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Buccaneers with Longest Active Winning Streak in USHL

February 20, 2017 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Des Moines Buccaneers News Release

The Des Moines Buccaneers are on a four-game winning streak which is their longest streak of the season and they are currently tied with the Sioux City Musketeers for the longest active winning streak in the USHL.

"Our guys have done an awesome job digging in; we've had a heck of a stretch and it hasn't been easy," points out Des Moines Buccaneer Assistant Coach Nate Weossner. Des Moines just finished five straight games on the road, which is the most they'll play away from Buccaneer Arena all season, yet they won four of those games and have won six out of seven. "The way we've come out of this stretch has been exciting because they're persevering. I'm really happy about how we did it and where we're at," admits Weossner.

Over the last seven games Des Moines has outscored their opponents 27-12 and in five of the seven games they've given up just one goal or fewer. We asked Weossner what he's been most pleased with during the last several weeks. "Defensively we've been good, our goaltending's been really good," says Weossner. "How we've been able to keep it together when it starts to get loose, our team mentality, has been the most impressive thing. How these guys have really stuck together."

Three-quarters of the way through the season Des Moines sits alone in third place in the Western Conference with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. Five of the eight teams in the West still have a legitimate chance at making make the postseason which means at least one of the top five teams is going to be left out. But not only are the Buccaneers looking to do everything they can to win, they're hoping the fan will help out as nine of their remaining fifteen games are at Buccaneer Arena.

We asked Weossner if he has noticed a difference in the crowds as Des Moines has gotten into this late season playoff push. "Yeah, it's cool isn't it? Our crowds are awesome. You can use them as a barometer, like when they pull their goalie and you wonder how much time is left. The crowd keeps building and building and you can almost use them as a gauge," explains Weossner. "Our guys really enjoy it and the opponents don't. They know this is a tough place to play and when the crowd comes in and when they're active in the game this is a very unpleasant place to play if you're a visiting team."

Up next for the Buccaneers is a home series against the Bloomington Thunder this weekend with puck drop at 7:05 PM Saturday night and at 3:05 PM Sunday afternoon. Saturday is the Animal Rescue League's Annual Doxie Dash (aka the wiener dog races) while Sunday's game will have a Post Game Skate following, for tickets to either game call 278-2827

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