Sunday, October 10, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 10/9: Lincoln 3, Waterloo 5

Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa has certainly not been kind to the Stars over the years, and it continued Saturday night as the Blackhawks roared out to a 4-0 lead, and held on for the 5-3 victory over Lincoln.  Since the beginning of the 2006-07 USHL regular season, the Stars have played a total of 9 games in Waterloo.  The Stars are 1-8 in those nine games, and have been outscored 40-20.  The last time the Stars won a game in Waterloo was way back on April 10th, 2007, when Lincoln earned a OT shootout victory over the Blackhawks.

I did not attend this game, nor did I watch it on B2 Network, so this recap is going to be very brief.  If any fans out there attended this game and would like to add anything further, please leave a comment below.  In the first period of this game, the Blackhawks came out very strong and put a total of sixteen shots on goal against Stars goaltender Lukas Hafner.  On the other end, the Stars could only muster four shots on goal in the first period and found themselves shorthanded for the majority of the stanza due to penalties.  At the end of the period, the Stars found themselves down 3-0.

The Blackhawks increased their lead to 4-0 early in the second period, but the Stars finally got on the board when forward Sam Alfieri scored his first goal of the season roughly three minutes into the second.  Assisting on Afieri's goal was Matt Esposito and Dominik Shine.  The Stars would pull within two goals soon after the goal by Afieri when forward Ryan Dzingel scored his first goal of the season to make the score 4-2 Waterloo.  Assisting on Dzingel's goal was Josh Berge and Eric Scheid.  The Stars played much better in the second period, and were only outshot 14-12.  Things were looking good for the Stars until Waterloo scored later in the second period to regain a three goal lead at 5-2.

In the third, the Stars would add one more goal, but it was not enough.  Dominik Shine scored his first goal of the season, on the powerplay, early in the first period.  Assisting on the goal by Shine was Ryan Dzingel and Cole Martin.  To add insult to injury, associate head coach Jimmy McGroarty was assessed an "Abuse of Officials" minor and major penalty late in the third period when McGroarty, according to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye, threw a water bottle at referee Ken Anderson.  McGroarty was subsequently kicked out of the game.  According to Melbye, the Stars were the recipients of a number of unwarranted penalties, so I'm assuming McGroarty wasn't too happy with that.  Waterloo finished the game with 11 powerplay opportunities, while the Stars finished with only 3 powerplay opportunities. 

For the game, Waterloo outshot the Stars, 41-24.  Despite getting a loss in his first USHL game, Lincoln goaltender Lukas Hafner played very well, stopped 36 of 41 shots.  Without Hafner playing as well as he did, the score could have been a lot worse.  Another positive from the game was the penalty kill unit of the Stars.  The Blackhawks had 11 powerplay opportunities, but could only score one PP goal.  The Stars went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Stars will return to the IceBox this Friday night (10/15) to battle these very same Waterloo Blackhawks.  It would be nice to get a little payback.  Go Stars.

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