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WEEKLY PREVIEW: ILLINOIS WEEKEND

By Brandon Hofstra , 12/06/18, 2:30PM CST

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LANCERS TAKE ON STEEL AND FLYING ACES

 

RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers (6-12-0-2) will face two Illinois based Eastern Conference teams this weekend.

Saturday the Lancers will face off in Geneva, IL to take on the Chicago Steel (12-7-1-0). The Steel is ranked second in the Eastern Conference with 25 points, are on an 8 game winning streak and are 8-2 in their past ten games. There will be familiar faces on both sides of the ice. This will be the first time Cole Kodsi, Jaden Shields will take on their ex-team, and the same with Mathieu De St. Phalle, Josh Groll, Cole Quisenberry, and Jimmy Dowd. Austen Long was also a member of the Steel winning a Clark Cup in 2017. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 pm and can be seen on HockeyTV.

 

The Lancers will then get ready for a Sunday tilt with the Eastern Conferences third-ranked squad, the Central Illinois Flying Aces in Bloomington, IL. The Flying Aces (11-11-2-0) are one spot and one point behind the Steel. The Aces are also looking to turn around a 4 game losing streak while being 4-6 in their past ten games. Sunday’s game is set for 4:05 pm and can be heard on KOIL 1290 AM and seen on HockeyTV.

 

Lancers Notes (6-12-0-2):

  • Head Coach David Wilkie, Defenseman Travis Mitchell, and Forward Jan Kern will not be in either game this weekend as they will be at the WJAC.

  • Brendan Furry leads the squad in points with 16 in 14 games played

  • Kalle Eriksson has the most points for all Lancers defenders (1-9-10)

  • Goaltender Stats

    • Akira Schmid: 9GP 1-6 record - holds a 3.22 GAA and a .887 SV%

    • Jake Kucharski: 7GP 2-2-0-1 record - has a 3.71 GAA and a .868 SV%

 

Chicago Steel (12-2-1-0):

  • Nick Abruzzese leads the team with 22 points (5-17-22) with an assist Tuesday night in a 3-2 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

  • Matteo Pietroniro leads all Steel defenders in scoring with 15 points. His seven goals are second among USHL defensemen this season and his 15 points (7-8-15) is fifth.

  • Adam Robbins has collected points in eight of his last nine games. The Princeton commit has picked up 11 points (5-6-11) in the stretch that dates back to November 9.

  • Goaltender Stats

    • Justin Robins has the most starts in net for the Steel with 17. Currently holds a 10-5-1-0 record, a 3.37 GAA and a .879 SV%

 

Central Illinois Flying Aces (11-11-2-0):

  • Trevor Janicke has dished the most assists for the Flying Aces (7-15-22)

  • Jeremy Davidson has netted the most goals for the team (11-9-20)

  • Ryan Siedem has the most points for all CIL defenders (1-16-17)

  • Goaltender Stats

    • Ryan Snowden has started in 15 games with a 9-4 record, a 2.93 GAA and a .908 SV%

    • Mitchell Gibson started in 12 games with a 2-7-2-0 record, a 4.15 GAA and a.859 SV%.


 

Listen live to the games here:

KOIL: http://player.listenlive.co/52391

HockeyTV: https://www.hockeytv.com

LAST WEEK:

Friday at Lincoln, L 4-2

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