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USPHL Premier: Midwest Players Of The Week

By USPHL Staff/, 01/23/20, 6:30PM EST


Congratulations to these Players Of The Week representing the Midwest West, Midwest East and Great Lakes Divisions of the USPHL Premier. 


Forward: Tie 

Oscar Saarinen, Hudson Havoc

Saarinen (‘00/Finland) was a staple of the 2018-19 Havoc and has made a triumphant return to Hudson. He earned four assists as the Havoc defeated the Steele County Blades in their lone action of last weekend. 

Last season, Saarinen scored 44 points in 44 regular season games for Hudson, and he was also good for a point-per-game pace in the playoffs. On top of it all, the win over the Blades put the Havoc on top of it all in the USPHL Premier, standing in first place out of 51 teams at press time. 


Joe Shanley, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Standing at fourth place overall in the league are the Vengeance, who are on a five-game winning streak and hold a two-point lead over the Metro Jets in the Great Lakes Division title race. 

Shanley (‘99/Buffalo, N.Y.) is a three-year USPHL Premier veteran who has shown it throughout this season, scoring 42 points through 33 games. His three assists helped his squad pick up a divisional win over the Lake Erie Bighorns, and that helped them move into that top spot. 


Defense: Jack Keryluk, Minnesota Moose

The ‘99 out of Verona, Wis., made it happen for the Moose, leading his team with a hat trick towards a 4-2 win over the Rum River Mallards and into a tie with the Mallards for the important fourth place spot. Whomever takes sole possession of fourth (or higher) in the Midwest West gets an opening home ice playoff series. 

Keryluk, a two-year USPHL veteran (including games with the Jersey Hitmen in 2017-18), now has four goals and eight assists for 12 points in his 20 games with the Moose this season.   


Goaltender: Vinny Castelletti, Minnesota Blue Ox

Castelletti (‘02/Roseville, Minn.) shut down the second place Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings with a Herculean effort in stopping 37 shots on Monday. This was Castelletti’s second shutout and first since Nov. 23. The win improved Castelletti to 10-7 on the season.