Friday, December 30, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 12/30: Lincoln 7, Des Moines 6 OT-Shootout

Whew!  What a game!

I'm not sure where to even start with this recap.  Easily one of the craziest hockey games I have ever witnessed.  The Lincoln Stars blew a 6-1 lead tonight, only to come back and win it by a score of 7-6 in an overtime shootout.  Click here to view the mother of all Pointstreak boxscores.

There were so many goals scored tonight I'm not even going to try to remember each one and describe them.  The video quality via FASTHockey from the Bucs rink was horrible to begin with, so it was nearly impossible for me to even see the numbers on jerseys.

In the first period, the Stars did a terrific job with crashing the net and scored a number of "dirty goals."  They outskated, outworked, and outshot the Bucs for the entire first twenty minutes of the game.  The score could have easily been 6-0 at the first intermission.  However, whatever mojo and momentum the Stars had in the first period vanished completely in the second period.

This was basically two games in one.  The Stars dominated the first period, and about 5-10 minutes of the second period.  Lincoln had leads of 5-0 and 6-1 in this game.  With about 5 minutes gone in the second period, Stars defenseman Dax Lauwers fought with Des Moines' Branislav Rapac with the score at 6-1 in favor of Lincoln.  After that, it was all Des Moines.  And when I say it was all Des Moines, it was really ALL Des Moines.  Lincoln lost all composure, took stupid penalty after stupid penalty, and gave up five straight goals to the Bucs.  The Stars scrambled just to take this game into overtime.

In the shootout, Stars forward Jared Hanson and Luke Johnson both scored for Lincoln, while goaltender Charles Williams stopped the two Des Moines shooters he faced to secure the victory.  Incredible ending to an even more incredible game.  Watching this game on FASTHockey probably advanced my death by at least a few weeks.  My nerves were shot by the end of this one.

Jared "Mr. Clutch" Hanson scored three goals, one assist, and was +5 on the night (don't forget his shootout goal, also).  His linemate, Matt Friese, scored 3 points (1g, 2a) and was +4.  Luke Johnson scored 2 points (1g, 1a), had the shootout goal, and was +5.  Surprisingly, with all of the goals scored tonight by Lincoln, USHL scoring leader Kevin Roy was held without a point.  Roy also came up short in the shootout.  Great example of how deep this team is on offense.

Crazy, crazy game.  Like I said, one of the weirdest games I've ever seen.  Lincoln looked all but done after giving up the sixth Des Moines goal two minutes into the third period.  But give credit where credit is due.  The Stars tightened up on defense for the remainder, and held the Bucs scoreless for the rest of the game.  Win it in the shootout.  "I love it when a plan comes together."  It certainly wasn't a pretty victory, but two points is two points.

Stars are back in action tomorrow night in Sioux City against the Musketeers.  Lincoln looking to finish out 2011 with another road win and two points!

Go Stars!


nutz4puckz said...

That box score just gives me a headache, but you said it best, 2 points are 2 points.

BellTolls said...

Crazy game. I was periodically checking the score tonight as I worked at the UNO game. When I saw it was 6-1, I closed Pointstreak so I could actually focus on work. When I got back on Pointstreak to see whether or not we had gotten to 10 goals, my jaw dropped. 6-6 going to overtime. To pull out the win though is pretty amazing, and 2 points is 2 points. Hopefully Saturday is a little less stressful and a more complete game!

Yeti said...

I forgot to mention that head coach Chad Johnson was not behind the bench tonight. According to radio announcer Mike Melbye, Johnson was sick.