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Published: Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014
By: Tony Brown, Omaha Lancers

Omaha native to join two-time defending Hockey East playoff champion River Hawks for 2014-15 season.

RALSTON, NE - A three-year USHL veteran forward, the Omaha Lancers' third-leading scorer in the 2013-14 campaign and an Omaha native, Gage Hough has committed to play NCAA Division 1 college hockey for the University of Masachusetts-Lowell River Hawks of Hockey East beginning in the 2014-15 season, the team announced Monday.

"We are thrilled for Gage to announce his commitment to UMass-Lowell," said Lancers Head Coach and General Manager Brian Kaufman on Monday. "He's been an important leader for us both on and off the ice the past two seasons and his tremendous work ethic will serve him well in the college ranks."

"It's been a long road and I don't think it's really set in yet, but it feels great," said Hough on Monday. "I've had a lot of help from a lot of people, especially the Omaha Lancers organization...I wouldn't have this opportunity without them."

Hough's commitment comes on the heels of his final season in junior hockey, a campaign that featured the Lancers' third-highest goal total (24) and point total (52). Hough finished the 2013-14 USHL season in the league's top-20 in scoring (16th) and goals (T-18th) and ranked in the top ten league-wide with a plus-29 rating (T-9th) and ten power-play goals (T-8th).

Hough says, once he visited Lowell's campus, his decision was an easy one. "I heard a lot of good things about their coaching staff and once I met them in person, it was all true," explained Hough on Monday. "That combined with the facilities and the rink...They made it very easy to commit there."

In 133 career regular-season USHL games, 110 for the Lancers in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and 23 for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in 2010-11, Hough tallied 36 combined goals, 40 total assists and 76 career points, along with 44 all-time penalty minutes and a career rating of +29. Additionally, Hough collected two career points in the Clark Cup Playoffs (1G, 1A) in 11 total playoff appearances for Omaha and Cedar Rapids.

One of the Lancers' three assistant captains last season, Hough credits his coaches and teammates with much of his success. "We had a phenomenal group of guys this year," said Hough Monday. "Between my teammates and the coaches, they made it so fun to come to the rink everyday...They're why I'm getting this opportunity. I really wouldn't be here without them."

In 2014-15, the five-time Anderson Cup and seven-time Clark Cup Champion Omaha Lancers drop the puck on their 29th season in the USHL. Season ticket packages for the Lancers' third campaign at the state-of-the-art Ralston Arena are available now starting at just $12.50 per game! To reserve your seats, contact the Lancers' ticket office today at 402-344-7825402-344-7825, extension 1, or log on to www.lancers.com for more information. Be sure to follow the Lancers on Twitter @OmahaLancers and don't forget to 'Like' the official "Omaha Lancers" fan page on Facebook.


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