Wednesday, January 19, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 1/19: Sioux City 3, Lincoln 4 OT

It certainly wasn't pretty Wednesday night at the IceBox, but the Stars came back from a two-goal deficit late in the third period to beat the Sioux City Musketeers in overtime, 4-3.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  Stars defenseman Matt Prapavessis had an absolute monster game, as the native of Oakville, Ontario Canada scored four points (2 goals, 2 assists), including the game-winning goal in OT.  Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock saved the day for the Stars, as he stopped 39 of 42 Sioux City shots on goal to record the win.  Without Doc in net tonight, the Stars never would have had the opportunity to come back late in the third period to win this game.  With the victory, the Stars improved to 15-14-1 (31 points), and are just five points out of fourth place in the USHL Western Conference.

In the first period, the Stars came out very sluggish and the Muskies were able to capitalize at the 7:36 mark when SC forward Caleb Herbert scored to give his team an early 1-0 lead.  The Muskies outshot the Stars 11-7 in the first twenty minutes, and thoroughly outplayed Lincoln, but Kevin Murdock kept the Stars in the game by only giving up the one goal. 

The Stars finally got on the scoreboard late in the second period when forward Ryan Dzingel scored on the powerplay to even the score at 1-1.  Dzingel's goal at the 17:07 mark of the second came with assists from Brent Tate and Matt Prapavessis.  At the end of two period, the scored was 1-1, but the Muskies continued to outplay the Stars through forty minutes.  SC outshot the Stars 15-5 in the second period.  Again, Lincoln looked sluggish, tired, and not playing with any kind of urgency.  Sioux City was awarded a penalty shot early in the second period, but Doc came up with a big save when he poke-checked the puck away from the SC player before he could get a shot off.

Midway through the third period, the Muskies finally got a puck past Kevin Murdock when Alex Velischek scored at the 9:23 mark to give Sioux City a 2-1 lead.  Things didn't get any better for Lincoln three minutes later when Brad Robbins scored on a 5-on-3 powerplay to increase the Sioux City lead to 3-1.  Robbins' goal came at the 12:37 mark of the third period.  Just when it looked like the game was over, and the Muskies would cruise to victory, the Stars kicked it into gear.

Matt Prapavessis would score on a 5-on-3  powerplay with a little more than five minutes remaining to pull the Stars within one goal at 3-2.  Assisting on Prapavessis' goal was Ryan Dzingel and Eric Scheid.  Suddenly, the Stars were awake and fighting.  Previously sluggish, tired Lincoln legs came alive as the Stars swarmed around Sioux City goaltender Matt Skoff, as they peppered him with shot after shot.  With only 1:03 remaining in the third period, and Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock pulled for the extra-attacker, Garrett Peterson wristed the puck past Skoff to tie the game up at 3-3.  The IceBox erupted!  John McCarron and Matt Prapavessis collected the assists on Petey's game-tying goal.  The brave souls who weathered the snowstorm to witness the game in person were treated to one heck of an ending.  At the conclusion of the third period, the score was tied at 3-3.  The Muskies outshot the Stars 42-30 through sixty minutes.

With less than two minutes remaining in the five-minute overtime period, Stars defenseman Matt Prapavessis received a pass from Ryan Dzingel in the offensive zone and wristed the puck past a surprised Matt Skoff to give Lincoln the 4-3 overtime victory, and two points in the standings.  The most improbable ending to a very ugly game by the Stars.  Wow, wow, wow.  What a comeback.  

Simply put, the Stars were very lucky to escape this game with two points.  Without Kevin Murdock in net, the Stars could have easily lost by 4 or 5 goals tonight.  Despite the sluggish play for the majority of the game, the Stars never gave up late in the third period, which was really fun to watch.  In prior seasons, you may have expected the Stars to pack their bags down two goals, roll over, and take the loss.  Not this time.  Two points is two points, no matter how ugly the win.  Credit the Stars for never giving up. 

The Stars will return to the IceBox this Friday night against the very same Sioux City Musketeers.  Puck drops at 7:05pm.  Should be another great matchup.  More on that game later in the week.  Enjoy the win!

Go Stars.


nopuckluck said...

Prapavessis was a stud tonight! That's the way you "grind" out victories.

Keep it going on Friday!!!

Yeti said...

I sure hope all the "fans" who left in the third period when the Stars were down 3-1 got home ok!

Yeti said...

Forgot to mention a few things in the article:

Lincoln went 2-for-7 on the powerplay, while Sioux City went 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

Ryan Dzingel finished the game with 1 goal, and 2 assists. He was also +2. Dzingel is on a five-game point streak, with 8 points scored (3g, 5a) in those five games. In his last 13 games, Dzingel has scored 15 points.

nutz4puckz said...

Good to see Ryan get back into the scoring flow of things. Looking forward to Friday night, lets get two more points!!

Helen Scheid said...

Some teams would have laid down and died, but not the Stars. What a great come back win for them. I just wish they could cut down on the penalties. I can't wait to come down there in a week and see some games in person. I know it will be awesome.

StarzFan said...

Wow! This game was worth getting out in the snow to watch. :-) It was great to see the team pull together and rally for the win, and Doc was awesome. They will need to play sharp for the full 60 minutes Friday night-I'm sure Sioux City will want revenge. Go Stars, lets get another 2 points!

Sam I am said...

Great win for the Stars, wish I could have stayed for the whole game, family stuff. We listened on the way home and sure wished we had stayed. The guys sure looked tired out there, alomost like the game was an after thought. Is anyone else concerned about the number of shots Murdock has faced in the last few games? Over 40 last night, and the previous game as well. Where is the defense?

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

I agree with SIA...they looked tired...also, it looks like someone took the fight out of 'em...not that I am super pro-fight, but we've haven't seen one in the last 4 games...following a weekend where Mr Johnson supposedly was not happy with some embattlements late in the game...just an observation.

Lets GO STARS !!!

starsfan said...

As far as I'm concerned Coach is right. Every time we get into Goon mode on the ice we forget about scoring goals and end up losing. Forget the fights and just win baby!