Last week was relatively quiet on the USHL news front. The leaderboard remained the same as did every team’s roster. However, there are always new players of the week and changes to the top scorer, assist man, and goalies.
USHL Players of the Week
For the 17th week, the USHL announced its players of the week. This time it included Brendan Brisson, Erik Portillo, and Mitchell Miller. Brisson, a forward from the Steel, played in two games, scored two goals, had three assists, and boasted a +/- of three. His points total is at 35 which includes 17 goals and 18 assists. He’s ranked 31st in North America’s NHL Central Scouting report. Defenseman Mitchell Miller of the Storm recorded three goals and four assists in three games last week and had a +/- of three. Miller recorded a goal in all three of his games last week, which brings his season points total to 18- five goals and 13 assists. He’s committed to North Dakota and was ranked as the 48th North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting report. Erik Portillo, a goaltender from the Saints, saved 38 of 39 shots faced in his lone game last week. Portillo was selected by the Sabres in the 2019 NHL Draft with the 67th overall pick in the third round. He’s committed to play at the University of Michigan.
Joey Cipollone Commits to Quinnipiac
The most recently acquired player by the Storm has committed to play hockey at Quinnipiac University. He played for one season at the University of Vermont but as things do, they change. He had this to say about his recent decision,” Quinnipiac gives me the opportunity to play for a terrific hokey program and study in a well-known business program. The coaching staff is great, and they played a big factor in my decision. Quinnipiac will give me a great opportunity to develop as a player and as a person.”
USHL Standings Update
The Steel still hold the title for best record in the USHL at 27-5-1-0, but the Black Hawks are close behind sitting at 26-8-1-0. Each team is atop their respective division, Steel in the East and Black Hawks in the West. The Western Conference shows the Black Hawks at the top with 53 points, Storm with 41, Force with 40, Lancers with 39, Stars at 38, Buccaneers at 37, and the Stampede and Musketeers at 33. The Eastern Conference is led by the Steel with 55 points, Saints with 47, Team USA with 45, the Gamblers at 37, Lumberjacks at 36, Phantoms at 35, RoughRiders with 30, and the Capitols with 17.
Top USHL Skaters
The updated top USHL players are:
Top Goal Scorer:
Trevor Kuntar, 23
Riese Gaber, Saints, 21
Mathieu De St. Phalle, Steel, 20
Top Assists Leaders:
Sean Farrell, 30
Ty Jackson, 29
Xander Lamppa, Black Hawks, 27
Goalie Wins Leaders:
Victor Ostman, Steel, 17
Erik Portillo, 15
Gabriel Carriere, Black Hawks, 14
Save Percentage Leaders:
Logan Stein, Black Hawks, .923%
Erik Portillo, .919%
Jaxson Stauber, Stampede, .915%
Goals Against Average Leaders:
Logan Stein, 2.02
Erik Portillo, 2.07
Jaxson Stauber, 2.38
Let us know in the comments below who your favorite USHL player or team is. As we continue to get closer to the NHL Draft, we’ll continue sharing updates and developing stories of top players. But just remember to continue to check back here for all your USHL news!