The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the seventh week of the 2011-12 USHL regular season.
Award winners include forward Casey Bailey of the Omaha Lancers, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Paul Ladue of the Lincoln Stars, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Jackson Teichroeb of the Lincoln Stars who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Bailey scored seven points (6g, 1a) and registered a plus-six rating in three games for the Lancers. He netted all three goals for the Lancers in Friday’s 5-3 loss to Des Moines. His goals all came in succession during the second period to record the natural hat trick. The 20-year-old dished out an assist during the 2-1 loss to Lincoln on Saturday. Bailey then recorded another hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Sioux City. The native of Anchorage, Alaska now leads the Lancers with eight goals this season, which is also tied for the fourth most in the USHL.
Ladue recorded six points (1g, 5a) and a plus-four rating to help the Stars win all four of their games during the week and take over the top spot in the Western Conference standings. He assisted on the game-winning goal in three straight games – Tuesday’s 6-2 win vs. Sioux City, Friday’s 3-2 win over Sioux Falls, and again during Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Omaha. The 19-year-old then was the hero on Sunday as he scored the game-winning goal with just four seconds remaining in the third period to give the Stars a 6-5 victory over Tri-City. Ladue, a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, is second among USHL defensemen with 10 points (2g, 8a) and is tied for third overall in the League with a plus-nine rating.
Teichroeb posted a 1.67 goals-against-average and a .936 save percentage while earning three victories for the Stars. He opened the week stopping 22 shots in Tuesday’s 6-2 win at Sioux City. The 19-year-old from London, Ontario then earned victories in consecutive nights, making 26 saves in the 3-2 win over Sioux Falls on Friday and then stopping 25 shots in the 2-1 victory against Omaha on Saturday. Teichroeb has won his last four starts and now leads all USHL goaltenders with seven victories this season and is third with a 2.08 GAA.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 18 NHL draftees on its rosters last season, and over 280 players committed to NCAA Division I schools during the 2010-11 season, the USHL is emerging as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).