USHL Players of the Week

By League Press Release

Reebok Offensive Player of the Week

Josh Birkholz Fargo Force

Maple Grove, Minnesota
College: Minnesota
NHL: Undrafted (#33 in mid-term rankings)

Birkholz was a point producing machine on the weekend, helping the Force win three at home and move into second place in the division. On Friday, he scored four times in an 8-1 win over Chicago. The next night he scored another goal in a 3-1 win over the Steel. On Sunday afternoon, he added a pair of assists in an 8-0 win over Des Moines. He had 11 shots on goal and was +7.

Honorable Mention – Mike Cichy (IND), David Eddy (SF), Dalton Speelman (GB)

CCM Defensive Player of the Week 

Torey Krug Indiana Ice

Livonia, Michigan
College: Michigan State
NHL: Undrafted

Krug had a big weekend at both ends of the rink, helping the Ice take a pair of games on the road at Tri-City. On Friday night, Krug had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win. The next night, Krug had three assists in a 5-3 win. With the five points, Krug is now the second-highest scoring defenseman in the USHL. He scored on his only shot on goal this week and finished +5.

Honorable Mention – Lee Moffie (WAT), Matt Donovan (CR), Eamonn McDermott (FAR)

Stauber’s Goaltender of the Week

Mike Lee Fargo Force

Roseau, Minnesota
College: St. Cloud State
NHL: Undrafted (#4 in mid-term rankings)

Yet another great week for Lee, as he helped the Force win three straight and jump into second place in the West Division. After a night off on Friday, Lee stepped in and made 25 saves in a 3-1 win over Chicago on Saturday. Then on Sunday afternoon, Lee made 26 saves in an 8-0 blanking of Des Moines, his second shutout of the season. Lee went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and a .981 save percentage.

Honorable Mention – Eric Hartzell (SF), Parker Milner (WAT)