Omaha Lancers Weekly Release
Season 31: Edition Number 23; March 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ralston, NE – Omaha (21-28-5-2, 49 points, 6th Western) heads into the final two weeks of the season with an opportunity to impact the playoff races in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. The Lancers travel to Des Moines on Friday night to take on the Bucs before hosting Dubuque on Saturday. Both the Bucs and Saints are currently in a playoff spot, but only three points separate them from the fifth-place team in each conference.
Need To Know:
Friday, March 24 at Green Bay, SOL, 2-1
Saturday, April 1 at Green Bay L, 4-2
March 31 at Des Moines (32-20-1-3, 68 pts, 4th Western)
April 1 vs. Dubuque (32-17-5-2, 71 pts, 3rd Eastern)
The Week Ahead:
The Lancers make their final trip of the season to Des Moines on Friday night before returning home to host the Saints for the only time this season on Saturday night. Friday will close the season series between Omaha and Des Moines. The Bucs have won seven of the first eight meetings, however four of those games have gone past regulation. Two more of the contests have ended as one-goal games.
Omaha and Dubuque will play for the second and final time on Saturday night. The Fighting Saints won the previous meeting 5-2 on February 24 in Dubuque. The last time the Fighting Saints made the trip to Ralston Arena was December 4, 2015. Dubuque was victorious over the Lancers 3-2 in that meeting. The Fighting Saints have won each of the last seven meetings with the Lancers, dating back to February 21, 2014.
Frozen Four…. Well Six:
Six former Lancers will be on the ice next weekend at the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago. Omaha will be represented on three of the four teams (Harvard, Minnesota-Duluth, Notre Dame).
Harvard leads the way with four former Lancers on their roster. Tyler Moy is tied for the team lead in both points (44) and goals (21). Tied with Moy at 21 goals is another former Lancer, Ryan Donato. Freshman Nathan Krusko and Phil Zielonka round out the quartet of Lancers playing for the Crimson.
Omaha has one alum on each Minnesota-Duluth and Notre Dame. Kyle Osterberg (MN-Duluth) and Ben Ostlie (Notre Dame) are both seniors and will conclude their college hockey careers at the Frozen Four.
Minnesota-Duluth and Harvard will open the Frozen Four next Thursday, April 6, with puck drop set for 5:00pm CT. Notre Dame will then play Denver with puck drop at 8:30 pm CT. The national championship game will take place on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm CT. Thursday’s games will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The national championship game will be televised on ESPN.
Put It On the Board:
Affiliate Andy Nedeljkovic became the 34th player this season to record a point for the Lancers with an assist on Saturday night against Green Bay. The 34 players to find the score sheet this season tops last years’ total of 28 players. Both last year and this season only one skater who has appeared in a game for the Lancers failed to record a point.
No team has had more players record a point this year. Cedar Rapids has tied the Lancers with 34 players getting points while playing for the Rough Riders.