FARGO, N.D. — The Omaha Lancers continued their steady climb up the USHL’s Western Conference standings Saturday with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Fargo Force.
It took seven rounds in the shootout, but the Lancers inched closer to the .500 mark with their fourth consecutive victory and sixth in their past eight games. Omaha is in fifth place with an 8-9 record and 16 standings points, one behind the Force (7-7-3).
Omaha opened the scoring in the second period when Connor Chatham netted his team-leading seventh goal of the season by wrapping a shot inside the left post at 4:15 mark. It was the second consecutive night Chatham had scored the first goal of the game.
Fargo then bounced back to take a 2-1 lead with a pair of goals in just over six minutes.
The Lancers regained the lead with two goals in a 22-second stretch late in the period.
Gage Hough scored his first career USHL goal by putting a shot by Nash Worden that bounced off the post at 15:51. Then Drew Melanson, Jake Randolph and Chatham got loose on a 3-on-2 that ended with Melanson’s third goal of the season at 16:13.
A goal by Fargo six minutes into the third period tied the game at 3-3, and neither team scored in the final 14 minutes of regulation or the five-minute overtime.
After beating Fargo in a shootout on Friday night in the minimum two rounds, the Lancers needed seven rounds Saturday to edge the Force 3-2. Kyle Osterberg and Randolph scored in the second and fifth rounds while Fargo’s Michael Booth and Dave Gust scored in the third and fifth rounds.
Matthew Gaudreau eventually got the game-winner in the seventh round after Dominic Toninato’s shot was stopped by Omaha goalie Cole Bruns.
The Lancers’ next game is a road match at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday against the Lincoln Stars.