Anthony Hamburg scored twice in his return to the Omaha Lancers and John Keeney registered a season-high 41 saves as the Lancers outlasted the Tri-City Storm 3-2 in overtime Friday evening at the Viaero Event Center. With the win, Omaha improved to 14-7-3 on the year and maintains sole possession of third place in the Western Conference with 31 standings points.
Omaha wasted little time grabbing the game"ôs opening marker as less than three minutes into the contest Anthony Hamburg fired home his first goal since rejoining the Lancers. In his first game back with Omaha and in just his second shift back in a Lancers sweater, Hamburg used a Storm defender as a screen on the right wing in sending in his first marker of the season. The unassisted even strength marker came 2:56 into period one. The Storm bounced right back though and evened the contest less than five minutes later when Mario Puskarich won a goal line scramble in backhanding home his first goal of the season. Nick Lappin and Drew Dorantes assisted on the five-on-five goal scored 7:40 into the opening stanza.
The 1-1 deadlock remained through much of the second period until, with less than three minutes remaining in the period, Nick Oddo found Hamburg in the slot who made no mistake in sending home his second goal of the game. Oddo and Aaron Ave earned the assists on the even strength tally scored 17:21 into the middle frame.
Tri-City evened the contest just prior to the midway point of the third period when Soren Jonzzon was left all alone at the top of the Omaha goal crease before depositing his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Darik Angeli and Daniil Zharkov assisted on the equalizing marker netted 10:09 into the final period of regulation.
Neither side found the go-ahead tally through regulation so the contest proceeded to overtime. Omaha then found the game-winning marker 4:22 into the overtime period when, despite down a man with Hamburg in the box for interference, Ben Marshall led an end-to-end rush that resulted in Seth Ambroz"ôs team-leading 11th goal of the season propelling the Lancers to victory. Marshall earned the only assist on Omaha"ôs fourth shorthanded goal as a team this season.
Keeney earned the win in goal for Omaha thanks to a season-high 41 saves on 43 Storm shots. Keeney is now 7-3 on the year. Meanwhile, Tri-City"ôs Scott Diebold suffered the overtime defeat despite 28 saves on 31 Lancers shots.
The Lancers are back in action Sunday afternoon when they head to the Edge Ice Arena in Chicago to battle the Steel. The puck drops Sunday in Chicago at 3:05 PM.