LANCERS CONTINUE DECEMER AT SIOUX CITY FRIDAY, HOME VS. MUSKEGON SATURDAY
The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) will see a little bit of everything this weekend. After a season-long six-game road trip in the middle of November, the Lancers recently wrapped up a four-game stand at home at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. This weekend, Omaha will get a little of both as the Lancers are scheduled to take on the Sioux City Musketeers Friday evening at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa before returning home the following evening to welcome the expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks to the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Omaha (10-6-3, 23 Pts.) enters Week 11 of USHL action tied for second in the Western Conference. The Lancers, alongside the Lincoln Stars, remain just five standings points back of the Western Conference-leading Dubuque Fighting Saints. Omaha enters the week having won seven of its last 12 games while collecting at least one standings point in nine of the team’s last 13 overall contests.
The Lancers weekend begins Friday evening at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City against the Musketeers. After dropping the first head-to-head meeting of the year with a 2-1 loss to the Musketeers on October 9th, Omaha responded in the second get-together with a 5-1 victory at home on November 5th. Mark Miller scored two goals in that game while Todd Mathews earned his first win in a Lancers uniform thanks to 18 saves on 19 Musketeers shots. Sioux City (10-9-1, 21 Pts.) is currently tied for fifth in the Western Conference and is in action tonight in Sioux Falls before returning home Friday to face the Lancers. The Musketeers snapped a six-game winless skid last Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over the Fargo Force. Prior to that, Sioux City had gone 0-5-1 in its previous six contests while being outscored 24-7.
The Lancers then return home Saturday as they welcome the expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks to the Omaha Civic Auditorium for the first and only time during the 2010-2011 regular season. Muskegon (9-7-5, 23 Pts.) enters the week alone in third place in the Eastern Conference and the Lumberjacks are presently seven standings points back of first-place Green Bay and Cedar Rapids. After a season-long five-game home stand to close out the month of November, Muskegon is now in the midst of a season-long five-game road trip, which began with trips to Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Chicago last week before concluding this weekend in Waterloo and Omaha. The Lumberjacks won two of the first three games on the road swing and have now won back-to-back games after a four-game winless slide.
Friday, December 10th @ Sioux City Musketeers, 7:05 PM CDT, Tyson Events Center
Saturday, December 11th vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks, 7:05 PM CDT, Omaha Civic Auditorium
*Teddy Bear Toss! Bring a new, unwrapped stuffed animal to the game and throw it on the ice when the Lancers score their first goal! All donations provided to local charities.
*FREE Thundersticks to the first 1,000 fans in attendance!
**Radio coverage for both Friday and Saturday’s games can be found on 1290 AM KKAR or www.1290kkar.com beginning with the Valpakdeals.com pre-game show at 6:50 PM CDT.
NEWS & NOTES FOR THE WEEK
Ø Forward Nick Oddo currently leads all Lancers in scoring with 17 points (7G, 10A). The Omaha native has tallied at least one point in 11 of his last 13 games overall.
Ø Seth Ambroz is currently in the midst of a three-game goal scoring streak and has now registered seven goals in his last six games. The veteran from New Prague, Minnesota has tallied at least one point in eight of his last nine games overall and currently ranks third among all Lancers with 14 points this season.
Ø Lancers defenseman Ben Marshall was recently named CCM Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10 of the USHL season. Marshall leads all Omaha blueliners and is currently tied for seventh among all USHL defensemen with 12 points this season. Marshall ranks third among all USHL defensemen with a +12 rating.
Ø Sioux City’s leading scorer Caleb Herbert (7G, 7A) is not expected to play this weekend after suffering an injury in last Saturday’s win over the Fargo Force.
Ø Muskegon’s Ryan Misiak currently ranks second among all USHL skaters in scoring with 26 points this season (10G, 16A).
Ø The Lumberjacks own the USHL’s lowest rated power play (9.5%) along with the league’s lowest rated penalty kill (78.7%). Muskegon has, however, scored a league-best four shorthanded goals this season.