Omaha Lancers defenseman Dominic Racobaldo will continue his hockey career next season playing NCAA Division I hockey at American International College.
The veteran played 157 career games in the USHL over three seasons, and had his best season offensively in 2012-13. After beginning the year playing with the Fargo Force, he was acquired by the Omaha Lancers and put up 15 points (6g, 9a) over 37 games in addition to a plus-seven rating. In 120 games prior to that, he had totaled 21 points (2g, 19a). Racobaldo helped the Omaha Lancers earn a 4-2 win against their arch rival Lincoln Stars February 9th during the first-ever USHL game played outdoors. He assisted on the game-winning goal and had a game high plus-two rating.
The Pennsauken, New Jersey native first broke into the USHL with the Lancers in 2010-11 as an 18-year-old. Racobaldo came back to the team the following season before being traded to the Fargo Force. He spent a season and a half with the Force before making his triumphant return to Omaha. The 6-2, 216-pound defenseman served as assistant captain with the Lancers this past season. Racobaldo, who celebrated his 21st birthday last month, also appeared in eight playoff games during his USHL career, recording one assist.
American International College is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association and had four USHL alumni on the roster this past season; Jeff Ceccacci (Green Bay Gamblers), Nick Grasso (Ohio/Cedar Rapids/Waterloo), Richard Leitner (Ohio Junior Blue Jackets), and Jon Puskar (Waterloo/Lincoln).
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