OMAHA, NE. - After taking down the Waterloo Black Hawks on the road last night (3/12) the Lancers headed home overnight for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the same Black Hawks team.
Unlike yesterday's game, the Lancers came out firing early in the first period, racking up four shots on goal in the first 2:30 of the game.
The Black Hawks picked up the slack halfway through the period and made the first period a very evenly matched one as the Lancers lead in shots 10-8 through 20 minutes as both teams headed to the locker rooms locked at zero.
In the opening minutes of the second period the Lancers found themselves on the power-play for the first time.
After a lot of pressure throughout 90 percent of the man advantage, Matt Romer sent a pass down low to Evan Werner who let a low wrist shot go, which was saved by Waterloo goalie, Emmett Croteau.
But right on the doorstep was Cade Ahrenholz and he managed to bury the rebound to make it a 1-0 game with just under 17 minutes remaining in the period.
Just six minutes later, the Lancers struck again.
After good puck movement in the offensive zone by the Black Hawks, Evan Werner got his stick in the passing lane between two Waterloo Defensemen.
He made contact, sending the puck all the way down to the Waterloo defensive zone.
Croteau charged out of his net to attempt to play the puck up the boards, but Werner got the puck over his sliding body and knocked a shot in the back of the empty net to make it a 2-0 game.
The boys took that lead into the the second intermission.
The third period was an exciting one, but both goaltenders stood strong for the first 18:30 of the period.
After Ethan Elias got booked for tripping, John Waldron and Garrett Schifsky moved the puck out to the blue line to former Lancers defenseman, Ben Robertson.
Robertson carried the puck in a few feet and sent a wrist shot through traffic which Omaha goalie Kevin Pasche couldn't track, and the Black Hawks made it a 2-1 game.
The Lancers scored again in the closing seconds.
Pasche rimmed the puck off the glass in the defensive zone and ended up finding Jared Wright heading into the attacking end.
Wright beat out a defenseman in a foot race and scored the empty netter to seal a 3-1 victory for the Boys In Orange.
With tonight's win, the Lancers improve to third place in the western conference as they hop the Lincoln Stars. The Lancers leave this weekend on a three-game win streak and a record of 27-15-4-2.
The Lancers will be back in action on Friday, March 18th as they host the Sioux City Musketeers on Leap-For-A-Cure Night. That game can be caught on HockeyTV and Mixlr.