Sunday, February 12, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 2/11: Sioux Falls 0, Lincoln 5

Jackson Teichroeb (courtesy of Jeff White)
An angry Lincoln Stars team bounced back from a tough OT loss on Friday night and took their frustrations out on the Sioux Falls Stampede with a 5-0 shutout win.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 23-13-3 (49 points) and are still in sole posession of second place in the USHL Western Conference.  Click here to see the current USHL standings.  Lincoln is now only four points behind the first place Omaha Lancers, and the Stars have two games in hand over Omaha.

The Stars got off to a very quick start against the Stampede with a goal from defenseman Paul LaDue just a little over three minutes into the game.  From my seat, it appeared that the point shot from LaDue was deflected in front of Stampede goaltender Jay Williams and it beat the goaltender five-hole.  Zach Aston-Reese and Brent Tate collected the assists on LaDue's goal.

The native of Grand Forks, ND wasn't finished scoring, however.  Just five minutes after scoring the first goal of the game, LaDue came down the ice on a shorthanded rush and wristed the puck past Williams to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.  Dominik Shine earned the lone assist on LaDue's first shorthanded goal of the season.  Great play by Shine to recognize he had a trailing LaDue behind him.

At the end of the first intermission the Stars had a 2-0 lead.  Sioux Falls outshot Lincoln 10-8 in the first twenty minutes.

In the second period, Stars forward Kevin Roy scored his 33rd goal of the season at the 16:18 mark of the period.  Roy's goal came on the powerplay, with assists going to Brent Tate and Jared Hanson.  Stars held onto a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission.  Sioux Falls outshot Lincoln 10-6 through two periods.

Up until the third period, I thought this game was VERY chippy.  You could tell the Stars were playing a bit angry after the OT loss the night before in Omaha against the Lancers.  There was also a lot of stickwork by the Stampede after the whistle that just made the Stars even more angry.  Things boiled over finally in the third period with four fights, and two more Lincoln goals.

Mike McKee of Lincoln first dropped the mitts with Sioux Falls' Ed McGovern at the 1:18 mark of the third period.  McKee continued to throw punches at McGovern after the linesmen attempted to break them up, and for that he was given an extra 10 minute misconduct.  From my seat it appeared that McKee may have accidentally punched a linesman in the face during the melee.

At the 4:36 mark of the third period, Kevin Roy netted his second goal of the game to give the Stars a 4-0 lead.  Ralfs Freibergs and Dominik Shine earned the assists on Roy's league-leading 34th goal of the season.  After the Roy goal, this game really started to get physical with three straight fights.

Brent Tate first fought Sioux Falls' Mark Solyankin at the 5:16 mark.  On the ensuing faceoff, Lincoln's Zach Aston-Reese dropped the mitts with Stampede forward Kyle Rankin at the 5:19 mark.  I'm sure Rankin immediately regretted this decision as he was KO'd by a nasty right hand from ZAR.  The fisticuffs ended at the 14:22 mark when Dominik Shine traded punches with Sioux Falls' Joeseph Lordo.  Shine and Lordo have some history with one another.  They fought each other twice last season as well.  Definitely some bad blood between those two.

Markus McCrea completed the scoring for Lincoln with a goal at the 17:32 mark of the period.  McCrea was the recipient of a great pass by Jared Hanson on an odd-man rush, and wristed the puck past Jay Williams.  Along with Hanson, Matt Friese collected the assist on sixth goal of the season.

Stars outshot the Stampede 19-7 in the final period, and overall 33-27.  Lincoln went 1-for-5 on the powerplay while the Stampede went 0-for-4.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb stopped all 27 shots to record his first win since 12/28/11.  It was also Teichroeb's second shutout of the 2011-12 season.  Stampede goaltender Jay Williams stopped 28 of 33 shots in the loss.

Nice to see the boys bounce back with a dominating effort after the OT loss the night before to the Lancers.  Although they are a last place team, the Stampede are a better squad than their record indicates.  I didn't think the Stars would take Sioux Falls for granted, so I was happy to see the team come together and play a full 60 minutes.

Three Lincoln players were held out of this game due to injury:  Brad Hawkinson, Logan Smith, and Teemu Tiitinen.  Stars forward Luke Johnson also did not play due to a one-game suspension handed down by the USHL after a spearing major he picked up in the Omaha game on Friday night.  Teemu Tiitinen was injured in that game due to a cheapshot from Omaha's Ken Babinski.  From what I heard, Tiitinen will be out a number of weeks due to multiple facial fractures.  Not good.  Hopefully Teemu can get healthy fast.  Babinski was only suspended one game for his hit from behind on Tiitinen.

Another sellout crowd (4,306) witnessed a crazy game at the IceBox last night.  I'm going to include links to the four fights below if you are interested in watching them.  Thanks to the Lincoln Stars Facebook fan page for posting them.  The audio is loud with these videos, so you might want to turn your volume down first before clicking on them.

Mike McKee vs. Ed McGovern
Brent Tate vs. Mark Solyankin
Zach Aston-Reese vs. Kyle Rankin
Dominik Shine vs. Joseph Lordo

Go Stars.

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