Saturday, February 20, 2010

B³ Post-Game Recap 2/19 Sioux City 1, Lincoln 3

Just when it looked like the Lincoln Stars would take another game into overtime at the IceBox, Stars forward Kyle Gibbons scored on a goal-mouth scramble with only 1:27 left in the third period to give Lincoln a 2-1 lead, and an eventual 3-1 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers.  The Stars opened the scoring early in the second period when forward Jarrod Mermis scored on the powerplay against his former team to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead.  The Muskies answered later in the second period when forward Matt Paape scored on a one-timer in the low slot to even the game at 1-1.  After the Kyle Gibbons game-winning goal, Stars forward Brodie Reid scored an empty net goal to end the scoring at 3-1.  Stars goaltender Jared Coreau stood on his head again, stopping 34 of 35 shots to record his seventh victory of the season.  Brodie Reid finished the game with 1 goal, 2 assists, and was +2 on the night.  Jarrod Mermis finished with 1 goal, 1 assist, and was +1 on the night.  With the win, the Stars improved to 13-25-7 (33 points).

Great team effort last night as the Stars sent the IceBox into a frenzy with the Gibbons goal late in the third.  I think like most in attendance last night, I thought for sure that this game was going to end up in overtime, and possibly, in a dreaded shootout.  I was happy to see the players push hard the last 10 minutes of the third period to keep the game from going to an extra session.  The Stars certainly didn't play like a last place team last night.  There were times in the game that the Stars seemed to regress and lose focus, but when the game was on the line, they battled until the game winner was scored.  Jared Coreau was the first star in the game, and deservedly so.  Without his effort last night, the Stars home woes would have continued. Coreau is playing his best hockey, and I hope the coaches give him the nod tonight against the Green Bay Gamblers.  You gotta stick with your hot goaltender.  It was also nice to see Jarrod Mermis get rewarded for his hard work.  He's a guy who I thought would play a more prominent role in this year's offense, but like many on this team, he's been snake-bit.  For one of the smallest players on the team, Mermis eagerly throws his body around with reckless abandon and plays fearless.

Stars forward Ryan Dzingel and defenseman Austin Handley will return to the lineup tonight after serving a one game suspension, which is timely considering the Stars will be facing off against the best team in the USHL tonight.  Garrett Peterson filled in on defense last night due to the absence of Handley in the lineup, and was solid as always.  That kid is a shot-blocking machine, and he's a treat to watch.  Getting back to the game tonight, the Green Bay Gamblers lost a rare game last night in Kearney to the Tri-City Storm, so you know they'll be angry and ready to give it their all tonight against the Stars at the IceBox.  Whenever these two teams face off against each other, the chance for fireworks is always present.  Should be a great game to watch.

Another reminder, the game tonight against Green Bay will begin an hour later than normal at 8:05pm.  The IceBox will open its doors at 6:00pm like usual, but the game will begin two hours later.  Plenty of time to get your drink on, if that's how you roll.  I really hope to see a sellout crowd tonight.  The Stars are going to need all of our support tonight to cheer them on to victory.  Bring your friends, your family, anyone you can think of to the game tonight and cheer your butts off.  Be Loud.  Be Proud.

Go Stars.

What did you think of the game Friday night?

1 comment:

USHLProspectsBlog said...

It's gonna be a tough game, I hope Coreau can stay on his hot streak. Lincoln will need all the help we can get tonight against Summerhays.