Saturday, January 22, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 1/22: Lincoln 3, Dubuque 4 OT SO

The Lincoln Stars let a three goal lead disappear in the third period tonight in Dubuque, Iowa, as the hometown Fighting Saints came from behind to beat the Stars 4-3 in the overtime shootout.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  With the overtime loss, the Stars earned one point, and have a record of 16-14-2 (34 points).  The Stars are now tied for seventh place in the USHL Western Conference with the Tri-City Storm.  With 34 points, the Stars are only four points out of fourth place, and six points out of third place in the western conference.  The Stars earned five points out of a possible six this week with two wins over Sioux City, and the overtime loss to the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Lincoln got off to a very quick start in this game when forward Garrett Peterson scored his 12th goal of the season at the 1:42 mark of the first period to give the Stars the early 1-0 lead.  Forward Rasmus Juell earned the lone assist on Petey's goal.  The Stars increased their lead to 2-0 at the 11:45 mark when forward Sam Alfieri scored, with assists going to defenseman Chris Casto and forward Dominik Shine.  At the first intermission, the Stars had an impressive 2-0 road lead against a quality Dubuque club.  Stars outshot the Saints 8-7 in the first period.

In the second period, Stars forward Eric Scheid scored at the 10:22 mark to give Lincoln a commanding 3-0 lead.  Forward Jared Hanson and defenseman Nick Cecere collected the assists on Scheid's ninth goal of the season.  Despite being outshot 12-9 in the second stanza, Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock saved every shot he saw through the first forty minutes.  Lincoln held a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission.

In the third period, it was all Dubuque as the Saints scored three unanswered goals to send it into overtime.  Luke Curadi, Vinny Saponari, and Joakim Ryan all scored for Dubuque in the third period to pull the Saints right back into the game.  Ryan's game-tying goal came on the powerplay with only 2:23 remaining in the third period.  The Saints totally outshot the Stars by an incredible margin of 18-3 in the third period.  At the end of regulation, the score was tied up at 3-3, and Dubuque held a 37-20 lead in shots on goal.

After a scoreless 5 minute overtime period in which the Stars were outshot 5-4, the game went to a shootout. The first four shooters for Lincoln all were unable to score for the Stars, while the first two shooters for Dubuque scored to give the Saints the come from behind 4-3 victory.  Lincoln went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while Dubuque went 2-for-5 with the man advantage.  Kevin Murdock stopped 39 of 42 shots in the loss.

Well, it would have been nice for the Stars to hold onto that three goal lead in the third period, but it just didn't happen.  It sounded like the Stars went into a prevent defense late in the game, which just allowed the Saints to get that many more shots on goal.  You can't expect Kevin Murdock to stand on his head every game.  Doc is doing a great job as of late keeping his team in games in which they are getting outplayed, and outshot.  Despite winning five out of their last seven games, a disturbing trend seems to be that the Stars are giving up a lot of shots on goal.  Lincoln has surrendered 40+ shots on goal per game in their last four straight games.  

The Stars will begin another four-game homestand at the IceBox next weekend when the black and blue host the Indiana Ice on Friday night, and the Fargo Force on Saturday night.  This will be a very good test for the Stars as both Indiana and Fargo are two of the better teams in the USHL.  More on those games later in the week.

Go Stars.


lincolnfan said...

i don't know if this was posted on here, but here's a video of Chad Johnson on Brent Wagner interviewed him.

tzweeb said...

i have to say i think yeti put a whammy on me and my computer!! i was listening online to the game and during the shoot-out i got excited hoping for a big win!! then my computer motherboard overheated and i lost everything!! now 336 bucks later and nothing able to recover. i think i have learned my lesson.. thanks to all the blogging faithful that listen online!!

tzweeb said...

ok so geez!!! yeti, i would have paid real money to not have you put the whammy on my computer.. next time please send me a message so i can just give you the money and not have to spend the bucks to completely replace my computer!!