DUBUQUE, Iowa — Braden Doyle was named USHL defenseman of the week after a historic performance for Dubuque on Friday night. Doyle recorded the first hat trick in team history and finished the weekend with four points on the way to earning his first weekly honors in the USHL. Doyle added an assist during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Muskegon to complete his best performance over a two-game span this season.
Just a weekend after Ben Schultheis recorded the sixth two-goal game by a defenseman in Saints Tier-1 history, Doyle one upped him. He scored in the first period on a delayed penalty, then found the back of the net on a power play, before sliding in a nifty goal late in the third.
Doyle leads Dubuque and is fifth in the USHL in terms of scoring by a defenseman. He has 14 points (4-10-14) in 20 games this season. Doyle is also riding a three-game point streak (3-2-5) and has points in seven of his last nine games. In total, the LA Kings draft pick has 10 points in that nine-game period.
Doyle becomes the third Fighting Saint to win weekly honors this season and the first who isn’t a goalie. Both Erik Portillo and Aidan McCarthy have won goalie of the week so far this season for Dubuque who continue to roll at 16-3-1 through the first 20 games of their season.