MUSKEGON, MI - The United States Hockey League announced the Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 9 of the 2018-19 season, and a pair of Muskegon Lumberjacks - forward Egor Afanasyev and defenseman Alex Yakovenko- earned weekly honors. Afanasyev recorded seven points in three games last week, including a pair of three-point performances, while Yakovenko scored twice and dished out three assists to win Defenseman of the Week for the second week in a row.
Afanasyev joins a group of three other Lumberjacks who have been named player of the week: Mikael Hakkarainen, Brandon Bussi (twice) and Yakovenko (twice).
Forward: Egor Afanasyev - Muskegon Lumberjacks
3 GP: 3 goals, 4 assists, +2 rating
Afanasyev dished out three assists on Wednesday in Muskegon's 8-0 shutout of Team USA, scored twice and added a helper in the Lumberjacks' 8-3 triumph over Green Bay on Friday and found the back of the net for the third time in three games on Saturday. The Michigan State commit is now up to 24 points (11G, 13A) through 16 games to lead the Lumberjacks and sit fifth among all USHL players in scoring.
The 6-foot-3 forward has also recorded at least one point in seven straight games dating back to Nov. 9, with 14 points (6G, 8A) and five multi-point performances in that span.
A native of Moscow, RUS, Afanasyev is in his second season with Muskegon and recorded 14 points (6G, 8A) in 45 games with the Lumberjacks during the 2017-18 season. He was listed as a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's Players to Watch List earlier this month and selected by Muskegon in the 10th round, 156th overall in the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft. Prior to his time in the USHL, Afanasyev previously played for Little Caesars (HPHL).
Defenseman: Alex Yakovenko - Muskegon Lumberjacks
3 GP: 2 goals, 3 assists, +2 rating
Yakovenko was named Defenseman of the Week for the second straight week and third time in his USHL career thanks to a pair of multi-point performances. He scored a goal and dished out two assists on Wednesday, before recording his seventh goal and 14th assist of the year on Friday, both resulting in Muskegon victories. Yakovenko now leads all USHL defenseman and is tied for third among all Lumberjacks players in scoring with 21 points (7G, 4A) through 17 games.
Prior to Saturday, he had scored a goal and recorded at least two points in four straight games, making him one of many dangerous elements of Muskegon's offensive attack, which currently leads the USHL with 91 goals in just 18 games. This is Yakovenko's third weekly honor of his USHL career, as he was named Defenseman of the Week once last season (Apr. 9), a year in which he recorded 17 points (3G, 14A) in 31 games for the Lumberjacks. He was added to Muskegon's roster in January and previously played for Chelmet Chelyabinsk in Russia.
The Jacks head out on a three-game roadtrip this weekend, but return to LC Walker Arena for games against the Dubuque Fighting Saints December 7 and 8. Saturday, December 8th is Teddy Bear Toss night! For more information, visit MuskegonLumberjacks.com.