This week the Great Western Futures Super Camp USHL Goalie of the Week is Victor Östman of the Lincoln Stars. This loaded week of games produced zero shutouts for USHL goalies. What it did produce was the inaugural Frosty Cup.
The Green Bay Gamblers met with Östman’s Chicago -Steel in Dallas this week for two games. The first game (Thursday, January 2nd) saw the Steel thump the Gamblers, 7-1 at the Comerica Center in Frisco. Victor Östman put in an impressive performance stopping 35 of the 36 Gambler shots he encountered. The two teams met again in the USHL’s Main Event, Friday evening- The 2020 Frosty Cup. Chicago and Green Bay took their game outside to the Cotton Bowl. It was the same venue the NHL’s 2020 Winter Classic (between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars) was played at on New Year’s Day.
The larger-than-life stage failed to slow Chicago down as they managed seven goals on Green Bay once more. Sam Colangelo posted a hat-trick plus an assist in the Steel victory. On the other side of the rink, Östman spilt time with net-minder Ian Shane. The planned goaltender switch (to give both goalies a chance to play in the unique event) took place halfway through the second period. Shane did his part by denying 9 of 10 shots. Östman finished the game stopping all but one of 15 shots. The Chicago Steel went on to win the first-ever Frosty Cup, defeating the Green Bay Gamblers, 7-2
Victor Östman’s statistics stand at:
W:15, L:3, T:0, SO:0, GAA: 2.33, SV%: 0.907
Victor Östman (19) is an import from Danderyd, Sweden. He spent his youth playing with Enebybergs IF and HV71. He was drafted in 2019, #240 overall by the Chicago Steel in the USHL Entry Draft.
*Photo courtesy of USHL.com
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