Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Southwest Prospects Watch: 11/24

Were going to take a look at players that are playing the USHL today.

C.J. Ludwig & Ryan Daugherty (Omaha Lancers, USHL)

Everything is coming up Roses for the Omaha Lancers so far in the first 2 months of the season as the Lancers have the USHL's Best record. Which includes the 2 Texas Based Players as Forward Ryan Daugherty as he's coming up on his total from last year where he got 16 points in 46 games.

So far through 16 games, he already has 11 points (6G 5A), which includes a strong weekend where he scored in both games last weekend against the Des Moines Buccaneers back on Friday which was a part of a 5-1 smashing of the Buccaneers on Friday. Then on Saturday, n he was held off the score sheet, but had 4 shots in which he came close to scoring in a 6-1 smashing of the Sioux Falls Stampede.

For C.J. Ludwig, 2 goals and an assist have raised his scoring output to 7 points (2G 5A) which were his first 2 goals of the season. The defensemen from Little Elm has raised his physical presence on the ice where he already has 55 penalty minutes this season have made him a great defensemen where he's not afraid to join the attack by having 5 assists so far this season, including one against Des Moines back on Friday night.

If Daugherty and Ludwig can continue their great presence on the ice along with players like Matt White and Erik Haula, the Lancers will continue to run away with the West Division will emerge as a contender for the USHL Clark Cup Championship this season just 2 years after the Lancers won it back in the 2007-2008 season where they beat the Waterloo Blackhawks in a dramatic 5 game series where they were down 2-1 before coming back to win the Championship.

Coming up for Omaha: The Lancers will look to continue their winning ways as a busy Thanksgiving week is upon them as the team will play 3 during Thanksgiving week against the Waterloo Blackhawks at home, then they will hit the road for 2 as they head to Iowa to take on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids before coming home the USNTDP and the Indiana Ice next weekend.

11/25: VS. Waterloo Blackhawks 7:05 PM

11/26: @ Des Moines Buccaneers 7:05 PM

11/28: @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 7:05 PM

12/4: VS. USNTDP 7:05 PM

12/5: VS. Indiana Ice 7:05 PM

Johnnie Seafoss (Fargo Force, USHL)

A 6 game point streak has Seafoss going for the Force as Fargo is currently 3rd in the USHL West Division where he scored his 6th goal of the year against the USNTDP in a 6-3 win back on back on November 22 where he was a part of 3 goals in just 4 minutes to put the Force up 4-2, in addiditon to the goal, he also assisted on the Colten St. Clair goal which put the Force ahead early in the 3rd period.

In all, he has scored 7 points (1G 6A) in his 6 game point streak in which he also had 2 critical assists in another game against the USNTDP where he assisted on the Force's first goal of the game just 5 minutes in and he also assisted on Garrett Allen's 2nd goal of the game early in the 3rd period where Allen went on to get a hat trick in the game.

Currently, Fargo is in 3rd place in the USHL West Division at a 9-7-0 record who are 6 points back of 2nd place Sioux Falls, but their just 6 points back of last place Lincoln, which just shows you how tight the bottom of the West Division is going to be this season as long as the Omaha Lancers and Sioux Falls Stampede continue to be in the top 2 out west.

As for the season, Seafoss has 15 points (6G 9A) which ranks 4th in team scoring, however he needs to work on his defense as he currently has a -2 Plus/Minus rating for the season so far.

Upcoming schedule for Fargo: The Force will begin a 5 game home stand on Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of games against the Tri-City Storm on November 27 and 28 as the Storm look to move up in the West as they sit in the 4th and final playoff spot in the West Division right now.

After Thanksgiving, 3 games next week will include a pair of games on Friday and Saturday against the Sioux City Musketeers before ending the home stand with a mid week game on December 9 against the Sioux Falls Stampede.

11/27: VS. Tri-City Storm 7:35 PM

11/28: VS. Tri-City Storm 7:05 PM

12/4: VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:35 PM

12/5: VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:05 PM

12/9: VS. Sioux Falls Stampede 7:05 PM

Josh Berge and Blake Coleman (Tri-City Storm, USHL)

November has been bad for the Tri-City Storm as the team have been on a 6 game losing streak since on November 3 with a win against the Lincoln Stars. Also the offense has dried up by scoring just 10 goals in the last 6 games where have the team currently trying to see how to get out of this mess their in right now. For Berge, he had a 6 game point drought before getting an assist in a 3-2 OTL to the USNTDP back on November 21.

He has 9 assists on the team but just one goal which came in a 5-1 win over the Lincoln Stars back on Halloween night, he's basically struggled to find his game on the score sheet by scoring just 15 goals in 118 career games for the Storm.

For the native of Oklahoma City is looking for any chance as he has played in all 16 games played so far this season for the Storm as he has hasn't had much interest from college teams throughout his career, even though he has accepted a scholarship commentinet from Minnesota State University in the WCHA.

Blake Coleman has been mostly a physical presence as he just has 1 goal and 8 assists in through 16 games. Even though he's in for his physical presence as he racked up 30 penalty minutes so far this season.

As for Tyler Amburgey, he just not been great at all, in fact he's probably been a lialibty as he doesn't have a single point in 13 games and only has a -4 on the Plus/Minus Column. He also been really disappointing where at 6'2" 215 LBS, he's not been throwing his weight around as most players of his size are expected to do. He's not giving the team very much right now.

Upcoming Schedule for the Tri-City Storm: After a home game against Sioux City tomorrow night, a long road trip awaits the Storm as 2 against Fargo and 1 against Lincoln will await just after Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, 6 of their next 7 will be at home with a date against the USNTDP, Omaha and Des Moines. Then after a road game in Omaha, the next 3 at home will be against East Division Opposition against the Waterloo Blackhawks and Green Bay going into the leagues Christmas Break.

11/25: VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:05 PM

11/27: @ Fargo Force 7:35 PM

11/28: @ Fargo Force 7:05 PM

12/4: @ Lincoln Stars 7:05 PM

12/5: VS. USNTDP 7:05 PM

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