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USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: Midwest Region

By USPHL Staff, 12/21/21, 7:15PM EST


Week of Dec. 21, 2021

Great Lakes Division 

Forward: Nick Sweet, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Sweet (‘03/Imperial, Pa.) is a local product who came to the Vengeance in 2020 via the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and Pittsburgh Predators organizations. He scored three goals and five assists for eight points at the USPHL Chicago Showcase. This is all part of an active scoring streak that he’ll bring into 2022, one that’s already produced 6-12-18 in his last 10 games. 


Defense: Brian Odstrchel, Columbus Mavericks

The third-year Premier veteran Odstrchel (‘01/Norwood, Mass.) played in all of the Mavs’ four games at the Chicago Showcase and registered two goals and two assists for four points. He was a +6 for the showcase. He has 20 points in 29 games this year, long since blowing past his 12-point total from all last season. 


Goaltender: Will Augustine, Metro Jets

The fourth-year Jet put up a pair of wins in his two Chicago Showcase appearances. He registered a 14-save shutout against the Hudson Havoc and he stopped 19 of 20 against the Steele County Blades. Overall, Augustine has a 9-0 record, a 1.44 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. He passed the 50-win mark with the first win and he has a career save percentage of .923. 


Midwest East Division

Forward: Joe Gulino, Chicago Cougars

Gulino (‘03/Franklin Park, Ill.) was good for eight points off of three goals and five assists at the USPHL Chicago Showcase. He registered back-to-back three-point efforts in the games against Steele County and Wooster to close out the event. He scored a shootout goal as well in the Cougars’ 2-1 win over Columbus, their closest game. He now has 43 points in 26 games.  


Defense: Ben Cope, Fort Wayne Spacemen

Cope (‘01/Burlington, Ky.) scored a hat trick for the Spacemen in a 7-3 victory over the Rum River Mallards for the Spacemen. A fourth-year junior veteran who is new to the USPHL Premier, Cope has posted 10 points in 22 games with the Spacemen this year. 


Goaltender: Nick Meyering, Midwest Blackbirds

Meyering (‘01/North Muskegon, Mich.) was huge for the Blackbirds in his two starts. He got a win over the Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones by stopping 34 of the 35 shots he faced. He then went to a shootout with the Columbus Mavericks and stopped 39 of 42 during full team play, plus two of three in the shootout. Meyering has not let up more than three goals in any of his five games since Nov. 12. 


Midwest West Division

Forward: Hayden Masloski, Minnesota Blue Ox

Masloski (‘02/Andover, Minn.) had a huge four-game weekend at the USPHL Chicago Showcase to help the Blue Ox go 4-0 at the event. He put together a 2-8-10 line, scoring points in each of the four contests they played. He started with a combined two goals and five assists in wins against the Fort Wayne Spacemen and Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones. Overall, the second-year Masloski hit the 40-point mark in 27 contests. 


Defense: Cale Goenner, Minnesota Blue Ox

Goenner (‘02/Shoreview, Minn.) is another Blue Ox veteran who was massive for the Blue Ox to help them go 4-0. Along with posting a goal and three assists for four points, Goenner was a +7 on the weekend, defensively. He also put up two hits. Goenner has 27 points in 27 games this year, and 70 points in 69 career USPHL Premier games. 


Goaltender: Josh Koziol, Minnesota Mullets

Koziol (‘02/Elk River, Minn.) was called upon in three games of the Mullets’ four at the USPHL Chicago Showcase. He posted a 2-1 record, and in so doing, stopped 85 of 88 shots that he faced. He posted a 12-save shutout against the Decatur Blaze, then stopped 40 of 42 against Columbus for a win. He came in on relief against the Pittsburgh Vengeance and stopped 23 of 24 shots in what ended up as just a 4-3 Vengeance win.