Sunday, December 11, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 12/11: Lincoln 2, Waterloo 1 OT Shootout

It's a clean sweep for the Lincoln Stars!  3-for-3!

Tonight in Waterloo, Iowa, the Lincoln Stars did something that hadn't been done since April of 2007.  The Stars won a game at Waterloo Young Arena against the Blackhawks.  Stars win tonight, 2-1 in an overtime shootout over the Waterloo B'hawks.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win this evening, the Stars earned six out of a possible six points available to them this weekend.  Lincoln has won three in a row, and swept the Blackhawks in their home-and-home series.  Lincoln improved their record to 15-7-1 (31 points), and are now all alone in first place in the USHL Western Conference.  The Omaha Lancers, who currently have 30 points, were bumped out of the top spot.  Click here to view the USHL standings.

I didn't get a chance to listen to the broadcast tonight, so this "recap" will be brief.  If anyone out there had an opportunity to watch the game on FASTHockey, and you'd like to give us your take, please leave a comment below.  We'd love to hear from you.

In the first period, Waterloo scored their only goal of the game at the 15:40 mark when Mike Huntebrinker scored at even-strength to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.  Waterloo would take that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.  Waterloo outshot the Stars 16-5 through the first twenty minutes.

The Stars would score their only regulation goal in the second period when forward Kevin Roy potted his league-leading 18th goal of the season at the 13:54 mark.  Dax Lauwers and Matt Friese earned assists on Roy's even-strength goal.  Stars outshot the B'hawks 12-9 in the second period.

After a scoreless third period, this game would go to a five minute 4-on-4 overtime period.  Stars outshot the Blackhawks 12-8 in the third period.  In the five minute overtime period, the Stars outshot the Blackhawks 4-1, but neither team would score.

In the shootout, the Stars would score three times, while Waterloo would only score twice.  I'm going to copy the shootout results from Pointstreak below.  As you can see, Stars defenseman Colton Saucerman scored what would turn out to be the game-winning shootout goal.

Stars goaltender Charles Williams stood on his head tonight and stopped 33 of 34 shots to record his fourth win of the season.  The Waterloo organization decided to give all of the three stars to their own players (lame), but the true number one star of this game was Charles.

Huge win tonight to get the six points in three games, and earn their first win Waterloo since 2007 to get the monkey off their backs.  The next five games the Stars will play are all on the road, so this weekend should be a big confidence booster for the team as the get back on the bus.  Lincoln will face the top two teams in the USHL Eastern Conference next weekend when they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints (29 points) on Friday, and the Green Bay Gamblers (39 points) on Saturday.  Big test for the team.  The two road games next weekend will be the final two games before the Stars go on x-mas break.

Go Stars.

1 comment:

starstruck said...

I would just like to acknowledge that the Stars are now in 2nd place overall in the league, as well as the first place spot in the Western Conference. That is quite an accomplishment - the hard work of this team definitely shows!