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USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: Midwest Region

By USPHL Staff, 10/27/21, 7:15PM EDT


Week of Oct. 27, 2021

Great Lakes Division

Forward: Drake Barnish, Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones

Barnish (‘01/Reynoldsburg, Ohio) has tied Lake Tahoe’s Jett Arminen in league scoring with 40 points, with Barnish doing so in 15 games. After a 7-7-15 performance in the four USPHL Detroit Showcase games, Barnish moved into second all-time in Premier goals with 84 and sixth all-time in league scoring with 170 points. 


Defense: Brian Odstrchel, Columbus Mavericks  

The ‘01 out of Norwood, Mass., is enjoying a lot of success with his new Premier team in Columbus. The third-year veteran has eight points in 12 games so far, and most of those (3-3-6) came at the USPHL Detroit Showcase. He also leads the Mavs in blocked shots with 20. 


Goaltender: Joey Cormier, Toledo Cherokee 

The second-year Cherokee goaltender Cormier (‘01/Brownstown, Mich.) won all three of his starts at the USPHL Detroit Showcase. He never gave up any more than two goals in any one of these starts, despite facing 74 shots. 


Midwest West Division 

Forward: Michael Clough, Minnesota Blue Ox

The Blue Ox are now on a 7-0 run and have moved into a tie with the Minnesota Moose for the lead spot in this tight division. Clough (‘01/Andover, Minn.) put up a pair of goals and a pair of assists for four points, including a shorthanded goal and the game-winner in a big victory over Steele County. With 14 points in nine games, he has 88 points in 52 total games, giving him the second-best points per game average in Blue Ox history at 1.70. 


Defense: Evan Axell, Steele County Blades

The Blades were able to capture four out of six possible points for the weekend. Over the three games, Axell (‘02/Plymouth, Minn.) posted a pair of goals and four assists, and continues to stand with 38 points in 48 contests for his two-year career in the USPHL Premier Division. 


Goaltender: Alex Falkenhagen, Minnesota Mullets

Second-year Mullets goalie Falkenhagen (‘02/Markham, Ont.) helped the Mullets to a pair of wins against the Dells Ducks and stopped 55 of 58 shots in the pair of victories. Falkenhagen stands at 11-8-2-1 in his Premier career. 


Midwest East Division

Forward: Logan Robins, Fort Wayne Spacemen

Logan Robins (‘02/Detroit, Mich.) put up three goals and an assist at the USPHL Detroit Showcase, helping his team in many ways, including leading in plus-minus at +8 overall. Robins has a 5-4-9 line in seven games this year, and with those seven games, he passed former Spacemen forward Jared Fisher to stand first overall in games played at 93, just seven from the 100 mark. 


Defense: Jake LaVack, Metro Jets Development Program

The 2002-born veteran from Massena, N.Y., is currently leading all MJDP defensemen in plus-minus, and he also chipped in offensively as the MJDP went 3-1 at the USPHL Detroit Showcase. He scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists to break past his 2020-21 season totals of four points to now stand with seven points just 10 games into this still young 2021-22 season. 


Goaltender: Jack Webster, Midwest Blackbirds

Webster (02/Geneva, Ill.) is in his second year with the Blackbirds and put up an amazing performance despite his team only being able to earn one point from the outcome. The Blackbirds and Toledo Cherokee - a Nationals team last winter - went toe-to-toe for 60 minutes, and then jumped into the overtime. Though Toledo won in the extra session, Webster stopped 33 of 35 shots in the 2-1 matchup, and he stands 1-0-1 on the season.