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Lancer Cap off the Season with a Three-Game Win Streak

April 13, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
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OMAHA NE- The Omaha Lancers concluded their season on home ice Saturday night (4/13) against the Tri-City Storm. The Lancers defeated the same Storm club the previous night in Kearney by the score of 5-3.

The first period would start off with the Lancers jumping out early.

Forward David Deputy would find the back of the cage after Drew DellaSalla would pick-pocket a Tri-City d-man before DellaSalla sent a back-hand feed to Deputy who would cash-in to make it a 1-0 Lancer lead.

The Lancers and Storm would go back-and-forth from there however, both goaltenders would hold their own for the rest of the opening frame to help preserve a 1-0 Omaha lead going into the second period of play.

The second period would commence, the Lancers would explode offensively throughout the middle frame.

The scoring would start with forward Ryan Kusler who would be wide open in the slot, before receiving a backhand pass from Jamison Sluys as Kusler would bury it to give Omaha a 2-0 advantage.

Shortly thereafter, Ryan Kusler would drop the gloves with Tri-City's Blake Steenerson as Kusler would be punching up-hill on the 6'4 210-pound Vermont commit. However, Kusler would hold his own in the bout. That fight would help ascend Kusler to 204 penalty minutes on the season; giving Ryan Kusler the single-season all-time penalty minute record for any player to suit up in a Lancers uniform. It would eclipse Brendan Walsh's record back in 1995.

Later in the second period, Nick Pierre would score after receiving a feed from David Deputy to extend Omaha's lead to 3-0.

The Lancers would not be done, as defenseman David Posma would hold the blue-line before sending a pass to a streaking David Deputy, before Deputy would rip one past the Tri-City net-minder to give the Lancers a commanding 4-0 lead going into the third period of play.

The third period would have the Lancers come out fast once again, as David Deputy would complete his hat-trick. After stealing the puck from Tri-City's defense, Deputy would go on a breakaway before wristing one off the glove of Tri-City net-minder Ty Levy with the momentum of the puck carrying past Levy's glove and in the back of the net to stretch Omaha's lead at 5-0.

Tri-City would get one goal to cap it all off, but that would be all the Storm would get, as the Lancers would prevail 5-1 to help cap off the 2023-24 campaign.

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