Saturday, February 12, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 2/11: Lincoln 3, Indiana 5

Daniil Tarasov's tie-breaking, third period goal with only three minutes remaining in the game proved to be the game-winner, as the the Indiana Ice snapped Lincoln's three-game winning streak in route to a 5-3 victory Friday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  With the loss, the Stars fall to 19-16-3 (41 points), and are in seventh place in the USHL Western Conference.  Only three points separates five teams in the tightly contested western conference.

The Indiana Ice caught the Stars sleeping in the first four minutes of the game, as the hometown Ice got out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Christian Hillbrich and Cody Bradley.  However, the Stars would wake up and answer with two goals of their own later in the first period.  Stars defenseman Chris Casto scored his third goal of the season at the 13:11 mark, with assists coming from Eric Scheid and Cole Martin.  Stars cut the Ice lead to 2-1.  Just a little over three minutes after Casto's goal. Stars defeneman Cole Martin (who was playing forward in this game), scored his third goal of the season to tie the game up at 2-2.  Defensemen Ben Oskroba and Chris Casto earned the assists on Martin's goal.  Just when it looked like the Stars would battle back and go into the first intermission all tied up, Ice forward Peter Schneider scored with 2:30 remaining in the third period to give the Ice the 3-2 lead going into the first intermission.  In a period which saw very little defense, the Ice outshot the Stars 16-15.

It was a scoreless second period which saw the Stars dominate the Ice, but Lincoln could not get any pucks past Ice goaltender Casey DeSmith.  The Stars outshot the Ice 10-7 in the second period.  Early in the third period, the Stars would get right back into the game when forward John McCarron scored on the powerplay at the 2:09 mark to knot the game up at 3-3.  Assisting on McCarron's twelfth goal of the season was Garrett Peterson and Matt Prapavessis.  Like in the second and most of the first period, the Stars would dominate the play in the third period, but were held scoreless after McCarron's goal.  When it looked like the Stars would be able to take the game into overtime and earn at least one point, Ice forward Daniiel Tarasov struck again.  The talented rookie from Moscow, Russia stepped out of the penalty box late in the period and scored on an odd-man rush to give the Ice a 4-3 lead.  The eventual game-winning goal from Tarasov came with only three minutes remaining in the third period.  Peter Schneider would add an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Ice.  Stars outshot the Ice 11-10 in the third period, and 36-33 overall.  Lincoln went 1-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Ice went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

This loss was a heartbreaker for sure.  Like Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye said after the game, the Stars deserved a better fate last night.  They battled one of the better USHL teams in their rink, and outplayed them for the majority of the game.  Unfortunately, the Stars came out a little weak and the Ice were able to get out to 2-0 lead before the Stars knew what hit them.  However, the Stars showed a lot of moxie by getting right back into the game and continuing to fight.  Give credit to Daniil Tarasov for coming up huge late in the game.  He's a big reason why the Ice have the top offense in the USHL.

No reason to dwell on this loss.  Chin up, and take it to the Youngstown Phantoms tonight.  Faceoff for that game will take place at 6:30pm CST.  I am not sure if we'll be doing a live chat for the game tonight, so check back here later this afternoon for any updates.

Go Stars.

1 comment:

nutz4puckz said...

That was a tough one, but just goes to show that the guys can play with anyone. Go get Youngstown tonight and back to the Box on Wednesday night!!