Friday, October 1, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 4, Tri-City 3 SO 10/1

I've been waiting a looooong time to post a link to this song, so crank up the volume on your computer, get out of your chair, and do the dance.  Stars win!!

The Lincoln Stars opened the 2010-11 season on the right foot and in dramatic fashion Friday night when they beat the hometown Tri-City Storm 4-3 in overtime shootout.  The Storm opened the scoring in the first period when former Stars forward Tucker Brockett scored on a goal-mouth scramble to give Tri-City an early 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game.  The Stars came out a bit flat in the first period, but played much better in the second half of the first.  The Stars responded late in the first period when forward John McCarron scored on a backhand shot in the slot to tie the game at 1-1.  Assisting on the goal by McCarron was Ryan Dzingel and Teemu Tiitinen.

In the second period, the Storm came out very strong and put it to Lincoln.  After earning a power play opportunity, the Storm struck first in the second period when Cody Murphy scored a PP goal to give Tri-City a 2-1 lead.  The Storm swarmed over the Stars throughout the second, and the Stars desperately needed a spark to get them back into the game.  The spark came with about three minutes to go in the period when forward Brent Tate dropped the mitts and fought Bill Eiserman of the Tri-City Storm.  Both players landed some heavy shots, but it was the Stars who responded afterwards.  Less than a minute after the Tate fight, Stars forward Andrew Schmit scored for Lincoln to tie the game up at 2-2.  Assisting on the Schmit goal was Dominik Shine and Ryan Dzingel.  Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye stated on the air that Dzingel and Shine played keep away with the puck behind the net before Dzingel centered it out to Schmit who buried it.

The Stars played much better in the third period, and it was Lincoln forward Jake Lynes who opened the scoring halfway through the period.  Lynes, the native of Ellicott, MD, gave Lincoln it's first lead of the game at 3-2.  Assisting on the goal from Lynes was Brent Tate and Matt Esposito.  The Stars looked to be in control of the game, and working towards a win, but late in the period a couple of costly Lincoln penalties allowed Tri-City back into the game.  With Stars forward Austin Hervey sitting in the sin bin for slashing, the Storm pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker and Cass Mappin scored to even the score at 3-3.  The goal by Mappin came with only 53 seconds left on the clock.

In the five minute overtime period, the Stars dominated play, outshooting the Storm 6-0.  However, Storm goaltender Steven "Don't call me Michael" Bolton was up to the task, stopping numerous point-blank opportunities by the Stars.  After a scoreless overtime period, the game would go to a shootout.  In the shootout, Stars forward Eric Scheid would score the only goal for Lincoln, but it was enough.  In a remarkable individual effort, Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock stood on his head and stopped all five Storm shooters to seal the 4-3 victory for Lincoln.  Murdock stopped a total of 38 of 41 shots in the game, and recorded his first win of the season.  Whew!  What a game!

The Storm outshot the Stars overall in this game, 41-33.  The Stars went 0-for-6 on the PP, while the Storm went 2-for-9 with the man advantage.  Ryan Dzingel lead the Stars in scoring with 2 points (both assists), and was +2 on the night.  Defensemen Ben Oskroba and Richie Coyne also finished +2 for the game.

Gutsy win by the black and blue tonight.  Despite some big names out of the lineup due to injury, the players in uniform tonight played very, very well.  They came out a bit timid, but they got it together and played very composed after that.  The amount of penalties is concerning, but it's still very early.  This was a quality road win against a very good Tri-City squad.  The players should be very proud of their effort tonight.  They battled to the very end.

The Stars will have tomorrow night off, but will be back on the ice Friday, October 8th in Lincoln for the 2010-11 home opener against the Youngstown Phantoms.  The IceBox will certainly be rocking that night.  There's nothing like a home opener at the IceBox.  Just thinking about it  gives me the chills. 

Go Stars!


Matt said...


look what i found on youtube, looking for ushl fights

ps Michelle should have the tate fight from the TC game....definitely a solid fight


Yeti said...


Wow..thanks for that link. I don't remember that one, so I must have missed that game. Great to hear Gary Sharp's voice again...he was the best. The crowd was going nuts in that video.

Let me know when she posts the fight video on Facebook so I can throw it up on the blog.


nutz4puckz said...

Holy cow, had forgotten all about that one!! There were some names in there I had not thought about in a while, Cassin, Fournier, Wiegan and Wayne Russel.

Great link!!

Anonymous said...

Any word what the injuries were for the scratches?

Yeti said...

Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong...but I believe Josh Berge and Cole Martin are both day-to-day with their injuries. Berge has a bum shoulder, not sure about Martin. Garrett Peterson is out until late October, as I believe he is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Brad Wilhem had a concussion during the Fall Classic, so until he's 100%, he'll be held back. Jared Hanson injured his hand in a fight during the Fall Classic, and had to have surgery on it. Not sure when he'll be back.

Anonymous said...

how did ben do in the fight.

Yeti said...

Ben, who?

Anonymous said...

Ben Oskroba #8 how did he do in his fight

Yeti said...

I didn't know he fought. I see he received a fighting major, but I don't remember Melbye mentioning it on the radio broadcast last night. Maybe I missed it. I thought Brent Tate was the only Star who dropped the gloves.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Yeti
Ben's Dad has five brother's and we all appreciate what you are doing on this blogg.

Matt said...


ben didn't actually "fight" per sa,

Murphy charged him with his gloves off from the blue line, and momentum took them done into the ground position....there were no punches thrown before the linesman pulled them away

i don't know what this was all ben wasn't anywhere near murphy...

Yeti said...

Anon @ 3:55pm,

Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it. Glad you all like the blog.

Anonymous said...

Ben gave a pretty hard open ice check on a TC player, put hime on the ice. Murphy was attempting to retaliate and tackled Ben down. I didn't see any punches thrown. Weird to me that Ben would have got a pen for that.


PeruStarsFan said...

Starfish and Matt

You are correct, Ben did not fight and it was a bs call. He never through a punch and he only fell on Murphy because Murphy grabed him and pulled him down. The only saving grace to the whole thing was that Murphy pulled the instigator penalty to give the Stars the PP.