Sunday, February 21, 2010

B³ Post-Game Recap 2/20 Green Bay 4, Lincoln 3 OT

In what must seem like a broken record to the Stars and their fans, Lincoln lost yet another overtime heart-breaker at the IceBox Saturday night, 4-3 to the Green Bay Gamblers. Midway through the overtime period, Gamblers forward Anders Lee wristed the game winner past Stars goaltender Jared Coreau to give the Gamblers their 19th win in their last 21 games. Lincoln opened the scoring in the first period when forward Ryan Dzingel scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Stars the early 1-0 lead. The Gamblers answered less than two minutes later on the powerplay to even the score at 1-1. Less than a minute after the Gamblers goal, Stars forward Ben Lynch wristed the puck past GB goaltender Steve Summerhays to give Lincoln a 2-1 lead going into the second period.

Halfway through the second stanza, Gamblers forward Reed Seckel scored on the powerplay to even the score at 2-2. Former Gamblers forward Sam Afieri scored his first goal as a member of the Lincoln Stars on a goal mouth scramble against his former team late in the second period to give the Stars the 3-2 lead going into the third period. In the third period, the Gamblers put a ton of shots on net and finally solved Jared Coreau late in the period when forward Robert Francis deflected the puck past the Lincoln goaltender to even the score at 3-3. In overtime, the Gamblers leading scorer, Anders Lee, skated in on a 3-on-1 and wristed the game winner between the legs of Jared Coreau. With the win, Green Bay goaltender Steve Summerhays won his 19th straight game, which broke the USHL record for consecutive wins by a goaltender.

Not surprisingly, this was an extremely physical game. Whenever these two teams face each other, regardless of their records, you can bet money on it being physical. "Old time hockey" was definitely the phrase for the night. In total, there were five fights, and ten fighting majors (including two fighting misconducts) called in the game. The two teams combined for 112 penalty minutes. The fans certainly got their monies worth tonight.  I know someone at the game who recorded all five fights on video, so once those have been uploaded to youtube, I will post them here.

Despite the loss, the Stars have to be VERY proud of their effort tonight. Green Bay is the best team in the  USHL, and the Stars traded punches (sometimes literally) with them the whole night. I just wish the Stars would have played a little more aggressive with the puck in that third period, instead of playing "not to lose." It seemed like the Stars were content with dumping the puck in the offensive zone in the third, and then playing prevent defense after that. It was just a matter of time before one of the GB shots got past Coreau. The Stars had some good chances in overtime, specifically when Brodie Reid was left all alone in the slot with the puck, but he shot it wide. Soon after that, the Gamblers capitalized on an odd man rush to win the game in OT.

What did you think of this wild game?  Are the Gamblers for real?  Are the Stars playing like a last place team?  How well was this game officiated?  Let's hear it, Stars fans!


lincolnfan said...

it was a really fun, entertaining game... probably one of the better ones out of the season. Green Bay was able to take A LOT of great shots and we can only rely on Coreau so much to block them.. he did a spectacular job this weekend--both Friday night and last night. of course i would have liked to see us win, but for Lincoln to play that well and take it into overtime, says a lot about our team and how they never give up.

i agree with McGroarty when he says that we could have played like we were down a point instead of up a point in the 3rd period. we could have tried to focus more on scoring then playing defense and running out the clock. i find it interesting though that McGroarty said that he thought the officials did a great job. i thought that there were definitely some questionable and bad calls.. and we never really got the benefit of the doubt or got something to go our way. what was that Bench Minor all about?? it seems like that happens a lot where we just don't have much luck with the officials... just my opinion. all in all, great game though.

BellTolls said...

I was confused about what McGroarty was saying. Did he say that the ref told him if anyone else fought that they would be ejected? Because he started off by saying how the league should look at these two teams and the types of games they play and realize that it is exciting and brings in fans. But the bench minor...I assume that was because McGroarty was PO'd that nothing was called when Bruneteau took a stick to the face and was bleeding (which is a double minor).

Anonymous said...

We might be in LAST place but we sure know how to fight. Give props to the coach for always having the boys ready to fight! If we can't beat em', BEAT EM'!

USHLProspectsBlog said...

A warning was issued to the benches after the first 2 fights, and then to coach after he argued a penalty (not sure which one). That's why he got abuse of the officials, he was warned. There's not much to say about this game, we played great in the first period, came out flat in the second but got it going towards the middle of the period. Third period we came out and went into turtle mode, I don't think we got on a forecheck until after GB tied it up. In overtime, you can't blame Coreau for that goal. Anders Lee is one of the best scorers in the league and he showed it last night.

tzweeb said...

i agree with the comments on coreau, but i would still say i had a good time at the game. thanks to the players and the fans for making it a good night.
now for the parking lot guys... go home and let us take care of things ourselves!!!
i cant wait until we own the fairgrounds and husker basketball is gone! leave the parking up to us SMART hockey fans and not the idiots that come to husker basketball
get my point??

HockeyFan said...

I could not agree with you more about Husker BB being gone. But if you think we are going to leave parking up to us, you are so naive. As soon as the animal barns, open air auditorium and all the other buildings come down the University will start charging for parking. They are so money hungry and want to make it as difficult for the stars fans so the Stars will move out. But I do hope that you are right and they let us handle our own parking and let us use all of the area.