Dominick Mersch

Lincoln Stars (LW)

21 GP: 10 goals, 7 assists

14. Lincoln Stars

11-12-0-0, Last Poll: 11

 

Lincoln sits a game under .500 and a single point out of playoff position in the Western Conference heading into January. Forward Dominick Mersch was tied for the USHL-lead in scoring during December, with 10 points (7G, 3A) in his 10 games and will look to continue his strong play into 2018. Casey Dornbach was right behind Mersch with nine points (2G, 7A) in those same 10 games. Those two players are also leading the team in scoring – Dornbach first with 23 points (9G, 14A) and Mersch second with 17 points (10G, 7A) – while Dornbach is currently tied for sixth in the USHL in scoring. In addition to his scoring prowess, Mersch isn’t afraid to mix it up either, as he also leads the USHL in minor penalties (24), with teammate Gustaf Westlund (23) right behind. The Stars as a team are the league leaders in penalty minutes with 550, and they’ll looked to get that cleaned up in the second half of the season. Despite his record (7-10-0-0), Tomas Vomacka continue to be one of the top goaltenders in the USHL, as he is currently eighth among all netminders in both GAA (2.54) and SV% (.912). If he can continue his strong play, and the Stars can stay out of the penalty box, they might just have a second-half surge in them.

 

 

 

13. Team USA

11-8-0-0, Last Poll: 8

 

Team USA has fallen nine spots in the last two months, but that might just be a product of the schedule. They have played at least five games less than everyone else in the Eastern Conference and still have plenty of games-in-hand to move out of eighth place in the East in short order. It’s difficult to judge the offensive talent by points alone, just because Team USA has played significantly less games than everyone else in the USHL to this point. However, Team USA currently has four of the top-seven players in terms of points/game in the league – Jack Hughes (1.67), Joel Farabee (1.38), Oliver Wahlstrom (1.25) and K’Andre Miller (1.13) which gives a better indication as to the level of talent on this team. Team USA will get caught up in terms of the schedule starting in January, as both the U17s and the U18s will compete in USHL games on the same night four times – Jan. 12, Jan. 13, Jan. 15 and Jan. 20.