Tyler Mueller wins USHL’s Defensive Player of the Week. (Photo/Rob Franck/Sporting Images)
The UMass Lowell River Hawks and Zack Kamrass were honored this week by the Hockey East Association as the Hockey East Team of the Week and Co-Defensive Player of the Week respectively. Some potential future River Hawks are following in suit, getting honors of their own.
Tyler Mueller of the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League was selected as the USHL’s Defensive Player of the Week. This marks the second week in a row Mueller has been awarded with this honor.
Mueller registered two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a plus-six on-ice rating over three victories to help the Musketeers extend their win streak to eight games. The defenseman netted his third goal of the season in a 4-1 win over the Fargo Force on Wednesday and finished with a game high plus-two rating. He then dished out an assist in Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Tri-City Storm and tied a game high plus-three rating. The Regina, Saskatchewan native also helped the Musketeers limit their opponents to four total goals over the three wins and led a penalty killing unit that stopped 14-of-15 opponent power play chances. The 19-year-old is tied for fourth in scoring among USHL defensemen with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and leads his team with a plus-nine rating.
Guillaume Leclerc of the Austin Bruins in the North American Hockey League was selected as the NAHL’s Central Division Star of the Week for his outstanding play over the past week.
Leclerc had two goals and an assist and was a plus-four as the Bruins swept the Kenai River Brown Bears over the past week. All of the forward’s scoring came in Friday night’s 5-3 win, but was also a plus-one in a 3-1 win on Saturday. On the season, the 17-year-old is second on the Bruins roster in scoring with 19 points and he ranks second in the entire NAHL with 11 goals to date. Leclerc is an early candidate for the NAHL’s Rookie of the Year award.
Mueller and Leclerc are back in action this week and will try to use their honors as momentum. Check out when they are playing with our Future River Hawks in Action. Also follow along all season with our Commitment Tracker.
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