Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ice Players of the Week & Prospects Game

Three Indiana Ice players were selected Thursday for the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which will be played Jan. 24 at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon.

This game is intended to showcase the top players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the USHL. This is the first year of the Top Prospects Game. Thirty-seven of the selected players are 2012 draft-eligibles, four more are 2013 draft-eligibles.

Selected from the Ice are goaltender Jon Gillies, rated by the CSS as the top draft-eligible goaltender in the USHL. With a 16-5-4 record, two shutouts and a 2.32 GAA, Gillies ranks first in the USHL in games played, minutes and wins, and third in goals-against average. He also leads the league with a .926 save percentage.

Also selected are forward Robert Polosello. In 28 games, he has a 6-8-14 line. He is a +4 with five power-play points. Forward Robbie Baillargeon is the third Ice player selected to the team. He has 11 goals, 16 assists and is a +4 on the year. He has 11 points on the power play, including three goals. He is also highly-rated by the CSS.

The Ice also had two players selected to USHL weekly awards.

Forward Sean Kuraly continued his team-best streak by scoring a goal in five consecutive games when he tallied goals in each of the Ice's wins last week. He had three goals, an assist and a +5 rating. He now has a team-high 18 goals on the season. He was the USHL Forward of the Week, while goaltender Jon Gillies was again the Goaltender of the Week. He had three wins, a 1.30 GAA, a shutout and a .949 save percentage in the three games. He shared the honor with Sioux Falls' Adam Wilcox.

Full rosters for the prospects game (from the USHL)

Forwards                                                                                 Defensemen
Ray Pigozzi – Chicago Steel                                                   Ian Brady – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Kevin Irwin – Des Moines Buccaneers                                   Jaccob Slavin – Chicago Steel
Zach Saar – Des Moines Buccaneers                                     Mike Matheson – Dubuque Fighting Saints
Cody Bradley – Dubuque Fighting Saints                               Brian Cooper – Fargo Force
Zemgus Girgensons – Dubuque Fighting Saints                   Justin Wade – Fargo Force
Nate Arentz – Fargo Force                                                     Dakota Mermis – Green Bay Gamblers
Austin Farley – Fargo Force                                                  Jordan Schmaltz – Green Bay Gamblers
Alex Kile – Green Bay Gamblers                                            Mike McKee – Lincoln Stars
Nicholas Schilkey – Green Bay Gamblers                             Mark Yanis – Muskegon Lumberjacks
Robbie Baillargeon – Indiana Ice                                          Cliff Watson – Sioux City Musketeers
Robert Polesello – Indiana Ice                                               Ian McCoshen – Waterloo Black Hawks**
Zach Aston-Reese – Lincoln Stars                                        Chris Bradley – Youngstown Phantoms
Luke Johnson – Lincoln Stars           **                               Michael Downing^ – Dubuque Fighting Saints**
Kevin Roy – Lincoln Stars                                                                  
Adam Chlapik – Muskegon Lumberjacks                              
Matthew DeBlouw – Muskegon Lumberjacks                                    Goaltenders
Jordan Masters – Muskegon Lumberjacks                            Jon Gillies – Indiana Ice
Justin Selman – Sioux Falls Stampede                                  Alex Lyon – Omaha Lancers
Austyn Young – Sioux Falls Stampede                                  Stephon Williams – Sioux Falls Stampede
Taylor Cammarata – Waterloo Black Hawks**             Jay Williams – Waterloo Black Hawks
Vince Hinostroza – Waterloo Black Hawks
A.J. Michaelson – Waterloo Black Hawks                             
Austin Cangelosi – Youngstown Phantoms
Richard Zehnal – Youngstown Phantoms
**2013 draft-eligible
^will not participate

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