CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA.- After starting the regular season with a win against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, the Lancers fall to the Dubuque Fighting Saints to close out the Fall Classic. The Lancers were in control early, but that slowly faded over the course of the second period. And had a bit of an offensive spark in the third, that sadly led to nothing.
The first period was nothing but great back-and-forth hockey from both squads. Dubuque led in procession time and control in the offensive zone, but a strong Omaha defense held them to just seven shots.
Omaha however picked up the intensity in spurts, as they just got down in the attacking zone and started firing shots on Dubuque’s goaltender, Paxton Geisel, putting Omaha up in the shot count, 12-7 through one scoreless period of play.
The second period is when the Fighting Saints turned up the intensity. Putting up 21 shots in a single period and holding the Lancers to just eight. Despite being outplayed during the middle of the second, Omaha struck first as Ryan Gillespie as able to cram in a goal off a feed from Alex Bump and Ethan Elias. But just 9 minutes later, with 1:55 left in the period, Ryan Beck found the back of the net on a one-timer off a pass from Austin Oravetz, giving Dubuque some momentum heading into the third period.
Even though the Fighting Saints had the momentum, Omaha came out of the locker room firing, going up 2-1 just 1:24 into the third off a goal from Hunter McDonald. He picked up a one-timer pass from Cam Mitchell, with Jared Wright picking up the secondary assist.
Just a mere 30 seconds later, Dubuque tied it up with a goal from Max Burkholder, tying the game at two apiece. This is what started the downfall for Omaha.
Seven minutes later another goal by Shawn O’Donnell put Dubuque ahead 3-2, followed by an empty net goal by Tristan Lamyre to really seal the deal.
In this 4-2 loss, Omaha was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, and 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Lancers will be back in action on October 1st as they’ll travel to Des Moines to take on the Buccaneers. Puck drop is set for 7:00 P.M. CST. That game can be listened to on Mixlr or watched on HockeyTV.