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2020-21 Season Preview: Omaha Lancers

10/30/2020, 1:15pm CDT
By Brent Meske

The Return of Tyler Carpenter (Left), and Jakub Dobes (Center), as Well as the Addition of Alex Gaffney (Right) Highlight the 2020-21 Omaha Roster (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling / Hickling Images)

19-20 Record: 27-15-7-1, 62 pts. (3rd Western Conference, 5th Overall)

19-20 Top Forward: Alexander Campbell (46 games, 18-39-57)

19-20 Top Defenseman: Zachary Plucinski (48 games, 8-18-26)

19-20 Top Goaltender: Kyle McClellan (32 games, 16-7-3-1, 2.39, 0.909)

19-20 Powerplay: 18.4% (T-7th Overall)

19-20 Penalty Kill: 80.4% (8th Overall)

The Omaha Lancers will look no further than forwards Tyler Carpenter and Alex Gaffney for offense while relying on returning netminder Jakub Dobes between the pipes in the 2020-21 USHL season. 

“We are excited about this year’s edition of the Omaha Lancers,” said Omaha Lancers General Manager and Head Coach David Wilkie. “It’s nice with what is going on in the world right now, just being able to get back to what we all know and do best.”

Carpenter returns to the Lancers after spending last season with the Anderson Cup winning Chicago Steel, where he put up 27 points (10-17-27) in 49 games. The University of Notre Dame commit previously appeared in 124 games with Omaha the previous three seasons, collecting 38 points (19-19-38) in that time. Carpenter had one of his three career multi-goal games last season and four of his career six multi-point games. 

Gaffney comes to Omaha from the Muskegon Lumberjacks, where he had 55 points (27-28-55) over the last two seasons. The Lancers acquired the Harvard University commit during an offseason trade with the Lumberjacks. Gaffney registered four-straight games with multiple points (3-6-9) from October 12-25 last season and finished the campaign with points in four of his final six games. 

Lancers opponents will have to deal with Montreal Canadiens prospect (2020, Round 5, #136 overall) Jakub Dobes in net after he returns to the Lancers following a 9-6-3-0 record last season. The Ohio State University commit finished the season with a 3.09 goals against average and 0.891 save percentage through 21 games in his first USHL season. 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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