Phillippi, Lancers Blank Gamblers 5-0
Matt White tallied two goals and two assists while Joe Phillippi turned in a 13-save shutout in his USHL debut as the Omaha Lancers dismantled the Green Bay Gamblers 5-0 Friday evening at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. With the win, the Lancers improve to 3-0 to start the 2009-2010 season.
The Lancers fired the game's opening salvo for the third time in as many games when Erik Haula launched a power play laser into the back of the Green Bay goal just 5:06 into the first period. White and Mathieu Brisson grabbed assists on Omaha's first man advantage tally of the season. The Lancers wasted little time doubling their advantage as just two minutes later Stefan Demopoulos found himself alone on a breakaway from the blue line and slipped his 2nd goal of the season past Green Bay netminder Ryan McKay. Camden Wojtala earned the only assist on the goal with a perfect lead past to spring the speedy Demopoulos. Not only did Omaha control the offensive side of the game in the opening period but it also limited Green Bay to just 1 shot on goal while the Lancers generated 13 shots of their own.
While the second period proved to be considerably more competitive it was the Lancers who notched the only goal of the stanza when Seth Ambroz chipped in his first goal of the season. White and Haula garnered the two assists on Omaha's second power play goal of the game notched 16:11 into the period.
Omaha planted the final nails in the coffin midway through the third period when White registered a pair of goals less than three minutes apart. First, the third-year Lancers forward found himself on a shorthanded breakaway and slipped a soft backhand between the pads of McKay. The unassisted marker was Omaha's second shorthanded goal this season. Then, White found himself all alone at the left side of the crease and chipped in his second goal and fourth point of the night. Haula grabbed the only assist on the final marker of the contest.
Lost among all the offense was the goaltending of Lancers rookie netminder Joe Phillippi who registered 13 saves on 13 Green Bay shots and in so doing recorded a shutout in his first ever USHL appearance. The 13 Gambler shots is by far the fewest shots this season for a Green Bay team that entered Friday evening averaging 43.5 shots per game. Green Bay's McKay suffered the loss in net despite 27 saves on 32 Omaha shots.
The Lancers are back in action tomorrow evening when they welcome the Fargo Force to the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
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