The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Tuesday the Forward, Defenseman, and Goaltender of the Week for Week 14 of the 2019-20 season. Tri-City forward Matthew Knies and Omaha Lancers Zach Plucinski (defenseman) and Kyle McClellan (goaltender) all earned the first weekly honors of their USHL careers. Knies posted three goals and three assists in a pair of games while amassing a plus-six rating. Plucinski notched three points (2-1-3) and a plus-four rating in a pair of games while McClellan earned a win in his lone appearance by turning aside all but one shot he faced.
Plucinski scored a goal in each of the Lancers’ road wins over the Sioux Falls Stampede over the weekend, including a two-point performance on Friday night. The Eagle River, Alaska native gave Omaha a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 4-1 Friday night win before adding an assist on the next goal of the game. The next night, Plucinski lit the lamp early in the third period to give his team the lead for good in a 4-2 win. The defenseman has 11 points (4-7-11) in 24 games this season, which puts him among five total Omaha defensemen with 10-or-more points this season.
McClellan and the Lancers were dominant on Friday night in a 4-1 win as the netminder turned aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced. The Mercyhurst University commit stopped all 15 shots he saw in the first 40 minutes but a third-period Stampede goal was the lone blemish on McClellan’s sheet for the night. McClellan holds a 4-5-3-0 record through 13 appearances this season and sports a 2.78 goals-against average and 0.903 save percentage, which is eighth and tied for sixth – respectively – among USHL goalies this season.
The Lancers are back in action tonight to take on the Sioux City Musketeers at Tyson Events Center. Puck drop is at 7:05 PM and all the action can be heard on KOIL News Talk 1290 AM and seen on HockeyTV.