Lancers’ Driscoll Nearly Perfect in Weekend Sweep of Stars
Zach Driscoll of the Omaha Lancers was named United States Hockey League Goaltender of the Week for the second time in four weeks and the third time this season after stopping 61 of 62 shots in a two-game weekend sweep of the Lincoln Stars.
Driscoll has allowed two goals or fewer in all but one start since Nov. 14 and is 10-2-1-0 in his last 14 starts. He ranks second in the USHL in goals-against average (1.79) and save percentage (.935).
The Bemidji State recruit from Apple Valley, Minnesota, posted his fifth shutout of the season with 25 saves Friday night in a 6-0 win. He made 36 saves in a 2-1 road win Saturday to complete the home-and-home sweep.
USHL ROUNDUP: Youngstown Phantoms forward Matthew Barry is fourth in USHL scoring after an eight-point weekend.
Barry, a Holy Cross commit, had two assists Friday in a 5-3 loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks before leading a two-game sweep of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He had a goal and four assists in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime victory, and scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 2-1 win.
Chase Gresock had a hat trick, including the overtime game-winner, in Saturday’s win.
Derek Daschke scored two second-period goals and Justin Robbins made 31 saves Saturday when the Chicago Steel stopped a 10-game point streak by the Madison Capitols in a 6-2 win.
Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ben Finkelstein scored the game-winner and assisted on five other goals in Saturday’s 7-3 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
TRIPLE THREATS: The Lansing Wolves, Texas Brahmas and Binghamton Junior Senators each won games Friday, Saturday and Sunday, surrendering a total of just five goals in the nine North American 3 Hockey League games.
Lansing blanked the Southern Tier Express, 4-0 and 5-0, Friday and Saturday.
Mike Forman scored twice in each win over the Express. Sean Finstrom made 26 saves while going the distance in Friday’s shutout, then 14 saves in a combined shutout with Will Ignatovich (23 saves) Saturday.
Lansing gave up the game’s first goal, then scored four straight while getting a 31-save effort from Finstrom in Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Vengeance.
Texas also recovered from a one-goal deficit in a 4-1 win Sunday over the Louisiana Drillers.
The Brahmas had beaten the Drillers, 5-1 and 6-2, in earlier games.
Bennett Weycker scored twice in Friday’s win.
Texas had a 47-13 shots advantage in Saturday’s win.
Binghamton allowed just 54 shots total while getting shutouts from three different goalies in a 9-0 win over the Oswego Stampede, a 15-0 rout of the Roc City Royals and a 4-0 win over Oswego.
Gregory Simmons registered a hat trick and three teammates had two goals each against the Royals.
POINT STREAK: Aberdeen fell 3-2 to the Minnesota Wilderness in a shootout Saturday, but with two wins earlier in the week, the Wings have now recorded points in the standings in 11 straight games, going 9-0-2.
Jonathan Bendorf had two assists in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard, a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Wilderness, then a goal and an assist in the shootout loss.
ONE-TIMERS: The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is set for Feb. 27-28 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, with four divisional all-star teams made up of players who have not made a college commitment, plus two NAHL Select teams … Kade Phipps stopped 61 of 63 shots to lead the Johnstown Tomahawks to back-to-back 2-1 wins over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, including one in overtime … Logan Discanio scored four goals for the Eastern Hockey League’s Vermont Lumberjacks, including back-to-back game-winners.
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc. Photo courtesy of the Omaha Lancers.