Muskegon Lumberjacks (F)
52 GP: 44 goals, 40 assists
12. Madison Capitols
2015-16: 24-24-5-3, Last Poll: 13
The Capitols have been on a nice run of as late. Madison has taken points in seven of their last 10 games to get back to .500 on the season, including wins over the Green Bay Gamblers and Sioux Falls Stampede. Marcel Godbout leads the Caps in points with 33 (21 G, 12 A), and is slated to return to Madison next season. He has 17 points in 27 games since coming from Chicago in a trade earlier this season. Goaltender Ryan Edquist has seen a majority of the time in net as of late, and he sports a solid .910 SV% this season, and will continue to attract attention from NHL scouts for this year’s Draft. Madison closes out their season with two home games against the Muskegon Lumberjacks and contests with the Bloomington Thunder and Chicago Steel.
11. Muskegon Lumberjacks
2015-16: 25-24-3-4, Last Poll: 14
The Lumberjacks have taken points in seven of their last 10 outings, including wins over Team USA, Lincoln, Youngstown, and a sweep of Sioux City. They have also taken a least one point in four of their last five games and sit with 57 points. It has been Rem Pitlick’s show this season, and we are all just watching. The Minnesota commit has points in his last nine games, including four multi-goal performances – two on March 11 vs. Sioux City, a hat trick the next night against the Musketeers, two on St. Patrick’s Day against Waterloo, and a pair on March 25 in the win over Lincoln. He leads the entire league with 44 goals and 84 points. It is only the fourth time in history a USHL player has reached 40 goals in a season. Pitlick’s linemates Collin Adams (56 points) and Matej Paulovic (48 points) have seen success playing on his line. Adams’ 56 points leads all USHL rookies heading into the weekend. Paulovic also set the Lumberjacks career record for assists in the month of March, and he currently sports a seven-game point streak of his own (6 G, 9 A in that stretch). They’ll finish off their season with a five game road trip –a pair at Madison, at Chicago, and at Des Moines in the final game of the season.