SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Three goals in a six-minute stretch of the first period Friday powered Omaha to a 4-2 USHL victory against Sioux Falls.
Two goals by forward Gage Hough and a goal and assist for Tyler Moy built a three-goal cushion for the 33-25-1 Lancers in front of 4,064 at Sioux Falls Arena.
Omaha got another outstanding effort in goal from Yale recruit Alex Lyon, who turned away 37 of the Stampede’s 39 shots, including 31 of 33 in the final two periods. Sioux Falls outshot Omaha 31-9 in the final 40 minutes after both teams had nine shots on goal in the first period.
The Lancers’ scoring flurry was enough to chase Stampede starting goalie Charlie Lindgren from the game. Hough’s first goal came at 8:03 when Moy passed the puck to him at the top of the Sioux Falls goal crease.
Omaha improved to 24-7 when scoring the first goal of the game. Moy increased the lead six minutes later with a backhand shot from the left wing that bounced off the crossbar and into the net at 13:48.
Just 26 seconds later, Hough scored his second goal and 11th of the season to give Omaha its three-goal lead heading into the first intermission. Grant Besse gave the Lancers a 4-0 lead 4:29 into the second period as he scored his second goal in four games with the Lancers.
Sioux Falls got one back late in the second period when Sam Rothstein got behind the Omaha defense and punched home his 18th goal of the season at 17:33.
Then 55 seconds into the third period, Dennis Kravchenko — the Stampede’s leading scorer — scored his 21st goal of the year.
But that’s as close as the first-place Stampede (42-15-2) would get despite outshooting the Lancers 14-1 in the final 20 minutes.
Omaha continues its three-game road swing Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. game at Sioux City.