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With the loss, the Stars dropped to 4-3-0 (8 points, third place in the USHL Western Conference) on the season. Lincoln does not play tonight (Saturday), and will not play again until next weekend when they will play back-to-back games at the IceBox against the Fargo Force on 11/4 and 11/5.
I did not get a chance to watch this game, nor listen to the radio broadcast, so this "recap" will be very brief.
Despite outshooting the 'Riders 11-7 in through the first period, the Stars found themselves down 2-0 at the first intermission. In the second period, Lincoln got on the scoreboard with a Jared Hanson powerplay goal to bring the Stars within one goal at 2-1.
Cedar Rapids increased their lead to 3-1 later in the second period with a goal, but the Stars stormed back with two goals of their own very late in the period to tie the game up at 3-3 going into the second intermission. Second period goals scored by Lincoln went to Tommy Schutt (even strength), and Kevin Roy (penalty shot). Stars outshot the 'Riders 13-9 in the second period.
The game winning goal for Cedar Rapids came with only 4:31 remaining in the third period. From what I heard, the Stars had a controversial "goal" waived off, or just not seen by the officials late in the third period that would have tied the game up at 4-4. Stars outshot the Roughriders overall 32-23, but lose a close one.
Lincoln goaltender Jackson Teichroeb, starting his fifth straight game for the Stars, stopped 19 of 23 shots on goal in the loss. The Stars went 1-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Roughriders went 1-for-9 with the man advantage.
Tough loss, but considering that Lincoln was playing without five players in the lineup (Shine, Tate, Saucerman, Johnson, Grebosky), and the fact that Cedar Rapids was awarded three times as many powerplay opportunities to Lincoln (9 to 3), it appears that the Stars played very well last night. Cedar Rapids is a team that isn't afraid to embellish a penalty, and by looking at the disparity of penalties called, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened last night.
I really hope to hear from some of the fans who either watched the FASTHockey broadcast, or listened to the radio feed. Please leave a comment below!
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