Mikael Hakkarainen, Kyle Looft, Jacob Mucitelli: USHL Players of the WeekNovember 12, 2018
Mikael Hakkarainen – 2 Games Played – 3 Goals, 3 Assists
Mikael Hakkarainen is the USHL’s forward of the week after scoring an impressive three goals and six points in only two contests last week. Hakkarainen, a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018, recorded a hat trick (including the game-winner) as well as an assist in the Muskegon Lumberjacks victory over the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday. He’d follow up that performance with another two assists against the Phantoms on Saturday.
Hakkarainen now has eight goals and 17 points in only nine games with Muskegon this season. He’s recorded at least one point in eight of those nine games and is tied for the team-lead in scoring. His 17 points are also good for seventh in the league. His 1.89 points-per-game indicate that he’s even better than that, however, as that impressive total ranks second in the USHL.
Kyle Looft – 3 Games Played – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Kyle Looft is the USHL’s defender of the week. The 20-year-old recorded at least one point in all three of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders’ games last week, including his first goal of the season Friday against Sioux City. He would follow up that performance with an assist on both Saturday and Sunday against the Omaha Lancers.
Looft is now up to five points in seven games and is tied for second among RoughRiders’ blueliners in points. Looft may not have had much luck offensively in his first season in the USHL last season when he would score only two goals and 12 points in 58 games. In only seven games this season Looft is already halfway to his goal total from all of last season. He is just shy of halfway to his point total as well.
Jacob Mucitelli – 3 Games Played – 2 Wins, 1.34 GAA, .952 SV%
Lincoln Stars’ goaltender Jacob Mucitelli has been named the USHL’s goaltender of the week for his stellar showings in three games last week. Mucitelli would make 33 saves on 34 shots in a 2-1 Stars’ victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Mucitelli made another 20 saves in a loss to the Sioux Musketeers on Saturday. He’d bounce back admirably on Sunday, making 27 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory against the Tri-City Storm.
Mucitelli’s excellent week brought his record to 3-2-1-0 with a 2.67 goals-against average, good for fifth in the USHL and a .907 save percentage, good for seventh in the league with a minimum of 240 minutes played. He’s been forced to make at least 25 saves in five of his seven appearances. As a result, he has earned his spot on this list.