Sunday, March 15, 2009

Postgame Report - Lincoln at Chicago 3/14

Final Score: Lincoln 3, Chicago 4 OT

Lincoln continued its downward spiral Saturday night, as the Stars lost in a overtime shootout to the Chicago Steel, 4-3. It was the third straight loss for the Stars. The Stars managed to get one point from the OT loss, so the Stars currently have 67 points, and are still in first place in the West Division. The Fargo Force and the Omaha Lancers are tied for second place with 61 points.

Lincoln had goals from Ryan Krezter (PP), Eric Alexander, and Brett Chartier (PP). Alexander and Chartier both finished the night with two points. Chicago had goals from Greg "Stars Killer" Wolfe, John Moore (PP), and Dean Chelios. I don't know a lot about Wolfe, but the kid plays unreal against the Stars. While I was listening to the game on the radio, it seeme like Mike Melbye said his name a hundred times. I don't know if this kid is going to college in the fall, but if he isn't...I'd sure like to see the Stars try to trade for him. If for only to stop him from scoring on the Stars next season. :)

In the overtime shootout, Corey Chakeen, Garrett Vermeersch, Ryan Kretzer, and Eric Alexander all failed to convert their shootout attempts. For Chicago, Greg Wolfe missed his attempt, but Dean Chelios and Andrew Miller both scored to clinch the victory for the Steel. Lincoln netminder Kevin Murdock stopped 33 of 36 shots on goal in the loss. Another quality effort by Doc, but the kid just can't seem to get the "shootout monkey" off his back. Not his fault though, as the Stars were outshot again. That's five straight games in which the Stars have been outshot by their opponent.

1ST STAR: Miller, Andrew (CHI)
2ND STAR: Moore, John (CHI)
3RD STAR: Chelios, Dean (CHI)

What is troubling to me (there's a lot, unfortunately), is the trend of Lincoln not being able to score in the third period as of late. In the last 10 games, the Stars have scored a TOTAL of two goals in the third period. That's just plain pathetic. I don't what it is lately, but it just seems like the Stars fade away in these games. Is it fatigue? Is it disinterest? Is there something going on in the locker room we don't know about? I wish I could put my finger on it, but I just don't know.

The Stars travel to Cedar Rapids on Sunday to play the Roughriders. Cedar Rapids is coming off a tough home loss Saturday night to the Sioux City Musketeers. The Stars have not beat the Roughriders in Cedar Rapids since November of 2006.

Chin up, Stars fans. We have to believe the guys can get it turned around. We've seen them dominate the best teams in the USHL. They have the talent. It's time to put it in gear.

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