Friday, November 25, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 11/25: Lincoln 2, Sioux Falls 1

It was another close game between the Lincoln Stars and the Sioux Falls Stampede tonight, but for the first time this season it was the road team that got the win as the Stars proved victorious by a score of 2-1.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, the Stars improved to 11-5-1 (23 points) and are now all alone in first place in the USHL Western Conference.  The Waterloo Blackhawks, who did not play tonight, have 21 points on the season and are in second place in the west.  Click here to see the current USHL standings.

I only listened to bits and pieces of the radio broadcast tonight, so this recap will be brief.  If you watched the game tonight, or if you were lucky enough to be in attendance, I'd love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below!

After a scoreless first period which saw Lincoln outshoot Sioux Falls 10-3, it was the good guys who got on the scoreboard first in the second period.  With the Stars on the powerplay, defenseman Ralfs Freibergs scored his fourth goal of the season, his third in the last two games, to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead at the 3:57 mark of the second period.  Defenseman Zach Frye earned the lone assist on Freiberg's powerplay goal.  After two periods, the Stars clung to the 1-0 lead.  Lincoln outshot the 'Pede 14-6 in the second stanza.

The Stars would get the insurance goal at the 6:38 mark of the third period when Zach Aston-Reese scored his third goal of the season to give Lincoln a 2-0 lead.  Aston-Reese's goal, which also came on the powerplay, would turn out to be the game-winning goal.  Defenseman Mike McKee collected the only assist on Aston-Reese's third period goal.  The Sioux Falls Stampede would snap Jackson Teichroeb's shutout attempt late in the third period with an even-strength goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Stars outshot the Stampede in the third period 14-9, and overall 38-18.  Lincoln went 2-for-7 on the powerplay, while Sioux Falls was skunked going 0-for-7 with the man advantage.  Great job by the Stars penalty kill unit and goaltender Jackson Teichroeb tonight, keeping the 'Pede from finding the back of the net on the PP.  Speaking of Teichroeb, he stopped 17 of 18 shots on goal to record his ninth goal of the season, which is tied for first overall in the USHL.  Sioux Falls goaltender Stephon Williams stopped 36 of 38 shots in the loss.

Very, very impressive team effort tonight considering the amount of injured players who missed this game.  For the second straight game, the Stars only dressed five defensemen.  Out of the lineup due to injuries was Brandon Carlson, Paul LaDue, Tommy Schutt, Will Suter, Dominik Shine, and Brad Hawkinson.  The fact that this team has been able to put together wins with some big names out of the lineup this season is very encouraging.  Hopefully we'll get some of the above players back in the lineup soon.  It's scary what this team could do when they get healthy.

What more can you say about the defensive effort tonight.  In Sioux Falls, down to five defensemen, the Stars limited the Stampede to 9 shots through the first two periods, and only 18 shots overall on the night.  Playing shorthanded, the Stars put a blanket on the Stampede tonight and allowed very few pucks to get through to Jackson Teichroeb.

The Stars will be back in action tomorrow night in Kearney, NE where they will battle the Tri-City Storm.  I know quite a few Stars fans will be at that game, so I hope to get some good game reports back from them.  We'll be doing a live chat for that game here on the blog, so make sure you check us out tomorrow evening.  Enjoy the win tonight, folks.

Go Stars.


Grampee said...

Good effort after the stinker Wednesday night. Lot's of players stepped up but Tate showed why he has that "C"...

Yeti said...

Thanks for the comment, Grampee. I didn't watch the game tonight, but from what I gathered listening to the radio broadcast, it sounded like Tate blocked a number of shots late in the third period. It's what we expect from Tate. He's definitely not afraid to sacrifice his body for the team. Like you said, there's a good reason he's wearing a "C" on his jersey.