Ralston, NE - The Omaha Lancers selected 18 players in the USHL Phase II Draft on Tuesday.
The Phase II draft is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team. Teams will fill their roster to a total of 45 players on this date; this includes players that were previously on a team’s Affiliate List. The total number of players that a team will draft will vary depending on the number of Affiliate players a team may have. All veteran roster players are automatically protected by their current team until July 10.
Here is the complete list of the Lancers Phase II picks:
ROUND 1 | PICK 15: Nolan Renwick, Forward (Notre Dame Hounds)
ROUND 2 | PICK 25: Alexander Campbell, Forward (Victoria Grizzlies)
ROUND 3 | PICK 32: Charles Campbell, Forward (Victoria Grizzlies)
ROUND 6 | PICK 80: Jakub Dobes, Goaltender (St. Louis Blues AAA 18U)
ROUND 7 | PICK 98: Will Dineen, Forward (Chicago Mission 18U)
ROUND 9 | PICK 125: Drew Cooper, Defenseman (Coquitlam Express)
ROUND 9 | PICK 127: Hunter McCoy, Forward (Islanders HC)
ROUND 10 | PICK 143: Jake Beaune, Defenseman (Aberdeen Wings)
ROUND 11 | PICK 158: Yu Sato, Forward (K-Vantaa B)
ROUND 12 | PICK 171: Cameron Recchi, Forward (Notre Dame Hound MAAA)
ROUND 12 | PICK 173: Reid Bogenholm, Defenseman (St. Cloud Cathedral HS Crusaders)
ROUND 13 | PICK 188: Nick Nardecchia, Forward (Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U)
ROUND 14 | PICK 214: Tyler Borsch, Defenseman (Jersey Hitmen)
ROUND 15 | PICK 218: Benjamin Woodhouse, Forward (Wellington Dukes)
ROUND 16 | PICK 233: Colby Jaquet, Defenseman (Selkirk Steelers)
ROUND 17 | PICK 248: Ryan Lautenbach, Forward (Amarillo Bulls)
ROUND 18 | PICK 263: Andrew Miller, Goaltender (Rocky Mountain Roughriders 18U)
ROUND 19 | PICK 278: Lachlan Gibson, Defenseman (New Jersey Rockets 15’s)
“We had a great day today!" Head Coach and General Manager David Wilkie said. "We are unbelievably excited to be able to draft and welcome these young men to the Omaha Lancers Hockey Club. We feel that we addressed every single one of our organizational needs throughout the draft and we look forward to seeing them in the Orange and Black in the very near future. I would also like to take the time to thank all of our Hockey Operations staff for their tireless effort and grinding in the last 12 months. We are all are looking forward to next year and beyond. Go Lancers Go!”
RALSTON, NE - The United States Hockey League announced today the All-USHL teams, USHL All-Rookie teams, USHL All-Academic team, Scholar-Athlete Award, and Curt Hammer Award, recipients. Winners for the All-USHL teams and USHL All-Rookie teams are determined by a vote of League general managers. One Lancer was awarded the leagues yearly honor.
Akira Schmid received the All-USHL Third Team Goaltender. Schmid split the honor with Muskegon Lumberjacks goalie, Brandon Bussi.
To start the season, Akira found himself in Lethbridge with the Hurricanes where he played in one game. He then was sent south to play in the sun with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL. Schmid would then make his debut as a Lancer on November 3rd at Sioux City. From then, Akira made his way as the Lancers starting netminder. The Bern, Switzerland native was called to play for his country this season as well in the IIHF World Junior Classic where he played in 3 games. While wearing the Red and White for Switzerland, Schmid totaled a 4.13 GAA and a .876 SV%.
After returning to the USHL, Akira played lights out for Omaha and ended the season being ranked the second best goalie in the league. Schmid was named goaltender of the week on February, 11th 2019. Schmid was also drafted last year by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round, pick 136 overall.
“Akira was our MVP and best player this past year,” General Manager and Head Coach David Wilkie said. “He most certainly deserves any award or accolade that comes his way, and we are extremely happy for him. We also look forward to the 2019-2020 season in Omaha with Akira as a major piece of our hockey team once again.”
Schmid ended his first season in Omaha statistically finishing second amongst the league's goaltenders with a 2.18 GAA and a .926 SV% in the 37 games he played (16-14-0-2).
LINCOLN, NE - The Omaha Lancers battled back on Saturday night to force overtime and win against the Lincoln Stars, 3-2.
The Stars came out shooting to go ahead 2-0 to end the first period.
In the final second of the second period, Travis Mitchell (19:46) got the Lancers on the board with a shot from the blueline to beat Jacob Mucitelli. The score stayed 2-1 heading into the second intermission.
Early in the third, Jaxon Nelson scored to even the game 2-2. Neither team would score in the third and overtime was forced.
Daniel Hilsendager scored in the extra frame to get the Lancers the 3-2 overtime win.
The Lancers close the 2018-19 season with a final record of 27-27-4-4.
The Omaha Lancers would like to also thank the fans for their support this season. A special thank you as well to all of the host families that have taken care of our players this year.