Saturday, February 19, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 2/19: Lincoln 2, Omaha 0

It's a 6 point weekend!!

In what was the 100th regular season meeting between the Stars and the Lancers, Lincoln goaltender Kevin Murdock recorded his fourth shutout of the season as the black and blue blanked the Omaha Lancers by a score of 2-0.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  It was Lincoln's third straight win overall, and the third straight against the Lancers this season.  With the victory over Omaha, the Stars improved to 22-16-4 (48 points) and are in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference.  Lincoln is now only 7 points out of second place, and 9 points out of first place in the west.

This is going to be a very brief recap.  I wasn't able to attend the game, nor was I able to listen to very much of the game on the radio, so I'm counting on all of you who were in attendance or watching on B2 to help me out.  Please leave a comment and give us your recap!!  I'm going to recap the game the best I can really quick using the Pointstreak boxscore.

After a scoreless first period which saw the Lancers outshoot the Stars 8-5, Lincoln would get on the scoreboard first early in the second period.  Stars forward Austin Hervey would score at the 5:23 mark of the second period, his second goal of the season, to give Lincoln the 1-0 lead.  John McCarron earned the lone assist on the first goal of the game.  Hervey's even-strength goal would also turn out to be the game winning goal.  After a bit of a slow start, Hervey now has scored two goals (both game winning goals) in the last three games.  The Stars would outshoot the Lancers 16-12 in the second period, but Hervey's tally would be the only goal scored.

In the third period, the Stars got some timely saves by Kevin Murdock, and the eventual insurance goal by Sam Alfieri to increase the Lincoln lead to 2-0.  Assisting on Alfieri's seventh goal of the season was Ryan Dzingel and Matt Prapavessis.  A few minutes before Alfieri's goal, Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock came up huge with a big breakaway save against Omaha forward Byrce Johnson to keep the Lancers scoreless.  Doc made the save, and then Alfieri's goal a few minutes later proved to be all the Stars would need to seal the victory.  Lincoln would finish 0-for-1 on the powerplay, while the Lancers went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.  Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock earned his 20th win of the season as he stopped all 24 Omaha shots he faced.  Doc is now 6-1-0 in his last seven starts, and has stopped 174 of 188 shots against in those seven games.

HUGE weekend for the Stars as they earn a big six points against three of the top teams in the USHL.  Lincoln outscored the Green Bay Gamblers, Fargo Force, and the Omaha Lancers, 10-4 overall.  The Stars penalty-kill unit was very impressive this week, as they killed 11 of 12 penalties over the past three games.  

Really looking forward to hearing from all of the Stars fans in attendance tonight!  From the little bit of the game I got to listen to on the radio, it sounded like there were a ton of Stars fans in the building.  

Enjoy the big win tonight, everyone!  Go Stars.


Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

Great game boys !!!...earned that W big time.
Doc was a brick wall !

Let's GO STARS !!!

lincolnfan said...

Lincoln is doing exactly what it needs to be doing.. playing well for the full 60 minutes. i think we need to be very thankful that we have Doc in net. i got a chance to listen to some of the game on the radio, and it sounded like in the last minute when Omaha had a powerplay and an extra attacker, he made some miraculous saves that no one could expect him to. it was a great effort all around from the team, and they definitely earned these three wins. let's keep it going.. we have six days off before the next game, so hopefully the Stars can get some rest and have another good week of practice, and then keep the winning streak going!

MacAttack said...

Just another great game last night in a week of great games! Kevin was awesome in net AGAIN! we are so fortunate to have him back this year. He should get another award for this week IMO. I won't say we played a prefect game cause we didn't but when mistakes were made, no one hung their heads down, they just skated that much harder.
Hervey's goal was set up nicely by McCarron and Austin buried it in the upper left of the net over Keeney's shoulder.
Sam's goal was hard to see from my viewpoint as I was sitting behind the Stars bench but it sure quieted the Lancer crowd.
Just a great night to be in Omaha. Only had to hear "The Heat Is On" 3 times at the beginning of each period. I can handle that.

Yeti said...

"Highlights" of the game, courtesy of the Omaha Lancers youtube page:

They never include goals scored by the Stars, so it's basically not worth watching. Like I've said before, they must really hate us. I love it.

Sam I am said...

Sounds like it was a really good game, wish I could have been there! Any one else notice the 3 stars of the game? Murdock, Hervey and Martin. I can't remember a time that Omaha gave all three stars of the game to the other team.