USHL Players of the Week: Bobby Brink, Alex Yakovenko, Blake PietilaFebruary 6, 2019
.Bobby Brink – 2 Games Played – 2 Goals, 2 Assists
Bobby Brink of the Sioux City Musketeers was named the USHL’s forward of the week. Brink returned to action after missing time since Nov. 24 and he didn’t miss a beat. The University of Denver commit would start his impressive week off with an assist against Muskegon on Friday. He’d follow that performance up with a pair of goals and an assist Saturday over the Madison Capitols to prove that he wasn’t ready to be passed in the USHL scoring standings.
Brink would miss well over two months of action but still ranks in the top-15 in USHL scoring with 17 goals and 37 points. He’s also second on the Musketeers in scoring behind only Calgary Flame s prospect Martin Pospisil.
Brink is also riding a 12-game point streak that dates back to Oct. 27. In those 12 games, he’s scored a very impressive 14 goals and 24 points. This is also his second “forward of the week” honors this season.
Alex Yakovenko – 2 Game Played – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Alex Yakovenko of the Muskegon Lumberjacks has been named the USHL’s defender of the week. Yakovenko would start the week off hot with two goals and an assist in Muskegon’s 5-4 victory over Sioux City on Friday. He’still leads all USHL defenders with 15 goals and 37 points this season in just 37 games.
Yakovenko also ranks second on the Lumberjacks in points as well and is one of only four defenders in the USHL to average at least one point-per-game.
Blake Pietila – 2 Games Played – 2 Wins, 0.50 GAA, .979 SV%
Blake Pietila of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders is this week’s USHL’s goaltender of the week. Pietila would start of his week with a 25-save shutout against the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Friday and would then allow just one goal and 23 shots Saturday to cap off his perfect weekend.
Pietila is now 15-9-2-1 on the season and has won six of his last eight starts dating back to Jan. 4. Pietila earned player of the week honors back in the first week of the season. He has been solid this season with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.