Des Moines Buccaneers (F)
56 GP: 21 goals, 19 assists
14. Des Moines Buccaneers
2015-16: 24-28-4-0, Last Poll: 15
Although the Bucs lost their last game of the month, they still finished 2-1 in their last three March contests, with both of those wins coming in a weekend sweep of the Western Conference-leading Tri-City Storm. Des Moines shut out the Storm 3-0 on March 25th, only to come back and double them up 6-3 at home the next night. Patrick Grasso was named USHL Forward of the Week on March 28th for his four point weekend against the Storm. He now has 40 points on the season, tied for second on the team with Zach Jordan and Ty Pelton-Byce. Jordan’s 28 goals are tied for fifth in the USHL. Alec Rauhauser leads the way offensively from the back end. The Bowling Green Falcons commit has 37 points on the season, including three multi-point games in March, and now ranks fourth in scoring by defensemen.
13. Omaha Lancers
2015-16: 24-26-4-1, Last Poll: 8
After being one of the top teams in the Western Conference for a majority of the season, the Omaha Lancers have cooled off a bit lately. The youthful club has won only won two of their last 10 games to fall from as high as first place in the Western Conference down to sixth place in the West, and seven points out of playoff contention entering April. Josh French has an eight-point stranglehold on the team’s scoring lead with 44 points (14 g, 30 a). The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit is also leading the way with seven power play goals this season. The Lancers will close out the season with back-to-home home games with Youngstown, a visit to Chicago, and a home-and-home series with the Western Conference leading Tri-City Storm. Top 2017 NHL Draft prospect Brannon McManus will looked to closeout the season strong, improving upon his impressive 15 goals and 33 points.