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December 6, 2009

Nieto, Balisy, White score in Omaha-U18 clash

OMAHA, Neb. – Matt Nieto (Long Beach) and Chase Balisy (Fullerton) each scored second-period goals for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, but a late power-play marker lifted the Omaha Lancers to a 3-2 victory Friday night at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Forward Matt White (Whittier) had tied the score for Omaha early in the third period.

C.J. Ludwig gave the Lancers the first lead of the game with just 1:44 to play in the opening frame after his shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle beat Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) for a power-play tally.

Team USA answered back late in the second stanza when Nieto stole the puck and put a shot past Jeff Teglia from the right side of the slot with 2:55 to play in the period. Just 1:03 later, charging into the Omaha zone two-on-one, Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev.) fed Balisy who roofed a shot over Teglia from the left side to make it 2-1. Campbell stopped all eight shots he faced in the period.

After a turnover in front of the U.S. net, Seth Ambroz fed White, who put the puck into the open goal from the top of the crease just 1:55 into the third frame to knot the score. With the Lancers on a power play and just 2:17 to play in regulation, Ludwig converted on an Erik Haula pass to give Omaha the 3-2 lead. Team USA was unable to answer, allowing the Lancers to escape with the win.

Campbell turned aside 22 shots in the contest.

 
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