KEARNEY, NE. - The Lancers headed west tonight to take on the 4-0 Tri-City Storm as they were coming off a two losses, including an overtime loss last weekend to the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The first period was quiet on the scoreboard, but busy in the penalty box. No goals for either team, but three penalties each. Including a four-minute double minor to Owen Fowler for drawing blood on a high stick to Jeremy Wilmer.
The second period was when the silence was broken as Mitchell Miller netted a power-play goal, breaking the Lancer's perfect penalty kill streak. Miller capitalized on Garrett Wright's slashing penalty that he picked up with just 29 second left in the first period.
With the second period ending in a 1-0 lead for Tri-City, it was still anybody's game.
Omaha came out hard in the third even though they were without key forward Daimon Gardner who was serving a 10-minute misconduct for fighting in the closing seconds of the second period.
The Lancers had the scoring chances, but Tri-City goaltender, Arsenii Sergeev had an answer for every single shot.
With about 12 minutes remaining, Drew Montgomery picked up a feed from Tanner Adams and netted a one-timer to go up 2-0.
The following 12 minutes contained high-intensity hockey, but still came of nothing except a goal by Victor Czermeckianair with one second left. A 200 foot backhand into the empty netter sealed a 3-0 victory for The Storm.
The Lancers will be back in action Friday, October, 15th as they will host Waterloo for the home opener at Ralston Arena. Puck is set to drop at 7:05 P.M. and the game can be caught on HockeyTV and MixLR.