Friday, November 26, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 11/25: Lincoln 2, Sioux City 1 OT

It was the "Dominik Shine Show" in Sioux City, Iowa on Thanksgiving night, as the second-year forward from Pinckney, Michigan scored both goals for Lincoln, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the hometown Musketeers. 

With the win, the Lincoln Stars improved to 9-6-0 (18 points, fourth place in the USHL Western Conference), and are undefeated (3-0) in overtime this season.  I was not in attendance for this game, nor did I watch it on B2 Network, so this recap will be short.  I did listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye call the game.

The first period was pretty much uneventful in this matchup, as both teams were held scoreless.  Lincoln did out-shoot the Musketeers 10-9 in the first twenty minutes.  The Stars killed all three penalties whistled against them in the first period. 

In the second period, the Muskies got on the board early when forward Maxim Gaudreault scored shorthanded roughly three minutes in.  From what I heard on the radio, the Muskies somehow had a 3-on-1 opportunity shorthanded to score the goal.  10 minutes after the Sioux City goal, the Stars were able to tie it up at 1-1 when Dominik Shine scored his third goal of the season.  Stars defenseman Ben Oskroba recorded the lone assist on Shine's goal.  At the end of the second period, the score was all knotted up at 1-1.  In the second, the Muskies out-shot the Stars 11-3.

After a scoreless third period in which the Musketeers out-shot the Stars 8-5, the game went to overtime.  Just 12 seconds into the five-minute overtime period, Dominik Shine blasted the puck past Sioux City goaltender Jake Hildebrand to give Lincoln the 2-1 road victory.  Josh Berge had the only assist on Shine's game-winning overtime goal.  

Great to see the Stars rebound after the 6-2 loss Wednesday night to the Lancers and win on the road against a very good Sioux City squad.  Stars goaltender Lukas Hafner, starting his first game in net since 10-29-10, stopped 27 of 28 shots to record his second win of the season.  Hafner has sat on the bench the past month while Kevin Murdock six straight games, so it was really nice to see him get an opportunity between the pipes and bring home a win for his teammates and coaches.  Another positive tonight was the penalty-kill unit for the Stars.  Lincoln killed all six Sioux City powerplay opportunities in this game, which is encouraging considering how bad Lincoln struggled the night before on the PK against the Omaha Lancers.

With the win against the Muskies, the Stars are now sitting on 499 franchise wins.  The Stars will play the Fargo Force on Friday night in Fargo with the opportunity to wrap up franchise win 500.  We will be blogging/chatting live for the game against the Force, so check back here around 7:15pm Friday night to join in on the fun.  Faceoff for the game against the Force will be at 7:35pm.

Go Stars!

1 comment:

MuskiesFan4Ever said...

Use the following link to view pictures from the Sioux City vs Lincoln game... Enjoy!