Saturday, October 17, 2009

Postgame Report - Youngstown at Lincoln 10/16

Final Score: Youngstown 6, Lincoln 7 OT

What a crazy, crazy game. This one deserves two thumbs up.

The Lincoln Stars and the Youngstown Phantoms combined for 13 goals at the Ice Box Friday night, but it was Ben Lynch of the Stars who scored the most important goal of the night, the game winning PP goal in OT to give the Stars a 7-6 come from behind victory over the visiting Phantoms. Both teams came out of the gate fast, as the Stars and Phantoms combined for a total of seven goals scored in the first period. Youngstown struck first in the beginning stanza, but Lincoln answered with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. After a line brawl late in the third period in which Stars defenseman Nate Baumbick was ejected from the game for fighting, the Phantoms stormed back by scoring three goals in less than three minutes to take a 4-3 lead at the first intermission. Scoring goals for Lincoln in the first period was Brodie Reid, Tucker Brockett, and Ben Lynch. Whew. That was just the first period!

In the second period, both teams scored once as Youngstown took a 5-4 lead going into the final period. Four minutes into the third period, Phantoms forward Taylor Holmstrom scored his second goal of the game, on the PP, to extend the Youngstown lead over the Stars to 6-4. For some in attendance at the Ice Box, the Stars looked to be finished. However, just a little over a minute after the Holmstrom goal, Stars forward Garrett Peterson scored his first goal of the season to bring Lincoln back to within one goal at 6-5. At about the halfway point of the third period, Stars forward Andrew Ammon scored his third goal of the season to even the score at 6-6. The Ice Box was rockin'. At the end of regulation, the Stars and Phantoms were tied at 6-6. After the Stars killed a Phantoms powerplay opportunity in the OT period, Youngstown defenseman Daniel Senkbeil was whistled for a high sticking minor, and the Stars went on the PP. In dramatic fashion, Ben Lynch scored the game winning goal, his second PP goal on the night, when he blindly batted the puck past the defenseless Youngstown goaltender Matthew Mahalak to complete the come from behind victory for Lincoln. Wow. What a game.

This game was almost like watching a tennis match with both teams scoring so much. Probably not the best game in terms of goaltending and overall team defense, but as a fan it was fun to watch. I can assume these are the types of games that gives coaches grey hairs. Gotta give some credit to Youngstown for playing a good game, at least on offense. Their powerplay unit was VERY good, and they passed the puck extremely well with the man advantage. Like I stated in the pregame report, Youngstown is not your typical expansion team. They have a good balance of size and speed, although they seem to be lacking in overall defense and goaltending. Jared Coreau started his fifth game of the season for the Stars, and stopped 20 of 26 shots on goal. Not his best effort for sure, but he made some huge saves late in the third period and in overtime to allow the Stars to win this game.

I have to say, it really is fun to watch Tucker Brockett on the ice. I know I've stated this before, but he reminds me a lot of Ryan Krezter. For a small guy, he's fearless. It seemed like Brockett was in the mix all night. It was also nice to see Brett Chartier in the lineup, but I wonder if he injured himself late in the game because I saw him walking around in street clothes during the third period. Dominick Shine was a surprising scratch, and the Stars added a new player to the roster (more on that later). After being held scoreless in his first four games with Lincoln, Ben Lynch arrived in a big way with two goals, including the game winner. Despite not scoring any goals, Stars forwards David Gerths and Jarrod Mermis both played very well and collected three assists a piece. The Stars went a surprising 3-for-8 on the PP, while the Phantoms were 2-for-7 with the man advantage.

1ST STAR: Lynch, Ben (LIN)
2ND STAR: Brockett, Tucker (LIN)
3RD STAR: Holstrom, Taylor (YNG)

With the win, the Stars improved to 3-2 on the season (6 points), good enough for a second place tie in the USHL West Division. The Stars will take Saturday night off to rest, and will travel to Kearney to take on the Tri-City Storm on Tuesday, October 20th.

Go Stars.

USHL photographer RJ Meyer was in attendance last night, and took some great photos of the action. You can view his pictures here.

Thanks to "Michelle D" for the video of the line brawl from last night.



Justin said...

Sweet music for Baumbicks sweet fight huh?

tzweeb said...

i dont think that was a fight we want to remember. looks to me that we were on the losing end of the battle.
it is nice to see yeti getting a link so we can see how the game went.
another nice posting to how the game went by yeti. seems like he should be paid for posting his thoughts on our games???!!!! HMMMM

p.s. still waiting for any thoughts on my defense stats....

James said...

Well all I can say is defence wise that was the saddest thing I have seen since the German occupation of Frace during World War II. And I am speaking of both teams. With that being said I do love our team cause we always seem to find a way. The beginning of the third period was a total buzz kill for sure. But then they created the opportunities to allow for a victory. It is for sure a game that will not slip my mind for some time. I am totaly drunk right now so I hope this makes sence. :) Go Stars!

tzweeb said...

nice one james... thats what i thought when i posted last night. was i making sense???

Norfolk Fan said...

I thought it was an exciting game. It's not surprising the good guys looked disorganized at times, but except for a stretch during the second period when it looked like Youngstown was out-skating them, I thought the Stars showed a lot of energy and kept their feet moving.
Coach is always talking about "dirty goals", and this game was full of them, on both sides.
At this time of year, a win is a win. Our guys don't get much ice time before the season starts so it's not surprising to see passing off the mark, and the occasional miscommunication on defense.
Not sure if I like the dark victory salute after a win. What do the rest of you think? It was great to see some of the guys doing the victory dance with the rest of us though.
It was great to be back in the Ice Box again!
Go Stars! Take it to Tri City on Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Tucker doing well. Great kid.


Yeti said...

He's becoming one of my favorite new players, fangers. You were right about him. He's a player for sure.