Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Post-Game Recap 2/10: Sioux Falls 2, Lincoln 5

Boxscore:  Sioux Falls 2, Lincoln 5

On "Throwback Night" at the IceBox, the Lincoln Stars played one of their better games at home this season and skated to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Sioux Fall Stampede, ending their seven game losing streak.  The Stars got off to a quick 2-0 start in the first period when forward Dominik Shine scored twice within 5 minutes.  The 'Pede jumped back into the game with two goals of their own in the first period to even the game at 2-2 going into the second period.  After that, it was all Lincoln.  Dominik Shine completed the hat-trick (I hope you like my hat, Dominik!) with his third goal of the game early on in the second period to give the Stars a 3-2 lead.  Lincoln forward Ryan Dzingel provided the insurance goal for the Stars later on in the second period on the powerplay to give Lincoln a commanding 4-2 victory going into the second intermission.  Late in the third period, forward Brodie Reid scored an empty-net goal to seal the win for Lincoln and send the IceBox into a frenzy.

Although the Stampede were able to put 38 shots on net, Stars goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 36 of those 38 shots to record his sixth win of the season.  I thought Coreau played outstanding, and was a big reason why the Stars were able to hold the Stampede to zero powerplay goals on 5 opportunities.  The penalty kill unit for the Stars has struggled mightily as of late, but Lincoln's PK unit played extremely well against Sioux Falls.  Not to take anything away from the players who received stars last night, but I thought Coreau was certainly deserving of one of the three stars.  It was great to see Coreau finally get a win after all the close games he's been involved with the past couple of weeks.  He continues to play his best hockey of the season, and I hope the coaches continue to start him.

"Puck luck" certainly hasn't been on the side of the Stars this season, especially at home.  That was not the case last night.  I'm not sure exactly how many posts the Stampede hit last night, but it was quite a few.  We've seen the Stars get the short end of the stick in terms of lucky bounces, but it seemed as if everything went right last night for Lincoln.  That's not to take away from the effort of the Stars last night.  They battled ALL night long.  There is no quit in this team, and that was evident last night.  They might be in last place, but I truly don't believe that the Stars play like a last place team.  They were out there busting their butts, and as a fan, that was really fun to watch.  It was a total team effort.

It was fun to watch the young guys (Dzingel, Shine) work together last night.  McGroarty mentioned after the game that those two "had a little magic."  The future is certainly bright for the Stars.  There is still the rest of this season to play, but it's impossible for me not to get excited about the future.  I'm not sure if defenseman Will Rayner will return next season or continue on to play collegiate hockey at UMASS-Lowell, but he is getting better every game.  I thought he played extremely well last night.  He's a guy who is more than competent to step up in the offensive zone to make a play, but he's also very steady and in control in the defensive zone.  An added bonus, he can hit like a truck.

Although it wasn't a sellout, a lively crowd of 3,011 were treated to one heck of a game.  Even with the empty seats, the crowd was as loud as I've heard all season at the end of the game.  It was a lot of fun to watch the players celebrate the big win at center ice, doing the "choo-choo."  You could see the smiles on their faces.  As a fan, it doesn't get better than that.  I was proud of their effort, as was the other 3,000 fans in attendance.  I tossed my favorite Stars hat onto the ice after Shine's third goal, but it was totally worth it.  Great win.

Go Stars.

Note:  According to Brent Wagner of the Lincoln Journal Star, Stars assistant coach Jon Bellonio resigned from his position earlier this week.


BA Photos said...

Talking to Will last night during one of his stints in the sin bin, he was talking about a couple of SF players that will be on his team next year so to me it sounds like he will be at Umass next season

BellTolls said...

Rats, thanks for the unpleasant news BA. Can't say I didn't expect that. Rayner is legit.