Friday, March 9, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 3/9: Lincoln 4, Team USA U-17 0

The Lincoln Stars used a strong second period effort to score all four goals and shutout Team USA U-17 by a score of 4-0 tonight in Ann Arbor, MI.  Click here to view the Poinstreak boxscore.  The win was Lincoln's third in a row on the road.

With the win, the Stars improved to 29-15-4 (62 points) and are still in sole possession of second place in the USHL Western Conference.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

I didn't get a chance to watch this game on FastHockey, and I only listened to bits and pieces of the radio broadcast.  This recap will be brief, but if you watched the game tonight, please leave a comment below.

As I mentioned above, all four goals scored by the Stars tonight came in the second period.

In the first period, Team USA U-17 outshot Lincoln 11-9 and only one minor penalty was called.

Lincoln exploded in the second with four unanswered goals on USA goaltender Collin Olson (who normally plays for the U-18 squad).  Instead of rehashing each goal by reading from the Pointstreak's the scoring:

Period 2
Lincoln - Luke Johnson (Dominik ShineRalfs Freibergs) 2:50
Lincoln - Luke Johnson (unassisted) 13:36
Lincoln - Kevin Roy (Will SuterRalfs Freibergs) 15:50
Lincoln - Jared Hanson (Kevin RoyRalfs Freibergs) 19:09

As you can see, Luke Johnson, Ralfs Freibergs, and Kevin Roy all had a very good second period.  Johnson finished with two goals (including the game winner), was +2, and had four shots on goal.  Freibergs finished with three assists and was +3.  Kevin Roy scored two points (1g, 1a) and was +2.  Roy's goal was his league-leading 41st of the season.  Ralfs Freibergs now leads all USHL defenseman in scoring with 35 points (8g, 27a) in 48 games played.

Lincoln outshot Team USA 18-11 in the second period.  In the scoreless third period, Team USA outshot the Stars 12-3.  Team USA outshot Lincoln overall, 34-30.  Both teams went 0-for-2 on the powerplay.

Stars goaltender Charles Williams stopped all 34 shots he faced to record his 13th win, and fourth shutout of the season.  Williams now has four shutouts this season which is tied for most overall.  CW3 has won three of his last four starts in goal, and is playing some of his best hockey of the season right now.  Hopefully he gets the start tomorrow night in Muskegon against the Lumberjacks.

Speaking of the 'Jacks, they lost at home tonight to the lowly Chicago Steel by a score of 3-1.  It was not a good night for Muskegon as they only managed to put 15 shots on goal against the Steel.  You'd figure the Lumberjacks will come back tomorrow night against the Stars and play much better.

Great way to start this Michigan road trip!  I didn't get a chance to listen to Stars head coach Chad Johnson after the game, but the only thing I would be concerned about from this contest was that Lincoln surrendered 34 shots on goal, which is a rarity for this team.  More often than not they outshoot the opposition, and very few teams get 30+ shots against Lincoln.

Go Stars.

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