Monday, November 28, 2011

Ralfs Freibergs named USHL Defensive Player of the Week

More awards for the Lincoln Stars!

Stars defenseman Ralfs Freibergs was named CCM Defensive Player of the Week by the USHL today.  Freibergs shared the weekly award with Green Bay Gamblers defensemen Andrew Welinski.

Click here to read the official press release from the USHL.

Here's an excerpt from the above mentioned article:

Freibergs scored three of the eight goals for the Stars over a three-game span and helped the team kill off 13-of-14 power plays by the opposition.  He scored both goals in the 3-2 overtime loss to Tri-City on Wednesday and then scored the first goal of the game in the 2-1 victory against Sioux Falls on Friday.  He posted a game high plus-two rating in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Tri-City.  The 20-year-old from Riga, Latvia is third among USHL defensemen in scoring with 12 points (4g, 8a) in 18 games while also being second on the Stars with a plus-nine rating.

The native of Riga, Latvia has really turned it on in these past few weeks for the Lincoln Stars.  Much like Matt Prapavessis was last season for the Stars, Ralfs is the very definition of a powerplay quarterback.  He does a great job at running the powerplay and distributing the puck in the offensive zone.  As we saw this past week, he's also good at putting the biscuit in the basket as well.

Congrats to Ralfs!  Very well deserved.

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