Wednesday, March 2, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 3/2: Lincoln 3, Sioux Falls 1

Another two points!

The Lincoln Stars scored two-shorthanded goals tonight in Sioux Falls to help snap their two-game losing streak and beat the Stampede by a score of 3-1.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  The Stars' victory also snapped the Stampede's seven game winning streak, and eight-game home winning streak.  With the road win and the two points, the Stars improved to 23-18-4 (50 points), and are in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference.  The Stars are 7 points behind fourth place Sioux Falls, and 5 points ahead of sixth place Des Moines.

After a scoreless first period which saw the Stampede out-shoot the Stars 12-7, Lincoln would get on the scoreboard first early in the second period.  Just 31 seconds into the second stanza, and with Stars defenseman Matt Prapavessis sitting in the penalty box for interference, forward John McCarron scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead.  The Stars weren't done creating havoc on the penalty-kill, as forward Garrett Peterson would score another shorthanded goal for Lincoln 13 minutes after McCarron's SH goal to give the black and blue a commanding 2-0 lead.  Petey's 18th goal of the season, which leads the team, was assisted by John McCarron.  The Stars would take that 2-0 lead into the second intermission.  Shots in the second period were knotted up at 11-11.

In the third period, the Stars would increase their lead to 3-0 at the 11:21 mark when forward Sam Alfieri scored his eighth goal of the season, with assists going to defenseman Zach Frye and forward Teemu Tiitinen. When it looked like the Stars and goaltender Lukas Hafner would hold on and get the shutout, the Stampede pulled their goaltender for the extra-attacker and scored with less than two minutes remaining to ruin the shutout attempt.  Lukas Hafner absolutely stood on his head tonight, stopping 38 of 39 shots on net to record his first win since 11/25/10.  Gotta love to see Hafner get back between the pipes and get a win for the team. I'm sure he's feeling 50 feet tall right now.  It must be tough for him to sit on the bench behind Murdock so much this season, but he's gone about his role professionally, and proved tonight that he's more than capable of winning games.  He faced one of the top offenses in the league, and a team on a long winning streak, and shut them down.

Have you had enough of the Sioux Falls Stampede in these last two games?  Well, suck it the Stampede come to Lincoln this Friday night to battle the Stars at the IceBox.  Three straight games against the same opponent.  The Stars will once again have another opportunity to earn two points from the team directly ahead of them in the western conference standings.  It sounds like there are only a handful of tickets left for the Friday night game, so if you don't have them yet, call the Stars' ticket office tomorrow and get those tickets!  Another sellout at the IceBox...another loud crowd...another great night of hockey with 4,000 of your closest friends.  I can't wait! 

I'll preview the upcoming weekend games with an article tomorrow night.  Stay tuned for that.

Go Stars.


Yeti said...

Not sure I understand this, but these are the three stars of the game, according to Sioux Falls:

1st Star: Stephon Williams (G)
2nd Star: John McCarron (F)
3rd Star: Garrett Peterson (F)

Williams only stopped 23 of 26 shots in the loss. Lukas Hafner stopped 38 of 39 shots in the win. exactly does Williams get the first star of the game? Not sure if SF head coach Kevin "Borat" Hartzell picked those, or if someone else did. Whoever it was must have been drunk or on drugs.

lincolnfan said...

I wish I could have gotten a chance to listen to more of the game, as it sounded like a good one. sounded like a great effort from the team, especially Hafner. I don't understand the 3-star selection. there's no question (well, in my opinion) that Hafner deserved that first star. Williams didn't have a good game at all... gave up three goals on 26 shots. nothing against the guy personally, but that's not a very good stat at all and I think he had an off night. I would say it doesn't really matter, but the problem is that the three stars do show up with the other stats and on the gamesheet. I think they should just get rid of them or make them "more unofficial" if that makes sense.

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

I emailed USHL and asked how the 3 star selection is made...Brian Werger responded "That is done at the team level each night."...I responded "By the home team ?"...Brian responded "It is either the home team or home media. It is a pretty insignificant thing that we don't put much stock in."

Let's GO STARS !!!

nutz4puckz said...

Props to Lukas for coming up big last night. has to be hard not playing much, but he has looked pretty good when he has had the chance. Another game with the penalties tilted in one direction. Seems that happens more often than not, but good to work through it and just allow the one PP goal at the end.

Go get em Friday night, looking forward to another playoff type atmosphere in "The Box"

Yeti said...


Interesting comment from Brian Werger. If the three star selection is "a pretty insignificant thing that we don't put much stock in," why does the USHL track the statistics for the three star selection, and post the results on their website?

Copy and paste the link below to see what I'm talking about:

Yeah, in the grand scheme of things....a three start selection doesn't mean a lot. However, why track it on the website if it's "insignificant?" Why even have the three star selection at all in that case.

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

good point Yeti...I do feel better now seeing the player ranked at #2...

Let's GO STARS !!!

Layla said...

Would be interesting to see what Werger says if someone asks if its insignificant why do they bother to keep track of it. I would think there are more important stats. Just because PS has a place to keep track of stuff doesn't mean the league has to use it.

MuskiesFan4Ever said...

When it comes to the 3 Stars selection some teams go strickly "homer" when choosing the stars no matter how poorly their team performed that game. Pretty sad IMHO.