Omaha demonstrated the value of paying attention to details Saturday night in an 8-1 rout of the Lincoln Stars.
The Lancers shook off the frustration of a lackluster 3-2 loss Friday night to Des Moines by pounding Lincoln to improve to 23-5-4. Omaha coach Brian Kaufman said the entire team responded just as he and his assistants had hoped.
“That was our first 60-minute game in a long time,” Kaufman said. “It was a very good effort from start to finish.”
There were those eight goals — two apiece in the first and second periods and four in the third — but it was the way the Lancers played defense and special teams that most impressed Kaufman.
The Stars (7-17-5) squeezed off 22 shots; just four in the opening period in front of 3,748 at Ralston Arena. The fans — who gave Tom and Nancy Osborne a standing ovation before the game on TeamMates mentoring program night — also roared for three power-play goals.
“It was our willingness to play hard on the defensive side and being disciplined in the small details of the game that made the biggest difference,” Kaufman said. “Being good, in our opinion, is paying better attention to detail.”
Twelve Lancers recorded at least one point, and seven skaters scored for Omaha, the first team in the USHL to reach 50 standings points.
Forward Luca Frigo scored twice to run his season total to 11, becoming the fourth Lancer to reach double-digit goals this year. His first came at 19:41 of the first period with a blast that caught Lincoln goalie Michael Bitzer off guard.
Omaha opened the scoring at 8:28 with Ryan Tait’s fifth goal of the season. Tait also had three assists — including one on each of Frigo’s goals — and led all Lancers with four points.
Frigo scored Omaha’s third goal at 7:53 of the second period. The Lancers went to the locker room for the second intermission with a 4-0 lead when a pass from Jake Randolph to Tyler Vesel produced a shot on goal that Bitzer deflected right to Omaha’s Gage Hough.
Hough buried the puck with 1 second to play before the second intermission. It was his 14th goal of the season.
Nash Worden, Tucker Poolman, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Randolph scored Omaha’s goals in the third period. The goals by Poolman and Forsbacka-Karlsson were power-play goals 51 seconds apart as the Lancers took advantage of a 5-on-3 gift from the Stars.
Omaha’s next game is at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday against Tri-City at Ralston Arena. It is the third of eight home games in January for the Lancers.