Thursday, October 22, 2009

Game Recap: Tri-City 4, Lincoln 1

Well, there's not too much that needs to be said about the Tri-City game on Tuesday night. The Stars lost 4-1 in Kearney, giving up three goals in the first period and never rebounding from that.

Penalties killed Lincoln in the first period, even though there were only two. Jimmy Siers got a five-minute major for charging and Jimmy McGroarty received a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, so the Stars went down two men late in the period. The Storm scored two power-play goals and went into the locker room with a 3-0 lead.

Steven Racine replaced Jared Coreau in net in the second period and allowed a goal on the first shot he saw. With the Stars down 4-0, it would have been easy to throw in the towel. But the team showed a lot of grit and determination in not allowing another Tri-City goal, while also notching one in the third period, thanks to Tucker Brockett in a goal-mouth scramble. Brockett now has three goals in his last two games and is doing everything McGroarty wants from his players, crashing the net and paying the price.

Racine settled in nicely after giving up a goal and stayed square to the puck for the rest of the game. It was a pretty impressive performance by the young goalie in his first game, and hopefully it continues, because the goalies need to push each other for playing time.

Overall, the team came out of the gate with a lot of energy and was really having one of its better periods of the season until the Stars surrendered a goal 6:35 into the game. After that, the Stars got a little deflated and couldn't regroup. I think the team just needs to learn how to get a lead on the road and then play with a lead. It's tough when you're playing from behind all the time.

Tuesday's Three Stars
1st Star: Jaden Schwartz, TC
2nd Star: Carsen Chubak, TC
3rd Star: Luke McManus, TC


Yeti said...

Thanks for the article, Bells. Those early penalties, and the resulting PP goals, really seemed to suck the life out of the Stars on Tuesday night. Like you mentioned, Lincoln came out in the first and played strong, but the undisciplined penalties just killed them. Frustrating.

Nice to see Racine finally get some playing time, and respond positively. I hope we see more of him this weekend. I hope the recent rash of injuries heal themselves before this big weekend of hockey also.

Jamie said...

Very good write up! The stars are always a worthy opponent and Tuesday was no different. It was a great game to watch! Looking forward to the next!