RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers defeated the Lincoln Stars by a final score of 6-2 on Saturday night at Ralston Arena.
In the first period, Samuli Niinisaari opened up the scoring for the night at 5:06. The Lancers got on the board late into the opening frame when Harry Roy deflected the puck in at 17:29. The game stayed tied 1-1 going into the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, the Stars took a 2-1 lead when Tristan Ashbrook scored at 1:03. The Lancers answered back second later when Jaxon Nelson scored shorthanded at 1:57 to tie the game 2-2. The Lancers kept the game in their favor when Tyler Carpenter scored back to back goals at 3:08 and 3:29 to give the Lancers a 4-2 lead and forced Lincoln to pull Hlavaj for Mucitelli. Jaxon Nelson scored again to get the Lancers ahead 5-2 at 13:53. Near the end of the period, Grant Anderson added to the Lancers lead and scored the final goal of the game at 19:38. The Lancers defeated the Stars by a final score of 6-2. Mor stopped 20 of the 22 Stars shots he faced. The Lancers are now 11-18-1-3 with 26 points on the year.
The Lancers return to the ice on Thursday, January 24th to face the Waterloo Black Hawks at Young Arena in Waterloo. Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm and all the action can be heard on KOIL 1290 AM and seen on HockeyTV.
RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers (10-18-3-1) are off of a 3-in-3 weekend winning two of the three games played gaining 4 points for a total of 24 on the year. The Lancers topped the Des Moines Buccaneers in a shootout by a final score of 5-4 last Saturday and calmed the Storm on Sunday evening at Ralston Arena 4-2.
The fourth tilt between Omaha and Des Moines will take place on Friday, January 18th at Buccaneer Arena. The Bucs have the better record of the season series 2-1. Jon Mor took the start last Saturday stopping 35 of the 39 shots he faced earning his first win as an Omaha Lancer. Travis Mitchell received the first star of the game with the game-winning shootout goal, while eight different Lancers received points in the 5-4 win. Puck drop is scheduled at 7:05 pm.
Saturday will be the first time the Lincoln Stars will enter Ralston Arena this season and the fourth time the two rivals will face off this year. The Lancers have the better season series record against the Stars, 2-1-0-0. The Lancers took the first win against the Stars on Oct. 5 for Lincoln’s home opener winning 6-5 in OT. Then on Nov. 2nd, the Lancers topped the Stars again 5-4 in OT and then were defeated by Lincoln 4-2 on November 30th. Saturday night is Teddy Bear Toss night. The Lancers ask that fans bring new or gently used stuffed animals to toss onto the ice for the Lancers first goal. Proceeds will go to local charities. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm and tickets are limited.
Lancers Notes (10-18-1-3):
Ryan Savage leads Lancers forwards in scoring with 17 points (8-9-17)
Travis Mitchell is the top scoring defenseman and has dished out the most assists for the Lancers (0-10-10)
Aleksi Peltonen is on a five-game point streak earning 4 goals and 3 assists since December, 31st
Akira Schmid: 2.65 GAA and a .907 SV%
Jon Mor: 3.44 GAA and a .890 SV%
Des Moines Buccaneers (20-10-1-2):
Matt Brown tallied the most points for Des Moines with 34 (18-19-37)
TJ Walsh has dished the puck for the most assists for the Buccaneers with 20 (10-20-30)
Scooter Brickey has the most points for all Des Moines defenders with 21 points (5-17-22)
Roman Durny: 2.51 GAA and a .913 SV%
James Durham: 3.18 GAA and a .898 SV%
Lincoln Stars (8-20-3-1):
Stars faceoff Thursday night vs the Capitols in Madison
Shane Pinto leads the squad in points with 31 (17-14-31)
Josiah Slavin has handed out the most assists for the Stars (10-16-26)
Justin Lee is the top scoring defenseman for the Lincoln (3-12-15)
Tyler Johnson: 3.34 GAA and a .898 SV%
Jacob Mucitelli: 3.55 GAA and a .874 SV%
Samuel Hlavaj: 3.56 GAA and a .816 SV%
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Friday at Sioux Falls, L 4-1
Saturday at Des Moines, SOW 5-4
Sunday vs Tri-City, W 4-2
RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers defeated the top-ranked Tri-City Storm at Ralston Arena on Sunday evening by a final score of 4-2.
In the first period, Colton Kalezic netted the first goal of the game at 7:17 to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. At 13:46 Tyler Carpenter and Kyle Kawamura went to work getting the first Lancers goal that was scored by Carpenter. Later into the period, and on the power play Kawamura scored his 2nd of the season and was assisted by Carpenter and Brian Silver, to get the Lancers ahead 2-1.
After a scoreless second period, the Lancers increased their lead 3-1. Tyler Carpenter scored his sixth goal of the year and was assisted by Peltonen and Kawamura. The Storm soon answered back on a shorthanded goal that was dished out from Brendan Furry to Brenden Budy to make the score 3-2. With two minutes remaining in the game, Tri-City pulled Jake Barczewski for the extra attacker. Aleksi Peltonen capitalized on the empty net, and the Lancers topped the Storm 4-2. Akira Schmid stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the win.
Omaha improves on the season to 10-18-1-3 with 24 points in the USHL West.
Tyler Carpenter (2G, 1A)
Kyle Kawamura (1G, 2A)
Aleksi Peltonen (1G, 1A)
The Lancers return to the ice to face the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday, January 18th at Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale, Iowa. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm. All of the action can be heard on KOIL 1290 AM Radio or seen online via HockeyTV.