USPHL Premier Players Of The Week: West Region

Northwest Division 

Forward: Alex Bartakovics, Vernal Oilers

Bartakovics (‘04/Slovakia) had a fantastic USPHL debut, posting a hat trick and two assists in the OIlers’ first-ever Premier contest, a decisive victory over Bellingham. 


Defense: Matej Nemec, Rock Springs Prospectors 

Nemec (‘05/Czechia) racked up three assists over the three games the Prospectors played, in which they went 2-1. They won twice against Bellingham and took a loss to the Provo Predators. 


Goaltender: Nathan Proulx, Rock Springs Prospectors

The 2003-born native of Quesnel, B.C., stepped up in a huge way, nabbing his second straight Goaltender of the Week nod for the Northwest by stopping 43 of 44 shots against Bellinghan for a win on Sept. 30. 


Mountain Division 

Forward: Axel Claesson, Pueblo Bulls

The rookie ‘02 from Sweden announced himself in style over the opening weekend for Pueblo.

In the season opener, Claesson scored the first two goals of the season for the Bulls. On Star Wars Night, indeed, the “fourth” was with him; Claesson had a four-point night, a goal and three assists, to finish the weekend with seven points (2-5-7) in his first two North American games.


Defense: Teddie Hember, Ogden Mustangs

Hember (‘03/Sweden) took home the weekly blueliner hardware with three points (2-1-3) in two games against Northern Colorado. The 2003 birth year defenseman scored a goal in both Friday and Sunday’s game and chipped in an assist as well. Hember chipped in a pair of blocked shots over the weekend too.


Goaltender: Bryson Stern, Provo Predators

The 2003-born rookie from Littleton, Colo., stole the show, earning a win in his first career start in last Saturday’s 6-1 victory over Rock Springs, stopping 37 of 38 shots. The sparkling start was an encore after stonewalling the Utah Outliers with 18 saves on 20 shots. Overall, he finished the weekend 1-0-0 with a 2.04 GAA and an eye-popping .948 save percentage.


Pacific Division 

Forward: Ethan McKibbin, Ontario Jr Reign

What a weekend for this ’02 forward. He earned nine points in Ontario’s three-game sweep. McKibbin (Chestermere, Alb.) now has 15 points in five games. He is currently tied for fifth in points in the USPHL Premier.

Defense: Zach Stangness, Ontario Jr Reign

Year 2 with the Jr Reign and this D-Man is bringing a lot to the ice. Stangness (‘03/Strathmore, Alb.) was a +3 that finished the weekend with 19 takeaways and four blocks. He also added managed to pick up six more assists bringing him to eight points.

Goaltender: Ethan Blackburn, San Diego Sabers

Back to back player of the week for this Sabers goalie. Blackburn (‘02/Boulder, Col.) helped San Diego to some big victories over Las Vegas this weekend. He went 2-1 on the weekend, stopping 111 of 120 shots, finishing the weekend with a 48-save #ShutoutShoutout.