Friday, October 9, 2009

Postgame Report - Des Moines at Lincoln 10/9

Final Score: Des Moines 2, Lincoln 3

Wow. Wasn't that fun?

Andrew Ammon scored his second goal of the game six minutes into the the third period to propel the Lincoln Stars over the Des Moines Buccaneers at the Ice Box, 3-2. Ammon's game winning goal came less than 30 seconds after Ammon finished serving a two minute minor for roughing. Once he was released from the penalty box, Ammon blocked a Bucs shot and used his fresh legs to out skate a couple of Des Moines defenders, and wristed a shot past Bucs netminder Eric Mihalik in what turned out to be the game winning goal. Ammon opened the scoring for the Stars when he slapped an unassisted PP shot past Mihalik seven minutes into the first period. Stars youngster Dominik Shine potted his first goal of the season late in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. After Ammon's second goal, the Stars shutdown the Bucs in the third period to secure the Lincoln victory. Lincoln is now 4-0 against the Bucs at the Ice Box in home openers.

Fun game to watch tonight. From the opening night video, all the way through to the three star selections....just a great night for hockey. Where to start. Early on, I was VERY impressed with the Stars powerplay unit. Players such as Brodie Reid and Ben Lynch looked really comfortable out there, and were generating quality chances with the man advantage. Ammon's first goal seemed to surprise Mihalik, because of the angle he shot it from, but those are the kind of shots you need to make. The Stars fell into a little bit of a slump in the second period, as the Bucs stormed back to take the lead, 2-1. Mike Melbye mentioned this in his postgame radio show, but these are NOT the same Des Moines Buccaneers as last season. The Bucs will battle every night, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they end up fighting for a playoff spot at the end of the season. Getting back to the game, I was very impressed with the play of the Stars "rookies" out there on the ice. Coach McGroarty mentioned him on the radio after the game, but Dominick Shine really stood out to me tonight. The kid is all hustle, and his timely goal at the end of the second period gave the Stars the boost it needed to get back into the game.

Considering how late the Stars began practicing as a team, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of hockey on display tonight. Both teams played very well. The Stars defense played especially well in the third period, limiting the Bucs to only 2 total shots in the period. I can't count how many DM shots that were blocked in that third period. I don't know if Coach McGroarty specifically coaches blocking shots, but it really seems like his teams take pride in sacrificing the body to block shots. It really is fun to watch. For the game, the Stars outshot the Buccaneers, 37-20. Jared Coreau stopped 18 of 20 shots to record his second straight win. A sellout crows of 4,642 watched Lincoln win their ninth home opener in fourteen tries.

1ST STAR: Ammon, Andrew (LIN)
2ND STAR: Shine, Dominik (LIN)
3RD STAR: McCarron, John (LIN

It was nice to talk to a number of folks who ran into me at the game tonight. I had a really nice conversation before the game with someone who will remain nameless, but she knows who she is. I was very surprised this person actually reads this blog, so it was a treat to actually learn she's a fan. Her kids read the blog too. :)

Tomorrow night, the Stars will travel north up Interstate 80 to knock skulls with the Omaha Lancers. The game will be played at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, which from what I have heard, is a terrific venue for hockey. I will be in attendance, so I hope to see a LOT of my fellow Lincoln fans on hand to cheer on the players wearing the black and blue. I hope to write up a quick pregame report for that game sometime tomorrow.

Go Stars. Support the players in Omaha tomorrow night. Pack the Civic.



Justin said...

Won't be in attendance at the game but I can tell you that I have hears Mermis will not be playing tonight, he was knocked out on the scrum in front of the bench, the one where the Des Moines player got his hand sliced.

Justin said...

have heard, not have hears.