Monday, April 2, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 4/1: Lincoln 1, Waterloo 4

The Waterloo Blackhawks used a strong second, and third periods to propel them to a 4-1 victory over the Lincoln Stars Sunday afternoon at Young Arena in Waterloo, IA.  The loss snapped Lincoln's six-game road winning streak.

 Click here to view the Poinstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars fell to 34-18-4 (72 points) and are still in second place in the USHL Western Conference.  There's quite a log jam at the top of the western conference standings.  Here are the four teams battling it out for the top two spots in the west.  A reminder, the two teams who finish first and second in each conference get a first round bye.  So that's why it's very beneficial to finish in one of the top two spots to get that week off to rest, and get healthy before the second round of playoff games.

Omaha - 73 points (3 games remaining; @Sioux City, @Des Moines, Sioux City)
Lincoln - 72 points (4 games remaining; Tri-City, @Des Moines, Fargo, @Fargo)
Waterloo - 70 points (4 games remaining; @Green Bay, @Dubuque, Tri-City, Cedar Rapids)
Fargo - 65 points (4 games remaining; Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, @Lincoln, Lincoln)

Getting back to the game yesterday afternoon, the Blackhawks got on the scoreboard first at the 6:48 mark with a redirection goal past Stars goaltender Charles Williams for a 1-0 lead.  The Stars answered less than three minutes later when Kevin Roy notched his 49th goal of the season to tie the contest up at 1-1.  Matt Friese collected the lone assist on Roy's goal.  Roy scored the goal on what looked like a pass across the front of the net.  Roy's pass appeared to deflect off a stick or a skate, and got past 'Loo goaltender Stephon Williams.

I thought Waterloo outplayed Lincoln in the first ten minutes of the first period, but Lincoln came back and played much better in the second half of the period.  Stars outshot the Blackhawks 13-6 through the first twenty minutes.

For the most part, the Blackhawks controlled play in most of the second and third periods and outscored Lincoln 3-0 to cruise to the 4-1 victory, their 8th win in their last 9 games.  Waterloo scored one goal in the second, and two goals in the third period.  The last goal scored by Waterloo late in the third period came with Charles Williams pulled for the extra attacker.

Stars outshot Waterloo overall, 29-22.  Lincoln went 0-for-1 on the powerplay, while the Blackhawks went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.  In terms of penalty minutes, it was a relatively quiet game compared to the first two games of the weekend against Omaha.

Waterloo is a very quick team, but a bit on the small side.  I thought they had a little more jump in their skating yesterday, while the Stars looked a bit sluggish.  It seemed as the game went on, more Lincoln shots came from the perimeter, and not enough players were crashing the net.  Waterloo goaltender Stephon Williams was giving up rebounds left and right, but the Stars weren't down low to capitalize.

Defenseman Mike McKee and head coach Chad Johnson were both suspended for one game after the Saturday night game in Omaha, so they did not participate in the Waterloo loss.  McKee picked up two fighting majors and two misconducts against the Lancers on Saturday, while Chad Johnson picked up an "Abuse of Officials" misconduct after the conclusion of the second period against Omaha.

Stars were able to pick up only two points out of six possible this weekend with the three games.  Lincoln has lost three of their last four games.  Gotta pick up the pace for these last four regular season games, especially if the team wants to finish in one of the top two spots and get that first round bye

I've been slacking with the "Snapshots of the Game" from the last three contests, so I'll post those sometime tomorrow.  I'll post photos from all three of the games this past weekend.

Go Stars.


Brandon Anderson said...

From what I was seeing your pretty right on Yeti, the Stars came out really strong but as the game went on our boys seemed to be getting tired and on that big sheet of ice in Waterloo was a downfall for us. Lets hope we can rebound for our final four games of the year and sadly I must say I am a fan of Sioux City for the remainder of the year. Im greedy and really want the top spot in the west.


BellTolls said...

Hate to say, but I anticipated a letdown on Sunday after Saturday's thrilling win. Emotions were really high on Saturday and the Stars used every ounce of energy to come back and win that game despite playing 5-on-6 (or I guess it would be 4-on-6) most of the night. Tough to rebound from a game like that against another good team. It's gonna be a crazy final couple weeks. Since Waterloo is at Green Bay and at Dubuque, I like the Stars' chances of staying ahead of the Hawks.