentage, and one shutout as he earned back-to-back victories for the Storm. Just two days after his 20th birthday, he celebrated by stopping all 34 shots he faced in the 1-0 victory vs. Cedar Rapids on Friday. It was the first USHL shutout for the native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He then made 23 saves to help Tri-City claim a key 4-3 road victory over division-rival Sioux Falls on Saturday. Bolton has registered a 5-3-0 record with a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage in 10 appearances for the Storm this season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 31st season of junior hockey in 2009-10. With over 180 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 13 NHL Entry Draft picks currently on League rosters, the USHL is the nation’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.