Omaha Lancers Weekly Release
Season 31: Edition Number 21; March 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ralston, NE – The Lancers (20-24-5-1, 44 pts, 6th Western) play consecutive home games for the final time of the season this weekend as they wrap up a three-game week at home against the Youngstown Phantoms.
Need To Know:
Friday, March 10 at Sioux Falls, SOW, 3-2
Saturday, March 11 vs. Des Moines, L, 4-3
March 15 at Cedar Rapids (10-36-3-1, 24 pts, 9th Eastern)
March 17 vs Youngstown (29-17-4-1, 63 pts, 4th Eastern)
March 18 vs Youngstown (29-17-4-1, 63 pts, 4th Eastern)
The Week Ahead:
Omaha heads into the final nine games of the season with a three-game week that begins on Wednesday night in Cedar Rapids. The Lancers then return home facing Youngstown for the only two meetings this season. Six of the Lancers next seven games will be against Eastern Conference opponents. In twelve games against Eastern Conference teams this season the Lancers are 6-6-0-0.
Omaha won the only previous meeting of the season against Cedar Rapids, 5-2, on February 17 at Ralston Arena. The Lancers have won each of the last nine meetings against the RoughRiders. Cedar Rapids last victory over Omaha came on November 3, 2012 in Cedar Rapids.
Omaha faces Youngstown for the first time this season on Friday. The Phantoms and Lancers have not faced off since last April when the Phantoms swept both games of a weekend series at the Covelli Center. Youngstown has won four of the last six games between the teams. Friday and Saturday will also mark the first time that forwards Noah LaLonde and Pierce Crawford have played against their former teams since being traded for each other last month.
Reunited and It’s Paying Off:
Forward Noah LaLonde was acquired from the Youngstown Phantoms and reunited with former HoneyBaked teammate Cole Gallant eight games ago. Paired together on a line since LaLonde joined the Lancers on February 17, the duo has combined for 20 points (12 g, 8 a).
Over that eight-game stretch Gallant leads the USHL in goals (10), and only Fargo’s Blake Lizotte has more points (14 pts). The forward has raised his point total from five to 17 over the span, and now ranking 7th on the team.
LaLonde, who has the fourth highest point total in the USHL over the last eight games, is averaging a point per game since joining Omaha. The forward had four points over the first 31 games of the season with Youngstown. The Michigan State commit now has 12 points on the season (3g, 9a).
Combined with Filip Rydstrom the trio has tallied 26 points and is one of the league’s top scoring lines over the last month.
Affiliate Noah Cates made his season debut for the Lancers on Friday night in the 3-2 shootout victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Cates, a ’99 birth year, made an impact in the debut factoring in on the game-tying and game-winning goals. The forward notched an assist on Ben Lown’s late third period tally. In the shoot out Cates got the opportunity to play hero recording the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, beating Mikhail Berdin high to end the game.
The assist on Friday gave Cates points in back-to-back USHL games for the first time in his USHL career.