Friday, January 7, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 1/7: Tri-City 0, Lincoln 3

Photo courtesy of Jeff White
The Lincoln Stars snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night at the IceBox, as the Stars used a total team effort to blank the Tri-City Storm, 3-0.  With the win against the Storm, the Stars improved to 12-13-1 (25 points), and 4-1 against Tri-City on the season.  It was also the third straight shutout for Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock over the Tri-City Storm.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

The Stars came out very strong in the first period and were rewarded for their efforts when forward Zachary Aston-Reese, playing his first game in a Stars uniform, collected the puck in the slot and wristed it past TC goaltender Scott Diebold to give Lincoln the early 1-0 lead.  Aston-Reese's goal came at the 5:26 mark of the first period, with assists going to forwards Teemu Tiitinen and Sam Alfieri.  The Stars played very well in the first twenty minutes, as they outshot the Storm 8-4.  

With a little more than six minutes gone in the second period, the Stars capitalized on the powerplay when forward Eric Scheid broke in alone and scored to give Lincoln a 2-0 lead.  Assisting on Scheid's fourth PP tally of the season was forward Garrett Peterson and defenseman Matt Prapavessis.  Although the Storm outshot Lincoln 16-12 in the period, Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock stood tall and stopped every shot he faced.  

In the third period, the Stars would scored again when forward Andrew Schmit sniped a nasty wrister past Diebold to give Lincoln a commanding 3-0 lead.  Schmit's goal was very similar to the one Aston-Reese scored in the first period, in that it came from the high slot and past a screened Storm goaltender.  Stars forward Ryan Dzingel collected the lone assist on Schmit's goal.  Lincoln would outshoot Tri-City 8-7 in the third, and 28-27 overall in the game.  Lincoln went 1-for-3 on the powerplay, while Tri-City went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Great team effort last night for the win.  This is the team that won seven straight earlier on this season. I though the Stars did a fantastic job playing physical, but clean, hockey, especially in the first period.  You could tell that the TC players were affected by the Stars constantly playing the body.  As soon as the puck found a TC player, a Stars body was on them.  Lincoln also won the special teams war, as the Storm never looked comfortable on the powerplay, going 0-for-5.     

What more can you say about Kevin Murdock in this game, and his shutout streak against Tri-City this season.  Doc was certainly on his game tonight.  The Storm must have got a tongue-lashing during the first intermission, because they came out in the second period with a lot of jam.  Doc made a number of saves in that second period that brought the crowd to their feet.  In the last three games against Tri-City, Doc is 3-0 with three shutouts.  In those three games, Murdock stopped all 87 shots on goal.  Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye mentioned after the game that Mudock set a Stars franchise record last night with consecutive shutout minutes against a single USHL team.  The old record, which was set by David Reekie in the 2007-08 season, was 171 straight shutout minutes against the Sioux City Musketeers.  Murdock shattered that record with 200 straight shutout minutes (and counting) against the Tri-City Storm.  Very impressive!      

Lincoln will go on the road tonight to face the Omaha Lancers at the Civic Auditorium.  Stars fans are encouraged to wear black tonight to counter the Lancers' efforts to "white out" the game.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the game tonight, so I'm counting on hearing from a lot of the blog readers who will be there.  Despite losing the last time the Stars faced the Lancers at the Civic, I thought they outplayed Omaha for the most part.  Hoping for a good showing tonight by the black and blue.

Go Stars.


MacAttack said...

very nice game tonight. guys played hard and kept it simple. they took the puck to the net and put pressure on the Storm goalie. they checked hard and swept away any rebound that Doc didn't control. was really great to see the smiles on the guys faces at the end of the game. now to carry that over to tomorrow night and take it to the Lancers.

tzweeb said...

good recap of the game tonight mac, i would have to agree that they were in the right places at the right time.. looked like a very good team tonight!!

nutz4puckz said...

Great game last night guys, just solid all the way around. THAT"s the team we need to see the rest of the way. Bring that effort and focus every night and things can turn around in a hurry.

PS, not to nitpick Yeti, but I think you meant to say they snapped a six game losing streak :-)

Helen Scheid said...

Great win for the Stars. They sound like they put it all together and played great. I have a suggestion for the coaches. Why don't they make Friday practices, at least part of the time be a time for fun. Guys could play different positions, have a contest for the best tricks on the ice and just plain have fun. I know this worked at for a major college team in the past and the guys looked forward to this practice each week.