The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 15th week of the 2011-12 USHL regular season.
Award winners include forwards Sam Herr of the Green Bay Gamblers, named recipient of CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Matthew Krug of the Indiana Ice, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Michael Rotolo of the Green Bay Gamblers who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Herr scored six points (5g, 1a) and recorded a plus-six rating to lead the Gamblers to a pair of wins. He scored a pair of goals in a span of 1:15 during the second period of Friday’s 8-1 win over Tri-City. The 19-year-old then recorded a goal in each period of the 7-1 victory against Chicago on Sunday to record his first USHL hat trick. Herr fired a game high eight shots on goal during his third straight multi-point game. The native of Hinsdale, Illinois is tied for eighth overall in USHL scoring with 30 points (13g, 17a) and is tied for third in the League with a plus-19 rating through 26 games this season.
Krug tallied three points (1g, 2a) and a plus-two rating to help the Ice earn a pair of victories and extend their winning streak to five games. His first USHL career goal was the game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 win over Waterloo. He followed up by dishing out two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 victory against Youngstown. Krug also helped the Ice go a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill during the weekend. The big weekend doubled the point total for the 19-year-old native of Buffalo, New York as he has collected six points (1g, 5a) in 26 games during his first USHL season.
Rotolo posted a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .958 save percentage in two victories for the Gamblers. He stopped 22 shots in the 8-1 win against Tri-City on Friday. The 18-year-old from Rochester, New York then made 24 saves in the 7-1 victory over Chicago on Sunday. It was his third straight game allowing just one goal. Rotolo has posted an impressive 6-1-0 record in seven starts over the last month and has a 2.01 GAA and .932 SV% thus far in his rookie USHL season.
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).