Lomberg, Welinski, McKay named USHL Players of the Week

By League Press Release

The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the 20th week of the 2011-12 USHL regular season.

Award winners include forward Ryan Lomberg of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, named recipient of CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Andy Welinski of the Green Bay Gamblers, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Ryan McKay of the Green Bay Gamblers who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Lomberg scored six points (4g, 2a) over three games for the Lumberjacks.  He scored a goal and dished out one assist in the 5-2 loss to Youngstown on Friday.  The 17-year-old then set a USHL career high with three points (2g, 1a) in the 6-5 overtime loss to Indiana on Saturday.  Lomberg finished the week with a shorthanded goal in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win against Youngstown.  The Richmond Hill, Ontario native leads the Lumberjacks in scoring with 25 points (13g, 12a) in 32 games during his first USHL season.  He has scored nine of his goals over his last 10 games.

Welinski recorded four points (3g, 1a) and a plus-four rating while also helping the Gamblers limit their opponents to just two combined goals over three games.  He scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another in the 3-0 victory against Waterloo on Tuesday.  The 18-year-old then earned a plus-one rating in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Chicago.  Welinski closed out the week with two goals, including the game-winner with just 34 seconds remaining in the third period, during Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Chicago.  The native of Duluth, Minnesota is second among USHL defensemen in scoring with 27 points (14g, 13a) in 37 games while leading the entire League with a plus-30 rating.

McKay posted a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage to earn a pair of wins for Green Bay.  He stopped all 25 shots he faced during Tuesday’s 3-0 win vs. Waterloo to record his second shutout over his last four starts.  It was also his 54th career USHL regular season victory which broke the team record of 53 held by Jure Penko (1999-2001).  McKay then made 26 saves in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Chicago.  The 19-year-old from Palatine, Illinois has posted a 16-3-2 this season and currently leads all USHL goaltenders with a 2.11 GAA while ranking second with a .917 SV%.

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, 13 NHL draftees on its rosters this season, and over 250 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this 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).