Sunday, January 22, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 1/21: Lincoln 2, Omaha 3

The Lincoln Stars dropped their fourth straight to the Omaha Lancers last night, losing 3-2 in a wild game at the Civic Auditorium.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 20-13-2 (42 points) and are now in second place in the USHL Western Conference.  The Lancers improved to 21-11-2 (44 points) and are in sole possession of first place.  The Fargo Force, winners of nine in a row after last night's 5-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede, have 39 points and are only three points behind the second place Stars.  Also, only four points separates Lincoln from the fourth place Waterloo Blackhawks.  Click here to view the USHL Standings.

I did not go up to Omaha to watch this game, nor was I able to catch it on the radio or on FASTHockey, so this recap will be very short.  I really hope to get some comments from blog readers who were at the game.  Please leave a comment below and tell me what you thought.

After a scoreless first period, the Stars got on the scoreboard first when Kevin Roy scored a powerplay goal at the 1:03 mark of the second period to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead.  Ralfs Freibergs and Paul LaDue collected the assists on Roy's league-leading 28th goal of the season.  Unfortunately for Lincoln, that would be the only time the Stars would have a lead in this game.

The Lancers answered back with two goals of their own in the second period, both coming on the powerplay, to give Omaha a 2-1 lead.  After that, all hell broke out on the ice.  I wasn't there, so I don't know what set this off, but there was a line brawl and a goalie fight which took place at the 10:54 mark of the second period.  Here's the Poinstreak boxscore of all the penalties called during the line brawl:

Lincoln - Paul LaDue - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Paul LaDue - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Will Suter - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Will Suter - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Brent Tate - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Brent Tate - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Zach Frye - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Zach Frye - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Jackson Teichroeb - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Jackson Teichroeb - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Brent Tate - (Roughing), 2 min, 10:54
Lincoln - Brent Tate - (Fighting (Instigator)), 2 min, 10:54
Omaha Mark Miller - (Holding), 2 min, 10:54
Omaha Victor Newell - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Omaha Anthony Hamburg - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Omaha Anthony Hamburg - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Omaha Kevin Schulze - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Omaha Kevin Schulze - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Omaha Max Vallis - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Omaha Max Vallis - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54
Omaha Alex Lyon - (Fighting Major), 5 min, 10:54
Omaha Alex Lyon - (Fighting (Stoppage) Game Misconduct), 10 min, 10:54

Also, here's a video taken from the game of the line brawl and the goalie fight between Lincoln's Jackson Teichroeb and Omaha's Alex Lyon.  There's a lot of screaming going on in the background so you may want to hit mute.

Regarding the video just posted above, go to the :10 mark and watch Omaha's Mark Miller cheap shot Will Suter with a gloved left hand punch to the face (not called), which started the whole mess.

After the line brawl and the multiple ejections, it seemed to calm down a bit according to the boxscore.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb would be replaced by Charles Williams, and Omaha goaltender Alex Lyon was replaced by backup Thatcher Demko.  The Lancers would score another goal late in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.

In the third, the Stars outshot the Lancers 20-4 in the period, but could only score one goal when the Stars pulled Charles Williams for the extra attacker at the 18:26 mark.  Jared Hanson scored his 16th goal of the season with an assist to Teemu Tiitinen at the 18:26 mark, but it wasn't enough.  Lancers hung on for the 3-2 victory despite getting outshot 37-17.  So for the second straight game, the Stars outshoot their opponent by 20 shots, and lose the game.  On Friday night, the Stars outshot Fargo 38-18, but lost 5-1.  But like I have said previously, quality over quantity.  I'll take 5 quality shots over 20 bad, off-angle shots any game.

There was quite the disparity in powerplays awarded, as the Lancers finished with two PP goals in eight opportunities, while the Stars only had three PP chances and scored on one of them.  The two teams combined for a whopping 194 penalty minutes in the game.

I got a few texts last night from some friends who were at the game that the Stars had a number of undisciplined penalties in the second period which lead to the two Omaha powerplay goals.  I believe the Stars have surrendered at least one powerplay goal in 14 of their last 18 games.

Here's an interesting (and at the same time confusing) quote from Stars head coach Chad Johnson after the game, taken from this article on the Lincoln Journal Star website:

"I couldn't say we were undisciplined," Johnson said. "I thought there were calls that weren't called, on the flip side, and there were calls on us that (the referee) said he made a mistake. We started to get undisciplined, and we just addressed it and it's something that's going to come to a halt. We've got to play on the edge, and at times we were over the edge tonight."

Huh?  At the beginning he states the Stars weren't playing undisciplined, but then two sentences later he says they were playing undisciplined.  

Anyway, that's about it for this article.  Again, please leave a comment if you were at the game.  Stars are now 1-4-0 against Omaha this season.  Unlike some of our fans, I could give a crap if the Stars win a bunch of fights.  I want the two points, and the win.  Lincoln will get another crack at the Lancers in Omaha on Friday, February 10th.  In the meantime, the Stars have only one game to prepare for this next weekend, a Friday night tilt against the Des Moines Bucs at the IceBox.

Go Stars.


Ryan said...

Mark Miller was getting a penalty while on the PP and Tate didn't like the hit on Suter. Tate was looking for a fight all night. After the brawl, Lincoln played some uninspired hockey and couldn't get much of anything going. It was a great game in the 1st and both teams had some great opportunities, but both goalies were making the saves.

Most of the shots in the 3rd on Demko were right in his chest, making it easy to make the save. Roy was out there a lot and tried to do too much himself. Stars would skate into the Lancer zone and wind up for a slap shot just a few feet from inside the blue line. Had one goal waved off because it was kicked in, but that was about the only time (outside of the goal they did score) where they had sustained pressure around the net.

nutz4puckz said...

Hopefully we Johnson says is spot on and they really have addressed those issues. If they can stay out of the box, they will be just fine, but when the PK struggles as it has, you just cannot keep going into the box with silly penalties. And as far as the fights go, there is a time and a place, but we see how that worked the last time we won all the fights and missed on two points.

Go get em Friday night boys!!

BellTolls said...

So from what I understand, we were playing disciplined to start the game, but the referee made some admittedly bad calls, and we got frustrated and then started playing undisciplined?

Yeti said...

Just a FYI....I added another video to the article above. Commentary from Mike Melbye, also.