OMAHA, NE. - The Omaha Lancers were looking to hand the Sioux City Musketeers their second loss of the weekend, but it happened in an unexpected fashion.
The first period started off slower, but the Musketeers held the momentum, by putting up 11 shots in the first 10 minutes of play.
It was not until 12:26 into the period that the scoring fiasco began.
The trio of Charlie Schoen, Dylan James and Tabor Heaslip all netted goals within six minutes of each other, putting them up 3-0 heading into the first intermission.
The second period started off with Omaha in control, leading to Cade Ahrenholz sneaking a shot under the leg pad of Sioux City goaltender, Alex Tracy. With Ryan Gillespie and Hunter McDonald picking up assists on the goal, the Lancers cut the lead to 3-1 with 17:22 left in the second.
The 3-1 score held until just 3:30 left in the second period when Nick Pierre netted a goal on a delayed penalty, while the Lancers were already shorthanded. Being on a 6 on 4 advantage at the time, allowed Pierre to sneak towards to the goal crease, and bang one passed Lancers goalie, Kevin Pasche. Making the score 4-1, which held into the second intermission.
The third period had a fast start, a slow middle, and an intense ending.
Just under two minutes into the second period, Ethan Elias scored his second goal of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2 on a one-timer set up by Jared Wright and Cam Mitchell.
It wasn't until the Lancers pulled Pasche from the net for the extra attacker, that Omaha scored again. Matt Basgall hit Garrett Wright with a pass towards the net, which resulted in a loose puck in the goal crease. After both Jared Wright and Owen Fowler hacked at it, Wright was able to knock the puck in, to make it a 4-3 game with 1:28 remaining.
Just 1:04 later, after Pasche was pulled from his net the second time, Garrett Wright smacked home a one-timer constructed by Basgall and Cam Mitchell. Tying the game 4-4 with just 24 seconds left in regulation. Which led to overtime.
After three unanswered goals, it was incredible that the Lancers managed to squeeze a point out of this game by forcing overtime. But they were hungry for the extra point.
During the 3-on-3 play, Garrett Wright picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, made a man miss near the blue line and whipped a wrist shot passed the blocker of Tracy to score the game winner, propelling the Lancers to a 5-4 win.
That win increased the Lancers' point streak to seven games as they are now 6-0-1 throughout that time period.
The Lancers improve to 10-4-2-0 on the season, and hop the Lincoln Stars to be in third place in the western conference.
This loss drops Sioux City to 10-5-3-1 on the year, as they still sit in second place in the western conference, just two points ahead of Omaha.
The Lancers will be back at Ralston Arena Friday, December 3rd as they play the visiting Tri-City Storm. That game can be caught on MixLR and HockeyTV.