Sunday, November 13, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 11/13: Lincoln 6, Tri-City 5

Five game winning streak!
On the strength of a furious third period comeback, the Lincoln Stars rallied tonight to beat the Tri-City Storm on the road by a score of 6-5, and in turn extended their winning streak to five games.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, the Stars improved to 9-4-0 on the season (18 points), and are still all alone in first place in the USHL Western Conference.  I wasn't able to attend this game, nor was I able to listen to the radio broadcast, so this recap will be very brief.  If there any blog readers who went to the game tonight and would like to leave a comment, please do so below.  If you'd rather stay anonymous, you can send me an email at, and I can add it later myself.

Surprisingly, especially when you look at the final score, there was only one goal scored in the first twenty minutes of the game.  Kevin Roy scored his first of three goals on the night at the 6:38 mark of the first period.  Tommy Schutt and Will Suter earned the assists on Roy's goal.  Stars outshot the 15-6 in the first period.

In the second period, both teams exploded for a total of five goals.  Three of those goals were scored by the Storm, while the other two were scored by the Stars.  Lincoln forward Kevin Roy would score both goals in the period for the Stars to complete the hat trick.  Roy's first goal of the second period came on the powerplay, with assists going to Paul Ladue and Luke Johnson.  Roy's second goal of the period came at even-strength, with assists going to Ralfs Freibergs and Will Suter.  At the end of two periods, the Stars and Storm were all tied up at 3-3.  Tri-City outshot Lincoln 16-8 in the second stanza.

The Storm would come out early in the third period and score two straight goals to take a commanding 5-3 lead over the Stars.  Down two goals with less than four minutes remaining, the Stars would kick it into an extra gear to score three straight goals to win the game.  All three goals would come on the powerplay, also.  Here are the last three Lincoln goals:

Lincoln - Luke Johnson (powerplay) (Paul LadueRalfs Freibergs) 16:22
Lincoln - Tommy Schutt (powerplay) (extra attacker) (Kevin RoyLuke Johnson)19:14

Lincoln - Paul Ladue (powerplay) (Ralfs FreibergsKevin Roy) 19:56

Looks like the Stars pulled goaltender Charles Williams around the one minute mark for the extra attacker, and capitalized when Tommy Schutt scored with only 46 seconds remaining to tie the game.  And with only four seconds remaining, Paul Ladue scored his first goal of the season to give Lincoln the win.  Wow, wow, wow.  I really wish I could have been there in Kearney tonight to see this game in person.

Charles Williams stopped 28 of 33 shots on goal to record his second win of the season for the Stars, and first since the home opener on 9/30/11.  Lincoln's special teams shined tonight as the Stars went 4-for-7 on the powerplay.  Lincoln outshot Tri-City overall tonight, 42-33.

The Tri-City Storm website has posted video highlights of the game, so click here to see those.  Thankfully, they include five of the six goals scored by the Stars, so it's definitely worth the watch.  The highlights for the Lincoln game should automatically open, but if they don't, look for the "11/13 Storm vs. Lincoln" link on the right hand side of the page.

The players should really be proud of their hard work tonight.  It may not have been their best defensive effort of the season, but they never conceded defeat, and fought like hell until the end.  A win like the Stars got tonight shows a lot of heart.

The Stars will be back in action next weekend with two games in Fargo against the Force.  More on that matchup later in the week.

Go Stars.


BellTolls said...


starstruck said...

Terrific stretch of games for the Stars! I am sure many of us believe this team to be the real deal and are looking for good things this season.

A phrase in this weekend's USHL Saturday Scoreboard article recapping the Lincoln – Omaha match-up caught my attention. “Matt Friese scored the game-winning goal in the third period as the Stars won their fourth consecutive game and have taken over first place in the Western Conference at least for one day.” Maybe the “at least for one day” part was not intentioned to be a put-down, but it comes across that way. Certainly standings can change from day to day, but I wonder if that phrase would have been added if the team was Omaha or Cedar Rapids?

Looks like Lincoln can continue to fly under the radar - a good opportunity to catch the rest of the league by surprise. Keep it rolling guys - Go Stars!!

Crazy Carl said...

Thanks for posting that video Yeti. For anybody who hasn't watched it yet, turn the audio off. It's much more enjoyable when you don't have to listen to the TC announcer.

lincolnfan said...

starstruck - i didn't interpret that phrase as a put-down, but maybe some people would. i looked at it more as a phrase to indicate that the standings are constantly changing and teams in the western division are so close in the standings, it's hard to tell who will be in first place in a week or two.

Yeti said...

I've updated the blog article above, but I just noticed today that the Pointstreak boxscore now has Paul Ladue scoring the GWG, not Teemu Tiitinen.

Teemu was originally credited as scoring the GWG, but Poinstreak must have changed that in the last day or two.

Kevin Roy earned an assist on the Ladue goal, so that gave him five points (3g, 2a) in the game instead of four.

Ladue's first USHL goal, and first goal as a member of the Lincoln Stars turns out to be a HUGE one.

Layla said...

@Lincolnfan, while they may not have meant it as a slight to Lincoln, there are better ways they could have worded it, "Lincoln Stars are currently in first place" would have sufficed.