OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 20 Omaha hockey team scored five goals in the third period, fueling a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Lake Superior State on Saturday at Baxter Arena.
It was the second five-goal third period of the season for the Mavericks who won their second straight to improve to 11-6-3 overall. The Lakers fell to 8-11-1.
Trailing 2-0 entering the third, the Mavericks finally got on the board when David Pope snapped home a pass from Luc Snuggerud for his team-best fifth power play goal of the season at 7:45.
UNO tied the game less than two minutes later with the two teams skating 4-on-4. Ryan Galt cleared the puck to center ice. Tristan Keck scooped it up, beat a LSSU defender and fired a shot to the top corner for his third goal of the year.
The Lakers retook the lead just 1:12 later during a 5-on-3 power play. Collin Saccoman jammed a loose puck past Kris Oldham at 10:53.
But the lead lasted just 23 seconds. Fredrik Olofsson carried the puck into the Lakers’ zone and drew two defenders to him before throwing a pass to Jordan Klehr. Klehr stepped in and fired a shot that broke off goaltender Nick Kossoff and eventually slid into the net. It was not originally ruled a goal but was declared one after a 10-minute review by the referees and the NCHC supervisor. It was Klehr’s first point of the season.
UNO finally took the lead four minutes later. Tyler Vesel grabbed the rebound of a shot by Austin Ortega and backhanded in the eventual game winner at 15:16.
Ortega added an empty net goal with 17 seconds remaining to complete a three-point night (1-2-3).
Oldham picked up the win with 31 saves, improving to 4-2-1. Kossoff took the loss with 28 stops.
Ian Brady had three assists in the game, moving to third all-time in career assists by a UNO defenseman (58).
The Mavericks again fell one goal short of tying the school record for goals in a period (6). They also had five goals in a 7-4 win at Wisconsin on Dec. 2.
Omaha finished its non-conference schedule with a record of 7-2-3 including a mark of 5-0-1 against WCHA teams.
The Mavericks return to NCHC play next weekend when they host defending national champion North Dakota on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7.