USHL Honors – Week 18

By League Press Release

The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 18th week of the 2009-10 USHL regular season. 

Congratulations to forward Brandon Saad of Team USA, named Reebok Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Conor Allen of the Sioux Falls Stampede, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Ryan Massa of the Fargo Force who earned honors as the USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Saad scored six points (4g, 2a) and registered a plus-three rating in two victories for Team USA’s Under-18 squad.  On Saturday, he scored a goal in all three periods to record a hat trick in the 10-2 victory over Waterloo.  The 17-year-old native of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania also dished out an assist to record a four-point game.  He followed up with two points (1g, 1a) in the 5-2 win over Indiana on Sunday.  Saad has collected 11 points (7g, 4a) over his last five USHL games and ranks second on Team USA in scoring with 17 points (8g, 9a) through 14 USHL games. 

Allen recorded two goals and a plus-five rating as the Stampede completed a two-game sweep over Youngstown.  The Chicago, Illinois native netted a goal as a part of a five-goal first period for Sioux Falls in the 8-1 win on Friday.  He then celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 8-3 victory and equaled a game high plus-three rating.  Allen is playing in his first USHL season and has collected eight points (3g, 5a) in 32 games for the Stampede. 

Massa allowed just two goals while earning two road victories for the Fargo Force.  He turned away 31 shots in the 9-1 win over Tri-City on Friday.  The native of Littleton, Colorado then stopped 32 shots in the 2-1 victory against Lincoln on Saturday.  Playing in his first USHL season, the 19-year-old has an impressive 13-1-1 record and ranks fifth among League goaltenders with a 2.47 goals-against-average.  During his USHL debut on November 28th, he posted a 22-save shutout in the 5-0 win over Tri-City.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 31st season of junior hockey in 2009-10.  With over 190 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.