Joe Rutkowski

Sioux Falls Stampede (D)

54 GP: 6 goals, 23 assists

10. Sioux Falls Stampede

2015-16: 27-24-3-1, Last Poll: 11

The defending Clark Cup Champions have taken points in seven of their last 10 games. They come into April on a two-game winning streak and sit just two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Their recent streak was bolstered by wins over Dubuque, who has already secured a Clark Cup Playoff spot, Waterloo, a Western Conference playoff contender, Madison, and Chicago. Parker Tuomie’s 49 points lead the way offensively for the Stampede, with Joe Rutkowski leading the way on the backend with 29 points, good for third on the team. Stefanos Lekkas has been on a nice run as of late as well, including stopping 45 of 46 shots in his hometown rink in the victory over Chicago. The Vermont commit has 21 wins on the year and sports an impressive 2.64 GAA and .920 SV%. Sioux Falls will look to make the playoffs and defend their Clark Cup title, and will have to do so starting the month out of playoff position. Games with Sioux City, Lincoln, and two each with Des Moines and Fargo remain for the Stampede.

 

9. Youngstown Phantoms

2015-16: 27-20-4-5, Last Poll: 7

It’s been and up and down run for Youngstown lately, as the Phantoms have been exactly .500 in its last 10 games, sporting a 5-5-0-0 record in those contests. Youngstown was officially eliminated from playoff contention last week, but they head into April on a three-game winning streak with a win over Muskegon and two victories over Team USA. Cam Morrison is second in rookie scoring with 54 points, and those 54 points are 15 more than any other player on Youngstown has this season. Yushiroh Hirano and Chase Pearson are tied for second on the team with 39 points each. Bowling Green commit and Florida Panthers prospect Ryan Bednard has played well in goal for the Phantoms with a 2.42 GAA and a .917 SV% on the year. To finish up the year, the Phantoms have a two-game set with the Omaha Lancers and a home-and-home with Team USA.