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Lancers Take Shootout Win From Storm

November 25, 2007 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Omaha Lancers News Release

Jake Hauswirth scored a pair of goals, and then scored the only goal of the shootout, as the Lancers bounced back to defeat the Tri-City Storm 5-4 on Saturday, November 24th. The Lancers broke their first two-game losing streak of the season and regained first place in the West Division and in the overall USHL standings.

Travis Novak opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 1:07 into the first period of play for a 1-0 Lancer lead. Hauswirth scored his first goal of the contest, from Keir Ross and Patrick Wiercioch moments later at 3:20 of the first for a 2-0 margin. Starting Tri-City goaltender Ian O'Brien was replaced by Aaron Rock after the Lancers' second goal.

But, Tri-City scored a power play goal from Jimmy Jensen and a short-handed goal from Alex Hudson for a 2-2 tie after twenty minutes of play.

In the second period, Hauswirth scored his second goal of the night and his sixth goal of the year at 50 seconds of the period. Joe Sova and Chris Hepp assisted on the red-lighter.

However, Tri-City scored the next two goals, power play goals from Mike Cichy and Jordan Willert, for a 4-3 Tri-City lead with 4:40 remaining in the second period.

That was when Matt Thurber took things under his control on a shorthanded situation, forcing a close-in shot from the crease to fall over the shoulder of Tri-City goaltender Rock and into the back of the net for a 4-4 tie at 17:48 of the period.

There would be no further scoring in the rest of the second period, all of the third period, and in overtime.

In fact, no one scored in the shootout until Hauswirth stepped up as the last shooter in the fifth round. His blistering wrister went past the Storm's goalie into the net for the final 5-4 result in favor of the Lancers.

Drew Palmisano (9-3-0) was the winning goaltender with a 27 save performance. Rock took the loss in relief of O'Brien with a two goal, 23-save effort.

Tri-City scored three times on the power play in seven chances, while the Lancers went scoreless in five power play opportunities. Each team scored a shorthanded goal in the contest, the sixth "shortie" of the year for the Lancers, while Tri-City scored its fifth shorthanded tally of the season.

The Storm out shot the Lancers by a 31-30 margin for the game, despite Omaha taking 18 shots in the first period.

A road trip to Des Moines is next on the Lancers' schedule, Friday, November 30th in Des Moines at 7 PM. Pre-game coverage on News Talk 1420, KOTK starts at 6:45 PM, with Bob Bakken providing the play-by-play call.

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