Gabriel Mollot-Hill (G)

Bloomington Thunder

5-4-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .928 SV%

12. Omaha Lancers

12-13-3-0, Last Poll: 14

Pierce Crawford (10G, 11A), Austin Alger (9G, 11A) and Filip Rydstrom (6G, 14A) continue to lead the way offensively for the Lancers. Crawford put up two goals and four assists in December, Rydstrom tallied five goals and two assists, and Alger led the way with four goals and five assists in final month of 2016. Additionally, Greg Printz was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next week. January will be a key time for the Lancers to move up in the Western Conference, as seven of Omaha’s 10 games are against teams no more than eight points ahead of them in the standings. Six of those contests will be played at Ralston Arena.

11. Bloomington Thunder

13-11-3-0, Last Poll: 10

Bloomington finished December with a 4-2-0-0 record and are seven points out of the top half of the Eastern Conference standings. They enter January with a three-game winning streak after knocking off Waterloo and defeating Chicago twice. The Thunder also knocked off Western Conference-leading Sioux City in early December. Gabriel Mollot-Hill has emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the USHL. The Providence commit is third among all goaltenders in SV% (.927) and tied for fifth in the USHL in GAA (2.07). Both of those marks lead all USHL rookie netminders. Bloomington will look to continue to receive that solid goaltending in the second half of the season and see continued solid play from their veterans, including leading scorer Vladislav Dzhioshvili (10G, 8A), who recently committed to the University of Vermont.