LINCOLN, Neb. - Nikolai Mayorov scored for the third consecutive game, but the Omaha Lancers (20-15-1) took home a 5-2 victory on the road over the Lincoln Stars (10-20-2) at the Ice Box on Tuesday night.
Michael Cameron sped down left wing and beat Aidan McCarthy through the legs to give the Lancers an early lead 5:27 into the first period. Cameron’s goal came at 5:27, marking the sixth straight time the Stars have allowed the first goal.
The rest of the period was even, with the Stars coming close to breaking through. After one period, the Stars were down 1-0, but outshot Omaha 8-7.
With Lincoln on a power play in the second period, Cross Hanas faked a lacrosse-style move behind the net, sent it back to the deep slot for Clay Hanus, who sent it to the right circle for Mayorov. The Russian forward blew a slapshot past Jakub Dobes for his sixth goal of the season and third in as many games. Hanas extended his point streak to four games with the assist on Mayorov’s goal at 9:51.
Michael Posma sucked the life out of the building with his second goal of the year against Lincoln at 19:23 on the power play. After two periods, Lincoln controlled the shot totals 18-16.
In the third period, the Stars fell into penalty trouble once again, allowing Ayrton Martino with a clean look at the net for his 12th goal of 2020-21. Martino’s power-play goal came at 6:37, making it 3-1 Lancers. It would be the Clarkson commit to find the back of the net at even strength at 8:39 following a brief odd-man rush. With the score 4-1 Omaha late in the third period, Dominic James beat Dobes short-side for his sixth goal of the year. James’ goal came shorthanded at 17:57 with the lone assist from Jack Horbach.
Owen Fowler added an empty-net goal to finish off the game. McCarthy stopped 21 of 25 shots while Dobes turned aside 22 of 24. The Stars were 1-for-6 on the power play and 6-for-8 on the penalty kill.
Omaha and Lincoln kick off a home-and-home this week, starting on Friday night at Ralston Arena. The Stars will be back at home for Princess Night on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.!