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Five Lumberjacks named to All-USHL teams

By Scott Bradford, 05/01/18, 11:00AM EDT


MUSKEGON, MI- The USHL announced their All-USHL and All-USHL Rookie teams Tuesday, and five Lumberjacks were named on those teams that were determined by a vote of league GMs.

USHL Player of the Year Anthony Del Gaizo was named to the All-USHL first team, while younger brother Marc Del Gaizo was named to the All-USHL second team.

Anthony led the USHL with 40 goals and 72 points this season, while Marc led all USHL defensemen with 12 goals. Marc’s 38 points ranked third in the league among d-men, and his 61 career points are the second-most in Lumberjacks history. Both brothers are committed to UMass-Amherst.

Three Lumberjacks earned All-USHL rookie honors, led by USHL Rookie of the Year Matej Pekar, who was named to the first team. Pekar’s 54 points were tied for the rookie lead, and his 40 assists were the most among rookies. Pekar is committed to Miami University.

Named to the All-USHL Rookie second team were defenseman Matt Staudacher and goaltender Zach Borgiel.

Staudacher, a stay-at-home defenseman, notched three points in 54 games played during the regular season. His rating of +4 was the fourth-best among rookie defensemen who played in at least 40 games. Staudacher is committed to Clarkson University.

Borgiel started this season on the Lumberjacks’ affiliate list, but was called up to Muskegon in January. At just 17 years old, Borgiel was the 3rd-youngest goaltender to see USHL action (Team USA excluded). The Fort Gratiot, MI native played in 11 games, compiling a 5-3-0 record, 3.66 GAA and .863 SV%. He was one of only three rookie goaltenders who won more games than he lost.

Borgiel’s first USHL start was especially memorable. Facing the Anderson Cup champion Black Hawks in Waterloo, Borgiel nearly recorded a shutout in his first USHL start, surrendering only a single goal in a 4-1 Jacks win.