Omaha, NE – The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights took over first place in the West Division with a 4-3 win over the Iowa Stars on Thursday at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
Carsen Germyn had the game-winning goal and two assists as the Knights stretched their winning streak to a franchise record six games.
Iowa struck first with a goal at 13:43 in the first period. Joel Lundqvist snapped a shot past Knights’ goalie Brent Krahn while the Stars enjoyed a five-on-three powerplay.
The second period opened with a Knights goal at 3:36 as Cam Cunning took a pass from Dustin Boyd and managed a backhand shot that sailed over the right shoulder of Stars’ goalie Dan Ellis.
The Stars responded three minutes and ten seconds later. Mike Green took advantage of a turnover at center ice and scored off a sharp wrist shot to make it 2-1.
The Knights answered back at 14:40 when Carsen Germyn sent Brandon Prust in on a breakaway. He beat Ellis for his second goal of the year to make it 2-2.
The Knights then took their first lead of the game on the powerplay late in the period. Richie Regehr wired a shot from the right point that snuck past Ellis. It was his second of the year.
The Stars wasted little time replying. Junior Lessard converted off a netmouth scramble just 22 seconds later to make it 3-3 after two.
Germyn dealt the fatal blow to Iowa at 3:55 in the third period when he beat Ellis with a wrist shot off assists from Dustin Boyd and Brad Ference.
Brent Krahn made 25 saves including eleven in the third period to earn his third win of the season.
The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights are now 6-0-1-0. They lead the Stars by one point in the West Division standings. Iowa suffered its first loss and is now 6-1-0-0.
Three Stars: 1. Carsen Germyn (OMA)- 1 Goal, 2 Assists; 2. Brandon Prust (OMA)- 1 Goal, 1 Assist; 3. Joel Lundqvist (IOW)- 1 Goal, 1 Assist