Chicago, IL - The United States Hockey League announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the 21st week of the 2012-13 USHL regular season.
Award winners include Jake Guentzel of the Sioux City Musketeers, named CCM Forward of the Week; Ed McGovern from the Sioux Falls Stampede, selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Brendan Jensen of the Fargo Force nabbing honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Jake Guentzel, F, Sioux City Musketeers: For the second consecutive week, the Woodbury, MN native has earned weekly honors after recording six points (2g, 4a) in three games. On Tuesday, he tallied a second-period power play goal and later dished out an assist in Sioux City's 5-2 loss to the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He then assisted on a pair of second-period goals, including the would-be game-winner, to help the Musketeers to a 5-3 win over the Tri-City Storm on Friday. Guentzel put the Musketeers on the board with his 15th goal of the season on Saturday plus added an assist to lead Sioux City to a 3-2 victory against the Des Moines Buccaneers. The 18-year-old is currently on a six-game point streak, registering 13 points (3g, 10a) over that span.
Ed McGovern, D, Sioux Falls Stampede: The second-year defenseman from Scottsdale, AZ tallied a goal and an assist and had a plus-four on-ice rating over three games played last week. He netted his third goal of the season mid-way through the second period and then tallied an assist three minutes later to help send the Stampede to a 6-1 win over the Lincoln Stars on Saturday. He also finished the night with a game high plus-three rating. Over the three games, McGovern also helped the Stampede successfully kill off 17-of-18 opponent power plays during the week. The 19-year-old has appeared in all 45 games for the Stampede this season and has produced ten points (3g, 7a), while ranking fourth on the team with a plus-14 rating.
Brendan Jensen, G, Fargo Force: The rookie netminder had a stellar week going 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against-average, and .955 save percentage while stopping 130 total shots. Monday night in Waterloo, Jensen turned aside a USHL career high 48 shots to lift the Force to a 3-2 win over the Black Hawks. Friday night saw more of the same as blocked 37, and stopped all three attempts he faced in the shootout, to lead Fargo to a 4-3 shootout win over Waterloo. The El Granada, CA native completed the three-game sweep of the Black Hawks on Saturday by stonewalling 45 shots to lead Fargo to a big 6-1 win. Jensen has won his last four starts after going winless in his previous three. The recently turned 20-year-old is now tied for third among USHL goaltenders with 20 wins, fourth with a .914 SV%, and is ninth with a 2.87 GAA.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 11th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2012-13. With 19 NHL Draft picks on team rosters and over 250 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League's social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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