Friday, October 14, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/14: Chicago, 3, Lincoln 4

Courtesy of CK Photography
Choo Choo! The Lincoln Stars improved to 2-1 on the young season with a back-and-forth 4-3 win over the Chicago Steel on Friday night at the Ice Box.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, the Stars moved up to 3rd place in the USHL's Western Conference standings. Chicago dropped to 2-2 on the year. Jackson Teichroeb earned his first start in net for the Stars since recovering from a summer injury. Teichroeb made 20 saves on 23 shots faced.

The Stars dominated early on, scoring two first period goals. Luke Johnson opened the scoring at the 4:09 mark on a give-and-go with Jared Hanson. Hanson and Ralfs Friebergs picked up the assists on Johnson's first USHL goal.

Dominik Shine tallied the second goal 10:15 into the game on a 4-on-4. Shine played the puck off the back of the goaltender for his first goal of the season. Mike McKee and Paul Ladue recorded the apples. For McKee, it was the first of three goals he would help set up.

At the 15:52 mark, Chris Joyaux scored on the powerplay to pull a goal back for Chicago. That ended the period with the score Lincoln 2, Chicago 1. The Stars outshot the Steel 15-7 in the first.

In the second period, the only goal came at the 15:11 mark when Michael Fallon notched a powerplay goal, the second of the game for Chicago. Shots were even at 9-9 in the second period.

In a crazy third period, Chicago gained the lead on a goal by Christian Heil 2:43 into the period. The Stars didn't fold though. New guy Markus McCrea answered 1:21 later in a scrum around the net for his first goal as a Lincoln Star in his very first game.

Locked in a 3-3 battle, Zachary Aston-Reese broke the tie on a redirect with 8:25 remaining. Shine and McKee had the assists on the game-winning goal.

Lincoln finished with a 39-23 advantage in shots on goal. Chad Johnson said after the game that he felt Chicago deserved a better result than they got, to be honest. They are a much improved team from the awful one they had last year.

McKee got the second star with his three assists, and Shine earned the first star of the game with one goal and one assist.

I (BellTolls) was unable to attend the game, so I'm sure Yeti can chime in with his thoughts on the game. Go Stars!
This is Yeti now.  I've posted my opinions of the game below in the comments section.  Thanks again to BT for posting this game recap last night.  We'd love to hear from all of you!  Please leave a comment!


Yeti said...

Thanks for the quick recap, BT! I'm turning in early tonight, but I'll post a full recap tomorrow morning. I'll also post some pictures as well.

Great effort tonight by the Stars. The Steel stormed back from a 0-2 deficit to take the 3-2 lead in the third period, but the Stars never quit. I thought they showed some good mental toughness tonight.

Yeti said...

Here are my thoughts from last night.

It was sort of a tale of two games, all wrapped up in one. Stars dominated the first and last 15 minutes of the game. I'm not sure if the Steel were a little starstruck (pun intended) after the light show, and all of the pregame festivities, but they started the game looking lost and very timid. The Steel aren't used to playing in front of 4,000 screaming fans, so that may have something to do with it.

Stars got up 2-0, and then it seemed like the Steel finally found their game legs and started to play much better after that. Give credit to Chicago for staying in the game, and coming all the way back to tie the game, and then take the lead.

After Chicago went up 3-2 in the third, the Stars seemed to flip a switch and take control of the game again. I thought the turning point was the 5-on-3 penalty the Stars had to kill early in the third period. The scored was tied up at 3-3 at that point, and a Steel goal would have been a killer. The Lincoln PK unit, and Teichroeb, did a fantastic job of keeping any Steel pucks out of their net.

McCrea's third period goal which tied it up was huge, as it came less than two minutes after Chicago scored to go up 3-2. McCrea's goal was a "dirty" one, and those are the types of goals coaches love to see. Gritty, gutsy play earns dirty goals. McCrea crashed the net, and batted in a loose puck to give Lincoln life again.

Zach Aston-Reese's goal was a hard one to follow. From my perspective in Section J, it almost seemed like the puck changed direction twice before it found the back of the Steel net. I thought Zach and Dominik Shine both played very well together last night. Good chemistry between the both of them.

Considering that goaltender Jackson Teichroeb missed all of the preseason, and hadn't played a USHL game since 4/9/11, I thought he played outstanding last night. In fact, it appeared that he was screened for the first two Chicago goals, so you can't really fault him for not seeing the puck. Physically, he's a much bigger goaltender than Charles Williams, but similar to Williams, Teichroeb has a very calm presence between the pipes. For his first game in over six months, I thought he played very, very well.

Great to see the Stars never give up in that third period last night, and battle back to win the game. Some USHL teams might have folded up shop after allowing the opposing team to score three straight, but not the Stars. Quality effort by all of the players.

Quick question....does anyone know why Zach Frye and Will Suter have yet to play a regular season game? Third straight weekend I saw both walking around in street clothes. Are they injured? Their absence in the lineup baffles me. If they are not playing, why are they here? Suter really impressed me at the tryout camp back in June, and I was hoping to see him on the ice. Frye is a young, but improving d-man who I was looking forward to watching also.

Stars will go up to Sioux City today to take on the Musketeers, which will be Lincoln's first road game of the season. I believe we'll be doing our first live in-game chat of the season here tonight, so stay tuned for that.

Sioux City was destroyed by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders last night by a score of 10-2, so you know they are going to come out tonight and play pissed off. The Stars better be ready for that.