Congratulations to these Players Of The Week representing the Midwest West, Midwest East and Great Lakes Divisions of the USPHL Premier.
Forward: Markus Cook, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
Cook (‘00/Bear, Del.) posted a total of five assists, including four in a single 6-1 win on Friday against the Minnesota Moose. He also scored the shootout game-winner on Saturday for the sweep of the Moose.
On Sunday, he earned an assist in a loss to the Dells Ducks, which puts him at 32 points in 29 games this season.
Sam Mudd, Chicago Cougars
USPHL Premier newcomer Sam Mudd (‘99/Ballwin, Mo.) made his presence known for the Cougars in two wins over the weekend against the Dells Ducks and Midwest Blackbirds.
“Mudd collected five assists in the two games to show his offensive upside and puck moving potential,” said Cougars Head Coach Brad Stoffers. “He also was a major factor in the Cougars’ defensive game, disrupting opponents’ play on the rush with his stick, winning battles in the defensive zone, and a 94 percent breakout efficiency.”
Nick Mueller, Minnesota Blue Ox
The Blue Ox still have home ice in their sights, and every game counts. That ethos was certainly embodied in the play of Mueller (‘99/Buffalo, Minn.), who scored a goal and added three assists for four points against the Steele County Blades, a team that is itself pushing to solidify a playoff position.
Mueller, with 36 points in 33 games, is among the top 10 scoring defensemen in the USPHL Premier.
Goaltender: Tyler Dorion, Columbus Mavericks
Dorion (‘00/Pickerington, Ohio) made an outstanding USPHL Premier debut, stopping 56 of 58 shots faced during the course of the Mavericks’ overtime loss to the Division-leading Pittsburgh Vengeance, who are also third in the entire Premier league.
Special mention goes out to Dorion’s creasemate Hayden Hoover, who stopped 73 of 80 shots he faced in the Mavericks’ first game against the Vengeance.
“[Our goaltenders] combined to make a staggering 130 saves this weekend as the Mavs were able to steal a road point from the first place Vengeance,” said Mavericks owner Joey Recktenwald. “Both goalies repeatedly made unbelievable saves and kept the Mavs within striking distance.”