Some, including myself have been frustrated by the lack of production of some of Wisconsin's 2011 recruiting class. One player who has given us something to be excited about is Madison native Cody Strang.
A big five point weekend out of Strang was good enough to net him USHL Offensive Player of the Week sponsored by CCM. It's the second time in Strang's USHL career that he's won the award. He also was honored late last January when he recorded a natural hat-trick against Team USA.
According to the release from the USHL website: Strang scored five points (3g, 2a) and posted a plus-four rating to help the Youngstown Phantoms earn five of a possible six points in the standings during the week. He scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes to play in the third period of Friday's 4-3 victory over Sioux City. The win snapped the six-game losing streak for the Phantoms. Strang tallied a shorthanded goal, added an assist, and registered a game high plus-three in Saturday's 4-3 win against Muskegon. The forward then completed the weekend with a two-point effort (1g, 1a), including his fifth straight game with a goal, in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Team USA. The native of Madison, Wisconsin is second on the Phantoms in scoring with 21 points (9g, 12a) in 29 games during his second USHL season and he is tied for fifth overall in the League with a plus-15 rating.
Strang, who is an alternate captain for the Phantoms is second on the team in goals with 8, and second on the team in points with 21. Also of note, Green Bay native Ryan Belonger, who is uncommitted is fourth on the Phantoms in scoring with 18 points.
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