BENSENVILLE, Ill. — Omaha Lancers goalie Cole Bruns had 43 saves and earned his first career United States Hockey League shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Steel.
The game, played before a crowd of 1,718 at Chicago Edge Arena, was scoreless through the first two periods. Omaha ended the scoring drought when Robbie Baillargeon got a pass to the top of the Steel goal crease and Connor Chatham punched the puck into the Chicago net 61 seconds into the third period.
That was Chatham’s 12th goal of the season, and it was the 19th time the Lancers have scored the first goal. Their record when scoring first is now 14-5.
Omaha added an insurance goal at 16:07 when Matt Gaudreau lifted a backhanded shot into the Chicago net for his third goal of the season.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and improved Omaha’s record to 18-16. Chicago now has lost 11 of its past 13 games and fell to 13-16-3, staying in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Omaha remains in sixth place in the Western Conference heading into Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. game against Cedar Rapids as the Lancers play five of their next six games at Ralston Arena.