Tarasov, Fallen, DeSmith named USHL Players of the Week

By League Press Release

The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 24th week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.

Congratulations to forward Daniil Tarasov of the Indiana Ice, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Thomas Fallen of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Casey DeSmith of the Indiana Ice who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Tarasov scored eight points (4g, 4a) and posted a plus-10 rating as the Ice won all three games during the week.  The 19-year-old scored a goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in the 6-1 victory vs. Team USA on Tuesday.  Tarasov had a four-point game (2g, 2a), including three points in the second period alone (2g, 1a) of Friday’s 7-0 victory over Chicago.  He rounded out the week scoring the game-winning goal, dishing out an assist, and recording a game high seven shots in the 7-0 win vs. Muskegon on Sunday.  The native of Moscow, Russia is now second overall in USHL scoring with 62 points (29g, 33a) in 48 games and is tied for first with seven game-winning goals.   

Fallen recorded three points (1g, 2a) and a plus-five rating as the RoughRiders earned a pair of home wins.  He assisted on the game-winning goal in Friday’s 5-3 victory over Sioux Falls which gave the RoughRiders a season best sixth straight win.  The 19-year-old defenseman then scored a goal during a span in which Cedar Rapids tallied three goals in less than a minute during the second period of Saturday’s 6-2 win against Tri-City.  It was the 20th home win for the RoughRiders.  Fallen also had a game high plus-three rating as he has posted eight points (1g, 7a) and a plus-10 rating over his last seven games.  The Plymouth, Minnesota native leads his team with a plus-18 rating.

DeSmith allowed just one goal and posted a .983 save percentage over two starts for the Indiana Ice.  He made 29 saves in the 6-1 win vs. Team USA on Tuesday.  The Rochester, New Hampshire native then registered his third shutout of the season when he turned aside all 28 shots he faced in the 7-0 win vs. Muskegon on Sunday.  DeSmith has won 18 games for the Ice during his second USHL season.  The 19-year-old is currently fourth among all USHL goaltenders with a .921 save percentage.   


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 240 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 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.