Friday, October 22, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 10/22: Tri-City 4, Lincoln 3

It was another heartbreaker at the IceBox Friday night as the Lincoln Stars lost their fourth straight game, falling 4-3 to the Tri-City Storm.  It was also the third straight home loss for Lincoln.  Despite out-shooting the Storm 36-27 in the game, and outplaying Tri-City for the majority of the game, the Stars could not put a full 60 minutes together and capture their first home win of the season.  

It was another rough start for the Stars as the Storm jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead just a little over a minute into the game when Sorren Jonzzon of TC scored to put the Stars in an early hole.  The Stars came out a bit soft, and it was TC who dictated play early on in the first period.  Once the Stars found their legs, it was all Lincoln after that.  Stars forward Ryan Dzingel scored on the powerplay with about 5 minutes remaining in the first period to tie it up at 1-1.  Dominik Shine and Jake Lynes assisted on Dingel's goal  Less than 40 seconds later, the Stars found the back of the net again as forward Jake Lynes scored to give Lincoln a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.  Assisting on Lynes' goal was Ryan Dzingel and Kyle Quick.

In the second period, the Stars came out very strong but it was the Storm who struck first.  After a couple of questionable calls by referee Tom Chmielewski, the Storm were gift-wrapped a 5-on-3 powerplay opportunity.  TC forward Darik Angeli, who was acquired by the Storm in the Tucker Brockett trade, scored on the PP to knot it up at 2-2.  Despite a lot of pressure on TC goaltender Steven "Don't call me Michael" Bolton, the Stars could not bury the biscuit in the second period.  Late in the period, it all fell apart for Lincoln.  The Stars were caught sleeping in the last minute of the second period as the Storm scored two quick goals, including what turned out to be the game winning goal.  With only 1:03 remaining, Stars forward Kenny Brooks scored to give the Storm their first lead of the game at 3-2.  TC wasn't done as Darik Angeli scored his second goal of the game, and the eventual game winner, with only 7 seconds remaining in the second period.  What life the Stars had was sucked out of the building with those two late goals.  Again, the Stars outplayed the Storm for the majority of the period, but a mental lapse late in the period doomed them.  At the end of two, the score was 4-2 Tri-City.

In the third, the Stars again came out very strong and peppered Bolton with numerous shots, but could only score one goal.  Two minutes into the third, Stars forward Ryan Dzingel scored his second goal of the game to pull the Stars within one goal at 4-3.  Stars defenseman Frank Misuraca had the lone assist on Dingel's goal.  Dzingel had one of his best games at the IceBox, and could have scored at least four goals tonight if it wasn't for the efforts of TC goaltender Steven Bolton.  Dzingel ended the game with three points (2 goals, 1 assist).  Late in the third, the Stars threw everything but the kitchen sink on net, but they could not solve Bolton.  Final score, Tri-City 4, Lincoln 3.  Another game in which the Stars outplayed their opponent, but could not get past a few critical mental lapses which cost them the game.  Goaltender Lukas Hafner replaced Kevin Murdock at the start of the third period and saved all six shots on goal he saw in the final 20 minutes.  Murdock surrendered 4 goals on 21 shots over the first two periods.

This was yet another one that left many fans shaking their heads afterwards.  The Stars were the better team tonight, but give credit to TC for capitalizing on the few quality chances they had in this game.  Bolton was on his game for sure, and was a big reason why TC left the IceBox with two points.  The Stars finished the game 1-for-5 on the powerplay, while the Storm were 1-for-6 with the man advantage. 

Tough loss tonight, especially considering the Stars played very well at times.  The metal lapses have to be corrected.  Lincoln will look for redemption tomorrow (Sat.) night when the Chicago Steel invade the IceBox.  It won't get any easier for the Stars as the Steel are coming off HUGE road win tonight against the previously undefeated Cedar Rapids Roughriders.  The Steel beat the 'Riders tonight, 4-3 in Cedar Rapids.  Who scored the game winning goal for the Steel?  Why it was Tucker Brockett, formerly of the Storm and the Stars.  Whether it's Angeli or Brockett, the Stars came seem to catch a break.

See you all tomorrow night at the IceBox.  Go Stars.


Yeti said...

Random notes:

The Stars will be looking for franchise win #491 tonight. They've been stuck on #490 for a little while now.

Two players on the Stars roster will be facing off against their former team tonight in the Chicago Steel. Defenseman Richie Coyne and forward Andrew Schmit both played for the Steel last season. I'm sure those two are motivated to go out and have a big game against the team that let them go.

Anyone else notice how pitch black dark it is outside of the IceBox after home games? I saw two people fall on the ground after tripping as they were walking up the hill to the parking lot. What happened to all the street lights? The Stars should really get on UNL since they are the ones in charge of the area now. Someone is going to get really hurt one of these days.

Anyone know why defenseman Ben Oskroba is playing forward? The last two games at home he has been playing forward.

PeruStarsFan said...

Too bad Brandon didn't get a picture of the goal that supposedly did not happen. Like Yeti said, DOH!

I liked the game, except for the few problem minutes. The Stars seemed to control the game and played hard to regain the lead. It just didn't happen. I have not seen that kind of intensity in a while (mostly last year) I believe that once they get a few wins under their belt, they will be a hard team to stop.

I do have a question (not meaning to stir things up). Is it just me, or does it seem like the guys protect the net better when Haf is in net, and seem to leave Doc hanging? Just asking.

starstruck said...

Keep up the hard work, guys - the W's will start to come! Go Stars!!

Starfish said...

Peru Stars Fan

I noticed the same thing last night. I figured that the better protection from the defensemen was a result from coachs 2nd intermission motivaional speech.

Brandon Anderson said...

I did get a photo of the goal that didnt happen and in the photo the net was already off the pegs but since it was a non factor in the game as the call that was made was correct there was no reason to post the pic

PeruStarsFan said...


You could be right. It could have just been coincidence or good coaching. Anyway, I was glad to see the guys pick it up and not leave Hafner hanging.

PeruStarsFan said...


Thanks for the comment. This is a case of the officials getting it right, but a better explaination by the officials could have helped the crowd with the understanding. We don't have any type of replay system, so it would not hurt the officials to provide information.
Now we have that. Thanks.