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MOLINO, LEWIS, AND OLDHAM EARN USHL WEEKLY HONORS

Chicago, IL – The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM Hockey player awards for the 11th week of the 2014-15 USHL regular season.

Winners include Griffen Molino of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, recognized as CCM Forward of the Week; Clint Lewis of the Sioux Falls Stampede, chosen as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Kris Oldham of the Omaha Lancers, selected as CCM Goaltender of the Week.

Griffen Molino, F, Muskegon Lumberjacks:  The native of Trenton, Michigan recorded five points (1g, 4a) for the Lumberjacks as they split a weekend set with the Sioux Falls Stampede.  He put up three points (1g, 2a) in Friday’s 5-2 victory and then dished out two assists in Saturday’s 7-3 loss.  It extended his point streak to five games (2g, 9a), which has included four straight multi-point efforts.  The 20-year-old is currently tied for second in USHL scoring with 29 points (7g, 22a) over 25 games this season and is tied for the League lead with 22 assists.  It is the second season in the USHL for Molino after playing youth hockey for the Little Caesars organization.  He will begin his college hockey career next season at Western Michigan University.

Clint Lewis, D, Sioux Falls Stampede:  The defenseman produced three points (1g, 2a) and a plus-three rating over two games to help his team earn a split in a weekend series with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.  After being held without a point in Friday’s 5-2 loss, he established a USHL career high with a three-point night (1g, 2a) in Saturday’s 7-3 victory.  He also equaled a game high with a plus-three rating.  The 19-old-year has put up nine points (3g, 6a) in 18 games for the Stampede this season, and he is second on the team with a plus-seven rating.  Lewis is a native of Burnsville, Minnesota and played youth hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s before breaking to the USHL with Team USA.  He is committed to play college hockey at Minnesota State University, Mankato next season.

Kris Oldham, G, Omaha Lancers:  The 17-year-old allowed just one goal over two road victories for the Lancers, posting a 0.50 goals-average and a .984 save percentage.  He stopped all 35 shots he faced on Friday, including all 16 in the first period, during the 2-0 win against the Bloomington Thunder.  It was the first USHL shutout for the rookie goaltender and established a season high in saves.  Oldham then followed up with a 27-save effort in the 4-1 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers on Saturday.  The Anchorage, Alaska native has posted a 4-1-1 record over his last six starts.  He came to the USHL this season after playing last year in the NAHL and playing youth hockey for the Alaska All-Stars program.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15.  A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. 

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