Omaha AAA 16U survived a determined comeback attempt by Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U on the way to a 4-2 win.
Omaha AAA 16U took a 4-1 lead during the third period, only to have Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U storm back on a Anthony Franks goal 16:51 into the third period to pull to two goals down.
Christian Evers had a great game for Omaha AAA 16U, netting two goals. Evers’ tallies came on the power play at 5:20 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Omaha AAA 16U and 14:56 into the second to make the score 3-1 Omaha AAA 16U.
Omaha AAA 16U excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. Omaha AAA 16U’s offense rang up 38 shots on Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U’s net. The defensemen of Omaha AAA 16U were also effective in Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U’s zone, and came away with three goals.
Omaha AAA 16U also got points from Tarek Baker, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Omaha AAA 16U also got a goal from Camden VanBrocklin as well. More assists for Omaha AAA 16U came via Patrick Grasso, who had two and Ethan Price and Nathan Medeiros, who each chipped in one.
Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U’s penalty kill was ineffective, and let in two goals to Omaha AAA 16U’s power play unit.
Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U was helped by Mario Damasceno, who registered one goal. Damasceno scored 8:24 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U. Carter Ekberg picked up the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U were Troy Double and Adam Alavi, who contributed one a piece.
Omaha AAA 16U’s Nathan Churchill stopped 24 shots out of the 26 that he faced. Omaha AAA 16U incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Joseph Recktenwald recorded 34 saves for Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U. Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16U incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.