Lancers at Gamblers
Omaha looks to get back in the win column after dropping a hard fought decision 2-1 to the Gamblers in a shootout on Friday night.
Last Time Out:
The Lancers and Gamblers met for the first time this season on Friday night in a low-scoring affair that saw Green Bay skate out with a 2-1 victory in the shootout.
Omaha defenseman Mike Joyaux opened up the scoring in the opening period. The defenseman took a pass from Noah LaLonde before walking in on Maksim Zhukov uncontested. The Illinois native made a move onto his backhand before sending a shot into the top corner of the net. The goal just under six minutes in would stand as the lone tally for the first 35 minutes.
Green Bay drew even with just over four minutes remaining in the middle period. Ryan Keane, making his second straight start, made the initial save but the puck squeezed through his pads. Green Bay’s Brock Caufield pounced on a loose puck in the crease and tapped it past Keane. The 1-1 score would stand the test through 67 minutes of regulation and overtime before the Lancers would head to the shootout for the fifth time this season.
After all four Omaha skaters were unsuccessful in the shootout Green Bay’s Easton Brodzinski beat Keane low to give the Gamblers the win and the extra point.
Scouting the Gamblers:
A pair of points on Friday helped the Gamblers stay within one point of fourth place Youngstown, and in the race for the final playoff spot in the East. Green Bay, however, has played two more games than the fourth place Phantoms.
A defenseman leads the way for the Gamblers scoring wise. Connor Mackey, who was held without a point on Friday, tops all Green Bay skaters with 47 points (6g, 41a). Captain Jared Spooner is two points back (45), while Easton Brodzinski leads the Gamblers in goals (21).
Maksim Zhukov, who got the win on Friday, leads the Gamblers with 18 wins on the year.
After Saturday’s game the Lancers will only have four games remaining this season (two at home and two on the road). After returning home from Green Bay the Lancers travel to Des Moines on Friday, March 31, before hitting home ice on April 1 hosting the Fighting Saints. Omaha closes the 2016-17 season with a home and home series against the Lincoln Stars.