Tuesday, March 8, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 3/8: Omaha 3, Lincoln 4

Wow.  What a game!  The heat is definitely off!  Ride that train!

Jared Hanson's goal with only 33 seconds remaining propelled the Lincoln Stars to a dramatic 4-3 win over the Omaha Lancers tonight at the IceBox.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  The Stars have now won four in a row against the Lancers this season, and hold a 5-2-0 record in seven games against their arch-rival to the north.  With the big win and the two points, the Stars improved to 24-19-5 (53 points), and are in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference.  Lincoln is now 7 points behind fourth place Sioux Falls, and 5 points ahead of sixth place Des Moines.

The Stars opened the first period with a lot of intensity and "jam," and they were rewarded at the 6:35 mark when forward Garrett Peterson scored a pretty shorthanded goal to give Lincoln the early 1-0 lead.  Petey skated into the zone a step ahead of a Lancer defender, and beat Omaha goaltender Todd Mathews with an amazing backhand shot for his team-leading 21st goal of the season.  Defenseman Chris Casto collected the lone assist on Petey's goal.  Peterson has now scored a goal in four straight games for Lincoln.  Petey's goal was his fourth shorthanded goal of the season, which leads all players in the USHL.  At the end of the first period, the Stars held a 1-0 lead, and out-shot the Lancers 14-11.

In the second period, the Stars continued their strong play when forward Rasmus Juell scored his first goal as a member of the Lincoln Stars at the 6:29 mark to give Lincoln the 2-0 lead.  Forwards Dominik Shine and Teemu Tiitinen earned the assists on Juell's second period powerplay goal.  The Lancers would finally answer late in the period when at the 15:49 mark, Nick Oddo scored a PP goal on a goal-mouth rebound to pull Omaha within one goal at 2-1.  The Stars would answer less than a minute after Oddo's goal when Dominik Shine batted a puck past Mathews at the 16:33 mark to give Lincoln it's second two-goal lead of the game, at 3-1.  Forwards Sam Alfieri and Teemu Tiitinen earned the assists on Shine's 11th goal of the season.  Lincoln out-shot the Lancers 9-8 in the second period.

The Lancers got on the scoreboard early in the third period when Anthony Hamburg scored at the 2:28 mark to pull the Lancers back within one goal again, at 3-2.  The Stars and Lancers would trade blows the rest of the third period, until very late in the game when Omaha sprung to life.  With Stars forward Andrew Schmit sitting in the penalty box due to a phantom (coughbullshitcough) interference call, Lancers forward Stefan Demopoulos one-timed the puck past Kevin Murdock to even up the game at 3-3.  Demopoulos' goal came with only 51 seconds left in the third period.  Stars fans in attendance were stunned.  Could it be yet another third period collapse?  Not so fast.  Only 18 seconds after the Omaha game-tying goal, Stars forward Garrett Peterson out-worked a couple of Lancers along the boards, flipped a backhand pass to a wide-open Jared Hanson in front of the net, who batted the puck past Omaha goaltender Todd Mathews to send the IceBox into hysterics.  4-3 Stars!  Game over!  Petey and John McCarron earned the assists on Hanson's game-winning goal.

Stars goaltender Kevin Murdock stopped 26 of 29 shots on goal to record his 21st win of the season.  Doc really rebounded nicely tonight after last weekend.  Doc made a couple of huge saves on Omaha breakaway's to keep the Stars in this game.  I think a lot of folks take for granted having him between the pipes for Lincoln.  Stars went 1-for-4 on the powerplay, while the Lancers went 2-for-5 with the man-advantage.

Wow, wow, wow!  What an awesome night at the IceBox.  Wins over the Lancers always feel great.  Although the Stars got a little down in the third period, it was great to see them continue to fight after the late Omaha goal.  It seemed like the Stars caught the Lancers sleeping there late in the game.  What more can you say about Garrett Peterson this season?  Going back the last two seasons before this one, Petey had only scored 13 goals in 105 games played.  This season, Petey is in "beast mode."  In the 2010-11 season, he has scored 21 goals in only 37 games played.  Amazing.  Four shorthanded goals on the season (leads team), and four game-winning goals on the season (leads team).  Getting back to this game, it was great to see the Stars play to the level they are capable of, and put away a good hockey club like the Lancers.  They should all be very proud of their effort.

Stars will back in action this weekend with two games against the Fargo Force, both on the road.  Until then, enjoy the big win! 

Go Stars.


Yeti said...

By the way, I'll post some photos from the game sometime tomorrow (Wed).

nutz4puckz said...

Way to go guys!! Too bad I could not make it to the game, but a win over the Lancers is always sweet. Keep it going in Fargo!!

Sam I am said...

What a game! Things looked close there at the end but it was great to see the Stars not give up and go to over time. I knida wondered about the call late in the third period. It seems like that kind of stuff goes on all game long, but NEEDS to be called right at that moment? Seems a little strange.
Also, can someone clear this up for me? What is the rule for blowing the whistle when there is an injured player down on the ice and not able to get up? It seems that you should give the player a little time to try to do something, but if they are not moving, isn't it a danger to that player and the others?
I thought it was interesting at how many missed calls there were (going both ways) with TWO refs on the ice. I understand that even four eyes can't catch everything, but there were still a lot of obvious calls that were missed.
Overall though, it was a great game. Lots of action and good play. Keep up the effort guys and get some more points this weekend!

StarsNutz said...

That 2nd Goal For The Lancers Was BS...They Blew The Whistle Right When The Omaha Players Went Down On The Ice, But They Let Action Continue When A Stars Player Is Down On The Ice...Complete BS...But A W Is A W

Yeti said...

Agreed, Sam. I thought the interference penalty on Schmit was ticky-tack to begin with. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, unless it's a flagrant penalty, it's my opinion the refs should put their whistles away and let the players decide who will win the game.

Regardless, it was great to see the boys overcome that and get the two points. Probably the most exciting home game this season.

Not sure about your question about injuries on the ice, and when referees are required to stop play. I assume you're referring to the Omaha goal scored after Matt Prapavessis went down with a leg injury after blocking a shot. Because the puck was in the Stars defensive zone, I assume the play would continue until the Stars were able to gain possession of the puck. That never happened, and Omaha scored the goal. Just a guess on my part. I know a lot of fans were upset, but I think the right call was made in that instance.

Yeti said...

Also, not sure if anyone noticed on the Pointstreak boxscore that Lancers forward Ryan Daugherty picked up a five-minute major penalty for butt-ending, and a ten-minute misconduct for butt-ending at the very end of the game. I assume his actions were the reason why both teams got into a pushing and shoving match while the Lancers were skating off the ice.

LoudmouthLancer said...

I would like to put my 2 cents on the injured player on the ice situation. 1st off I am by no means a hockey ref, but I am a soccer ref and they both teach refs to do the same thing for both sports.
Here it goes... When there is a player that is down and is in immediate danger, such as the play is happening around him, the game should be stopped instantly. If the player is seriously injured, the game will come to a stop. You don't have to evaluate the injury yourself to see if it is serious enough to stop play. All you have to do is pay attention to how he reacted to whatever caused the injury. For example, a player gets hit hard and is unconscious, he won't move when he hits the ice. Thus the game gets stopped instantly. Take the same example and make the player getting hit conscious. It would be best to pay attention and try to hear if he is screaming in pain or if he is down on the ice not moving for a couple seconds. If he is making an attempt to get up, then the ref should let the play continue. If he isn't making an attempt to get up o if you think he isn't going to be able to make it back to the bench without help then it should be stopped after the ref makes the decision that it is best to get him off the ice.

I hope this clears things up.