Friday, September 28, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap 9/28: Sioux Falls 1, Lincoln 5

Courtesy of Shooting Star Photos
After a sluggish start, the Lincoln Stars scored five unanswered goals in front of a sellout crowd tonight at the IceBox to beat the visiting Sioux Falls Stampede by a score of 5-1.



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I'm not sure if it was a case of pregame jitters, but the Stars started the first period a little sluggish and the visiting Stampede controlled play for most of the first ten minutes.  Considering the pregame festivities, the light show, and a sellout crowd of 4,000+, I don't blame the players if some were a little nervous.  Hell, I was nervous and I wasn't out there on the ice playing the game.

Sioux Falls got on the scoreboard first when Kyle Schempp scored at the 7:03 mark of the first period to give the 'Pede their only lead (and goal) of the game.  Stampede forward Tony Calderone set up the play nicely by bringing into the Stars zone along the boards before centering a pass to a breaking Schempp who deflected a shot past Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb.

I think that early Sioux Falls goal helped the Stars to break out of the fog that they were in mentally, and they seemed to play much better after that.

With Vinni Lettieri in the penalty box, Stars captain Dominik Shine would score Lincoln's first goal of the 2012-13 season.  Shine brought the puck into the Sioux Falls zone on a shorthanded rush before snapping a laser past 'Pede goaltender Charlie Lindgren to knot the game up at 1-1.  It was a filthy, nasty shot.  Zach Aston-Reese and Jackson Teichroeb earned the assists on Shine's shorthanded tally.

Shine's goal was a big one, and it gave the Stars new life going into the first intermission.  Shots were even at 10-10 after the first period.

In the second period, it was all Lincoln.  Just 52 seconds into the period, Shine would once again find the back of the net to give Lincoln a 2-1 lead.  I was making my way to my seat when Shine scored, so I missed this one completely.  I was told later that Shine batted in a rebound right out front of Lindgren for the goal.  Justin Woods and Eric Scheid collected the assists on Shine's second goal of the game.

Throughout the second stanza, the Stars would pepper Lindgren with shot after shot before Jake Wood found the back of the net late in the period.  Stars forward Will Suter initiated the play by skating hard into the Sioux Falls zone, skating behind the net, before passing it to Wood who one-timed it glove-high past Lindgren.  Suter and Paul LaDue picked up the assists on Wood's even-strength goal which gave Lincoln a 3-1 lead.

Blog reader "Johnny" was lucky enough to capture Jake Wood's goal on video, and I'll post that at the end of this article.  Thanks to Johnny for allowing me to share it will all of you.

Stars outshot the Stampede in the second period 16-6, and 26-16 through two periods.

In the third period, the Stars continued to outplay the Stampede and would net two more goals to complete the scoring.  First at the 12:26 mark of the third, Daniel Willett skated into the Sioux Falls zone before backhanding a very nice pass to a streaking Eric Scheid in the slot who buried the puck past Lindgren to give Lincoln a commanding 4-1 lead.  Willett and Paul LaDue picked up the assists on Scheid's even-strength goal.

Down three goals late in the game, Stampede head coach Cary Eades pulled Lindgren for the extra attacker, however it was the Stars who took advantage of the empty net.  With a little over one minute remaining in the third, Brad Hawkinson scored an empty-net goal to seal the 5-1 home opener victory.  Daniel Willett and Garrett Brossart earned the assists on Hawkinson's even-strength goal.

Stars outshot the Stampede 36-24 overall.  Lincoln went 0-for-5 on the powerplay, while the Stampede went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Jackson Teichroeb gave up a goal in the first period I'm sure he'd want back, but the important thing is that he bounced back and shut the door on the Stampede for the remainder of the game.  Teichroeb stopped 23 of 24 shots to record the win.  Stampede goaltender Charlie Lindgren stopped 31 of 35 shots in the loss.

Despite going 0-5 on the powerplay, I was really impressed with how the Stars' PP unit performed last night.  They were able to keep the puck in the Stampede zone for the most part, and put a lot of pressure on Lindgren.  They very rarely look unorganized, which is a good sign considering it was the first game of the season.

Considering the amount of Stars players missing from this game, I thought the team played pretty darn well.  Scratched was Michael Bunn (injured), David Parrottino (injured), Max Coatta, Zack Pittman, Ross Olsson, and Luke Johnson.  Olsson and Johnson missed the game due to their participation in the  CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which is being held tonight in Buffalo, NY.  Click here to read more about the prospects game, and how you can watch it live tonight online for free.  Puck drops at 6:00pm EST if you're interested in watching.

Great to see the boys bounce back after a slow start and take control of the game last night.  Lincoln was certainly the better team in the second and third periods.  I think once the players shed their pregame jitters, took a deep breath and calmed down, they fed off the crowd and played very, very well.

The Stars will take the rest of this weekend off, but will return to the IceBox next Friday night to take on the Des Moines Buccaneers.  Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.  More on that matchup later next week.

Please leave a comment below!  I'd love to hear your opinions on the game!

Go Stars.

P.S. - Here's the video of Jake Wood's second period goal, courtesy of blog reader "Johnny."

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I want video of DeVito/Habscheid! What sparked that as it is? I didn't see anything.

lincolnfan said...

it was a solid effort last night, overall was a good game. the Stars played for at least close to the whole 60 minutes, after a bit of a slow start, and definitely earned that win. there's lots to look forward to this year, we looked very good for it just being the first game.

don't mean to sound negative, but i just have to say i think it is somewhat embarrassing to our organization that the pre-game video didn't work. i could understand if it were like something broke at the last minute, but it seemed to me to be an issue that should have/could have been fixed before the game. we've been in the league 16 years now; surely they tested the video out after getting everything set up before everyone got there. it was just kind of embarrassing for our organization i think. alright, i'll get off my soapbox and stop venting now.

other than that, last night was awesome. solid effort for the win, and definitely a lot to look forward to this season.

Johnny said...

I didn't get a video of either fight, but I did manage to randomly film the Jake Wood goal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNWciie21Ow&feature=plcp

Anonymous said...

I watched the game on Fasthockey and thought the Stars played great. One disappointment was I never got the audio from that website. I think that is unacceptable from a website I had to pay to watch. I finally got the audio from the Lincolnblog's page. I hope they figure out what happened and fix it for good.

Yeti said...

Anon,

That DeVito fight was a good one. Not sure what sparked it, but DeVito is a tough kid. He won't back down from anyone. He's going to be a fan favorite for sure.

lincolnfan,

I agree about the video. I was really looking forward to watching it. I assume the Stars did a few rehearsals before to make sure there wouldn't be any problems with the video. But you are right, it's a bit embarrassing. Hopefully they'll try it again next Friday night at the IceBox, or post the video online for everyone to see.

Johnny,

Great video! Thanks so much for sharing. Would you mind if I posted that on the front page of the blog?

BellTolls said...

There were a lot of technical issues last night listening to Melbye. He said something about a new wireless router in the building and Melbye wasn't getting Internet. Then Pointstreak wasn't working all night for hardly any game, so clearly Pointstreak wasn't ready for the season to start last night. IMO, that's more embarrassing than the video not working. (By the way, it's still not fixed for quite a few games.) I'm sure the Stars did test runs all week like they do for starting lineup sequence. Just one of those things where something crashed at the exact wrong time. Believe me, no one feels worse than the guys who put the video together and watched it work correctly all week. I'm sure they were sick to their stomachs all night.

But overall sounded like a fun game and the Stars appear to have a solid team this year. First place and ahead of the Lancers!

Yeti said...

Anon at 10:26am,

I heard from a few player parents watching from home that they also did not have audio of last night's game. Not sure if that was a FASTHockey problem, or an issue somewhere in the IceBox. Hopefully they'll get it fixed for next Friday.

BellTolls said...

Yeti, Melbye apologized for that as well (though ironically the people it was intended for couldn't hear it). He said there was nothing he could do to fix it. I'm guessing it was related to the new equipment and his Internet connection.

Yeti said...

Thanks for the info, BT. Good to know. I obviously wasn't listening to the radio broadcast, but I was getting emails and texts last night from a few player parents who were pretty upset. Not much I could do about it, but my better half did mention it to Micki.

Hopefully they can work out the bugs for next Friday's game.

BellTolls said...

I guess it's tough to bring a barn into the digital era :)

Brandon Anderson said...

I was down on the ice during the playing well the attempt of the video. It was the dvd player that just quit working and wouldn't even read the disc. It all worked fine during the rehearsal with the film crew. I know for a fact that nobody was more dissapointed in the fact that the video didnt play than the stars staff.

-BA