The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Tuesday the Forward, Defenseman, and Goaltender of the Week for Week 9 of the 2019-20 season. This is the first-second such honor in the last three weeks for Chicago Steel defenseman Uula Ruikka and first weekly honors for Steel forward Gunnarwolfe Fontaine and Omaha Lancers goaltender Jakub Dobes. Fontaine and Ruikka each registered a +6 rating while raking in five points while the Steel potted 18 goals in a pair of wins last weekend while Dobes picked up his first career USHL victories as he turned aside 39 of the 40 shots he saw. The USHL is America's only Tier I junior hockey league and continues to lead the world in the advancement of Division I college hockey athletes.
Dobes earned his first USHL Goalie of the Week after picking up career wins No. 1 and 2 in the USHL last weekend. The Ohio State University commit was huge for the Lancers in both of the victories in a weekend sweep of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Dobes turned aside 11 shots in a 12-shot onslaught in the first period of Friday's game as the Lancers escaped the first 20 minutes with a 1-1 tie and would go on to open the weekend with a 4-1 win. Dobes returned the next night in a relief appearance after a quick start from the Lumberjacks gave them a 2-0 lead in the first period. In the final 45 minutes of the game, Dobes led an Omaha comeback by stopping all 16 shots he faced while the Lancers offense scored five unanswered goals for a 5-2 Saturday night win. NHL Central Scouting ranked Dobes a C goaltender in their latest rankings. After joining the team in late October, the Czech Republic native has a 2-2-1-0 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and 0.925 save percentage through five appearances. Those numbers would rank third and second, respectively, among all USHL goaltenders if Dobes had enough minutes played to qualify for the statistic leaderboards. At this point in the season, goalies must have played 300 minutes to qualify. Dobes has played 285 this season. Regardless, the netminder was key in net for his team this weekend as the Lancers (7-7-3-0, 17 pts.) are currently tied for sixth in the Western Conference and have points in three-straight games (2-0-1-0). Dobes is the first Lancers to receive the weekly honor from the USHL.