Sunday, December 5, 2010

B³ Postgame Recap 12/4: Lincoln 3, Des Moines 2

Franchise win number 500!

The Lincoln Stars rallied in the third period on the road against the Des Moines Buccaneers Saturday night to earn a hard-fought 3-2 victory, and franchise win #500.  Click here to see the Poinstreak boxscore of the game. With the win, the Stars improved to 10-7-1 (21 points, fourth place in the USHL Western Conference).

I did not get a chance to listen to much of this game, so unfortunately my recap will be abbreviated.  I listened to the entire third period, which was the most eventful period of the game.  The Bucs got out to a very early 1-0 lead a little over two minutes into the first period when Mitch Cain scored on the powerplay.  The Bucs outshot the Stars in the first period 16-8.  After a scoreless second period in which Des Moines outshot Lincoln 14-9, the Stars found themselves down one goal going into the third period.

The Stars would strike first early in the third when Stars forward Sam Alfieri scored a powerplay goal at the 3:43 mark of period to tie the game up at 1-1.  Andrew Schmit collected the lone goal on Aflieri's tally.  Less than 30 seconds after Alfieri's goal, Stars forward Brent Tate scored yet another powerplay goal to give Lincoln it's first lead of the game at 2-1.  Kyle Quick had the only assist on Tate's third goal of the season.  Tate has now scored a goal in each of the last two games.  Lincoln's lead would not last for long, as Kevin Irwin of the Bucs scored at the 7:53 mark of the third period to even the game up at 2-2.  The game remained tied until Garrett Peterson scored a clutch, game-winning goal with less than 6 minutes remaining in the third period to give the Stars the 3-2 lead, and the eventual victory.  Sam Alfieri collected the only assist on Petey's game-winning goal.

This was a huge road win for the Stars against a VERY good Des Moines squad.  Goaltender Kevin Murdock rebounded from the tough loss against Team USA U-17 Friday night with a terrific effort against the Bucs.  Doc stopped 32 of 34 shots to earn his eighth win of the season.  How about Garrett Peterson and Brent Tate?  Since return from off-season shoulder surgery, Petey has scored 8 points (6g, 2a) in 7 games.  Petey doesn't wear the "C," but you can call him "Captain Clutch," since three of his six goals have been game winners.  Brent Tate played 23 games last season without recording a point, but he has certainly turned it around this season.  Tate now has 5 points (3g, 2a) in 17 games played, and is one of the hardest-working players on the team.  Tate is a guy who isn't afraid to put his body in harms way to benefit the team, and is still skilled enough to play on the PP and the PK.

Big positive from this game was the special teams play for Lincoln.  As documented, the Stars' penalty-kill unit has really struggled as of late, and the PP unit has been stagnant as well.  After the early PP goal by the Bucs tonight, the Stars shut the door as Des Moines finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage.  Meanwhile, the Stars' powerplay unit clicked in the third period, as Lincoln scored two powerplay goals less than 30 seconds apart to take the lead.  The Stars still have the #1 ranked powerplay in the USHL, although the PK still is near the bottom of the league.  Tonight is a big step in the right direction for the special teams, which is encouraging.

Another big road test for the Stars tomorrow (Sun) evening in Omaha against the Lancers.  Puck drops at the Civic Auditorium at 5:05pm.  We will be chatting live for that game, so if you can't make it to Omaha for the game, stop by the blog and chat with other Lincoln fans.

Go Stars.


Yeti said...

A few things I forgot to mention in the article:

-Dominik Shine missed his second straight game due to illness (flu-like symptoms).

-Josh Berge and Garrett Peterson were both injured in this game, although Chad Johnson said afterwards that both players were ok. We'll have to wait and see if either player misses any games.

-Brandon Anderson was at the Des Moines game tonight, and took some pictures, so I hope to have some of his pics up on the blog on Sunday.

Yeti said...

Hello? Anybody out there?

Thought for sure we'd have some comments after the big win. Anyone going to Omaha tonight? Which section are you sitting in? Can the Stars win another big one on the road?

We need a new poll question, and I'm out of ideas. If you've got a good idea, please leave a comment!!

For those who can't make it to the game tonight, we will be chatting live around 4:45pm. Puck drops at 5:05pm. Layla will again be running the chat tonight, so make sure you thank her if you stop by.

Brandon Anderson said...


Dom was playing in the Des Moines game

Yeti said...

Thanks, BA. My bad.