Tri-City Storm (F)
52 GP: 30 goals, 18 assists
6. Tri-City Storm
2015-16: 27-14-8-7, Last Poll: 4
Despite having dropped two spots in power rankings, the Storm are the first, and to this date only team in the Western Conference to secure a playoff spot. Tri-City has picked up a point in eight of their last 10. The Storm earned their playoff berth with a 6-2 win over Sioux City on March 29th, and they’ve also recently picked up victories over Sioux City, Des Moines, and Omaha. Carson Meyer scored his first career hat trick in the win over the Musketeers, and now has 30 goals and 48 points on the year, both of which lead the team. Jake Kielly continues to play well with a 2.24 GAA and a .923 SV%, while Dayton Rasmussen has been almost as equally as impressive in his 14 starts since coming over from Waterloo. The Denver commit comes into April with a 2.33 GAA and a .920 SV% since donning the purple and black. Tri-City looks to go into the playoffs on a high note as they finish the regular season with a home set against Fargo and a home-and-home with Omaha.
5. Lincoln Stars
2015-16: 32-21-2-1, Last Poll: 5
The Stars sit in the same spot as they did in the last power rankings, just like they’ve stayed in the same spot in the standings for most of the second half of the season. Lincoln is two points behind Tri-City coming into April, and as of March 31st, they are just two points shy of clinching a playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Stars have picked up points in seven of their last 10 contests, including wins over Chicago, Des Moines, Fargo, and Cedar Rapids, the top team in the league. Tanner Laczynski has been spectacular since coming over from Chicago in February. The Ohio State commit leads the team with 22 goals, 39 assists and 61 points. He has 21 points in 15 games since his trade from the Steel. Ludvig Hoff is second on the team in all three offensive categories with 20 goals, 34 assists, and 54 points. Peyton Jones is leading the way between the pipes with a 2.31 GAA and a .922 SV% in 32 games. Lincoln closes out their season with four games at the Ice Box – one each with Waterloo and Sioux Falls, and a weekend set with Green Bay.