November 27, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Omaha Lancers
Ralston, Neb. - The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) look to continue their climb up the Western Conference standings this week as they prepare for a pair of showdowns against familiar opponents.
Omaha (10-10, 20 pts.) is coming off another successful week as the team earned four of a possible six standings points during a busy holiday week. First, the Lancers stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games on Wednesday when the team earned a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory at the Lincoln Stars. Jake Randolph scored twice and Connor Chatham chipped in a pair of assists as Omaha claimed its first head-to-head meeting with Lincoln. The Lancers saw their winning streak come to an end Friday as the team wrapped up its four-game road swing with a 3-2 loss at the Tri-City Storm. Tri-City's Jared Linnell registered a pair of third period markers as the Storm earned their fourth straight win and improved to 1-3 on the year against Omaha. The Lancers responded though and closed out the week on a high note as they opened up a five-game home stand Saturday with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Sioux City Musketeers. Matias Cleland notched two goals and Randolph added a pair of assists as the Orange and Black earned its sixth win over the last seven games and improved to a perfect 5-0 in shootouts this season.
Omaha (10-10, 20 pts.) returns to action tomorrow as the Lancers welcome the Fargo Force to the Ralston Arena for the first time ever. Fargo (8-6-5, 21 pts.) enters the week locked in a tie for fourth place in the West alongside Tri-City after splitting a pair of games last week. The Force's holiday week began with a 3-2 overtime loss at the Sioux Falls Stampede on Wednesday, which marked the team's third straight overtime/shootout defeat in as many games. Fargo rebounded on Saturday though prevailing in extra time with a 3-2 overtime victory at home over Sioux Falls. Dave Gust netted the game-winner as the Force were pushed to their fourth straight overtime contest. After visiting Omaha on Wednesday, Fargo returns home this Friday and Saturday for a weekend series with the Storm.
Meanwhile, Omaha's week comes to an end Friday when the Lancers host the Lincoln Stars at Ralston Arena for the very first time. Lincoln (11-5-1, 23 pts.) currently ranks third in the Western Conference and enters the week looking to snap a five-game losing skid. After suffering a 4-3 shootout loss at home to the Lancers on Wednesday, the Stars closed out their holiday week with a 4-2 loss at the Chicago Steel on Friday followed by a 7-3 defeat at the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Saturday. All told, Lincoln has dropped six of its last seven games after starting the season a perfect 10-0. After facing off against the Lancers on Friday, Lincoln heads up to Sioux Falls on Saturday for a showdown with the Stampede.
Omaha Lancers - 10-10-0, 20 pts. (6th Western Conference)
- F Jake Randolph currently leads all Lancers in scoring with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists). Committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Randolph enters the week in the midst of a five-game scoring streak having notched three goals and six assists over his last five contests.
- F Connor Chatham currently leads all Lancers with 8 goals this season. Committed to the University of Denver, Chatham is also in the midst of a five-game scoring streak having tallied three goals and four assists over his last five games.
- The Lancers have tallied the game's first goal in each of the team's last seven consecutive games. Omaha is tied for third in the USHL with 12 first goals and is 9-3 when scoring first this season.
- The Lancers enter the week having played in five straight one-goal games. Omaha is 4-1 during that stretch and is 6-3 in one-goal games this season.
- Omaha's power play enters the week ranked fourth overall at 19.8%. The Lancers are 7-3 when scoring a power play goal this season. Omaha is just 1-for-18 (5.6%) on the man-advantage in five games at Ralston Arena.
- Omaha's penalty kill currently ranks third overall at 86.3% but is just 16-for-21 (76.2%) at home this season.
- Wednesday and Friday's contests are games two and three respectively of Omaha's current five-game home stand. The Lancers are 3-2 at Ralston Arena and have been outscored 13-11 in five prior home contests.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 vs. Fargo - 8-6-5, 21 pts. (T-4th Western Conference)
- Wednesday's contest marks the third of eight total meetings during the 2012-2013 season between the Lancers and Fargo Force. Omaha claimed the first two get-togethers with 3-2 and 4-3 shootout victories in Fargo on November 16 and 17.
- F Brendan Harms currently leads all Force skaters and ranks fifth overall in scoring with 25 points (6 goals, 19 assists).
- F Gabe Guertler is tied for fourth among all USHL skaters with 12 goals this season. Committed to the University of Minnesota, Guertler hasn't scored a goal in his last four games.
- Fargo enters the week having played in seven straight one-goal games with the Force posting a 3-1-3 record during that stretch. Fargo has played the most one-goal games of any USHL team this season (14) going 6-3-5 in one-goal tilts this year.
- The Force are 3-5-3 on the road this season and have been outscored 42-35 in 11 prior road contests.
- Fargo's power play currently ranks 12th overall at 14.3% and is 0-for-7 in two prior meetings with Omaha.
- Fargo's penalty kill currently ranks 11th overall at 80.9% and is 8-for-10 (80%) against the Lancers this season.
Friday, Nov. 30 vs. Lincoln - 11-5-1, 23 pts. (3rd Western Conference)
- Friday's contest marks the second of 10 total meetings during the 2012-2013 regular season between the Lancers and Lincoln Stars. Omaha claimed the only prior meeting with a 4-3 shootout victory in Lincoln last Wednesday.
- F Will Suter and F Eric Scheid currently lead all Stars skaters and are tied for 17th among all USHLers in scoring with 17 points each. Scheid has notched 8 goals and 9 assists this season while Suter has tallied 7 goals and 10 assists.
- After starting the season 10-0, Lincoln has dropped six of its last seven games posting a 1-5-1 record during that stretch while garnering just three standings points since November 3rd.
- The Stars are 5-3 on the road this season and have outscored their opposition 27-24 in eight prior road contests.
- Lincoln's power play currently ranks 15th in the league at 10.7% and was 0-for-2 last week against the Lancers.
- Lincoln's penalty kill currently ranks 9th overall at 82.9% and was 3-for-5 last Wednesday against Omaha.