Saturday, November 13, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 11/13: Lincoln 4, Sioux Falls 3

Can you say, "four-game winning streak?"  I knew you could. :)

The Lincoln Stars came back from a 3-1 deficit on the road tonight in Sioux Falls to defeat the Stampede 4-3, earning their fourth straight win, and sixth overall.  With the win, the Stars are now 6-5 (12 points), and are tied for sixth place in the USHL Western Conference.  For the first time since 10/16/09, the Stars are above .500!  w00t!

I did not watch this game, so I can only go by what I heard listening to Mike Melbye call the game, and from what I see on the Pointstreak box score.  In the first period, the Stampede scored first halfway through the period when Daniel Doremus buried the puck by Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock to give the 'Pede the early 1-0 lead.  The Stars would answer less than five minutes later when forward John McCarron scored on the powerplay to even the score at 1-1.  Assisting on the goal by McCarron was Eric Scheid and Dominik Shine.  At the first intermission, the score was knotted up at 1-1.  Sioux Falls out-shot the Stars 12-8 in the first period.

In the second, it was all Sioux Falls as the Stampede scored twice in the period while the Stars were held scoreless.  Three minutes into the second 'Pede forward Daniel Doremus scored his second goal of the game to give SF a 2-1 lead.  With about 5 minutes remaining in the second, Austyn Young of the Stampede would score a powerplay goal, giving the "herd" a 3-1 lead going into the second intermission.  Despite outshooting the Stampede 10-6 in the period, the Stars found themselves two goals down going into the last twenty minutes of the game.

In the third, the Stars took complete control of the game and dominated the Stampede, scoring three unanswered goals.  First is was Stars defenseman Chris Casto who scored the first USHL goal of his career just 36 seconds into the third period.  Josh Berge had the lone assist on Casto's goal.  Less than six minutes after the tally from Casto, Stars forward Andrew Schmit would score on the powerplay (unassisted) to even the score at 3-3.  A little over three minutes after the game-tying goal by Schmit, it was forward Eric Scheid who provided the game-winning goal with a shorthanded beauty to give the Stars their first lead of the night at 4-3.  After that, the Stars played great defense and kept the 'Pede at bay as they hung on to win their fourth straight game, 4-3 over Sioux Falls.  With the win, the Stars also snapped the Stampede's undefeated home winning streak at six games.  Sioux Falls was the only undefeated team at home this season coming into this game, with a 6-0 record at Sioux Falls arena.  Kevin Murdock stopped 21 of 24 shots to record his fifth win of the season (fourth win in a row).

Hey Kevin Hartzell, after two straight losses to the Stars, do you still think that Lincoln isn't in the same "peer group" as the Stampede?  :)

What a great team effort by the Stars tonight!  A lot of teams in this league would have packed up and given up after being down two goals going into the third period against a team like Sioux Falls in their barn where they were previously undefeated.  The Stars showed tremendous fight and heart with this win tonight.  I said it last night, but it's so nice to see the players on the team get rewarded for all the hard work they put into these games.

Enjoy the win tonight!  Next up for the Stars will be a Tuesday night (11/16) matchup on the road against the Tri-City Storm in Kearney, NE.  Can the Stars make it five in a row?  We believe!!  Go Stars!

Notes:  With his fight in the first period, a goal, and an assist, Stars forward John McCarron recorded a "Gordie Howe hat trick" tonight!  Congrats to John!!

The Stars finished an impressive 2-for-4 on the powerplay, while the PK unit killed 6 of 7 powerplay opportunities for Sioux Falls.  Another great night for the special teams!


starstruck said...

The combination of the talent, leadership, coaching, and hard work of this team is paying off. It really looks like we have something special going on here - cannot wait to see where the season takes us. Awesome weekend guys! Keep up the great work & Go Stars!!

Kassee said...

The Stars really did do a great job tonight in coming back from the deficit. After not coming out the best, especially in the 2nd, they came out great in the 3rd and did what they had to do to get the job done! They played hard and fought for it, at times literally! It was great to see them get back to playing how I know they can play. Great game and thanks for the win... its always more fun to drive home 3 1/2 hours after a win!

lincolnstars said...

Congrats on a hard fought win!

nutz4puckz said...

Good Job guys!! Go get another road win on Tuesday night and welcome to Sioux Falls "peer group"!!

StarzFan said...

Congratulations Stars on a well deserved win! I think the heart our players have shown is amazing, and the team is coming together the way we knew they could. It promises to be a great season, and I'm looking forward to watching the game in Kearney Tuesday night.
Remember-"Never give up, never surrender".

Go Stars!