Friday, September 14, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 9/14: Tri-City 3, Lincoln 0

The Lincoln Stars opened up the preseason with a 3-0 shutout loss to the Tri-City Storm this afternoon at the Clyde Iron Cup tournament in Duluth, MN.  This game was not broadcast over the radio, or on FASTHockey.  Pointstreak also did not provide live updates, so this "recap" will be very brief.

Just about all of the updates I received from the game were thanks to Zack Friedli, who lives in the Duluth area and is a writer for @hockeyhub, @chnews, and @umdbulldogs contributor.  Zack was in attendance this afternoon and was providing live updates thoroughout the game via his Twitter account.  Much thanks to Zack for helping us all out.  Without his assistance, we'd all be left in the dark.  TC Storm fan Rob McArdle also helped out with some tweets from the game.

At the end of the first period, the score was 0-0.  Shots were 10-7 in favor of the Tri-City Storm after the first 20 minutes.

In the second period, the Storm got on the scoreboard with a goal from Trevor Moore on a 2-on-1 situation. Shots were 21-19 in favor of the Stars after the second period.  The Storm held onto the 1-0 lead at the second intermission.

In the third period, the Storm netted two goals to complete the scoring.  Joel L'Esperance of the Storm scored on a powerplay to make it 2-0 Tri-City.  Late in the period with Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer pulled for the extra attacker, Storm forward Tim Lappin scored an empty net goal to finish out the goals.

Storm goaltenders Michael Santaguida and Marcus Due-Boje combined for the shutout.  Santaguida, who was a free agent invite at Lincoln's tryout camp this past June, started the first half of the game.  Due-Boje played the second half.

Shots were even at 28-28 a piece.  There was one fight in this game: Ross Olsson (LNK) vs. Brian Ward (TC).

Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer started and played the entire game for Lincoln, stopping 25 of 27 shots.  According to Zack, Bitzer was Lincoln's best player on the ice.  If you go back and read his tweets from the game, you'll see that Bitzer stood on his head and made a number of highlight reel saves to keep the Stars in the game.

Here are the line combinations for the forwards:  Olsson-Schutt-Coatta, Humitz-Wold-Lettieri, Brossart-Scheid-Johnson, Aston Reese-Hawkinson-Suter, Wood/Devito extra forwards

Here are the line combinations for the defensemen:  Woods-Muto, Frye-Willett, Pittman-Donlin

Scratches for Lincoln were:  Paul LaDue (D), Mike McKee (D), Dominik Shine (F), Michael Bunn (F), and David Parrottino (F).  Bunn and Parrottino are recovering from injuries.  Bunn had knee surgery over the summer to repair a torn ACL which occurred during Lincoln's tryout camp in June.  Bunn will likely miss the first few months of the season.  Parrottino is recovering from minor shoulder surgery and should be back in the lineup in the next month.

The Stars will be back in action tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon when they play the loser of the Sioux City-Green Bay game which is being played tonight.  Lincoln's game tomorrow will begin at 11:30am.  Make sure you follow the B³ Twitter account tomorrow afternoon for live updates.

Edit:  The Green Bay Gamblers lost to the Sioux City Musketeers tonight by a score of 7-5, so the Stars will face the Gamblers tomorrow at 11:30am CST for their final game at the Clyde Iron Cup.  There's a chance this game could be broadcast online here.  More later when I get confirmation.

Go Stars.

Edit:  Much thanks to some very nice blog readers from Colorado for sending me the picture above, and the picture below from the game this afternoon.

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