Chicago Claims Shootout Win Over Lancers
Sean Dolan's third period goal plus another goal in the shootout propelled the Chicago Steel to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Lancers in Chicago on Saturday, February 24th. The Steel claimed their first win against the Lancers in over two years and kept the Lancers from sweeping the regular season series. Omaha still claimed a 3-0-1 season record against Chicago, including two wins at the Mid America Center and a 9-3 win in Chicago on Friday, February 23rd.
The Steel opened the scoring with a goal from Richard Manley for a 1-0 first intermission lead, but the Lancers answered with three goals in the second period before the Steel answered again with another goal late in the middle frame. Matt Thurber scored his sixth goal of the year, from Justin Johnson at 5:41 of the second period. That was followed by Travis Novak scoring from Chris Hepp for a 2-1 Lancer lead at 7:11 of the middle session. The lead grew to 3-1 for the Lancers when Barry Almeida scored from Andrew Conboy at 16:04 of the second period. Tyler Murovich scored for Chicago fifty seconds later for a 3-2 Lancer advantage at the second intermission.
The Lancers' lead grew back to two goals at 6:26 of the third period when Conboy notched his 14th goal of the year, assisted by Thurber and Jack Downing. That's when the Steel started their comeback with goals by Simon Olsson and Dolan's goal at 14:43 led to a 4-4 tie and overtime.
Penalties hampered the Lancer offense in overtime, and in the shootout, Dolan and Andy Miele netted goals for Chicago while goaltender Rob Madore stopped all four Lancer shooters.
The shot clock favored the Lancers 43-28, but Chicago scored the only power play goal of the game, scoring in six attempts. The Lancers were 0-for-6 with the extra man and 1-for-12 for the weekend.
Michal Valent lost for the first time this season after five straight wins (5-0-1), making 23 saves. Rob Madore won for the Steel in the crease with a 4-goal, 39-save performance.
Despite the shootout loss, the Lancers still have not lost in regulation in its last 13 games, dating back to mid-January (11-0-2). The bonus point in the shootout means Omaha retains the lead in the West Division by one point over Sioux City. The Lancers also lead the USHL overall league race with a one point edge over Sioux City, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.
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