OMAHA, NE. - The Storm of Tri-City paid a visit to Liberty First Credit Union Arena for game 59 of Omaha's regular season as both squads had a lot to play for.
If the Lancers pick up at least a point, they clinched home ice advantage for the opening round of the Clark Cup Playoffs.
If Tri-City picks up at least a point, they take home the Anderson Cup for best regular season record of the United States Hockey League.
Tri-City scored the lone goal of the first period off a broken play following a great body check from Tucker Shedd. After the hit, Graham Gamache sent the loose puck over the glove hand of Lancers' goalie, Kevin Pasche to take the 1-0 lead, which they held through the first 20 minutes.
The second period sparked two more unanswered goals from the Storm as Dane Dowiak and Jeremy Wilmer each netted redirected shots to go ahead 3-0, as the game nearedthe third period.
It was not until 16:49 into the second period when the Lancers found the back of the net.
Evan Werner knocked John Druskinis off the puck leading to a breakaway. Werner went for the backhand and beat Storm goaltender, Arsenii Sergeev over the blocker, narrowing the Tri-City lead to 3-1 as the two teams headed back to their locker rooms.
Tri-City got going in the third immediately as they netted three more goals in the opening eight minutes of the period. With Ilya Nikolaev scoring his 23rd goal of the season, and Gamache netting his second and third goals of the evening, giving him a hat trick on the night and 15 goals on the season.
Once again, with 16:45 left in the period, Werner netted his second of the night.
Morgan Winters moved the puck to Werner along the boards while on the power-play, leading to a top shelf shot through traffic that beat Sergeev up high, making it final score a 6-2 win for Tri-City.
The Lancers' push for home ice advantage continues as the Storm took home the Anderson cup.
The Lancers will be back in action tomorrow (4/16) in Waterloo for a 6:05PM CST puck drop. That game can be caught on HockeyTV and Mixlr.