Saturday, December 3, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 12/2: Omaha 7, Lincoln 2

Courtesy of Brandon Anderson Photography
The Omaha Lancers stunned a near sellout IceBox crowd Friday night with a 7-2 thumping of the Lincoln Stars.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  The win for Omaha was their first against the Lincoln Stars in seven straight games dating back to last season.  The Stars were 6-0 against the Lancers going into their matchup last night, which didn't end well for the good guys.

I don't have a lot of time to devote to this recap, so this will be short.  I'm going to post some photos from the game courtesy of Brandon Anderson and Jeff White right after this.

Omaha came out in the first period and simply outworked and outskated the Stars for the first twenty minutes of the game.  They were rewarded with a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission.  Lincoln could not keep up with Omaha's speed, and they looked tired and a little lost.  Unfortunately for the Stars, the damage had already been done by the three Omaha goals.

As we've seen more than a few times this season after a slow start, Lincoln came back and played much better in the second period.  They limited the amount of Omaha chances, and was able to get one goal past Lancers goaltender Alex Lyon.  Stars forward Kevin Roy scored his USHL leading 15th goal of the season at the 8:06 mark of the period.  Brandon Carlson collected the only assist on Roy's even-strength goal.  Omaha took a 3-1 lead going into the second intermission.

The Stars battled for the first part of the third period, and kept the game within two goals, but the Lancers scored two late empty-net goals to seal the victory.  Scoring for the Stars in the third period was Brent Tate, with the only assist going to Kevin Roy.  Omaha outscored Lincoln 4-1 in the third period.

I thought the Stars played a little better than the final score indicates.  It certainly was an ugly loss, but it's not like the Lancers dominated play for the full 60 minutes.  However, this game was lost in the first twenty minutes when the Lancers ran out to the 3-0 lead and the Stars could not recover.

Stars outshot the Lancers 31-28 overall.  Lincoln went 0-for-2 on the powerplay, while the Lancers went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb stopped 7 of 10 shots before he was pulled after the third Omaha goal late in the first period.  Charles Williams, who came into the game in relief of Teichroeb, stopped 14 of 16 shots on net.

What's nice about having another game at the IceBox tonight is that the Stars will get a quick chance at redemption, and hopefully will bounce back in a big way against the Sioux City Musketeers, a team that Lincoln is 2-0 against so far this season.  It will be interesting to see how the Stars players react tonight against SC after the loss last night.  I expect them to come out in that first period and play very inspired hockey.  

Be safe driving to and from the IceBox tonight.  The snow is really coming down out there.  Give yourself plenty of time, and drive safe.

Go Stars.

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