Saturday, October 23, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 10/23: Chicago 1, Lincoln 3

Wow.  Does it get any better than that, Stars fans?

The Lincoln Stars won their first home game of the season, and snapped a four game losing streak with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Chicago Steel at the IceBox Saturday night.  The win was also the first for Chad Johnson as head coach of the Lincoln Stars.  Stars rookie goaltender Lukas Hafner also earned his first win as a member of the Stars as he stopped 30 of 31 shots to record the "W."

After a scoreless opening period which saw the Steel out-shoot the Stars 10-7, Lincoln opened the scoring early in the second period when Eric Scheid scored a PP goal to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.  Assisting on the goal was Ben Oskroba and Chris Casto.  Casto's shot from the point on the powerplay was initially saved by Steel goaltender Connor Wilson, but Oskroba, who was screening the goaltender, gobbled up the rebound and passed it across the low slot to Scheid who was all alone for the goal.  It was a great effort by Oskroba to gain control of the rebound, and quickly recognize that Scheid was wide open for the shot.  The Steel would stay in the game as newly acquired forward Matthew Friese scored seven minutes after the Scheid goal to even the game up at 1-1.  That would be the only shot Stars goaltender Lukas Hafner would not save the entire night.  The second period saw Lincoln out-shoot Chicago 11-5. 

In the third, it was the Stars who wanted it more than the Steel as Lincoln scored two goals to seal the victory.  The Steel out-shot the Stars 16-10 in the third, but it was Lincoln who made the most of their opportunities.  Early in the third period, with Steel forward, and former Stars draft pick, Jay Camper in the sin bin for holding, the Stars powerplay unit would strike again.  Defenseman Matt Prapavessis scored his second PP goal of the season with a very good low wrist shot from near the blueline which beat Wilson low to the stick side.  Wilson had some traffic in front of him, so I'm not sure he saw Prapavessis' shot clearly.  "Papa V" is a great PP quarterback, and it was evident last night.  Prapavessis took his time, had his head up, and put a great shot on goal that just snuck in.  It's just my opinion, but I think he's a big reason why the Stars are now the top PP team in the entire USHL, clicking at 24%.  Assisting on the eventual game winning goal by Prapavessis was Ryan Dzingel and Andrew Schmit.

The Steel tried, but could not solve Hafner in the third period as the Toledo, OH native stopped all 16 shots on goal he saw in the final 20 minutes.  The Steel pulled goaltender Connor Wilson with about one minute remaining, but it was the Stars who scored the insurance, empty-netter goal.  Forward Ryan Dzingel tapped in a John McCarron shot to give the Stars the 3-1 win.  The Stars finished the game 2-for-3 on the PP, while the Steel finished 0-for-5 with the man advantage.  The Steel outshot the Stars 31-28 in the game.

Great effort by the Stars last night as they showed a lot of heart.  Lincoln's special teams did a fantastic job last night also, scoring the two PP goals, and not allowing any Chicago PP goals.  With the lead in the third period, the Stars never took their boot off the throat of the Steel, which was great to see.  I was a bit worried that with the lead, the Stars would start to play in a shell and eventually allow the Steel back in the game.  They continued to play aggressive in the third, and eliminated the mental breakdowns which plagued them at home the last few games.  They wanted it more than the Steel in the third period, and it showed.  It wasn't a sellout crowd, but it was unbelievably loud inside the IceBox during that last minute of play.  Watching all of the players doing the "choo choo" dance certainly brought a smile to my face, and to many sitting around me.


With his goal and assist against the Steel, Stars forward Ryan Dzingel now has scored 11 points (5g, 6a) in 6 games and is currently the USHL's top scorer.  This kid just knows where to be with the puck.  He's very fun to watch, and I'm sure he's going to continue to pile up the points for Lincoln.

Former Stars forward Tucker Brockett was held without a point last night, and was -1.  It was nice to hear our fans give him a warm reception while he was on the ice during the starting lineups.

Stars captain Josh Berge was scratched last night due to a minor upper body injury.  From what I heard at the game last night, Berge should return to the lineup next weekend.  Jared Hanson returned to the lineup for the Stars after breaking his hand during the Fall Classic.  Forward Garrett Peterson remains on the sideline as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.  Petey should be back in the lineup at the end of October, or the first part of November.

Brandon Anderson was not able to make it to the game last night, so I was hoping to enlist the help of some other bloggers.  If you took pictures at the game last night, and you would be willing to share some of them, please send me an email at:  I know that a lot of the player parents and family members who read this blog and couldn't be at the game would appreciate looking at some pics.

That's it for me!  Thanks for reading, and props to the Stars for digging deep for the victory last night.  They certainly deserved it.  I'd love to hear from all the fans now.  What did you think?

Go Stars!


Helen said...

Thanks for the great recap of the game last night. For those of us who live far away and have a son or grandson on the team it's wonderful to follow the team on your blog. Keep up the great write ups as they are really appreciated.

PeruStarsFan said...

What an awesome game. I really like that all of the goals were scored at my end of the ice. We could have done without the Steel goal, but it was amazing. You have to give credit to a good play when you see it. The guys do need some practice with the dance, but I am sure they will get plenty this year.

Hafner was awesome, and not I can't help myself. The force was really with Luc last night. Sorry everyone.

Yeti said...

Thank you, Helen. I appreciate it.

Yeti said...

Through six games, the Stars have scored 3 games in every game they have played, save for the first game when they scored 4. Actually, that TC game in which they won 4-3 in OT shootout, the shootout goal by Scheid doesn't count as an "official" goal, so really the Stars have scored 3 goals in each of their six games so far.

Pretty soon, this team is going to break out with some 6 and 7 goal games. The good news so far is that the Stars have yet to face a team that could hold them to less than three goals. The offensive talent is here this season, that much is evident. I think once the defenseman get more comfortable with the speed of the USHL, we'll see shots against go lower and the Stars play better defensive hockey than what we've seen.

StarzFan said...

The guys really gave it their all last night, and deserved the victory. It was a joy to watch all that talent on the ice, and sooo much fun to finally do the Choo Choo dance! I think we'll have a great team this year. Go Stars!

Yeti said...

I think forward Ryan Dzingel has a very good shot at capturing the USHL Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts this past weekend. Dzingel scored 5 points (3g, 2a) in the games against Tri-City and Chicago. We'll have to wait and see if the USHL gives him some props.

Rick said...

Ryan Dzingel was named to represent the United States in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge in Penticton, B.C. on November 6th though the 14th. View the roster here

BellTolls said...

Thanks, Rick. Just saw that press release.

We'll have a blog article on that up later.

Scott said...

That's good stuff for Ryan!!