Wednesday, September 19, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 9/19: Lincoln 5, Fargo 1

The Lincoln Stars used a strong 60 minute effort tonight in their opening game of the USHL Fall Classic tournament to cruise to a 5-1 victory over the Fargo Force.

 Click here to view the Poinstreak boxscore.

I was able to watch this game on FASTHockey, so I'll include my thoughts below.

The Stars came out very strong and took it right to the Force in the first period of this game.  I'm not sure if the Force were still on the bus (mentally), but they just looked a bit tired and out of it.  The Stars took advantage of that and scored three goals in a six-minute span of the first period.

First goal was scored by forward Jake Wood, with the lone assist going to Garrett Brossart.  Unfortunately, my FASTHockey video feed was lost just before Wood scored so I didn't get to see it.  If anyone else out there saw it, please leave a comment below and let me know how he scored.

Jake Wood had a hand in Lincoln's second goal of the game when he took advantage of a Fargo turnover behind their own net by intercepting the puck and passing it to a wide open Max Humitz in the slot.  Humitz had plenty of time to snipe it past Fargo goaltender Tomas Sholl to give Lincoln a 2-0 lead.  Wood earned the only assist on Humitz's even-strength goal.  Humitz's goal would turn out to be the eventual game-winner.

At the 10:43 mark of the first period, Stars defenseman Justin Woods fought hard for the puck along the near boards before centering the puck towards a breaking Zach Aston-Reese who faked one way and went the other before scoring short side on Sholl.  Woods earned the only assist on Lincoln's third goal of the game.

Fargo scored their only goal of the game late in the first period to pull within one goal at 3-1.  Stars outshot the Force 10-8 through the first 20 minutes.

In the second period, it didn't take very long for the Stars to get back on the scoreboard.  After a hard point shot by Stars defenseman Daniel Willett, the puck bounced to a wide open Eric Scheid who tapped it into net to give Lincoln a 4-1 lead.  Willett picked up the only assist on Scheid's even-strength tally.

Late in the second period, the Stars would add their fifth and final goal of the game at the 17:38 mark.  Stars defenseman Mike McKee collected the puck in the neutral zone after a big hit and skated quickly into the Fargo zone.  McKee used his speed and long reach to hold onto the puck just as he was cycling behind the Force net before finding Will Suter in the slot.  Suter one-timed the puck past Fargo goaltender Aaron Nelson to give the Stars a 5-1 lead.

Stars outshot Fargo 8-7 in the second period.

Neither team would find the back of the net in the third period as Lincoln put the clamps on Fargo and outshot them 8-5 in the final stanza.

Stars outshot the Force overall, 26-20.  Both teams went 0-for-3 on the powerplay.

Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer was solid in net stopping 19 of 20 Fargo shots to record the win.  Bitzer didn't have to make a lot of saves, but he came up pretty big on a number of quality Fargo offensive chances.  I assume since Bitz played today that Jackson Teichroeb will get the start against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders tomorrow.

Scratched from this game for Lincoln were Charlie Donlin (D), Vinni Lettieri (F), Michael Bunn (F), David Parrottino (F), and Brad Hawkinson (F).

Great effort tonight by the entire team.  I thought Fargo came out very sluggish while the Stars looked sharp right off the bat.  Before the Force could wake up, the Stars put up three goals in the first period and the game was pretty much over at that point.  The Force played better in the second and third periods, but the Stars wanted it more tonight and it showed.

Just a quick shout out to the FASTHockey announcer of this game, Jordan Berger.  I've been a fan of Berger for a while now.  He has done play-by-play for the Fall Classic for the past few years now and does a great job.  You can tell he does his homework ahead of time.  Jordan had some very nice things to say about this blog while he was on the air tonight, and I appreciate that.  Great job once again, Jordan.

I hope post some pictures tomorrow of this game, so stay tuned for that.  I'll post those in a separate article.

Let's do this all over again tomorrow!  I'll be watching again on FASTHockey.  If you were at the game tonight, I'd really love to hear from you!  Comments are wide open.  You do not need to register to comment.

Go Stars.


Anonymous said...

How did Daniel Willett look?

Yeti said...


I think Willett looked really good. Because of his age and size, I really wasn't sure what to expect when I first saw him play in person at Lincoln's tryout camp this past June. But the kid plays a solid game. I think his offensive abilities are really going to help Lincoln's powerplay unit this season.

For the most part, the majority of Lincoln's defensemen are about 6'2", 200 pounds. On the average. So I think Willett compliments the other guys pretty well with his small size, but quick feet.

There's a good reason why he picked up a college scholarship to Northeastern University as a 16 year old. He's got game. Looking forward to watching him this season.

Anonymous said...

Does it cost to watch it? My husband is not able to go to the first few home games and this would be awesome I'm on Facebook so could u let me know

Anonymous said...

I watched the third period on Fast hockey and from what I saw, I think the Stars are going to do well this year and will be fun to watch. I really appreciate your blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback on Willett. I've seen him play 6 or 7 times and I think he's a very dynamic player. And once he gets comfortable in the USHL he'll play a more physical game than people might expect.
You have a very cool blog. Good luck to the Stars this season.