Friday, October 21, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/21: Lincoln 1, Sioux Falls 2

The Stars saw their two-game winning streak end on the road tonight as the Sioux Falls Stampede beat Lincoln by a score of 2-1 in an epic goaltending battle.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  With the loss, the Stars fell to 3-2-0 on the season.  They dropped to fourth place in the USHL Western Conference.

I was only able to listen to the radio broadcast tonight, so this recap will be short.  The Stampede scored on their first shot of the game when Sioux Falls forward Kyle Rankin scored on Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb four minutes into the first period.

With the 'Pede up 1-0, the Stars got on the scoreboard later in the first period when forward Tommy Schutt slapped the puck past Sioux Falls goaltender Stephon Williams to tie the game up at 1-1.  Forwards Luke Johnson and Kevin Roy earned the assists on Schutt's first USHL goal of his career.  Luke Johnson has now scored at least one point in every regular season game for the Stars.

With less than a minute remaining in the first period, Sioux Falls scored a controversial goal to pull ahead by a score of 2-1.  Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye was very adamant that the goal was scored by a Stampede high stick.  The officials didn't see it that way and the goal counted.  The Stars outshot the Stampede 12-4 in the first twenty minutes, yet found themselves down a goal.

There would be no further scoring in this game despite the fact that both teams put a ton of shots on goal in the second, and third periods.  The Stampede outshot the Stars 20-12 in the second period, yet neither team could find twine.  In the third period, the Stars outshot 12-8 but could not get a puck past Stephon Williams to tie the game.  Lincoln outshot Sioux Falls overall, 36-32.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb played very well in the loss, stopping 30 of 32 shots on goal.  Sioux Falls netminder Stephon Williams played just as well, stopping 35 of 36 shots to record the win.

Tough loss for the Stars tonight.  It was a goaltending duel for sure, but head coach Chad Johnson said after the game that he was not happy with the amount of perimeter shots made by the Stars.  He felt that the players did not do a well enough job at crashing the net, and generating those dirty goal chances.

Lincoln will have a chance to rebound tomorrow night at the IceBox when they host the scorching-hot Indiana Ice.  The Ice won again tonight, beating the Tri-City Storm in Kearney by a score of 6-2.  The Ice are the last undefeated team in the USHL with a record of 5-0-0.  They average more than 5 goals scored per game.  No rest for the Stars after this loss.  They'll face a very, very good Saturday night.

I unfortunately will not be able to attend the game tomorrow night, so I hope to hear from all the fans who will be able to make it.  I hope to have a game recap posted by one our new blog writers after the Indiana matchup.  Stay tuned for that.

Go Stars.

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