Friday, November 5, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 11/5: Sioux Falls 1, Lincoln 3

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." 

The Lincoln Stars rebounded from a blowout loss last Friday night to Sioux Falls by beating the Stampede 3-1 last night at the IceBox.


It was last week, after the Stars 7-2 loss to the Sioux Falls Stampede, when 'Pede head coach Kevin "Borat" Hartzell stated that the Stars were not in the same "peer group" as the Stampede.  In a round-about way, Hartzell was basically saying the Stars were not a very good team.  The Stars used that quote for a little motivation this week during practice and put together a very good game plan for the game last night.  However, it was the Stampede who opened the scoring first with a powerplay goal roughly 8 minutes into the period.  It was a back-and-forth first period, with both teams getting some good chances.  At the first intermission, the Stars found themselves down 1-0 despite outshooting the 'Pede, 11-10.  I thought the Sioux Falls goaltender (Stephon Williams) looked a little nervous due to all of the rebounds he was giving up.  In my opinion at the time,. if the Stars kept shooting low, Williams would give up more rebounds and some good scoring opportunities. 

In the second period, the Stars kept throwing shots on net and were able to capitalize on those opportunities.  Forward Jake Lynes scored halfway through the second period to tie the game up at 1-1.  Assisting on Lynes' third goal of the season was Jared Hanson.  Late in the second period, the Stars struck yet again when forward Teemu Tiitinen scored his first USHL goal with only 2:04 left in the period.  Sam Alfieri and Chris Casto assisted on the goal by Tiitinen.  The Stars outworked the Stampede in the second period, and for their efforts, they had a 2-1 lead going into the third period.  In the second, the Stars outshot the 'Pede 16-11.

The Stars continued to play well into the third period and it was Jake Lynes again who provided the insurance goal Lincoln needed to pull ahead.  Lynes's scored on the powerplay about six minutes into the third period to give the Stars a commanding 3-1 lead.  Assisting on Lynes' second goal of the game was John McCarron, and Kyle Quick.  Despite being outshot by the Stampede 11-8 in the third, it was the Stars who buttoned down and played mistake free hockey to record their third win of the season.  The Stars outshot the 'Pede 35-32 in the game, and went 1-for-3 on the powerplay.  After giving up a quick Sioux Falls powerplay goal, the Stars PK unit played much better and killed four straight penalties.

Kevin Murdock had his best home game so far this season as the native of Bradenton, Florida stopped 31 of 32 shots to record his second win of the season.  In the first period, Stars forward Dominik Shine received an "unsportsmanlike conduct misconduct" after he dropped the mitts and fought with Joe Lordo of the Stampede.  Shine was coming to the aid of his teammate Josh Berge who was being mugged along the boards by Lordo.  For whatever reason, the referee did not call an interference penalty on Lordo, and Shine did not take kindly to his captain being roughed up by the Sioux Falls defenseman.  Personally, I thought this was the turning point in the game.  At the time, the game was tied up at 1-1, and the fight really got the crowd, and the Stars, back into the game.  41 seconds after the Shine tilt, Teemu Tiitinen scored what would turn out to be the game winning goal.  I will post a couple of videos of the Shine fight here in a bit in a different blog article.  I believe Shine received the misconduct penalty and was kicked out of the game because at the end of the fight he picked up Lordo and body slammed him to the ice.

Great game last night!  Over 3,700 fans at the IceBox saw the Stars play 60 minutes of hockey and most importantly, play smart with the lead.  I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but I didn't see any of the players after the game do the "choo-choo" dance at center ice.  Regardless, it was great to see the Stars win yet again in front of the home fans.  Two straight home wins!  Let's make it three tonight against the Fargo Force.  See you all there!

Go Stars.

Note:  I learned from a very good source last night that Mike McCarron, the brother of Stars forward John McCarron, will dress tonight for the Stars and play tonight against the Fargo Force.  Mike McCarron is a '95 forward who is 6'5", 220 pound.  I got the chance to meet Mike briefly last night, and the kid is HUGE.  I'm a pretty tall guy, and I was looking up to Mike.  For a kid who is only 15 years old, Mike is big kid with a very bright future.  He has already committed to play hockey for Michigan State University.  Mike is currently playing for Honeybaked Hockey (midget minor) back in Michigan.  Because Mike is a '95, he is too young to have been drafted by any USHL teams, so he is free to play for whichever team he wants to.  The Stars showed interest, so Mike will play tonight.  I do not know for sure what number he will be wearing.

9 comments:

Crazy Carl said...

Amen Yeti. Last night was a pretty good example of why a coach at this level should... think... before he speaks. The boys played good last night, its nice to see the train come home. On a side note, was I the only one who expected a tantrum from the SF goalie last night? I used to think it was just a Hartzel thing, but I guess its a sioux falls thing.

StarsFan said...

To be fair, Coreau had a "tantrum" last year, as did Ryan Massa out of Fargo. Hockey is an intense, emotion-filled game, and I don't think we should fault an 18 year old kid for losing it after a unclear goal/no-goal situation. Either way, great game by the Stars as the team keeps inching forward to that full 60-minute game.

StarsHcky said...

Great game for the black and blue last night! Great to see another home win. Quick question, I could have sworn that I saw Rich Coyne warming up before the game last night but then saw him later as a scratch. Maybe I am crazy but I really thought I saw him because I thought he came out of the tunnel right after Doc.

Yeti said...

StarsHcky,

Someone brought that to my attention also...about Coyne participating in the pregame skate, but was in street clothes at the start of the game. Not sure why. Maybe he injured himself during warmups?

jennp129 said...

Way to go STARS....now maybe SF will think before they speak about us...it was definately a better game then in SF but the refs were the fault there....So way to go STARS make that coach eat his words...You guys can stand up to the best you guys have that and now maybe people will take you seriously...lets show the Force the same thing...

MacAttack said...

Coyne did participate in warmups as I snapped a couple of shots of him. not sure why he didn't play

MacAttack said...

to be fair to all coaches, I would think Coach Hartzell knows enough about not giving the opponents bulletin board material, specially in this day and age of internet access. I wonder if he meant to say that their natural rivals are Fargo, Sioux City and Omaha, not that the Stars are not a tough enough competitor for the Stampede. I would think Coach Johnson could probably say something similar in respect to Tri-city, Omaha and Sioux City being our "peer group" but that doesn't mean that Sioux Falls or Fargo or any of the other teams out there are not tough opponents.

starstruck said...

Reading the entire quote from Coach Hartzell (see Yeti's Nov 4 Weekend Preview) - it is pretty clear to me that Hartzell said what he intended to say, "peer group" and not "rival". He identified Fargo as a (frankly) "tougher" opponent and a part of their peer group (Fargo, SC & Omaha). If our team used this as bulletin board material, good for them.

We know our team has great potential - they are capable of bringing in the W's and will work their way up the Division standings. Keep up the hard work Lincoln, we are looking forward to the rest of the season! Go Stars!!

Yeti said...

It was definitely a slam towards Lincoln, which backfired in his face. Hartzell was cute with his comment, but it was obvious to everyone, including players on the Stars, that it was a badly construed attempt at an insult. Brent Wagner of the LJS had an article recently which quoted Teemu Tiitinen as stating the comment from Hartzell fired the team up. It's one thing to think things like this, it's something completely different to run your mouth about it in the paper. Hopefully, Hartzell learned a good lesson here. Don't give your opponents bulletin board material. It's not very smart as a head coach in this league to talk down a team like that also.