OMAHA | The winning streak is over.
Goaltender Jack Lawlor recorded his second shutout of the season Sunday morning. Lawlor stopped each of the 29 shots he faced while leading the Omaha Junior Lancers to a 1-0 blanking of the first-place Sioux City Metros during Midwest High School Hockey League action at Ralston Arena.
James Page had scored two goals Saturday afternoon in the Metros’ 15th consecutive win, 3-1 in the first game of the weekend series. Sioux City (19-2-1), the highest-scoring team in the MHSHL with 92 goals, was blanked for the first time this season by Omaha (16-5), which has allowed a league-best 30 goals.
Coach Dave LeGree’s Metros still have a commanding 39-32 lead over three teams tied for second place, Omaha, Mason City and the Des Moines Capitals.
Noah Peyton scored the game’s lone goal at the 1:41 mark of the second period. Metros goaltender Blake Beller, who has played every minute of the team’s games this season, had 21 saves.
Page scored power-play goals at the :26 and 3:11 marks of the second period in Saturday’s win over Omaha. Gage Barnard’s goal lifted the Junior Lancers within 2-1 midway through the second period, but Drake Beller’s third-period goal completed the scoring.
Now 19-2-1 on the season, Blake Beller had 25 saves.
Sioux City’s junior varsity slipped to 11-8-3 following a pair of weekend defeats at Ralston Arena, 2-0 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday.
Will Stokes had 32 saves in Saturday’s loss.
Goaltender teammate Collin Patrick was given a 1-0 lead Sunday on Dayson Tucker’s first-period goal, but Omaha began its rally with two second-period goals. Patrick finished with 25 saves.
The Metros will travel to Lincoln for MHSHL games Saturday and Sunday at Ice Box Arena.