Sunday, March 29, 2009

Postgame Report - Cedar Rapids at Lincoln 3/27



Roughriders forward Eric Anderson scored his tenth goal of the season 3:59 into the OT period to beat the Lincoln Stars, 2-1. Scoring the lone goal for the Stars was Chris Forfar, while netminder Kevin Murdock stopped 29 of 31 shots on goal in the loss.

This one was a tough one to stomach. From my perspective, the Stars outplayed CR most of the night, but credit Roughriders goaltender Mike Johnson for making the big saves to keep his team in the game. I'll mention this once, but Cedar Rapids should look into a new skate sharpener, as their players seemed to fall quite regularly in this game. wink, wink, nudge, nudge. The Stars had only two powerplay opportunities the entire game, while Cedar Rapids had six...including a 5-on-3 powerplay in the OT period.

According to an interview assistant coach Nick Fouts did after the game, one of the linesmen told the Stars bench to send one of their players on the ice back to the bench or get a penalty. At the time, there were 5 players a side on each team. After the 5-on-3 CR powerplay expired, it should have stayed 5-on-5 until the next whistle. The Lincoln bench did what the linesman instructed, and only had four players on the ice when Cedar Rapids scored the game winning OT goal. It's tough to say what would have happened if Lincoln did have all five players on the ice during that last 1:30.


1ST STAR: Murdock, Kevin (LIN)
2ND STAR: Forfar, Chris (LIN)
3RD STAR: Robinson, Eric (CR)

On a side note, I can't explain the idiot Lincoln "fans" who thought it was a great idea to throw cups of ice and beer onto the ice after the game was over. I don't understand that kind of behavior at all. I believe one of the cups of liquid actually hit a CR coach or two. Our own Lincoln players, obviously upset after a close loss, had to dodge the cups also. I love the Ice Box, I love the Stars, and I love the majority of our fans...BUT, there are some folks who only come to games to drink like fish, hope for fights, curse, and generally act like idiots. I wish we could screen these mouth-breathing neanderthals at the front entrance. They give the rest of us a bad name.

1 comment:

Steve said...

I couldnt agree with you more. Your comment about the drunk neanderthals was spot I. This was my first stars game and yes 99% of the fans were great but that 1% ruined the whole thing. I hope the Stars and the Ice Box staff come up with a way to fix this problem