Friday, March 16, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 3/16: Lincoln 4, Sioux City 2

The Lincoln Stars roared back from a 0-2 deficit tonight in Sioux City to beat the Musketeers by a score of 4-2 and win their fifth straight on the road.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, the Stars improved to 31-15-4 (66 points) and are in second place in the USHL Western Conference.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

I can't take credit for the win tonight, but I turned the radio broadcast off at the first intermission after the Stars were down by two goals.  The quality of the online feed was horrible, the Stars were losing, and I thought that maybe if I did something else the team would rebound.  I'm superstitious (or just stupid) like that.  Anyway, thanks to a friend who kept me updated via email, I learned that the Stars stormed back, scored four unanswered goals, and won the game.  Mission accomplished. :)

Because I only listened to the first period on the radio, this recap will be brief.  If you were lucky enough to be in attendance tonight, or if you watched the game on FastHockey, please leave a comment and let us know how the team looked.

As I mentioned above, the Stars found themselves down 2-0 after the first period of play, despite out-shooting the Muskies 10-8 through the first 20 minutes.  One of the goals the Stars gave up in the first period was a shorthanded tally.

Whatever the coaches and/or team captains said during the first intermission must have sunk through as the Stars took back control of the game.  The second period goal-scoring barrage began with Bob Kinne's goal at the 7:11 mark to pull the Stars to within one goal.  Will Suter and Brandon Carlson earned the assists on Kinne's sixth goal of the season.

A little over a minute after the goal by Kinne, Stars forward Kevin Roy scored his league-leading 43rd goal of the season at the 8:12 mark to knot the game up at 2-2.  Matt Friese and Jared Hanson collected the assists.

The eventual game-winning goal came at the 12:04 mark of the second period when Logan Smith scored his third goal of the season to give Lincoln its first lead of the game at 3-2.  Kevin Roy and Jared Hanson picked up the assists.

Lincoln took the 3-2 lead into the locker room at the second intermission.  Stars outshot the Muskies 14-9 in the second period.

The only goal scored in the third period came from the youngster from Minnesota, Vinni Lettieri, who scored his second USHL goal at the 8:28 mark.  Assists went to Zach Aston-Reese and Brad Hawkinson.  In six games with the Stars this season, Lettieri has scored 6 points (2g, 4a) and is +5.

Stars outshot the Muskies 10-9 in the third period, and 34-26 overall.  Stars went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Musketeers went 0-6.  Nice to see the Stars' PK unit step up big tonight to blank the Muskie's PP.

Lincoln goaltender Charles Williams stopped 24 of 26 shots to notch his 14th win of the season.  CW3 has won three of his last four starts in net.  Really nice to see him bounce back after the first period tonight.  Charles shut the door on the Muskies in the second and third periods, which allowed his teammates to get back into the game.

With his two points (1g, 1a) tonight, Kevin Roy has now accumulated 83 points (44g, 39a) on the season which ties the all-time Lincoln Stars single-season record of 83 points set by Chris Fournier back in 2000-01.  Roy has 10 more games to break the single-season points record, and the single-season goals record of 47, set by Brandon Bochenski also in 2000-01.  Roy could very easily break the 83 points in a season record tomorrow night at the IceBox in front of a sellout crow.

If you're interested in the Sioux City point of view of this game, I'm going to include a few links.  Click here to read the recap from the official Musketeers website.  The author of that article, Jordan Berger, was nice enough to mention that the Stars are 12-1-2 in their last 15 games played.  However, he's incorrect.  Lincoln is 11-2-2 in their last 15 games.  Still, a very impressive record.

Click here if you want to lose a few minutes of your life that you'll never get back by reading what the local SC paper had to say.  Very interesting quotes from Muskies head coach Brett Larson.  Sounds a lot like sour grapes to me, but when your team gives up four unanswered goals at home to lose the game, I guess you have to point the finger somewhere other than at yourself.

Great start to the weekend!  Pack the IceBox tomorrow and be LOUD!

Go Stars.


BellTolls said...

The writer sounds like more of a fan than an unbiased sportswriter. Boo hoo. They had 6 power plays. Lincoln had 3. And they were 0-6, like it really would have mattered if they got some more power plays to go 0-8.

Considering Sioux City is the 2nd most penalized team in the West, they should be grateful they only were on the PK 3 times. Be quiet and play the game.

Yeti said...

I thought the same thing, BT. Very unprofessional. I love how the newspaper reporter said that Tate had "cross words" with some SC fans. I didn't know he was down there in the penalty box while that was going on.

Good teams overcome bad calls....bottom line. Tonight, the Stars were the better team. Instead of pointing fingers at the zebras, Larson needs to own up and accept the fact his team gave up a two-goal lead at home.

nutz4puckz said...

Wow, that was an interesting read. Sounds like someone needs some cheese with their whine.