LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (18-15-5) mounted a ferocious comeback, but couldn't pull it off against the Omaha Lancers (18-12-7), falling 5-4 on Friday night at the Ice Box.
Omaha got the scoring started early, striking 1:47 into the opening frame thanks to Alex Campbell's 11th goal of the season.
Zach Plucinski added to the Lancers' lead at 15:54, picking up his fifth goal of the year with a quick shot from the right point through traffic.
After one period, the Stars trailed 2-0, but outshot Omaha 9-6. Jake Mucitelli started the game for Lincoln, but Connor Androlewicz led the Stars out to begin the second period.
Daniel Hilsendager (2:07 - PP) and Campbell (2:28) lit the lamp 21 seconds apart from one another, doubling Omaha's lead to 4-0 early in the middle period.
Chase Bradley added another tally for the Lancers at 11:03, further flexing their muscles on the road against their rival.
The Stars finally broke through at 17:42 after Spencer Smith drove to the net for his fifth goal of the season. Twenty-one seconds later, Ty Glover deflected Tadeas Talafa's shot from the left point to get the Stars with three goals at 18:03.
Following the conclusion of the second period, Lincoln was down 5-2 with Omaha holding the lead as well in shots 19-17.
The Stars' newfound energy resulted in Brock Bremer notching his 12th goal of the 2019-20 season at 3:47, extending his goal streak to three games.
Lincoln continued to put the pressure on the Lancers but was kept off the scoresheet until the final five minutes of regulation. Travis Treloar's slap shot from the top of the left circle at 15:28 beat Omaha goaltender Kyle McClellan over the right shoulder, cutting the deficit to one. With a secondary assist on Treloar's 14th goal of the year, Josh Groll extended his point streak to eight games (tied for the USHL lead with Dubuque's Ty Jackson).
The Stars would push further and further but were unable to find the tying goal before the final buzzer. McClellan picked up the win with 24 saves on 28 shots while Androlewicz turned aside 13 of 16 shots in the loss.
Lincoln was 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Stars will get an opportunity to answer back against the Lancers with a 7:05 p.m. tilt on Saturday night in Omaha! Watch the game on HockeyTV or listen on MIXLR!