Saturday, February 18, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 2/18: Lincoln 3, Tri-City 8

The Lincoln Stars lost their fifth straight road game in convincing fashion with a 7-3 blowout defeat to the Tri-City Storm in Kearney, NE.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  Lincoln is now 0-4-1 in the last five road games, and have not won a game away from the IceBox since a 7-6 OT win in Des Moines way back on 12/30/11.  The Stars have been outscored 25-11 in their last five road games.

With the loss, the Stars fell to 24-14-3 (51 points) and are still in second place in the USHL Western Conference.  The Waterloo Blackhawks lost in overtime to the Dubuque Fighting Saints tonight, so they earned one point, and are right behind the Stars in the standings with 50 points.  Click here to see the current USHL standings.

I was able to catch this game on FastHockey, so my thoughts are below.  I know a lot of Stars fans made the trip out to Kearney tonight, so please leave a comment below if you were in attendance and you'd like to share your thoughts.  I'd love to hear from you.

Lincoln got out to a very early lead in this game when defensemen Paul LaDue scored just one minute in to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.  LaDue skated the puck into the TC zone and wristed a shot past Storm goaltender Adam Wilcox.  LaDue's ninth goal of the season was unassisted.  That would turn out to be the only time the Stars would lead in this game.

After the LaDue goal, the Storm took control of the game and scored five straight goals over the course of the first two periods to take a 5-1 lead.  Towards the end of the second period, Stars forward Zach Aston-Reese stopped the bleeding temporarily with a goal at the 17:19 mark.  Zach drove hard to the net and knocked in a rebound from a Dominik Shine shot past Wilcox to pull the Stars to within three goals.  Shine and Ralfs Freibergs earned the apples on ZAR's fourth goal of the season.

Stars found themselves down 5-2 at the second intermission.  Storm outshot the Stars 26-19 through the first two periods.  After Tri-City scored their fourth goal at the 6:46 mark of the second period, the Lincoln coaches pulled goaltender Jackson Teichroeb and replaced him with Charles Williams who finished the rest of the game.

It didn't get much better for the Stars in the third period as Tri-City outscored Lincoln 3-1 in the final twenty minutes.  Kevin Roy scored his USHL league-leading 35th goal of the season at the 9:37 mark for Lincoln with assists going to Jared Hanson and Matt Friese.  Storm added a meaningless empty-net goal late in the game to complete the scoring and seal the 8-3 victory.

Storm outshot the Stars overall, 34-28.  Jackson Teichroeb stopped 13 of 17 shots, and Charles Williams stopped 13 of 16 shots in the loss.  TC goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped 25 of 28 shots for the win.  Storm went 2-for-7 on the powerplay while the Stars were blanked going 0-for-3 with the man advantage.  Tri-City won the special teams war as well.

Obviously, this is one of those games the Stars can't dwell on.  Learn from it, and move on.  The Storm wanted it more tonight, and it showed.  Props to them.  Lincoln will get a chance at redemption here in a few days against this same Tri-City team when the Stars host the Storm on Tuesday (2/21) at the IceBox.  I'm sure we'll see the Stars play a much better game and hopefully add two points to their standings total.  Chin up!

Go Stars.

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