Sunday, October 11, 2009

Postgame Report - Lincoln at Omaha 10/10

Final Score: Lincoln 1, Omaha 3

In their first matchup of the season, the Lincoln Stars lost to the Omaha Lancers at the Civic Auditorium, 3-1. The Stars fell behind 2-0 early when Troy Power of the Lancers scored two goals in the first period. The Stars answered in the second period when forward Dominik Shine scored his second goal of the season on the powerplay, to bring Lincoln within one goal at 2-1. Omaha forward Dakota Everland scored late in the second period to put the Lancers up 3-1. Omaha held on in the third period, as neither team scored. The Stars went 1-for-6 on the powerplay, while Omaha was 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Both teams put an equal amount of shots on goal: 26 to 26. The Stars fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Lancers improved to 2-0.

Well, the night didn't start off well for me when I was pulled over by the State Patrol on my way up to Omaha. Luckily for me, I only received a warning. Maybe it was the Lincoln Stars decal on my car that saved me. Anyway, the Civic Auditorium is a fantastic venue for hockey. The steep steps can create havoc for some, especially those who have had too much to drink, but there really isn't a bad seat in the place. I could do without the two air horns in the one end of the rink (overkill), and the incessant plastic horn blowing by fans, but overall I was very impressed with the Lancers new digs. I sat in Section 32, which was in the corner, and it allowed for some great views of the ice. I was a little disappointed in the crowd, as Pointstreak reported a total of 3,430 in attendance, which was 1,000 less than what the Lancers pulled in their home opener the week before. The cold weather, and the UNO Mavericks game going on at the same time might have had something to do with the decrease in fans. Regardless, there was a good number of Lincoln fans who made the trek up I-80.

Getting back to the game, I thought the Stars didn't play great, but didn't play bad either. It was a back and forth game, and the two early goals by Troy Power were set-up very well. Both times, Power was left alone right in front of Coreau, so it's hard to blame the Lincoln goaltender for those. Lincoln came out flat, and the Lancers made the most of their early opportunities. The Stars came out in the second period playing much better, but just couldn't get the bounces Omaha was getting early on. Dominik Shine continues to impress the hell out of me. I really didn't expect much from him at all this season, considering he's the youngest player on the team. But he was in the mix all night against Omaha, creating chances, and just getting his nose dirty. His PP goal gave Lincoln some life, but the Stars just couldn't solve Omaha goaltender Jeff Teglia. For the most part, the Stars played smart hockey, but two late penalties by Siers and Baumbick really hurt the Stars chances of getting back in the game. The undisciplined penalties are frustrating to watch as a fan. I'm all for sticking up for your teammates, but you have to pick your battles.

Next up for the stars will be the expansion Youngstown Phantoms. Formerly of the NAHL, the Phantoms sport a very big, physical team. When you look at their roster, it's filled with players larger than 6'0", 200 pounds. Should make for an interesting game this Friday night at the Ice Box. More on that matchup later in the week. Stay tuned.

Go Stars.

Edit: Anyone else notice that David Gerths wasn't penalized for getting into a fight? First time I've ever seen that happen. Gerths dropped the mitts with a Lancer player, and the refs completely missed it. After the fight, Gerths went right to the bench, and never received a penalty. Crazy.


lancer fan said...

I noticed that myself. The Omaha player was Mike Chiasson. I asked him about it after the game last night and he said he was wondering the same thing. I think his helmet was off and everything.

Anonymous said...


i saw that too, and i also saw that Gerths did pretty good in that fight! Anyone know if hes had a "real" fight before or how many hes had... i dont remember him fighting last year besides the occasional scrum by the net. I thought he did good in his fight last night tho!

tzweeb said...

funny yo mention gerths fight... my son was online sat night/sun am and david got on and chatted with him.
couple of things i remember him saying... did i win?... i dont know how to fight... and something like scatter and hide!!! he didnt know why they didnt call a penalty on him either.
what a nice guy david is to be up late and to actually have a chat with my son.. either facebook or twitter.
i wouldnt count on him to be one of our enforcers, but he did well to hold his own and got several punches in.