Ralston, NE – Kenny Hausinger scored a hat trick for the Des Moines Buccaneers on Saturday evening. The Omaha Lancers weren’t able to tie the game in regulation play, but 2877 fans were treated to a valiant effort in the Lancers 4-3 Loss to the Buccaneers.
At the very beginning of the game. Omaha launched several chances at the net that were all denied by Buccaneers’s goaltender Nick MacNab. A few minutes later, a power play opportunity helped Des Moines score first.
After Jacob Bryson’s call for hooking, the following face-off was pulling back to Gobetz at the point. Skating to his right, Gobetz fired a shot just from inside the blue line. From there, it deflected off a Lancer and rolled by Kris Oldham for the Buccaneers’ lead. The goal was Gobetz’s fourth of the season and came 9:02 into the game.
In the neutral zone, Kenny Hausinger dodged a hip check by Lancers’ defender Jake Massie and blew down the right side of the ice. Hausinger sent a slap shot from the right wing circle that got by Oldham for a two-goal lead in the game. Hausinger’s eighth goal of the season was assisting by Howell and Keefer at the 9:17 mark in the first period.
A power play chance helped the Lancers cut the deficit in half during the second period. Pavlychev was sent off, and Des Moines got struck with a five-minute penalty. Alger took the puck and let a shot go from the hash marks that was stopped by MacNab’s right leg pad. The rebound got to MacNab’s right, and Nathan Krusko quickly lifted it under the crossbar for his eighth goal of the season. The score came 13:36 into the period and was assisting by Alger along with Nick Jenny.
Shortly following, receiving a pass from Gorodetsky, Hausinger moved in all alone. And sent the puck between Oldham’s legs to regain the two-goal lead with just 1:45 left in the second period.
Lancers Lose to Buccaneers
Excellent placement below the goal line by Wojciechowski helped the Lancers get back within one goal in the final period. Racing down the ice, Wojciechowski used his body to force a turnover. He immediately spun and sent the backhand pass to Alger, who shot it near the right leg of MacNab for his sixth of the year just 3:18 into the third period. The goal marked Wojciechowski’s fourth assist of the year with Jacob Bryson receiving his 16th.
Seeing the game slipping away from them, the Lancers pulled Kris Oldham from the net in an attempt a chance at a victory. Des Moines chopped the puck out to the neutral zone. Hausinger scored a mere tap-in goal for his third of the match, with just 0:35 remaining, giving his team the 4-2 lead.
With just 13 seconds remaining. French fired a shot from the right wing circle that beat MacNab on the blocker side to bring the Lancers to within a single goal of balancing the game. Unfortunately, Omaha lost the center ice draw, and Des Moines struck the puck down the ice. Finishing the game as the Lancers fell 4-3.
Oldham stopped the 20 of 24 shots he faced in his fifth loss of the year.
The Lancers face the Lincoln Stars next Friday and Saturday night; Friday, over in Lincoln and back inside Ralston Arena the next Saturday. Both puck drops are at 7:05 PM.