The tides turned early for the Lincoln Stars on Friday at the Ice Box, as the Omaha Lancers dismantled Lincoln 6-2.

Omaha's six goals came on only 18 shots, three on power plays, as the Lancers' evened the season series 1-1. Lincoln (7-4-2) took care of the Lancers by a 6-1 margin Oct. 12 at Ralston Arena. The Stars finished with 28 shots.

Rhett Pitlick gave the Lancers (5-6-2) an early edge with one of Omaha's three power-play goals on five chances, and broke a 1-1 tie midway through the first period to power the Lancers. Christian Sarlo scored for Lincoln, coming on the power-play nearly three minutes after Pitlick opened the scoring.

Lincoln has struggled on the power play as of late, going 2-for-7 Friday. Before Sarlo netted the goal, Lincoln was previously 0-for-16 on the man-advantage, but still led the USHL's Western Conference coming into the contest with a 22.0 conversion percentage (13-of-59).

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Sarlo appeared to have another goal in the third period, but was waved off.

Matthew Barbolini tallied his eighth goal of the season, late on the third period, a small consolation prize for Lincoln.

The Stars return to the Ice Box on Saturday, hosting the Sioux Falls Stampede at 7 p.m.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or tgray@journalstar.com.


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