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Force Expose Lancers, 7-1

By Brandon Hofstra 03/22/2018, 9:45pm CDT

Fargo, ND - The Lancers and Force faced off for game one of the weekend series. Omaha called on veteran goalie Zach Driscoll to play between the pipes. Driscoll is ranked third in USHL among all goalies.

In the first period, Fargo struck first with a goal from Ben Meyers. Omaha answered back with a goal from Brendan Furry. Nearing the end of the first, AJ Drobot got the Force ahead 2-1 heading into the first intermission.

In the second period, Drobot got his second on the night. The scoring for Fargo continued with goals from Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup and Mark Senden. The Force held the 5-1 lead into the second intermission. 

Omaha pulled Driscoll and sent Vinnie Purpura into the net. The goals continued for Fargo from Ty Farmer and Evan Bell. The Lancers fell to the Force, 7-1. 

The Lancers are now 31-15-2-3 with 67 points. Omaha is now in third place in the USHL Western Conference. 

Zach Driscoll stopped 17 of 22 that he faced. Vinnie Purpura stopped 8 of the 10 shots.

Three Stars:
A. Drobot
J. Seyfert
R. Stucker

What's Next:

Lancers: Face the Fargo Force Friday, March 23 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND (7:05 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV). 

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By Brandon Hofstra 03/19/2018, 4:00pm CDT



Ralston, NE - The Omaha Lancers announced Monday the signing of top prospect forward Chase Bradley of the New Jersey Colonials (16U) to a USHL tender agreement for the 2018-19 season.

The Lancers signing of Bradley marks the first time the team has tendered a player since 2016 when the Lancers tendered Jack Randl. The USHL tender process allows teams to sign a player prior to the USHL Phase I Draft in exchange for a first or second-round pick.

Now in its seventh year, the USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two 2002 birth year players prior to the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft, May 7th. 

Bradley’s signing will take the place of Omaha’s first-round pick in the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft. If the Lancers tender a second player, that signing would take the place of a second-round selection in the USHL Phase I Draft. The final day for USHL teams to sign a tender is Sunday, May 6th, 2018. Each tendered player will be on their respective team’s roster the next season and play at least 55% of the team’s regular season games.

"We feel that Chase is an elite player in his birth year and that tendering him was the only way we could secure his USHL rights,” Head Coach David Wilkie said.

Bradley, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has spent the last two years with the New Jersey Colonials (16U and 18U). Between the two teams, Bradley has played in 18 games and recorded 14 points (8G, 6A).

The highly skilled forward is excited to start his journey in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers.

“I’m excited to meet the players, play in front of the fans and to continue my hockey career here with Omaha,” Chase Bradley said.

Not only is Bradley a highly skilled forward, Chase also brings the size and speed that the Lancers are looking for on to the ice.

“He brings good size, skill, finishing ability and plays a heavy game,” Wilkie said. “We are ecstatic that Chase and his family chose the Omaha Lancers to further his young hockey career and look forward to him wearing the Lancer logo next season."

“I know he’s a hard coach, but I know he’ll turn me into a better player and person than I am right now. I’m excited for that, and to take a step forward.”

Bradley is committed to play Division 1 college hockey at Northeastern University.

“I loved everything about it [Northeastern]. The Staff, the type of play, the facility, the campus. It was awesome. I love everything about it.”

Bradley is the sixth player to be tendered by Omaha since the start of the USHL tender process, joining Ryan Tait (2012), Jake Henderson (2013), Hank Crone (2014), Brannon McManus and Jack Randl (2016).

Bradley is the second player to tender with a USHL team in 2018. Defenseman Ruben Rafkin was tendered in January to the Tri-City Storm.

To see all of Chase’s stats click here.


What's Next:

Lancers: Face the Fargo Force Thursday, March 22 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND (7:05 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV). 

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Purpura Commits to Boston University

By Brandon Hofstra 03/17/2018, 1:15pm CDT



Ralston, NE - Omaha Lancers Goaltender, Vinnie Purpura announced his commitment to Boston University on Saturday morning. 

“I'm extremely excited to go to BU to continue my athletic and academic career,” Vinnie Purpura said. “BU is a prestigious university that has a lot to offer. Boston's a great city to go to school in, so I'm really looking forward to this opportunity that is in front of me.”

Purpura, 19, was picked up by the Lancers earlier this season from the Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL). 

"Vinnie has done a great job for our team since arriving in Omaha,” Head Coach David Wilkie said. “He has done everything that we have asked of him on and off the ice and he is extremely deserving of the opportunity at Boston University that he has earned.”

“Playing for the Lancers has been a blessing,” Purpura said. “They have given me every opportunity to succeed. The coaching staff believes in my abilities and I can't ask for much more than that.  We get treated like pros here in Omaha, which definitely has helped me mature and be ready for this next step. We go up against the best young talent in the USHL. Competing against guys of this level forces me to be that much better.”

Purpura has played in 18 games for Omaha with a record of 11-3-0-2. Vinnie is ranked as one of the top goaltenders in the USHL with a 2.15 GAA and a .922 SV%.

“I believe that I have a lot to offer to the University, academically and athletically.  I'm a big goalie that moves well, so I believe that's a big reason why they recruited me,” Purpura said. “The coaching staff has a good deal of trust in the way that I play the position, hence the offer that they extended to me.” 

The Lemont, Illinois, native is in his first season in the USHL and is beyond excited to continue playing hockey, but most off to continue his education. 

“The academics were a huge part of my decision. I believe that it is just as important, if not more important, than the hockey aspect of it. BU is an academically inclined school and great hockey school, so it was a clear choice to me,” Purpura said.

Purpura is very grateful for the opportunity and thankful for the people who have gotten him to this point in his career.

“I would like to thank my family and friends who have been there through this entire journey.  I would also like to thank the Chicago Fury, Johnstown Tomahawks, and Omaha Lancers for helping me develop into the best goalie and person that I can be,” Purpura said. “I can't thank everybody enough for what they've done to get me where I am now.”

Purpura and the Lancers return to the ice on Sunday to face the Sioux City Musketeers. 

What's Next:
Lancers: Face the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday, March 18th for Undie Sunday sponsored by Gross Catholic High School (5:05 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV). 
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