OMAHA, NE - Omaha couldn't solve Muskegon Lumberjacks goalie Brandon Bussi in 120 straight regulation minutes this weekend.
But all the Lancers needed was 16 seconds of overtime play to beat Bussi and upset the Lumberjacks.
Neither Omaha nor Muskegon could score in regulation Saturday, but Harrison Roy sent the 3,146 home fans at Ralston Arena home happy with a shot that appeared to deflect off a Lumberjacks player and into the net for a 1-0 OT win.
The Lumberjacks do get a point for their efforts but fall to 2-1 in overtime for the season and 20-4-1-0 overall. Their 41 points is still comfortably in front of the 29 points of second-place Chicago.
"We weren't at our best," said Muskegon coach Mike Hamilton, whose squad posted a 4-0 win over the Lancers Friday night. "(The Lancers) played great though. They played great defensively and shut us down. But we got three points out of the weekend, so there's nothing to hang our heads about."
Omaha recorded its eighth win of the season to catch up with Lincoln at the bottom of the Western Conference with 18 points.
The game set up to be a pretty good duel between Bussi and Omaha goalie Akira Schmid. The two netminders traded save for save for the first 60 minutes of the game.
As it turned out it would be Bussi who would blink first, as Roy, in his second game with the Lancers, fired a shot which appeared to change directions and sail past Bussi and into the net.
The goal set off an enthusiastic celebration for the hosts, who battled the top team in the USHL for 120-plus minutes and managed to escape with a win and two points.
The Lumberjacks had two goals waved off in the game. The first one came in the second period, and the second one came with 4:53 left in regulaton. They were on the power play and there was no doubt they put the puck in the net, but after a lengthy discussion at center ice the referees decided to wave the goal off.
"To be honest we didn't quite understand the call on either one of them, but they get the final say," Hamilton said.
There was nothing doing for either team the rest of regulaton. Sixteen seconds into OT though the Lumberjacks ran out of chances to sweep the Lancers.
"There was a little bit of a mistake on our end, and it cost us," Hamilton said. "We'll learn from it."
Schmid finished with 32 saves for the win. Bussi stopped 29 of 30 Omaha shots.
Muskegon couldn't score a goal on any of its four power play chances. Omaha went 0-for-2 on the power play.
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