RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers (15-11-6-0) will take on three opponents in three days this weekend.
The Lancers will start off the weekend at home on Friday facing off against the Dubuque Fighting Saints and then will play against the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday. On Sunday, the Lancers will head to Kearney to battle against the Tri-City Storm.
The Lancers are off of a rough weekend in Chicago losing both games in the weekend series. Friday was an overtime loss, 5-4 and Saturday was a 6-1 final.
The Lancers and Fighting Saints will see each other for the second and final time this season on Friday. The Fighting Saints edged out the Lancers in their first showing, 2-1 back on November 1st in Dubuque. The Fighting Saints enter the weekend 21-8-1-0 record are currently hold the 3rd place spot in the east with 43 points. Dubuque is off of a statement win on Saturday beating the top-ranked team in the Western Conference, the Waterloo Black Hawks, 4-1.
Saturday will be the third time the Lancers and Musketeers have met this season. The Lancers took the most recent win in the season series on New Year’s Eve at Tyson Events Center winning 6-4. Both teams have a 1-1 record against one another as the Musketeers took a 2-1 overtime win on October 5th. Saturday will be the first time the Lancers have played the Musketeers at Ralston Arena. It will also be the first time the Lancers have battled against their ex-netminder, Akira Schmid. The Musketeers have a 12-13-6-1 record so far this season and sit at 7th place in the West with 31 points.
Sunday will be an in-state battle between the Lancers and Storm at the Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska. This is the fifth time these two Nebraska squads. The Lancers are 2-1-1-0 against the Storm, while the Storm is 2-1-0-1 against the Lancers. Tri-City split last weekend in Youngstown against the Phantoms winning on Friday, 4-1 and losing on Saturday, 5-3. The Storm enters the weekend with a 17-14-3-2 record and sits at third place in the West with 39 points.
Puck drop for Friday and Saturday is at 7:05 PM and will only be broadcasted only on HockeyTV. Sunday’s puck drop is at 4:05 PM and will be broadcasted on both HockeyTV and KOIL 1290 AM Radio.
Lancers Notes (15-11-6-0) 36 Points - 4th Place Western Conference:
Alex Campbell leads Omaha in scoring with 29 points in 28 games played (9g, 20a).
Nash Nienhuis is the top point-producing defender with 19 points (1-18-19)
Kyle McClellan: 2.51 GAA | .908 SV%
Jakub Dobes: 3.01 GAA | .896 SV%
Dubuque Fighting Saints (21-8-1-0) 43 Points - 3rd Place Eastern Conference
Ty Jackson leads the Fighting Saints in scoring with 37 points (10g, 27a)
Defensively Braden Doyle leads all defenders in scoring with 21 points (6b, 15a)
Dubuque will host Team USA NTDP on Thursday before heading to Omaha
Erik Portillo: 2.05 GAA | .918 SV%
Aidan McCarthy: 2.73 GAA | .903 SV%
Sioux City Musketeers (12-13-6-1) 31 Points - 7th Place Western Conference
Sam Stange leads the Musketeers in points with 32 (19g, 13a)
Christian Jimenez leads all Sioux City defenders with 20 points (5g, 15a)
Akira Schmid: 2.72 GAA | .902 SV%
Ethan Haider: 3.14 GAA | . 893 SV%
Connor Androlewicz: 3.46 GAA | .871 SV%
Tri-City Storm (17-14-3-2) 39 Points - 3rd Place Western Conference
Colby Ambrosio leads the Storm in points with 36 (20g, 16a)
Mitchell Miller leads the blue line for Tri-City with 18 points (5g, 13a)
Tri-City will play against the Fargo Force on Saturday before facing Omaha
Daniel Allin: 2.71 GAA | .885 SV%
Joe Sharib: 3.27 GAA | .844 SV%
Friday at Chicago, 5-4 OTL
Saturday at Chicago, 6-1 L
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