1. The Omaha Lancers are a team reborn. After missing the playoffs last season by a wide margin, and a struggling start to begin which saw several player transactions occur, the Lancers are good. Really good. They have standings points in all of their last six games, and are one point off the pace of league-leading Waterloo with two games in hand. David Wilkie, the team's head coach, has turned the program around in very short order.
2. The Fighting Saints have struggled recently in picking up wins, especially in overtime, but those standings points in the last three games have buoyed the team to second place in the Eastern Conference. The Saints are coming off of back-to-back overtime losses to Cedar Rapids and Madison, in which the team had to fight from behind on multiple occasions just to get the game to the extra session.
3. The Lancers' 120 goals do rank third in the Western Conference behind Sioux Falls and Fargo, but it's the spread of talented offensive players on the team that are frightening. Omaha has three players with more than 30 points (Filip Suchy, Christian O'Neill, Cole Gallant), and six players with double digit goals on the season. In comparison, the Saints have two players with more than 30 points (Alex Steeves, Quinn Preston), and four double digit goal scorers.
4. A slumping power play never wants to go up against the league's best penalty kill, but that's exactly what tonight represents. The Saints' power play stands at 16.9%, which ranks 10th in the USHL, and the face the best penalty kill, as Omaha's PK is successful 88.1% of the time. Surprisingly, no USHL team has a penalty kill over a 90% success, unlike last season, but the Lancers are closest.
5. Flying under the radar in the scoring is Dubuque forward Scott Corbett. Since January 20, the Indiana native has a goal and five helpers in a span of seven games. Corbett posted a multi-assist effort in the loss to Madison, and his game has gotten progressively stronger throughout the season.