Saturday, December 10, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 12/10: Waterloo 3, Lincoln 4 OT

Courtesy of CK Photography
Wow!  What an amazing atmosphere tonight at the IceBox!

In front of 4,123 rabid fans tonight at the IceBox, Jared Hanson scored his third goal of the game in overtime to give the Stars a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Waterloo Blackhawks.

 Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, their second in a row, the Stars improved to 14-7-1 (29 points) and are in second place, one point behind first place Omaha, in the USHL Western Conference standings.  Lincoln has two games in hand over the Lancers.  Click here to view the USHL standings.

The Stars got on the scoreboard halfway through the first period when forward Jared Hanson scored his first of three goals on the night, at the 10:06 mark to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead.  Kevin Roy and Matt Friese earned the assists on Jared's even-strength goal.  Roy set up the play with a pretty pass to a breaking Hanson who one-timed the puck into the net.  The 1-0 lead wouldn't last long for the Stars as Waterloo's Tyler Zepeda scored at the 13:54 mark to knot the score at 1-1.  Stars Jackson Teichroeb misplayed the puck behind his own net, and the puck squirted out to a wide open Zepeda who tapped it into the open net.  Probably the easiest USHL goal Zepeda will ever score.  Stars outshot the Blackhawks 6-3 in the opening period.

In the second stanza, Waterloo would strike first when Mark Naclerio scored at the 13:20 mark to give the Blackhawks their first lead of the game at 2-1.  Less than three minutes later, the Stars would score on the powerplay to even the score at 2-2.  Lincoln defenseman Colton Saucerman found himself with the puck close in on Waterloo goaltender Jay Williams.  Saucerman skated in front of the netminder, held onto the puck and waited for Williams to commit, then roofed a backhand shot to score.  Zach Aston-Reese picked up the lone assist on Saucerman's third goal of the season.  Saucerman has now scored in back-to-back games, and all three of his regular season goals have come on the powerplay.  Stars outshot the Blackhawks 15-8 in the second period.

Just like in the first two periods, the Stars and Blackhawks would both score once in the third period.  Waterloo didn't waste any time when Tony Cameranesi scored a powerplay goal just 14 seconds into the third to give the B'hawks their second lead of the game, this time at 3-2.  Both teams exchanged scoring chances throughout the third, but it was the Stars who found the back of the net at the 11:12 mark.  Jared Hanson scored his second goal of the game, this time when he tipped a Brandon Carlson shot past goaltender Jay Williams to even the score at 3-3.  Carlson and Zach Aston-Reese earned the assists on Hanson's even-strength goal.  At the end of regulation, the score remained 3-3.  Stars outshot the Blackhawks 13-8 in the third period.

In overtime, the hero was Jared Hanson, who has a knack for scoring dramatic game-winning goals at the IceBox. Last season, on 3/8/11, Hanson scored with only 33 seconds remaining in the third period to propel the Lincoln Stars past the Omaha Lancers by a score of 4-3.  This time, Jared scored 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the overtime period to give Lincoln the two points.  Colton Saucerman started the play with an outlet pass up to Luke Johnson, who brought it into the Waterloo zone.  Johnson then passed it over to a breaking Hanson, who drove hard to the net and chipped the puck past goaltender Jay Williams, into the open net.  The IceBox went nuts.  I hope you like my hat, Jared!

Stars outshot the Blackhawks 35-21 overall.  Jackson Teichroeb stopped 18 of 21 shots to record his 11th win of the season.  Jay Williams, who in my opinion was Waterloo's best player of the game, stopped 31 of 35 in the loss.  Stars went 1-for-7 on the powerplay, while the Blackhawks went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Gutsy win by the Stars.  I thought Lincoln did a fantastic job with playing the body all night long and wearing the Blackhawks down physically.  Waterloo has a very fast team, but they don't have a lot of size, especially up front with the forwards.  I'm not sure if this was the game plan, but I thought the Stars took advantage of the size advantage they had, and wore down the Blackhawks with hit after hit.  He doesn't show up on the scoresheet with any points, but I thought Zach Frye, who was playing forward last night, had a very good game.  Frye hit anything that moved, and caused a lot of havoc.

Lincoln goes for the weekend sweep tonight against the Blackhawks in Waterloo, Iowa.  The rink in Waterloo is olympic size, which is bigger than your typical NHL sized rink, so that means more ice and a quicker pace.  The Blackhawks, with their smaller, quicker forwards, take advantage of that extra space that the olympic ice surface offers.  Should be a tough one again tonight for the Stars.  Faceoff for that game is at 5:05pm.  Can the Stars earn 6 out of 6 points available this weekend?  We'll find out soon enough.

Go Stars.


Grampee said...

Great effort from net on out...never say die...

Yeti said...

Yes indeed, Grampee.

A reminder, we will not be doing a live chat for the Sunday game.