Friday, March 6, 2009

Postgame Report - Waterloo at Lincoln 3/6

Final Score: Waterloo 3, Lincoln 2 OT

Waterloo defenseman Lee Moffie scored his second goal of the game at 1:09 of the OT period, as the Blackhawks beat the Lincoln Stars 3-2. Waterloo wins the season series against the Stars, 3-1. The win was the first for the Blackhawks at the Ice Box in their last ten attempts.

Gotta give Waterloo credit for winning this game. I thought they played better overall than the Stars. It just didn't seem like Lincoln could get in any kind of a groove. Two things stood out to me: the play of 'Loo goaltender Parker Milner, and the Waterloo powerplay. Milner is now 3-0 against the Stars this season, while sporting a .948 save percentage and 2.5 goals against average in those three games. The kid had a heck of a game tonight, and kept Waterloo in the game...especially in the first period when the Stars put 14 shots on goal. I was very impressed with the 'Loo powerplay. They entered the game having the second best PP in the USHL (Sioux City has the top-rated PP), and it showed. I thought they did a fantastic job cycling the puck on the PP, and they created numerous chances. The Blackhawks ended the night 2-for-6 with the man advantage, with Lee Moffie scoring both of those PP goals.

The Stars had goals from Eric Meland and Chris Forfar. Defenseman Ross Henry had two assists on the night, and was named the #1 star. Goaltender Anthony Borelli stopped 36 of 39 shots on goal in the loss. 39 shots on goal against at home is a number the Stars would like to see much lower. Again, credit Waterloo for playing a solid, puck-moving game.

I was dead wrong with my pre-game predictions. The game was relatively clean, and saw no fisticuffs. Kevin Murdock sat on the bench. I should just stop with predictions. :)

1ST STAR: Henry, Ross (LIN)
2ND STAR: Milner, Parker (WAT)
3RD STAR: Moffie, Lee (WAT)

Lincoln forward Kirt Hill left the game with an undisclosed injury, and it is unknown at this time if he will play Saturday night against Sioux City.

Lincoln will be back at the Ice Box Saturday night against the Sioux City Musketeers. The game is already a sell-out.

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