The Omaha Jr. Lancers created plenty of scoring opportunities but were stymied by Team North goaltender Dom DeGuiseppi, falling 7-1 to North in the quarterfinals of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League playoffs Friday.
DeGuiseppi, a senior from Grand Rapids, made 32 saves for Team North, including nine in the first period when Omaha had chances to take an early lead. Once DeGuiseppi helped kill off a Team North penalty early in the opening frame, teammates Jordan Heller of Bemidji, Patrick Moore of Grand Rapids, Duluth East's Dom Toninato and Hermantown's Garrett Skrbich scored to give North a 4-0 lead..
Omaha had a number of chances to close the gap in the second period with over seven minutes of power-play time, including 42 seconds of 5-on-3 advantage, but three strong saves by DeGuiseppi and one shot off the pipe kept the Jr. Lancers off the board.
Judd Peterson of Duluth Marshall made it 5-0 for North late in the second, and Jake Underwood scored in the third period. Grand Rapids' Underwood, who joined the team after playing much of the season in the Elite Development league, added three assists for a four-point game. Moore scored his second of the game late in the third period.
Omaha finally broke through with 7:49 left in the game as Nate Thiemann knocked a rebound past DiGuiseppi. Omaha goalie Garrett Patrick made 51 saves in the loss.
Team North, the Elite League's regular-season co-champion, moves on to Saturday's 3:45 p.m. semifinal against Great Plains, a 5-4 winner over Wisconsin. Omaha will take on Wisconsin in the consolation semifinal.
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