OMAHA, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (13-12-4) picked up a point but dropped their third in a row as the Omaha Lancers (14-9-5) came away with a 4-3 victory in overtime at Ralston Arena.
For the second straight game against the Lancers, the Stars got off to a great start. Matt Barbolini picked up his eleventh goal of the season under two minutes into the game, fooling Lancers goaltender Jake Dobes with a backhander from the right circle. Dalton Norris picked up the lone assist on the goal.
Spencer Smith doubled Lincoln’s lead following an impressive forecheck from Owen Michaels and a beautiful pass from Zach Urdahl from the goal line. Smith beat Dobes along the blocker-side for his third of the year at 18:01.
In the second period, Ross Mitton scored at 5:51 to get Omaha on the board. Mitton, a former Star, played 29 games with Lincoln spread across the last two years before being traded earlier in the season.
Owen Michaels quickly reclaimed the two-goal lead for the visitors, firing a wrist shot from the right circle past the glove of Dobes at 9:19 for his fourth of the 2019-20 campaign. The Detroit, MI native scored his first USHL goal on October 12th at Ralston Arena.
Dobes was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Kyle McLellan entered the game at the 10:33 point of the period. After two periods, the Stars held a 3-1 lead.
The game remained that way until 16:01 into the final frame of regulation as Jack Jensen tapped home his second goal of the season. Omaha had pulled McClellan for a sixth attacker with 5:28 left in the game. Twenty-one seconds after Jensen’s goal, Nolan Renwick re-directed a shot from Christian Berger, tying the game up at three.
Lincoln would kill off a power play towards the end of the third period that trickled into overtime, but Chase Bradley provided the dagger with a shot from the right circle to win the game for the Lancers.
Tonight marked the return of goaltender Jake Mucitelli, who finished serving a six-game suspension. Moose made 27 saves on 31 shots while McClellan stopped all five he faced in relief.
Lincoln was 0-for-2 on the power play and killed off 5-of-6 penalties.
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