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Lancers top Musketeers in Season Finale, 3-2

By Brandon Hofstra 04/14/2018, 9:45pm CDT

Omaha sets focus on Round 2 of Clark Cup Playoffs

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RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers welcomed the Sioux City Musketeers for the final game of the regular season on Saturday. Omaha called on Zach Driscoll to play between the pipes. 

Grant Anderson opened up the scoring just a minute into the first period. Anderson shot the puck from the blue line to beat Ben Kraws scoring top shelf. Sioux City answered back late in the period with a goal at the fifteen-minute mark and another with one second remaining on the power play. Omaha trailed 2-1 heading into the first intermission. 

Omaha tied it the game in the second period with a goal from Brendan Furry. On the power play, Furry took the initial shot from the right circle. The rebound came back to the tape of his stick and then he fired another shot that got passed Kraw. 

After a scoreless third period, and overtime the game went to a shootout. Ryan Savage was the final shooter for Omaha. Savage scored and the Lancers won 3-2 against Sioux City.

With tonight's win, the Lancers have secured their spot at second in the USHL Western Conference. Omaha will have a first-round bye and will return to the ice for Round 2 Game 1 at Ralston Arena on Saturday, April 21st at 7:05 pm. 

Omaha finished the season with a record of 39-16-2-3 and 83 points. 

Three Stars:
R. Savage
Z. Driscoll
G. Anderson

What's Next:
Lancers: Round 2 Game 1 of the Clark Cup Playoffs Saturday, April 21st (7:05 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV). 

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Driscoll named Goaltender of the Week

By Brandon Hofstra 04/09/2018, 4:00pm CDT

Driscoll receives league honor for 4th time this season

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RALSTON, NE - The USHL announced the Forward, Defenseman, and Goaltender of the Week on Monday. For the fourth time this season, Zach Driscoll was named to the weekly honor. He shares this week's honors with Forward Tyce Thompson (Dubuque) and Defenseman Alex Yakovenko (Muskegon).

“It’s a cool individual award, but, I’m more excited about the hockey that we’re playing as a team,” Zach Driscoll said.

Driscoll has been hot in goal as of late earning two consecutive shutouts in his past two starts, bringing his total to eight on the season.

“We are very happy for Zach to win USHL goaltender of the week again,” Head Coach David Wilkie said. “Last week he was extremely dominant and he is certainly well deserving of this recognition.

The Bemidji State commit earned his seventh shutout of the season in Kearney on Wednesday. Driscoll stopped all 30 of the Storm shots to get the Lancers a 3-0 win.

Zach received the start on Saturday against the Des Moines Buccaneers where he marked his eighth shutout of the season. Driscoll stopped all 25 shots in that game to give Omaha the 2-0 win in Des Moines.

Driscoll now is the third all-time in recorded shutouts as an Omaha Lancer. He follows Dan Ellis 11, Marty Magers 10.

Driscoll has compiled an impressive 12-4-0-0 record in his last 16 starts and has won the past three games in a row. Zach has been named the Goaltender of the week three other times this season, Nov. 13, Jan. 8, and Jan. 29.

“We are happy for Zach to earn this league recognition once again, he deserves it,” Head Coach David Wilkie said.

Driscoll is ranked third among all goaltenders in the USHL. Zach currently has a 1.93 GAA and a .933 SV%. The veteran goaltender has a record of 21-9-1-1. Zach is excited for the team picking up momentum, as the Lancers are second in the USHL West with a record of 37-16-2-3, are on a 6-0-0-0 streak, and are 6-2-0-2 in their last 10 games.

“We had a little skid there. We came together and figured it out,” Driscoll said. “We are in a good spot heading into our last weekend heading into the playoffs.”

Zach and the Lancers return to action this weekend for the season series finale Friday vs the Lincoln Stars and the last game of the regular season Saturday vs the Sioux City Musketeers.

Playoff tickets will be available to purchase on Wednesday, April 11. Visit the Lancers front office or call 402-344-PUCK to lock in your spot for the 2017-18 Clark Cup Playoffs.

After this weekends games, we will know the fate of where the Lancers will seed for the playoffs. As of now, the Lancers will have a first-round bye and then round two will start at Ralston Arena on April 21st. If the Lancers have to play in round one, game one will be played at Ralston Arena on Monday, April 16th.

 

What's Next:

Lancers: Face the Lincoln Stars for the season series finale Friday, April 13th at Ralston (7:05 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV). 

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Lancers Axe Out Lumberjacks, 3-2

By Brandon Hofstra 03/31/2018, 8:45pm CDT

Omaha takes weekend series against Muskegon

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Muskegon, MI - Game two of the weekend series between the Omaha Lancers and the Muskegon Lumberjacks took place on Saturday night at L.C. Walker Arena. Omaha took game one on Friday night winning 4-2. Vinnie Purpura received the nod to play between the pipes. Vinnie is ranked 9th in the league among goalies with a 2.47 GAA and a .914 SV%

In the first period, Marc Del Gaizo got the Jacks on the board beating Vinnie Purpura on the power play. With under five minutes to play, Filip Suchy (31) tied the game up. Suchy took a one-time pass from Cole Gallant to beat Keegan Kari. 

In the second period, Nick Perbix (5) scored on the power play. Omaha held on to the 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

In the third period, Mick Kohler (9) gave Omaha a two-point lead. Nearing the end of the period with an empty net and on the two-man advantage, Muskegon scored on the power play. Omaha held their ground to take the win and to sweep the Lumberjacks in the weekend series, 3-2. 

Purpura stopped 28 shots. 

The Lancers improve to 34-16-2-3 with 73 points.

Three Stars:
M. Del Gaizo
F. Suchy
N. Perbix

What's Next:
Lancers: Face the Tri-City Storm Wednesday, April, 4th (7:35 p.m. CT; News Talk 1290 AM, Hockey TV). 

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