Last week was pretty light when it comes to USHL news. The division leaders remained the same as did every team’s roster. Although it was a light week, there’s always something new to report!
USHL Players of the Week
The USHL announced their players of the week for the 17th time this year and it included Brendan Brisson, Erik Portillo, and Mitchell Miller. Brisson, a forward from the Steel, played two games last week and scored two goals, had three assists, and had a +/- of three. His points total is at 35 and includes 17 goals and 18 assists. He’s ranked 31st in North America’s NHL Central Scouting report.
Defenseman Mitchell Miller of the Storm tallied three goals and four assists in three games last week and had a +/- of three. He recorded a goal in all three games last week which brings his season points total to 18- five goals and 13 assists. He’s committed to North Dakota and was ranked as the 48th North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting report.
Goaltender Erik Portillo of the Saints saved 38 of 39 shots faced in his lone game last week. Portillo was selected by the Sabres in the 2019 NHL Draft with the 67th overall pick in the third round. He’s committed to play at the University of Michigan.
Joey Cipollone Commits to Quinnipiac
The most recently acquired player by the Storm, Joey Cipollone, has committed to play hockey at Quinnipiac University. He played one season at the University of Vermont but as things do, they change. Cipollone had this to say about his most recent decision, “Quinnipiac gives me the opportunity to play for a terrific hokey program and study in a well-known business program. The coaching staff is great, and they played a big factor in my decision. Quinnipiac will give me a great opportunity to develop as a player and as a person.”
With the best record in the USHL, the Chicago Steel sit at 27-5-1-0 with the Waterloo Black Hawks close behind at 26-8-1-0. Each team is atop their respective division, Steel in the East and Black Hawks in the West. The Western Conference shows the Black Hawks at the top with 53 points, Tri-City Storm with 41, Fargo Force with 40, Omaha Lancers with 39, Lincoln Stars at 38, Des Moines Buccaneers at 37, and the Sioux Falls Stampede and Sioux City Musketeers at 33. The Eastern Conference is led by the Steel with 55 points, the Dubuque Fighting Saints with 47, Team USA with 45, the Green Bay Gamblers at 37, Muskegon Lumberjacks at 36, Youngstown Phantoms at 35, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders with 30, and the Madison Capitols with 17.
Top USHL Skaters
The updated top USHL players are:
Top Goal Scorer:
Trevor Kuntar, 23
Riese Gaber, Saints, 21
Mathieu De St. Phalle, Steel, 20
Top Assists Leaders:
Sean Farrell, 30
Ty Jackson, 29
Xander Lamppa, Black Hawks, 27
Goalie Wins Leaders:
Victor Ostman, Steel, 17
Erik Portillo, 15
Gabriel Carriere, Black Hawks, 14
Save Percentage Leaders:
Logan Stein, Black Hawks, .923%
Erik Portillo, .919%
Jaxson Stauber, Stampede, .915%
Goals Against Average Leaders:
Logan Stein, 2.02
Erik Portillo, 2.07
Jaxson Stauber, 2.38
Let us know in the comments below who your favorite USHL player or team is. As we continue to get closer to the NHL Draft, we’ll continue sharing updates and developing stories of top players. Follow me on Twitter @Nwinansw for more USHL updates.
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