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With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 35-18-4 (74 points) and are still only one point behind the first place Omaha Lancers (75 points). The Lancers beat the SC Musketeers tonight by a score of 3-1, but Omaha does not play tomorrow night. That means if the Stars can beat the Buccaneers in Des Moines tomorrow night, they'll be all alone in first place in the western conference. Click here to see the current USHL standings.
Unfortunately, I missed three of the four goals scored by the Stars tonight, so this recap will be short. I had to work the BlueLine Booster Club booth tonight, and I was either on my way to open the booth, or actually in the booth when the first three Stars goals were scored tonight. I'm not very happy about missing Kevin Roy's historic 50th goal of the season. :(
Scoring for the Stars tonight was Matt Friese (shorthanded), Kevin Roy (his 50th of the season), Jared Hanson (powerplay), and Will Suter (empty net). As you can see, the Stars scored just about every way tonight: shorthanded, powerplay, even-strength, and the empty-netter.
Ralfs Freibergs added three assists tonight, and now has 42 points (8g, 34a) on the season, which is the most by any defenseman in the USHL. Kevin Roy scored two points (1g, 1a), and his 50th of the season turned out to be the game-winning goal. Roy extended his point-scoring streak to 13 games with the two points tonight. During those 13 games, Kevin has scored 25 points (12g, 13a).
Before Roy, the last 50 goal scorer in the USHL was Jason Blake of the Waterloo Blackhawks, waaaay back in 1993-94. Blake scored 50 goals in 47 games that season. Roy's 50 goals is the most scored in the USHL since the league was awarded Tier 1 status at the start of the 2002-03 season. Kevin now has a total of 98 points (50g, 48a) through 57 games played. He only needs to score two points in the final three regular season games to get to the century mark. The last 100 point scorer in the USHL was Peter Fregoe of the Des Moines Buccaneers during the 1998-99 season. Fregoe scored 103 points (46g, 57a) in 56 games played.
Stars outshot Tri-City tonight, 44-16. As you can see by the shot total, this was a one-sided game. Stars showed up and played 60 minutes, while the Storm never got off the bus. Lincoln goaltender Charles Williams stopped 15 of 16 shots on goal to record his 18th win of the season. CW3 wasn't very busy tonight, but he had to make some key saves to keep the Stars in the game.
If any of our blog readers saw the first three goals and would like to leave a comment, please do so. Like I said, I missed all but the Will Suter empty-netter.
Great game tonight! It was nice to see the team bounce back after the two losses last weekend with a solid 60-minute effort against the Storm. Win tomorrow against the Bucs, and the Stars are all alone in first place!
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