CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA. – The Omaha Lancers started their regular season with a 4-1 win against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Lancers came out a little slow, giving up an early goal just a minute and a half into the game. But with a huge offensive push, and three players picking up multi-point nights, the Lancers pulled through with the victory.
Joe Fleming picked up a pass from Cooper Flinton and with a shot through traffic, took the one and only lead the RoughRiders had all game. Being up 1-0 with 18:34 remaining in the first period.
From that point on, it was all Omaha. Just four minutes later, Daimon Gardner stuffed in a goal to tie it up at one apiece with 14:27 remaining in the opening period, with the assist getting picked up by Garrett Wright. Followed a few minutes later by a shot from Alex Bump that made its way to the back of the RoughRider’s net. With the assists coming from Cade Ahrenholz and Ethan Elias, the Lancers were just getting started with a 2-1 lead.
After 19 straight minutes of uneventful hockey in the second period, Ryan Gillespie bashed one by the left skate of Cedar Rapids’ goaltender, Connor Hasley to make it a 3-1 lead with just 58 seconds remaining in the second. Once again, Ahrenholz and Elias come through with their second assists of the evening.
With holding onto the two-goal lead for another 18 minutes, Gardner broke the silence to pick up his second goal of the night, giving Carter Krenke his first point as a Lancer with picking up the assist, and gave Ethan Elias his third assist of the night as well.
And with Joe Fleming picking up a major penalty for charging, followed by a fight with Cam Mitchell of Omaha, the RoughRiders found themselves short-handed the final five minutes of the matchup, making Gardner’s second goal of the night a power-play goal.
The Lancers are still struggling on the man advantage, only going 1-for-7 on the night, but the penalty kill is still thriving as they went 4-for-4.
The Lancers are set to take on the Fighting Saints of Dubuque tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 P.M. (EST) / 2:00 P.M. (CST) to cap off the 2021 Fall Classic. You can listen to the game on The Omaha Lancers Radio Network (Mixlr) or watch live on HockeyTV, with Nick Blaesser.