Saturday, September 15, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 9/15: Lincoln 5, Green Bay 0

It was a strong second half which propelled the Lincoln Stars to a 5-0 shutout win over the defending Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers at the Clyde Iron Cup in Duluth, MN today.

Lincoln rebounded after yesterday's 3-0 shutout loss to the Tri-City Storm.  Green Bay finished the Clyde Iron Cup with a 0-2 record, while giving up 12 goals in those two games.  Tri-City went on to win the Clyde Iron Cup tournament with a 3-2 OT win over the Sioux City Musketeers today.

Pointstreak did not cover this game, so unfortunately there is no boxscore to reference.  My Twitter friend @zackfriedli was not able to attend this game, so unfortunately there were no live updates to follow on Twitter.  However, a small Duluth TV station did offer an online broadcast to watch for free.  The quality wasn't very good, and the announcers knew very little about USHL hockey, but it was better than nothing.

This game was divided into two, 25-minute halves.  I'm not sure why they decided to do that.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb started and played the entire game, pitching the shutout.  Lincoln's team defense did such a good job today that Teichroeb very rarely was tested.

In the first half, the only Stars goal came from defenseman Justin Woods.  My online feed at the time was not working, so I did not see Woods' goal.

In the second half, the Stars exploded for four goals, including three scored within a minute and 30 seconds span.  Defenseman Justin Woods scored his second goal of the game on a Stars' PP with a nice shot from just inside the blueline that looked to beat the Green Bay goaltender glove high.

Moments later, Stars forward Will Suter accepted a long pass at the opponent's blueline, skated in alone on the GB goaltender, and scored glove high to give Lincoln a 3-0 lead.  Seconds later, Stars forward Dominik Shine took advantage of a Gamblers turnover in their own end and rifled the puck into the net for a 4-0 lead.

Incoming Stars forward Ross Olsson completed the scoring with a nice deflection goal later in the second half of the game.

I was unable to keep track of the assists, so I only have the goal scorers.  Many times the announcers never stated who picked up the assists anyway.

From what I saw, it was a very good effort put forth by the Stars today.  Lincoln spent a lot of time in the penalty box, but Lincoln's PK unit did a great job of minimizing the shots that got through to Jackson Teichroeb.  By my count, Lincoln was whistled for 13 minor penalties, while Green Bay was whistled for 7 minor penalties.

I think the Stars have to feel pretty good about only giving up two goals over the past two games.  Yes, Tri-City scored three goals yesterday, but their last goal was an empty-netter so I'm not going to count that one.  Goaltending and team defense was strong today and yesterday, while the offense warmed up today with the five goals scored.

The Stars will return to Lincoln for a few days before jumping back on the bus and making the trek north to Sioux City, IA for the USHL Fall Classic next week.  Click here to read more about the Fall Classic.  Stars will play first on Wednesday 9/19 against the Fargo Force.  Second game at the Fall Classic will be on Thursday 9/20 against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.  Lincoln's third, and final game at the Fall Classic will take place on Saturday 9/22 against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

I'll post a Fall Classic preview article here on the blog either on Monday or Tuesday so keep an eye out for that.  I'll take a closer look at Lincoln's three opponents at the Fall Classic.

Go Stars.

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