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Driscoll, Lancers blank Storm in Kearney

Omaha goalie Zach Driscoll keeps a puck out of the net against the Tri-City Storm on April 4, 2018 (KHGI)

Zach Driscoll stopped every one of the 30 shots Tri-City threw at him and the Omaha Lancers stayed in the race for a first-round bye with a win over the Storm, 3-0, on Wednesday at the Viaero Center.

Ryan Savage and Ethan Price started off the scoring at the 16:32 m ark in the first period after savage chipped a puck out of the Lancers zone to a streaking Savage. The goal was the sixth of the season for the center.

Late in the first, Omaha's Grant Anderson received a 2-minute interference call after blindsiding Tri-City's Jack Jensen. The collision left blood on center ice and encouraged head coach Anthony Noreen to petition referee Scott McClement for a more excessive penalty, which was not granted. The Storm were 0 for 2 on the power play.

Filip Suchy continued his torrid pace of scoring in the second period with his 32nd goal thanks to the 31st assist from Christian O'Neill to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead.

Cole Gallant made it 3-0 for the Lancers when he netted his 14th of the year. Nick Perbix (22) and Michael Mannara (3) were both credited with the assist.

Tri-City's "magic number" is 3 to qualify for the Western Conference playoffs and they can cut it down to 1 with a win against the Lincoln Stars. Friday's game is set for 7:35 p.m. at Kearney's Viaero Center. The Stars and Storm meet in three of the final four Tri-City games.

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