SIOUX CITY, Iowa — One night after a big win over one of the teams ahead of them in the United States Hockey League standings, the Omaha Lancers dropped a 2-1 decision Saturday to the team with the league’s worst record.
The Sioux City Musketeers scored two goals in the second period, and that proved to be enough to hold off the Lancers for a 2-1 Western Conference victory. The win improved the Musketeers to 5-15-4 while the Lancers fell to 14-12 with just their third loss in the past 13 games, one night after a 2-1 win over Lincoln.
After a scoreless first period, Sioux City scored first when Riley Bourbonnais sent a high slot wrist shot past Lancers goalie Cole Bruns for his 13th goal of the season and sixth in as many games since he was traded to the Musketeers from Cedar Rapids.
Just over 11 minutes later, Eetu Karvinen scored what proved to be the winning goal when he cleaned up the rebound of Josh Erickson’s shot at the top of the Omaha goal crease. The Lancers got one back at 17:55 when Gage Hough picked up a redirected puck along the right wing to score his third goal of the season.
Once again the Lancers were outshot, this time 30-22, after the Stars had 32 shots to Omaha’s 19 on Friday night. The Lancers wrap up their three-game weekend Sunday with a 5:05 p.m. game at Ralston Arena against the Sioux Falls Stampede.