USHL Honors - Week 10
Monday December 3, 2012
Christian Lampasso, Peter Hand, and Billy Christopoulos all earned weekly player awards for their outstanding performances. (photos by Bryce Loshman and Whiteshark Photography)
The United States Hockey League announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the tenth week of the 2012-13 USHL regular season.
Award winners include Christian Lampasso of the Des Moines Buccaneers, who is the CCM Forward of the Week; Peter Hand of the Indiana Ice, selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Billy Christopoulos of the Des Moines Buccaneers, who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Christian Lampasso, F, Des Moines Buccaneers: The Bucs were a perfect 3-for-3 this past weekend, due in large part to the efforts of Christian Lampasso. The 18-year-old, Amherst, New York native notched five points on the weekend (4g, 1a), and had a +3 on ice rating. He had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win on Friday against Sioux Falls. He then tallied the game-winning marker on Saturday in a 5-2 victory against Sioux City, and capped off the weekend by potting a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 victory over Cedar Rapids on Sunday. Lampasso’s four-goal weekend performance doubled his season total, and he is now tied for third on the team in goals with eight, and in plus/minus with a +9 on ice rating. He is currently riding a three-game point streak, and has at least one goal in seven of his last eight games.
Peter Hand, D, Indiana Ice: Hand led the Ice in scoring this past weekend, putting up five points (1g, 4a) and had a +5 on ice rating. He posted a +4 on Saturday night, which tied a team season high (Austin Ortega, 10/19 vs. Green Bay). The 19-year-old from Schenectady, New York, assisted on three of Indiana’s four goals in a 7-4 loss in Green Bay on Friday, and would find the score sheet on two of three Ice goals in a 6-3 loss on Saturday, with a goal and an assist. Hand is currently on a three-game point streak, and is second on the team with a +4 rating overall. Playing in his fourth USHL season, the defenseman has already collected seven points in 12 games, which equals his single-season high during his time in the League.
Billy Christopoulos, G, Des Moines Buccaneers: Christopoulos was in net for two of the three Buccaneers victories this past weekend, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 1.50 goals against average and a .953 save percentage, while only allowing three goals in those two games. The 18-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina native turned aside 25-of-27 shots in a 5-2 win against Sioux City on Friday. His stellar play would continue on Saturday, as he stopped 37-of 38 shots in a 5-1 victory over Sioux Falls. Christopoulos now has wins in five of his last seven starts and ranks sixth overall among USHL goaltenders with a .919 SV%.
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