September 6, 2023 – United States Hockey League (USHL) – Omaha Lancers News Release
OMAHA, NE. – The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced the acquisition of Goaltender, Croix Kochendorfer from the Sioux City Musketeers in exchange for a 2023 phase II, 5th round draft pick.
Croix Kochendorfer (2003), of Cottage Grove, Minnesota comes to the Lancers after his first season in the USHL (2022-23) with the Sioux City Musketeers where he played in 30 games and put together a 12-12-1-3 record with two shutouts. Aiding the Musketeers to a 29-28-2-3 record, good for fifth place in the western conference standings and a 2023 Clark Cup Playoff appearance.
Making his USHL debut on October 15th, 2022, although the Musketeers were not able to pull off a victory, the 19-year-old netminder turned aside 29 out of 31 shots faced in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Omaha Lancers at Liberty First Credit Union Arena. Following his debut, the Minnesota Native continued his hot start in the league by notching his first victory on October 22nd, 2022 in a 3-2 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. The very next week in his third career game, picked up his first USHL shutout in a 4-0 road victory over the Anderson Cup winning Fargo Force. Handing Kochendorfer an impressive 1.32 goals-against average and 0.954 save percentage through his first three games.
As the season progressed, Kochendorfer averaged nearly 30 shots faced per night over his 30 games played. As he finished the 2022-23 season with a 2.98 goals against average and a 0.897 save percentage. And with his two shutouts on the season, he was one of just nine goalies with multiple shutouts on the year.
Prior to his time in the USHL, Kochendorfer played a season in the North American Hockey League with the Chippewa Steel, tallying a 2.79 goals against average and a 0.908 save percentage.
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