USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: Midwest Region

Week of Oct. 12-18


Midwest West Division 

Forward: Keanu McClanahan, Isanti Outlaws

McClanahan (‘05/Greensboro, N.C.) had the best weekend of his rookie junior season with the Outlaws on the road against the Dells Ducks. After scoring twice in a 6-5 overtime winner, McClanahan added his fourth and fifth of the season Saturday night, the second breaking a 3-3 draw and sending the Outlaws to a 5-3 win. The young forward/defenseman also collected two assists on a breakout weekend.


Defense: Kyle Cupolo, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings

Cupolo (‘03/Waterloo, Ont.) enjoyed a massive weekend on the blue line for the Riverkings in a weekend series that featured heroes that didn’t show up on the scoresheet. The Riverkings stayed perfect in league play so far with a pair of hard fought 2-1 battles. Cupolo had his shoulder tapped frequently, hopping the boards for a combined total of over 71 minutes of game action. While on the ice, he contributed eight shots and five blocked shots and he did his share of celebrating, finishing the weekend at +2.


Goaltender: Andrew Finneman, Minnesota Squatch

Generally, when the Squatch is in action it’s all about the offense, but Finneman (‘05/St. Cloud, Minn.) made a big impression with a pair of weekend wins. He recorded his first two junior ‘W’s kicking out 50 of 55 shots in shots, including an impressive 27 of 30 against the defending division champion Minnesota Blue Ox in Coon Rapids on Saturday night.


Midwest East Division

Forward: Johan Karjalainen, Chicago Crush

Another impressive weekend for the ‘03 Finnish-born winger. Karjalainen recorded four goals and four assists over two games against Decatur, bringing his season points total to 11. He currently leads the division in goals scored with seven. Karjalainen is the centerpiece of an offensive unit that has impressed many through six games.


Defense: Jake Mullins, Motor City Gamblers

The former Detroit Fighting Irish defenseman has been one of the key figures in Motor City’s early season turnaround. Mullins (‘03/Clawson, Mich.) scored a goal and added 3 assists in MCG’s 5-4 victory over Fort Wayne Sunday night. He netted the winner with just 63 seconds remaining, and said victory catapulted the Gamblers into first place in the standings. Mullins’ 12 points (3-9–12) are tied for second-most by any Midwest East blueliner.


Goaltender: Andrew Parmentier, MJDP

Parmentier (‘04/Chesterfield Township, Mich.) got his second win in as many starts Tuesday night when MJDP defeated Motor City, 5-1. The Chesterfield Township, Michigan, native has a season GAA of just 0.5, the best mark among all Premier netminders with multiple games played. Parmentier has stopped 54 of 55 shots faced thus far in his young USPHL career.


Great Lakes

Forward: Brett LoGelfo, Toledo Cherokee

LoGelfo (‘04/Long Island, N.Y.) might be a rookie and new to the Cherokee, but this weekend he showed what he can do. Friday night’s game against the Cincinnati Cyclones was a big one for LoGelfo. He had 3 goals and an assist. In the Cherokee’s win Saturday against the Metro Jets, he also had an assist, finishing the weekend off with five points. LoGelfo had previously played in the USPHL 16U in 2020-21. 


Defense: Dakota Kott, Metro Jets 

Kott (‘02/Hartland, Mich.) is a second-year player for the Metro Jets and is currently averaging a point a game. The Jets played the Columbus Mavericks on Friday where Kott registered a goal and an assist. In Saturday night’s game against the Cherokee, he also posted an assist.


Goaltender: Frank Murphy, Toledo Cherokee

Frank Murphy isn’t new to the USPHL or the Great Lakes Division and this weekend, his experience was shining brightly en route to two wins. In Saturday night’s game against the Metro Jets, Murphy put up 38 saves helping the Cherokee with the 3-2 overtime win.