KEARNEY,Neb. – TheOmaha Lancers (24-6-4) got revenge on Friday night, defeating the Tri-CityStorm (12-18-2) 5-3. The Lancers suffered a 2-1 loss on Wednesday at the handsof the Storm, their in-state rivals.
Stormforward Joel L'Esperance scored his team leading 18th goal, while alsoassisting on a tally by linemate Garrett Gamez. The third member of Tri-City'stop line, Chris Wilkie, made the most of a promotion in the lineup, picking uptwo assists.
After19 minutes of scoreless hockey in the opening period, the Lancers broke throughfirst when defenseman Connor Light got a puck through Storm netminder JacobJohansson to make it 1-0 with exactly one minute remaining in the frame.
ButTri-City picked up an equalizer 29 seconds later and the teams headed into thelocker room for the first intermission tied at 1-1. Dan Labosky scored thefirst of the night for the Storm, banging a puck past Lancers' netminder HaydenHawkey for his third goal of the season. The goal was set up by Labosky'slinemates Austin Poganski and Nolan Aibel.
TheStorm had the momentum going into the intermission, but Omaha took it back inthe opening minute of the second, when Tyler Vesel scored his league leading26th goal to make it 2-1. Vesel capitalized on a rebound off a shot bydefenseman Tucker Poolman and had his seventh tally against Tri-City thisseason.
GageHough found the back of the net at 7:16 of the second to push the Lancers' leadto 3-1, before the Storm got themselves back in the game on a goal byL'Esperance.
Theforward was in the perfect spot to find a rebound after Hawkey saved a shotattempt by Wilkie. Defenseman Kevin Kerr picked up the second assist on thegoal.
TheStorm had cut the lead to one goal, but Omaha responded just 22 seconds later.Defenseman Matt Nelson beat Johansson for his sixth goal of the season and theLancers were ahead 4-2 and took their two-goal advantage to the third period.
Once again the Storm made a comeback bid, finding the back of the net at 2:26of the final period. L'Esperance found Gamez on a rush and the Chino Hills,Calif. native made a beauty of a move to beat Hawkey for his third goal of theseason.
Penaltiescost Tri-City late in the game and the Lancers capitalized on a 5-on-3advantage to make it 5-3. Hough got his team some much needed insurance at 8:07of the third, scoring his second goal of the game and putting things out ofreach for the Storm.
Omahawas 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Storm went scoreless in fourman-advantage chances.
Hawkeymade big saves to keep his team in the game and finished with 37 stops, asTri-City outshot Omaha 40-30. Johansson made 25 saves for the Storm in theloss.
Tri-Cityis back in action on Saturday night as the Sioux Falls Stampede return toKearney for a 7:05 p.m. game.
Notes: The Storm scratchedforwards Christian Horn and Nick Hutchison, along with defensemen Cutler Martinand Nolan Gluchowski.…
Omaha – Connor Light (Tyler Hynes) 19:00
Tri-City – Dan Labosky (Austin Poganski, Nolan Aibel) 19:29
Omaha – Tyler Vesel (Tucker Poolman) 0:38
Omaha – Gage Hough (Jake Randolph, Tyler Vesel) 7:16
Tri-City – Joel L'Esperance (Chris Wilkie, Kevin Kerr) 10:32
Omaha – Matt Nelson (Jake Henderson) 10:54
Tri-City – Garrett Gamez (Joel L'Esperance,Chris Wilkie) 2:26
Omaha – Gage Hough (power play)
Tri-City – Chase Berger – (Hooking), 2 min, 1:44
Omaha – Anthony Angello – (Roughing), 2 min, 8:47
Omaha – Nash Worden – (Hooking), 2 min, 13:55
Omaha– Anthony Angello – (Head Contact), 2 min, 12:00
Omaha– Jimmy Schuldt – (Tripping), 2 min, 17:00
Tri-City – Tory Dello – (Cross-Checking), 2 min, 6:34
Tri-City – Kevin Kerr – (Checking From Behind), 2 min, 7:03
Omaha – Louie Rowe – (Roughing), 2 min, 10:22
Tri-City – Sean Lang – (Roughing), 2 min, 10:22
Tri-City – Drew Mayer – (Roughing), 2 min, 12:53
Tri-City – Patrick Curry – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct), 2 min, 12:53
Omaha – Tyler Hynes – (Roughing), 2 min, 12:53
Omaha:11, 13, 6 = Total: 30
Tri-City:10, 16, 14 = Total: 40
Omaha – Hayden Hawkey – 37/40
Tri-City – Jacob Johansson– 25/30
Courtesty Tri-City Storm Media Relations