OMAHA,Neb. – TheOmaha Lancers (26-6-4) defeated the Tri-City Storm (12-20-2) 4-1 in the finaleof the teams' nine-game season series on Friday night at the Ralston Arena.
GarrettGamez scored the lone goal for Tri-City in the loss, while goaltender JacobJohansson made 30 saves in a losing effort.
TheLancers won their eighth game in nine matchups with the Storm this season. Ayear ago in 2012-13, Tri-City won six of the eight meetings.
Omahatook a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period when forward Brian Williamsfound room in the slot and beat Johansson for his fourth goal of the season.
Inthe opening frame, the Lancers outshot Tri-City 13-9 and took the one-goal leadinto the first intermission.
Omahaadded to their lead in the second when Nash Worden scored at 13:30 to make it2-0 Lancers. Worden got a perfect feed in front of the net, where he was leftopen, and slammed the puck past the line.
Lancerforward Louie Rowe had the first assist on both of the Lancers first two goals.
Tri-Citygot their only goal of the evening with two minutes remaining in the middleframe and cut the Omaha lead to 2-1.
ForwardJoel L'Esperance started the play, controlling the puck against multiple layersof the Lancer defense and making a cross-ice pass to linemate ChrisWilkie. Wilkie moved in on net and dropped the puck off to Gamez for apoint-blank shot. While Omaha netminder Hayden Hawkey made the initial save,Gamez picked up the rebound, moved around the sprawled out goaltender and firedit into the back of the net.
Thegoal was the fourth of the season for Gamez, who has been playing well forTri-City over the past few weeks. Wilkie's assist gives him a point in each ofhis last four games.
Trailingby just one goal to start the third, the Storm couldn't break through againstthe Omaha defense and Hawkey to tie the game.
TheLancers got a goal from Ryan Tait just 3:36 into the third to make it 3-1, andsealed the win with an empty net goal by leading scorer Jake Randolph.
Hawkeyfinished the game with 21 saves won his sixth game of the year againstTri-City.
Omahaoutshot the Storm 11-4 in the final period and finished with the edge in shotson goal, 34-22.
TheStorm return home to face the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Viaero EventCenter Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.
Notes: The Storm scratchedforwards Thomas Aldworth, Christian Horn and Nick Hutchison, along withdefensemen Kevin Kerr and Cutler Martin.…
Omaha – Brian Williams (Louie Rowe) 9:23
Omaha – Nash Worden (Louie Rowe, Brian Williams) 13:30
Tri-City – Garrett Gamez (Chris Wilkie, Joel L'Esperance) 18:00
Omaha – Ryan Tait (Connor Light, JimmySchuldt) 3:36
Omaha – Jake Randoph (empty net) (Tyler Vesel, Gage Hough) 19:09
Tri-City – Nolan Aibel – (Cross Checking), 2 min, 2:27
Tri-City – Kyle Eastman – (Tripping), 2 min, 16:24
Omaha – Bench Minor – (Too Many Men), 2 min, 17:34
Tri-City– Chris Wilkie – (Slashing), 2 min, 7:38
Omaha – Gage Hough – (Interference), 2 min, 7:50
Omaha – Ryan Tait – (Checking From Behind), 2 min, 9:39
Omaha – Ryan Tait – (Checking From Behind) (Misconduct), 10 min, 9:39
Tri-City – Nolan Gluchowski – (Checking From Behind), 2 min, 14:48
Tri-City – Jalen Schulz – (High Sticking), 2 min, 5:45
Tri-City – Patrick Curry – (Roughing), 2 min, 9:17
Omaha – Nash Worden – (Slashing), 2 min, 9:17
Tri-City – Patrick Curry – (Delay of Game), 2 min, 15:45
Omaha – Nash Worden – (Delay of Game), 2 min, 15:45
Tri-City:9, 9, 4 = Total: 22
Omaha:13, 10, 11 = Total: 34
Tri-City – Jacob Johansson – 30/33
Omaha – Hayden Hawkey –21/22
Courtesy Tri-City Storm Media Relations