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Nick Moldenhauer's first career hat trick earns him USHL honors

The Chicago Steel forward earned his first career USHL hat trick in their win over the Madison Capitols on Saturday. He also leads the league in points with nine and in goals with seven.

Nick Moldenhauer was ranked 39 by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters.
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CHICAGO — The third week of the USHL season is in the books, and a trio of players around the league had weekends that earned them recognition as USHL players of the week.

Nick Moldenhauer (Chicago Steel) Forward of the Week

It was a weekend for the books for Chicago's Nick Moldenhauer. The Steel fell 6-4 on Friday to the Dubuque Fighting Saints where Moldenhauer put up a goal, but Saturday's win over the Madison Capitols was where Moldenhauer really stole the headlines. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect earned his first career hat trick in the contest for a total of four points on the weekend. He leads the USHL in points with nine and in goals with seven. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 95th overall at the 2022 NHL Draft.

Aaron Pionk (Waterloo Black Hawks) Defenseman of the Week

Hermantown native Aaron Pionk has been awarded USHL defenseman of the week. Pionk had two goals in the Black Hawks 4-1 win over the Tri-City Storm on Saturday. Pionk has averaged a point-per-game this season.


Conor Callaghan (Muskegon Lumberjacks) Goaltender of the Week

Conor Callaghan was the only goaltender in the USHL to earn back-to-back wins over the weekend. In a series against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Callaghan stopped 22 of 24 shots faced on Friday, and only let in two goals on Saturday as the Muskegon Lumberjacks won the 6-2. In his first season in the USHL, Callaghan currently has a 3.51 goals against average and a .874 save percentage.

The fourth week of the USHL season begins Thursday as the Madison Capitols faceoff against the Youngstown Phantoms.

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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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