Mick Messner

Madison Capitols (LW)

2 GP: 1 goal, 2 assists

17. Omaha Lancers

0-4-0-0, Last Poll: 13

 

Omaha will look to turn around their season this weekend. Early penalty trouble has kept the Lancers dangerous offense off the ice with 21 minor penalties in four games. Forward Brannon McManus scored his first and second goals of the season last week, and was recently named to NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List of prospects. Joining him on the list were defenseman Brenden Rons and goaltender Jacob Acton. If any team can go from 0-4 to Clark Cup champions it’s the Omaha Lancers, who famously went from 0-48-0 in their first USHL season to Anderson Cup and Clark Cup champions just a few years later.

 

16. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

0-2-1-0, Last Poll: 1

 

Veteran forward Zac Robbins has provided Cedar Rapids with an offensive spark and currently sits tied for sixth in USHL scoring. Early indications show the RoughRiders as a strong second period team, scoring three of their five goals this season in the middle frame. Rookie defenseman Jakub Sirota has been pushing the offense from the blue line with 10 shots in three games. Cedar Rapids fans are anxiously waiting to see if Marc McLaughlin and TJ Walsh can rekindle their offensive magic from last season when they combined for 67 points in 56 games at Cushing Academy (USHS).

 

15. Madison Capitols

1-1-0-0, Last Poll: 12

 

The Capitols looked impressive in a 4-0 shutout on the road last week, led by goaltender Daniel Lebedeff. The former Madison Capitols AAA goaltender recently committed to the University of Wisconsin and appears comfortable in Madison, WI. The early four-game road trip may help bring the team together before their home opener on October 14th against their in-state rival Green Bay Gamblers. Forward Mick Messner had an impressive Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the summer, and appears to be in mid-season form with three points in two games. Messner and teammate Kamil Sadlocha were both named to NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary List.