DUB #6 LD Teddy Doherty (2012)
Was fairly steady for Dubuque tonight. Good defensive plays, and average skating ability.
DUB #7 LD Michael Matheson (2012)
Very offensive minded and was a consistent defensive liability. Made some great plays on the power play, but also made a few big mistakes there as well. Needs a lot of work in his defensive zone coverage.
DUB #23 LC Zemgus Girgensons (2012)
Girgensons showed excellent forecheck, and worked hard every single shift. Displayed great instincts and hockey sense and seemed to read the play before it even happened. Every shift we were impressed with his skill set, determination and ability. His linemates didn’t really help him much and although he was kept off the scoresheet, Girgensons created a lot of offensive chances.
USA #7 LD Matt Grzelcyk (2012)
Matt is an elusive puck rushing defenseman. Very good, quick hands, and works around opponents very well. He’s pretty small but has no reservations about playing a tenacious style and landing many hits.
USA #8 RD Jacob Trouba (2012)
Toruba looked very calm and composed with the puck tonight. His decision making on the other hand looked a little hit or miss depending on the shift. He had some shifts where he looked outstanding, and others where he really struggled. Has the skating and size combination to be a dominant prospect.
USA #10 LD Patrick Sieloff (2012)
Sieloff is a smooth skating defenceman with excellent hockey sense. He makes smart plays with the puck, and battles extremely hard and won a large majority of his battles tonight. He was effective in all game situations. He gets the puck on net on the power play, and showed great position in the defensive zone. Patrick cleared the goal area very well on the penalty kill.
USA #14 LC Thomas DiPauli (2012)
Smooth skating, speedy forward who was very effective defensively and on the penalty kill throughout the entire game.
USA #16 LD Brady Skeji (2012)
Skeji showed a great combination of size and speed. He started out a little slow in this game but got better throughout. Rushes the puck up ice well and showed a complete all around game, but didn’t really stand out in any one area.
USA #22 RW Riley Barber (2012)
Barber made a lot of smart plays with the puck under pressure, takes the hit to make the play, and will play very physical himself. Riley kinda snapped at one point in this game, after taking a big hit he got up and cross-checked the player in the face earning five minute major and a game misconduct.
USA #24 RD Connor Carrick (2012)
Carrick had a very rough first period turning the puck over constantly, and really bad positioning that set up Dubuque for a goal. He was a different player after about the midway point of this game. He showed great skating ability, and a confident puck rush. He moved the puck fairly well, and took care of his own end effectively.
Right from the start of this game, Dubuque controlled the scoreboard and the pace of the game. USA had a few good bursts of energy, and a few players showed their capability, but they were inconsistent as a group and Dubuque capitalized on it.