Sunday, March 29, 2009

Postgame Report - Lincoln at Sioux City 3/28


Final Score: Lincoln 4, Sioux City 3

Jake Newton scored the game winning goal with only 1:00 remaining in the third period to propel the Stars over the hometown Sioux City Musketeers, 4-3. The win was the 36th of the year for the Stars. It was the "Jake Newton and David Gerths Show" at the Tyson Events Center tonight, as both players scored two goals in the game. Forward Chris Forfar ended the night with two assists, and was +1 on the night. Goaltender Anthony Borelli stopped 13 of 15 shots on goal, before he was ejected for fighting in the third period (we'll get to that later). Kevin Murdok, in relief of Borelli, stopped 8 of 9 shots on goal and earned his 21st win of the regular season. With the win, the Stars finished the seven game regular season series against Sioux City, 6-1.

I didn't get to watch, or listen to this game...so if anyone out there can let us know how the Stars looked, I would really appreciate it. Missing from the Stars lineup tonight was head coach Jimmy McGroarty, who was suspended one game due to his actions Friday night in Lincoln. In that game, Coach McGroarty was ejected in OT after arguing a call against Michael Sdao. I'm not sure what McGroarty said to referee Curtis Marouelli, but it must have been pretty bad. No worries, as assistant coaches Nick Fouts and Ryan Bencurik lead the Stars to their 15th road victory on the season.

At the 5:17 mark of the third period, the game REALLY got interesting. Forward Chris Volonnino dropped the mitts with Musketeers defenseman Danny Wurden, and goaltender Anthony Borelli decided to mix it up with goaltender Adam Janecyk. EVERYBODY loves a goalie fight. Again, I hope somebody out there who watched this game on B2 or in person can give us the details on this dustup. Janecyk had 4 inches and 25 pounds on the smaller Borelli, so I hope Borelli was able to hang on and survive. I'll keep my eyes open if the fight makes it to youtube.

Sioux City ended the night going 0-7 on the powerplay, while the Stars went 0-3 on the powerplay. The Stars continue to lead the USHL in the penalty kill department. The Stars are in first place with a penalty kill percentage of 89.16% on the season. The Stars have not given up a powerplay goal in the last three games (21 straight PP kills).

With the win, the Stars now have 78 points on the season, with only two regular season games remaining (@ Sioux Falls, and @ Fargo). I will post an updated "Race for the Anderson" article here in a bit.

1ST STAR: Newton, Jake (LIN)
2ND STAR: Gerths, David (LIN)
3RD STAR: Da Costa, Stephane (SC)


Note: I apologize for not posting a pregame report for this game. Real life got in the way of blogging life again. I hate when that happens.

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