Saturday, November 28, 2009

Game Recap: Lincoln Stars at Youngstown Phantoms 11/28

Final Score: Lincoln 5, Youngstown 4 OT Shootout

Main Entry: gutsy
Pronunciation: \ˈgət-sē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): guts·i·er; guts·i·est
Date: circa 1893
1 : marked by courage, pluck, or determination

The Lincoln Stars used a gutsy effort in the third period against the Youngstown Phantoms last night to rally late from a two goal deficit to send the game into overtime, and then beat the hometown Phantoms, 5-4 in overtime shootout. It was Lincoln's second straight road victory. With less than four minutes left in the third period Friday night, the Stars found themselves behind, 4-2 against the Phantoms. The comeback started with Brodie Reid's second goal of the game with less than three minutes remaining to bring Lincoln within one goal at 4-3. Ben "The Youngstown Killer" Lynch scored the game tying goal with only 12 seconds left on the clock to bring the Stars all the way back, and send the game into oooooovertime. Both goals scored by Reid and Lynch came on the powerplay, with Stars goaltender Matt Green pulled to give Lincoln a two-man advantage.  The game went to a shootout after neither team scored in the five minute overtime session. Stars forwards Dominik Shine and John McCarron both scored in the shootout, while goaltender Matt Green stopped four of five shooters to secure the comeback win for Lincoln. Whew! What a game!

Brodie Reid finished the game with two goals, 1 assist, and 6 shots on goal. Defenseman Cory Hibbeler was an apple away from the Gordie Howe hat trick, as Hibbs scored a goal, and got into a fight early in the period while sticking up for David Gerths who received an elbow from a Youngstown player. Coach McGroarty specifically mentioned Hibbs after the game, in regards to how he really like how the players stood up for each other against a very big, physical Phantoms squad.

Great to see the players not quit, and keep fighting to win this hockey game. This team, despite their record, will not quit...and that is admirable. They could have packed it in after being down 4-2, but they played smart hockey, and battled back. They should all be proud of their effort. Youngstown may be an expansion team, but they had been playing very good hockey recently. The Stars are now 2-0 against the Phantoms, with both wins coming in overtime.

The Stars had a new face in the lineup, who I found out later was the mystery player I saw walking around with the scratches this past Wednesday night during the Indiana game. His name is Jeff McMinimy, and he's a '92 forward from Flower Mound, Texas. Jeff was picked by the Stars in the seventh round of the '09 USHL Entry Draft. Before being called up by the Stars, Jeff was playing for the Dallas Stars Midget Major AAA hockey club. In 23 games with the MM Dallas Stars this season, Jeff has 27 points (10g, 17a) and 64 PIM's. McMinimy was in the lineup last night for the Stars against Youngstown, and he was -1 with 2 shots on net. I am not certain if McMinimy is a permanent player on the Stars roster, or if he was just called up for these two weekend road games.

Here are the three stars from last night's game, according to Youngstown:

1ST STAR: McCarron, John (LIN)
2ND STAR: Eibler, Luke (YNG)
3RD STAR: Reid, Brodie (LIN)

The Stars will faceoff against the Phantoms again Saturday night at 6:15pm Central. Some of the folks we had in the chat room last night were watching the Friday night game on B2, and they all agreed that the picture quality was excellent. So if you are thinking of staying at home tonight and watching the Stars on B2, I'd pull the trigger.

We'll be chatting online during the game also, so feel free to drop by and join us! I'll be posting the chat article soon.

Go Stars.


Anonymous said...

Hey Yeti, Dzingle was not in the line-up last night. McMinimy was wearing #18.

Yeti said...

Thank you for the note, Anonymous. I corrected it.

Dzingel was listed on the pre-game roster, which is what I was thinking about.