OMAHA HOSTS TRI-CITY AND WATERLOO NEXT WEEKEND
Plymouth, MI – The Omaha Lancers finished out their three-game weekend with a 6-2 loss at the hands of Team USA’s U17 team on Sunday afternoon at USA Hockey Arena.
At the 9:00 mark of the first period, the U17’s took a 1-0 lead from the right wing circle. Sean Dhooghe moved over the blue line, down the right wall, and into his offensive zone. The Ohio State University committed forward let a big shot go that beat Lancers goaltender Zackarias Skog over the shoulder for the one-goal advantage. The tally was Dhooghe’s eighth of the year.
In the second period Omaha came out with several chances including a big scrum in front of U17 goaltender Dylan St. Cyr’s net. After a bad giveaway by St. Cyr that left the net wide open, the Lancers tried several times but couldn’t get the puck over the goal line. Immediately following those opportunities, the U17’s went right back down the ice. Grant Mismash took the puck at the top of the circle and played a wrist shot through Zackarias Skog for a 2-0 lead. The lone assist on Mismash’s fourth goal of the year was credited to Jacob Tortora just 2:47 into the second period.
Less than five minutes later, the Lancers turned over the puck in front of their own net and Scott Reedy took advantage of the situation. After gathering the puck on the interception at the hash marks, Reedy played a back-hand shot towards the net that beat Zackarias Skog on his blocker side for a three-goal lead. The goal was Reed’s eighth of the year, unassisted, at 7:17of the second frame.
In the third period, both sides went back and forth with goals. The U17’s took a 4-0 lead on the power play at the 4:44 mark of the third off the stick of Graham Slaggert.
Shortly after, Omaha got on the board with their first goal of the night to decrease the deficit to three goals. On a loose puck in front of the net, Meier had the final touch as it barely slid over the goal line for his sixth of the year. Just 21 seconds later, the U17’s got one back as Grant Mismash tallied his second of the game for a 5-1 lead 7:52 into the final period.
Jake Massie scored late for Omaha with assists from Austin Lemieux and Mitch Perrault. The goal was Massie’s third of the season, but in the end, an empty-net goal sealed a 6-2 victory for the U17’s on Sunday afternoon.
The Lancers return to Ralston Arena next Friday and Saturday night to face the Tri-City Storm and Waterloo Black Hawks in two crucial games, both at 7:05 p.m. CT. Fans can listen live to the game beginning at 6:50 p.m. CT with the Valpak Pregame Show on “The Mighty” 1290 KOIL, Mighty 1290 KOIL Mobile APP, www.mighty1290koil.com, and www.FASTHockey.com.
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