Five Unanswered Power Lancers to Victory
Keane Records First USHL Victory in 5-2 Win
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Ralston, NE – The Lancers scored five unanswered goals Saturday night as they topped Youngstown 5-2 Saturday night. Youngstown managed to score twice in the opening period but after that all the offense belonged to Omaha.
Ryan Keane, making his first start at Ralston Arena, made 30 saves en route to his first career USHL victory. Omaha tied a season high for goals in a period with four goals in the second period Saturday night. Cole Gallant added another multi-goal game, giving the forward 12 goals in his last 11 games. Emilio Pettersen and Jack Randl added multi-assist games with two assists each.
Mirroring the night before the Phantoms struck first scoring twice in the opening frame. Jay O’Brien helped getting the scoring started sending a back-hand pass to Michael Karow at the point. The defenseman’s shot through traffic found a way past Ryan Keane giving the Phantoms the 1-0 lead. Youngstown would get another goal from Alec Mahalak before the period ended to skate into the first intermission up 2-0. That was where the similarities to the night before ended.
In the second Omaha exploded tying a season-high with four goals in a period. Filip Suchy got the Lancers on the board just 1:32 into the frame when he tapped home a feed from Jack Randl to cut the Phantoms lead in half. Just under three and a half minutes later the Lancers struck again. Cole Gallant gathered a feed in the high slot, snapping a quick shot into the top corner, tying the game at 2-2. Five minutes later the Lancers would take the lead for the first time. Trevor St. Jean found himself with the puck in close to Ivan Kulbakov. The Lancer snapped a quick shot off the back post and in, giving Omaha a 3-2 lead. Omaha’s offense kept going as time wound down in the middle period. Emilio Pettersen threw the puck toward the net with just under two minutes left in the period. Crashing the far post Ben Lown got a stick on the puck sending the Lancers into the lockerroom with a 4-2 lead.
In the third period Cole Gallant added the only goal, an empty netter, as time expired, giving the Lancers a 5-2 victory. Ryan Keane added an assist on Gallant’s goal, giving the netminder his first USHL victory and point in the same night.
Keane made 30 saves on 32 shots in the victory. Ivan Kulbakov made 21 saves on 25 shots in the loss.
Omaha finished the night one-for-three on the power play, while Youngstown was scoreless on two chances.