OMAHA, NE. - After falling to the Waterloo Black Hawks last night in a shootout (1/28), the Lancers were hungry for two points heading back home to take on the Sioux Falls Stampede for the third time in as many weeks.
Even though the Lancers outplayed the Stampede for the first half of the game, the scoreboard said otherwise.
Starting 12:06 into the first period, Maddox Fleming picked up a pass heading into the attacking zone from Daniel Russell off a play started by Cal Thomas.
Fleming took a bouncing puck deep into the attacking zone, after making his way around Omaha defenseman, Kennedy O'Connor. Fleming was able to bat a bouncing puck out of the air and sneak it between the legs of Lancer's goaltender, Kevin Pasche. Making it a 1-0 lead for the Stampede with 7:54 left in the first period.
Sioux Falls took their one goal lead into the first intermission, then started the second with a goal just 4:15 into the period.
Stampede defenseman, Seth Bernard-Docker corralled the puck in the corner and moved it out to Merril Steenari. Steenari was able to get a shot off, resulting in a leg pad save by Pasche.
However, the rebound found the stick of Will McDonough, who was able to bury a shot by the blocker of Pasche to take the 2-0 lead early in the second period.
That goal gave McDonough his first United States Hockey League (USHL) point.
Just over the halfway point in the matchup, the Lancers found themselves on the power-play.
Toward the tail-end of the man advantage, Omaha put out their second power-play line.
Jared Wright was hovering toward the top of the right side face-off circle, and decided to move the puck down low to Michael Cameron. Cameron decided to feed the puck up to Chris Hedden in the upper part of the high slot. Hedden rifled a shot through traffic which met the left side post and made its way into the net, cutting the deficit in half, making it a 2-1 game.
That goal gave Hedden his second power-play goal of the weekend, and his fourth goal of the season.
Following the Hedden goal, Matt Romer got in a on the scoring.
Omaha defenseman, Tucker Shedd found himself in down low in the attacking zone, and moved the puck back to the blue line to Hedden.
Hedden immediately found Romer in the left side face-off circle with no defenseman within 20 feet of him. Giving Romer enough time to creep in, and net a shot glove side on Stampede goaltender, Isak Posch, knotting the game at two goals apiece heading into the second intermission.
The third period consisted of stellar goaltending by Pasche and Posch, as they were the sole reason why this game needed overtime.
After a quality scoring chance by the Stampede early on in the overtime period, the Lancers were able to hold the puck for over the next minute.
Just under 1:30 into the 3-on-3 play, Morgan Winters left the puck for Hedden in Omaha's defensive zone. Hedden took the puck end to end and beat Posch 5-hole on an odd angle slap shot. Sealing a 3-2 overtime win for the Lancers.
That play gave Hedden his third goal of the weekend as well as his fourth point, and extended Winters' point streak to eight games.
The Lancers will kick off a three game weekend on February 4th, 2022 as they will hit the road to Sioux Falls. Puck is set to drop at 7:05PM. That game can be caught on HockeyTV and Mixlr.