Friday, March 25, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 3/25: Lincoln 4, Team USA 2

Another big win, and two more points in the standings!  We're movin' on up!

The Stars won their fourth game in a row with a 4-2 road victory tonight over Team USA U-18.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  The Stars had never won a game in Ann Arbor, MI (the home of Team USA) in their previous six attempts, until tonight.  With the win, the Stars improved to 29-20-5 (63 points) and are now only three points behind the fourth-place team in the western conference, the Fargo Force, and only four points behind the third-place team, the Omaha Lancers.

The Stars struck first early in this game, which is the seventh straight game in which Lincoln has scored first, when forward Eric Scheid scored at the 1:36 mark of the opening period to give the black and blue the 1-0 lead.  Jared Hanson and John McCarron collected the assists on Scheid's 14th goal of the season.  Scheid has now scored a goal in three straight games.  The U-18's would answer quickly after Scheid's goal when less than two minutes later, Team USA's Connor Murphy scored to even the game at 1-1.

The Stars would respond later in the period when forward John McCarron scored at the 13:41 mark of the first period to give Lincoln its second lead of the game, this time at 2-1.  Stars defenseman Nick Cecere would pick up the lone assist on McCarron's goal.  Just like before, Team USA would respond with a goal of their own, this time from forward Austin Wuthrich (a former Stars draft pick) at the 16:21 mark of the first.  At the end of the opening period, the game was knotted up at 2-2.  Stars outshot the U-18's 16-13 in the first twenty minutes.

In the second period, the Stars would get on the scoreboard again when forward Andrew Schmit scored at the 10:34 mark to give Lincoln its third lead of the game, this time at 3-2.  Lincoln forward Eric Scheid would earn the only assist on the goal.  Schmit's second period tally would turn out to be the game-winning goal.  Andrew Schmit has now scored a goal in four straight games.  The Stars would take a 3-2 into the second intermission.  Both clubs had five shots on goal in the second.

In the final twenty minutes, the Stars would again shut the U-18's down, and score a goal of their own.  Just four minutes into the third period, Stars forward Teemu Tiitinen scored a powerplay goal to give Lincoln the 4-2 lead.  Andrew Schmit collected the lone assist on Teemu's seventh goal of the season.  Team USA would out-shoot the Stars 10-9 in the third period, but Lincoln goaltender Kevin Murdock would stop all of them.  Stars win 4-2.  Lincoln went 1-for-4 on the PP, while the U-18's finished 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.  Kevin Murdock stopped 26 of 28 shots to record his 26th win of the season, which is second most in the entire USHL.

With two of their captains out of the lineup (Brent Tate and Garrett Peterson), the Stars came up big tonight against a VERY good Team USA squad.  This U-18 team has consistently beaten division one collegiate teams this season, so for the Stars to get such a quality win against this team is very, very impressive.  Even more impressive is the fact that the U-18 squad had a record of 9-1-1 at home coming into this game with the Stars tonight.  The boys are certainly clicking, and what better time that now.  The playoffs are just around the corner, so let's keep that train rollin'.

Lincoln is back in action tomorrow (Saturday) night when they will travel to Chicago to face the Steel.  Puck drops at 7:35pm CST for that game, and we will again be doing another live in-game chat for that matchup.  Make sure you check us out for that.  I should have the chat up and running around 7:15pm.

Go Stars.


BellTolls said...

What an awesome win against a very good team. We can not have a letdown vs. Chicago. That is a MUST win game if we want home ice. They are 9-37-8 and have scored 92 goals all year (less than 2 per game). With Doc in net, we have to take 2 points on Saturday. Get it done boys.

kyle said...

With this chicago team we have to be careful. They will be hungry to beat a good team and hopefully build for next season. Our boys better be ready because the Steel aren't just going to lay down and let us win.

Sam I am said...

Why to go guys! Two points closer to some home play off games (I hope).

Bummer about the UNO Mavs losing. I was hoping to see them move on a bit more.