Monday, April 13, 2009

Game 2 Postgame Report - Sioux Falls at Lincoln

Final Score: Sioux Falls 4, Lincoln 1

The Sioux Falls Stampede scored two goals in the first period at the Ice Box Saturday night, and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the hometown Lincoln Stars. The 'Pede also scored TWO shortanded goals on the night, one of which was the game winning goal. Scoring the lone Lincoln goal was forward Garrett Vermeersch. It was the third goal in two games for Vermeersch. The Stars outshot the Stampede 42-23 for the game. Sioux Falls goaltender Clay Witt was the star of game, as he stopped 41 of 42 shots on goal for his first USHL playoff win. Stars netminder Kevin Murdock stopped 19 of 22 shots on goal in the loss.

This was a weird game to watch. There were stretches of the game that Lincoln dominated the play, yet they couldn't put any biscuits past Clay Witt. I'm not sure what the result would have been had Eric Hartzell started in net for the 'Pede, but Witt is certainly the goaltender of the future for Sioux Falls. Like Kevin Murdock, Witt is a native of Florida and should be considered one of the better young goaltenders in the USHL. 'Pede head coach Kevin Hartzell would seem to have an easy decision to make for Game 3, as Witt would seem to be the easy choice for starting goaltender. Who knows, as Kevin Hartzell could just as easily start his son in net.

I was a little disappointed with the comments coach McGroarty made after the game. In his radio postgame interview with Mike Melbye, McGroarty said he was satisfied with the effort of his team Saturday night. Personally, I thought quite a few players seemed to be playing on auto-pilot. Also, I'm not sure how you could be "satisfied" when your team gave up TWO shortanded goals. Giving up shorties has been an issue this team has had problems with all season long, and it didn't take long for us to see it in the playoffs. It just seemed to me that the guys out there were just skating around at times, waiting for someone else to step up and be a hero. I also didn't think the Stars did a good enough job crashing the net, and creating opportunities down low in front of Witt.

Game 3 will be Tuesday night in Sioux Falls. I think we'll see the players come out strong after their effort in Game 2. Despite outshooting the 'Pede by such a large margin in Game 2, I think there is a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully we'll see that Tuesday night. Go Stars.

Your thoughts on Game 2?


Anonymous said...

I agree with you about the coaches post game comments about being satisfied by the way the guys played.What you failed to mention is that we had no puck luck. What??? Ok,I understand a bounce here or a goalie gaffe there could result in a lucky goal but c'mon,the score was 4-1! These games you create your own chances and luck usually follows the team that makes the most of their chances. Was BU lucky to beat UVM?Heck no, they battled and EARNED it!

Anonymous said...

Who knows, Vermeersch could've gotten a few more goals if he wasn't such a puck hog.....haha.

Travis said...

I was not impressed with the coach's comments after the game, nor the play of the team. Short handed goals have been our achilles heel all season and I hope we can get that figured out the remainder of the playoffs. That has got to change or the series may not make it back to the Ice Box. We need a win tonight!!!!! Go STARS!

Anonymous said...

If we dont win tonight they might as well skip game 4 and just get a earlier start backing there bags.