New day, new opponent, same result. For the third straight game, the Lincoln Stars suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the Ice Box. This time, the Fargo Force scored a power-play goal with 45 seconds remaining to steal a 2-1 win in a very chippy game.
Fargo went ahead late in the first period on a goal by Chase Grant. The action really picked up in the second period though. Garrett Peterson and John Stampohar were ejected 4:25 in for fighting (stoppage) penalties. Thirty-two seconds later, Lincoln tied the game on a goal by Tyler Deresky, his first as a Lincoln Star. Then, 22 seconds after that, the Ice Box got heated again, as Nate Baumbick dropped the gloves with Fargo's Nate Schmidt and Jon Puskar took on Nicholas Romanick at the same time. Puskar and Romanick received game misconducts.
After that mess, the goalies dominated the game until the final minute. With Fargo on a power play because of an Andrew Ammon holding penalty, Brian Cooper notched the gamewinner, sending the crowd of 4,356 into yet another agonizing groan late in the game. The Stars lost in a shootout last night and were defeated by Sioux Falls in overtime last weekend. Lincoln outshot the Force 33-30, and Jared Coreau was stellar again, saving 28 shots on 30 saves. In his last three games, Coreau has a .947 save percentage, which is more than you can ask for from your goalie. Sadly, the Stars have lost all three games.
Don't know what else to say Stars fans. How much more painful can it get? The Stars have gone right down to the wire with three of the top-five USHL teams in the past three games, and can't seem to get over the hump and win one. Things have got to get better. Right?
***Note: Check out the this cool feature called "Game Live." It looks like they did a trial run for the Chicago/Indiana game on Jan. 30, and it looks like a really cool feature. It's basically a game-tracker. Up-to-the second shots, penalties, stats, etc. Very well done too. Check it out. It will change the way we watch box scores as we know it!!!
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