Ak-Sar-Ben Knights comeback ends in a shootout loss
Omaha, NE - The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights erased a three-goal deficit in the third period but lost to the Houston Aeros 6-5 in a shootout on Wednesday night at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Rookie left wing Dave Moss had two goals and defenseman Richie Regehr had three assists. It was the first shootout in Knights history.
The Knights got off to a fast start when Warren Peters tipped home a shot by Brett Palin just 3:02 into the game. Only 1:03 later, the Knights tallied on the powerplay. Moss redirected a blast by Regehr past goaltender Josh Harding for his first professional goal and a 2-0 Omaha lead.
The Aeros responded on two powerplays of their own. In each case, captain Kirby Law finished the play with a goal, his fourth and fifth of the year, to tie the game at two after one.
Houston took their first lead of the game in the second period after being outplayed for most of the stanza. Kurtis Foster stole a clearing pass and beat goaltender Brent Krahn with a low wrist shot to make it 3-2 Aeros. He then ripped a bullet past Krahn during a powerplay in the final minute of the period to boost the Aeros' lead to 4-2 after two.
When Patrick O'Sullivan scored even strength just 1:26 into the third period, the Aeros appeared to be comfortably on their way to a win. But the Knights kept working and eventually responded when Carsen Germyn got free and beat Harding with a wrist shot for his first goal of the season.
Then in the final three minutes of regulation, the Knights got back-to-back five-on-three powerplays and cashed in each time. First, Moss knocked in his second goal of the night, converting a feed from Tomi Maki to make it 5-4. Mark Giordano finished the barrage with less than a minute to go, ripping a slap shot past Harding to make it 5-5.
After a scoreless overtime, the Aeros scored on their first three shots of the shootout, but the Knights rallied on goals by Regehr and Darren Lynch. When Roman Voloshenko was turned aside by Krahn on the fifth Houston shot, it was up to Moss to net the equalizer. Harding forced him wide on a backhand attempt to help the Aeros earn the extra point and the 6-5 win.
The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights are now 2-2-0-1 this season. They'll square off with the Aeros again on Thursday, October 20th, before traveling to Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 22nd.
Tickets for all home games are on sale at the Civic Auditorium box office, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets may be purchased by calling 422-1212 or at Ticketmaster.com.
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