Berry, Doerring, Hjelle named USHL Players of the Week

By League Press Release

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

Congratulations to forward Matt Berry of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Blake Doerring of the Des Moines Buccaneers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Brady Hjelle of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Berry recorded seven points (3g, 4a) and posted a plus-six rating in three games for the Lumberjacks.  He tallied a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in the 5-3 win over Chicago on Tuesday.  The 18-year-old from Canton, Michigan dished out two assists in the 5-4 overtime loss to Des Moines on Friday before assisting on the lone goal for Muskegon in Saturday’s 4-1 loss.  Berry is currently riding a five-game point streak in which he has amassed 11 points (5g, 6a) and plus-10 rating over that span.  The first-year USHL forward is tied for fourth in League scoring with 16 points (7g, 9a) thru 13 games.

Doerring dished out three assists and earned a plus-three rating, helping the Buccaneers extend their winning streak to six games.  He collected a career high three assists, including a helper on the game-winning goal, in Saturday’s 7-2 win over Waterloo.  The 19-year-old also posted a game high plus-five rating which equaled a USHL season high.  Doerring is a native of Chanhassen, Minnesota and is competing in his second USHL season after scoring nine points (2g, 7a) in 59 games split between Des Moines and Fargo in 2009-10.      

Hjelle recorded two weekend victories, including a shutout, to extend his winning streak to four games for the RoughRiders.  He made 25 saves in the 3-2 win over Fargo on Friday before turning away all 29 shots he faced in the 4-0 win against Sioux City on Saturday.  It was the second shutout of the season for the 20-year-old.  Hjelle has lost just once in nine starts this season and leads all USHL goaltenders with eight victories.  The native of International Falls, Minnesota has compiled a 1.90 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this season.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11.  With over 200 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 15 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.