Stars Swept by Lancers
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (5-9-1) scored first, but were defeated 7-1 by the Omaha Lancers (11-8) on Saturday night at the Ice Box.
Jack O'Brien scored his first USHL goal on the power-play at 2:34, bringing Lincoln to a early lead. Cross Hanas picked up his first career point with the primary assist.
Omaha responded with two goals, one at 4:28 from Michael Posma and another at 9:35 from Nick Perna. The Stars were outshot 10-8 after one period, but only trailed by a goal.
The Lancers opened it up in the second period, cashing in with an Ayrton Martino breakaway goal at 4:07. Kyle Bettens scored from the slot at 11:10, which was followed by another strike by Perna at 12:15.
Ryan Ouellette was pulled following Perna's second goal; he stopped 13 of 18 shots. Guy Blessing entered the game in his place.
After 40 minutes, the Stars were down 5-1 and mustered only four shots in the second stanza. Martino would score two goals in 46 seconds during the third period (10:01 and 10:47) to pick up the hat trick.
Lincoln fired 15 shots in the third period, but couldn't solve Jakub Dobes. Blessing made nine saves in relief.
The Stars were 1-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
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