Lancers vs. Saints
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Omaha takes to home ice for the second to last time this season as they host the D
The Lancers and Fighting Saints wrap up the two-game season series on April Fool’s day at Ralston Arena. Dubuque won the previous meeting 5-2 on February 24 on home ice. The victory marked the Saints seventh consecutive win over the Lancers. Current Providence College netminder Hayden Hawkey played his way to a 22-save shut out on February 21, 2014 in Omaha’s last victory over Dubuque.
In the Saints 5-2 victory Cole Gallant picked up both the Lancers tallies, his third straight multi-goal game. Linemate Noah LaLonde also notched a multi-point night with a pair of assists in the games. Omaha netminder Tommy Nappier, who faced the Saints once with Chicago, is 1-1-0-0 against Dubuque this season. Nappier has given up eight goals through the two contests with a save percentage of .873.
Dubuque’s Keenan Suthers is the only player on the roster to have scored more than once against the Lancers. The forward scored once while playing with Muskegon, before scoring as a member of the Saints in the victory. His two points are matched by Michael Boyle, Makai Holdener, and Eric MacAdams for the team lead against Omaha. Jaxon Castor got the start between the pipes on February 24 allowing two goals on 17 shots.
Scouting the Saints:
Dubuque’s offense has been paced this season by the line of Zach Solow, Colin Thiesen, and Cole Guttman. Lead by Solow, the USHL’s leading scorer, all three players rank in the top 15 in the USHL in scoring. Solow, currently riding a six-game point-streak, shot to the top of the league with a 20-game point streak earlier in the season. The forward has 16 goals and 45 assists. Thiesen meanwhile is trying to chase down Fargo’s Jack Adams for the USHL scoring title with 31 goals, Adams has 33.
Jaxon Castor has shouldered the load in net for the Saints. The goaltender ranks in the top ten in the USHL in goals-against (2.27), wins (28), minutes (2696), as well as several other categories.
After being held off the scoreboard in four of five games the Omaha power play has bounced back scoring once in four of the last five games.
During that five game stretch Omaha has gotten contributions from four different players. Noah LaLonde, Cole Gallant, Jack Randl, and Noah Cates have all scored on the man-advantage in the last five games. With his goal last night Cates became the latest player to score for the Lancers this season.
Over the last five games the Omaha power play has risen to 13.0% success rate on the season.