Saturday, February 27, 2010

B³ Post-Game Recap 2/26: Omaha 4, Lincoln 0

The wrong records continue to be broken this season as the Omaha Lancers shutout the Lincoln Stars at the IceBox last night 3-0, and swept the regular season series from the Stars for the first time in league history.  It was the second straight game in which the Lancers shutout the Stars.  The Lancers went 5-0 against the Stars this season, outscoring them 23-6 in those five games.  Lancers goaltender Jeff Teglia won all five games, posting a 1.20 goals against average, a .963 save percentage, and two shutouts.  With the loss, the Stars fell to 13-26-8 (34 points), and are in last place in the USHL West Division.

I thought the Stars came out very strong in the first period and played the Lancers tough.  The majority of quality scoring chances from Lincoln came in that first period, including a Dominik Shine slapshot that got past Jeff Teglia as the horn sounded at the end of the first period.  That goal was waved off.  Late in the second, the Stars turned over the puck in their own end which resulted in an Omaha goal, making it 1-0 bad guys.  After that, it was as if the Lancers smelled blood in the water and the Stars just couldn't stop bleeding.  The Lancers thoroughly outplayed the Stars in the second and third periods, in route to the shutout win.  The boxscore states that Lincoln put 32 shots on net, but from where I sat, the majority of those shots came from the perimeter, and never really tested Omaha goaltender Jeff Teglia.  That had to have been the easiest 32 shots Teglia has faced all season long.  In the loss, Stars goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 36 of 39 shots.

Give credit to the Lancers for coming into a rowdy environment and taking it right to the Stars.  Whereas the Stars just can't seem to put an entire 60 minutes together, the Lancers never quit last night and kept pushing forward.  With the Fargo Force slipping a bit as of late, the Lancers have increased their point lead in the USHL West standings.  In my opinion, the Lancers right now are the second best team in the USHL, behind Green Bay.  I still wonder if the Lancers have the physicality to win a long, drawn out playoff series against a team like Fargo or Green Bay, but we shall see.  Despite lacking the players who can grind it out physically, they easily have the most skilled group of forwards I've seen this season.  They also have the top goaltender (Teglia) in the league, in my opinion.

The Stars return to the IceBox tonight against the very talented U-18 Team USA squad.  Faceoff is at 7:05pm.  Remember, the University of Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be playing at Devaney today.  The men play at 3pm, while the women tip off at 7pm.  Be prepared to deal with some nasty traffic, and the idiotic Devaney Center parking attendants.  Arrive early.

Go Stars.


Anonymous said...

While the Stars did not put forth one of their better efforts last night, I was not impressed with the Lancers a whole lot more. They definitely have more offensive talent than the Stars but I think there are atleast two to three teams right now in the East that are better. Besides Green Bay, who I agree is a very good team and has a very chance of winning the Cup this year; I also think Cedar Rapids is hitting their stride at the right time and is a very impressive young team. Waterloo and Indiana also seem to be clicking right a long. Should be an interesting post season - too bad the Stars won't be playing. I do think the Cup champ will probably come from the East again.

time wasted said...

That was a waste of my night tonight. The effort was pathetic. It looks like this team has checked out and is ready for it to be over.

K J said...

Decent win by the Lancers in front of a hostile crowd and a somewhat beleaguered Stars team. No one got injured, no fights occurred, and everyone walked away to play again the following night.