John Keeney turned aside all 25 shots he faced as the Omaha Lancers recorded their second consecutive shutout blanking the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-0 Friday night. With the win, the Lancers remain in sole possession of third place in the Western Conference. Omaha has now won four straight games and has claimed victories in eight of its last 10 games.
The Lancers wasted little time grabbing the game’s opening goal as less than two minutes into the contest Ryan Daugherty won a goal line scramble in sending in 10th goal of the season. Seth Ambroz and Anthony Hamburg assisted on the man advantage marker netted 1:48 into period one, which was Omaha’s 15th first goal in 26 games this season.
The Lancers then extended the lead to 2-0 just prior to the midway point of the first period when, while shorthanded, Colin Markison fed a perfect lead pass to Nick Oddo who made no mistake in sending home his 11th goal of the season and second shorthanded tally of the year.
The score remained 2-0 through the majority of the middle stanza until late in the period when, while operating on a five-on-three power play, Mike Chiasson ripped home his third goal of the season. Oddo and Aaron Ave assisted on the man advantage marker netted 18:21 into the second period, which was the Lancers fourth two-man advantage goal of the season.
The Lancers landed the final nail in the coffin 17:57 into the third period when, with Des Moines goaltender Michael Shibrowski back to the bench in favor of the extra attacker, Markison found the empty cage for his sixth goal of the season. Daugherty and Stefan Demopoulos assisted on the game’s final marker.
Keeney earned his first shutout of the season, and second in his Lancers career, after 25 saves on 25 Buccaneers shots. The second-year netminder from Twin Peaks, California is now 8-3 on the year and 3-1 in his last four starts having surrendered just five goals against during that stretch.
The Lancers are back in action Saturday evening when they welcome the Lincoln Stars to the Omaha Civic Auditorium for a 7:05 showdown.