Crandall, Mayfield, O’Connor named USHL Players of the Week

By League Press Release

The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the opening week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.

Congratulations to forward Justin Crandall of the Omaha Lancers, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Scott Mayfield of the Youngstown Phantoms, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Matt O’Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Crandall scored a pair of goals in his USHL debut on Friday for the Lancers.  With his team trailing by a goal, the forward tied the game with his first USHL goal and then netted the game-winner with under two minutes to play in the 3-2 win over Dubuque.  The 18-year-old native of Lakeville, Minnesota was held scoreless on Saturday, but his shootout goal was the deciding tally in the 2-1 victory vs. Tri-City. 

Mayfield scored a goal and helped the Phantoms earn a pair of victories during the first week of the USHL season.  He tallied the game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Chicago on Saturday and fired five shots on goal for the weekend.  The 17-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri is playing in his second USHL season after posting 22 points (10g, 12a) in 59 games for the Phantoms during their inaugural season in 2009-10. 

O’Connor backstopped the Phantoms to both victories over the weekend, posting a 1.48 goals-against-average and a .947 save percentage.  The 6-6 goaltender made 29 saves in the season opening victory vs. Des Moines on Friday, a 2-1 overtime win.  It was the USHL debut for the native of Toronto, Ontario.  O’Connor then made 25 saves on Saturday in the 2-1 win over Chicago to improve his record to 2-0-0.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates ninth season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11.  With 250 players from 2009-10 committed to NCAA Division I schools and 35 NHL Entry Draft picks on League rosters last season, the USHL is the nation’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.