Saturday, February 25, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 2/24: Youngstown 3, Lincoln 4 OT Shootout

Photo courtesy of CK Photography
The Lincoln Stars won their sixth straight game at the IceBox in dramatic fashion last night with a 4-3 come from behind win over the Youngstown Phantoms.  Late game heroics from Stars forwards Dominik Shine and Jared Hanson sealed the victory for Lincoln.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, the Stars improved to 26-14-3 (55 points) and are still in second place in the USHL Western Conference, two points behind the first place Omaha Lancers who have 57 points.  Lincoln has two games in hand over Omaha, however.

The Stars did not get out to a very good start at all in this game.  Before the first period was halfway done, Lincoln found themselves down 2-0.  The Phantoms, who entered this game with the second-worst powerplay in the USHL, scored two PP goals in the first half of the first period to take the 2-0 lead.

Brett Sheva was the referee last night, and judging from the crowd reaction after some of his calls (and missed calls), he wasn't very well appreciated by the Lincoln faithful.  Regardless, the Stars' PK unit did not do a good job at all in the first period to limit the amount of chances the Phantoms had on the PP.

Down 2-0 late in the first period, the Stars started to take over control of the game and peppered Phantoms goaltender Sean Romeo with shot after shot.  Finally, at the 14:54 mark of the first period, Kevin Roy lasered a beautiful pass from behind the goal line to Tommy Schutt in front of the net, and Schutt one-timed the puck past Romeo to pull the Stars to within one goal.  Roy and Dominik Shine picked up the assists on Schutt's 7th goal of the season.

Schutt's goal was huge for momentom's sake, and it gave the Stars some life going into the locker room for the first intermission.  Stars outshot the Phantoms 17-12 through the first twenty minutes.

The Stars used that momentum early in the second period to knot the game up at 2-2.  Just 52 seconds into the second stanza, Dominik Shine continued his hot-streak with an even-strength goal with assists going to (guess who) Kevin Roy, and Luke Johnson.  All of a sudden, the Phantoms lead had vanished and the Stars were dominating the play.

However, the Stars' PK unit, which has been their Achilles heel all season, allowed the Phantoms right back into the game.  At the 5:31 mark of the second, the Phantoms scored yet another PP goal to take a 3-2 lead. At that point in the game, the Phantoms were 3-for-4 on the PP, and it appeared that the Stars just didn't have an answer to Youngstown's PP unit.

Lincoln outplayed the Phantoms the rest of the second period, but they were unable to solve goaltender Sean Romeo.  Lincoln outshot Youngstown 13-10 in the second period, but found themselves down one goal going into the second intermission.

In the third period, the Stars came out very strong and completely dominated play for the final twenty minutes of regulation.  Lincoln goaltender Jackson Teichroeb was pretty lonely down on his end of the ice, as the Phantoms generated very little offensive chances.  The Stars outshot the Phantoms 15-4 in the third period, but they were not able to get that game-tying puck past Sean Romeo until very late in regulation.

With the Stars on a powerplay, and less than a minute remaining, Jackson Teichroeb was pulled for the extra-attacker, so the Stars had a 6-to-4 man advantage in the Phantoms zone.  Seconds were ticking down, and it appeared that Youngstown might sneak out of the IceBox with two points.  However, it was Dominik Shine once again who brought the near sellout IceBox crowd to their feet.  Shine accepted a pass from Kevin Roy just to the left of Sean Romeo, and one-timed the puck short-side into the open net to knot the game up at 3-3.  The IceBox went absolutely nuts.  Shine's goal, which came with only 23 seconds remaining, was assisted by Roy and Ralfs Freibergs.

After a scoreless 4-on-4 OT period, this game went to a shootout.  Jared Hanson, a player known for scoring huge goals, was the only player on either squad to score in the shootout to give Lincoln the 4-3 win over the Phantoms.  I'm going to post a video of Jared scoring that shootout goal below, so check it out.  Thanks to blog reader "tzweeb" for taking the video and letting me share it.

Stars outshot the Phantoms 47-29 overall.  Youngstown finished 3-for-5 on the powerplay, while the Stars went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.  Jackson Teichroeb stopped 26 of 29 shots to record his 15th win of the season.  Sean Romeo, who was Youngstown's best player of the game by far, stopped 43 of 46 shots in the losing effort.

If you weren't at the IceBox last night, you missed one heck of a game, and one hell of an ending.  Give credit to the guys on the team for never quitting last night, and fighting until the very end.  Due to a number of players out of the lineup, the Stars were shorthanded three players from the lineup, which makes the win even more impressive in my opinion.  Logan Smith and Zach Frye were out due to injury, Matt Friese out due to illness, and Brent Tate was out due to a one-game suspension.

In the Stars' last two games, both wins at home, they have scored a total of 9 goals in regulation.  Six goals this past Tuesday against the Storm, and 3 goals last night.  Dominik Shine has been on the ice and was awarded a point in 8 of those 9 goals.  2 goals and 3 assists this past Tuesday, and 2 goals and 1 assist last night.  So from the last nine goals scored by the Stars, Shine has 8 points (4g, 4a).

Shine is on an eight-game point scoring streak, with a total of 16 points (7g, 9a) scored in those 8 games.  Kevin Roy, who is riding a nine-game point scoring streak, has a total of 21 points (11g, 10a) in those 9 games.  Amazing numbers for sure.  Shine and Kevin Roy have teamed up to be an unstoppable duo for the Stars.

Lincoln is back in action tonight in Kearney to face off against the Tri-City Storm.  Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.  Tonight's game will be the rubber match in the three game "series" the teams have played this week.  Three games in seven days.  I'm sure by now that these two teams are tired of playing one another.  Could make for an interesting game tonight.  I'm planning on making the trip out there, and I'll try to give updates throughout the game from the B³ twitter account.  I hope to see a lot of other Stars fans there tonight.

Go Stars.

1 comment:

Norfolk Fan said...

Clutch win for the good guys last night for sure. There's no stopping those guys when they're all going full throttle. So proud of every one of them, and of the best fans in hockey! The Ice Box was lit up last night! Crush TC tonight guys! NO MERCY!