MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS: The U18s host USHL opponents in a trio of games at USA Hockey Arena this week, beginning with the Muskegon Lumberjacks Wednesday. The U18s last squared off against the Lumberjacks in October, skating to a 5-3 win and a 4-2 victory to sweep the weekend.
The Lumberjacks enter the weekend 6-2-1 through nine games played in the USHL, good for second in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Steel. The Jacks most recently squared off against the Dubuque Fighting Saints, claiming a pair of wins.
Cameron Berg (10g-5a-15) and Danil Guhchin (8g-7a-15) lead the Lumberjacks in scoring with 15 points each, and Jan Skorpik and Christian Stoever have split time in the net for Muskegon.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS: Following their matchup with Muskegon, the U18s host Dubuque in a weekend series. The U17s took on the Fighting Saints in November, winning 4-2 on the road.
The Fighting Saints enter the weekend sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 1-8-0 record.
Former NTDP skater Daniyal Dzhaniyev (5g-3a-8) shares the team lead in scoring with eight points, and both Aidan McCarthy and Hobie Hedquist have seen time in the net for the Fighting Saints.