Tuesday, October 30, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 3, Tri-City 0

Choo choo!

The Lincoln Stars remained undefeated tonight with a 3-0 shutout victory on the road over the Tri-City Storm.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 9-0-0 (18 points) on the season and are back in a tie for first place in the USHL Western Conference with the Waterloo Blackhawks.  Click here to view the USHL standings.  The win tonight also completed an undefeated month of October for the Stars.  8-0-0 in eight games played.  You're next, November.

The first goal, and eventual game-winner, was scored by Jimmy DeVito at the 17:56 mark of the first period.  After a Brent Wold shot on goal that was saved by Storm goaltender Christian Frey, the rebound went right to DeVito who fired the puck into the open net.  The goal was DeVito's first as a member of the Lincoln Stars.  Wold and Max Humitz earned the assist on the even-strength goal from DeVito.

Stars took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission, leading in shots 13-10.

After a scoreless second period which saw Lincolnout-shoot Storm 11-6, the Stars would finish out the third period with two more goals to cruise to their 9th straight win to start the season.

Lincoln's second goal was scored by Vinni Lettieri on an unreal snipe at the 7:49 mark of the third period.  After accepting a long pass from Trent Samuels-Thomas, Vinni skated into the Storm zone along on the right wing.  Vinni faked a slapshot before wristing the puck glove high, short side, on Frey.  Beauty shot.  Vinni's goal was his first of the season and it came at even-strenth.  Samuel-Thomas and Jackson Teichroeb picked up the assists on Lettieri's goal.

Later in the third period, Dominik Shine put the game away with his 6th goal of the season at the 15:08 mark to increase Lincoln's lead to 3-0.  The Pointstreak boxscore shows that Paul LaDue picked up the lone assist, but it was Zach Aston-Reese who should have been rewarded.  ZAR was along the far boards in the Storm zone and found Shine with a beauty backhand pass.  Dominik skated into the slot and fired it glove-high past Frey for the goal.  Shine has now scored one goal in three straight games and has six total goals scored in only 8 games.

Neither team would score on the powerplay as the Stars and Storm both went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.  A total of four minor penalties were called in this game.  Nice to see the Stars stay out of the penalty box and still dominate teams.  The Stars outshot the Storm overall, 39-31.

Jackson Teichroeb played brilliant once again tonight, stopping all 31 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the regular season.  Teichroeb improved to 6-0-0 with a 1.62 goals against average and a .942 save percentage.  Rightfully so, Teichroeb was named the number one star of the game.

Stars co-captain Mike McKee did not play tonight as he was serving the first of a three-game suspension handed down by the USHL.  McKee was suspended after picking up a spearing major and game misconduct against the Indiana Ice this past Saturday.  McKee will miss both games this weekend.

The Stars will look to go 10-0-0 this Friday night in Sioux City, Iowa against the Musketeers.  On Saturday, Lincoln will be back at the IceBox for a tilt against the Fargo Force.  The Stars will be without the services of Luke Johnson, Justin Woods, and Michael Bitzer for the next four games as the trio will be playing for Team USA in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Click here to read more about that.  I'll post a weekend preview article late Thursday night, so keep an eye out for that.

The train rolls on!  Go Stars!!


lincolnfan said...

great win tonight! can we go 10-0?? nice write up as always, Yeti. for the first time tonight, i bought the game on FastHockey for $7.99. i have a Roku player that hooks up to my TV that has a FastHockey app that i was able to watch the game on, which was really nice. overall, i have to say i was pretty impressed with how smoothly it all went getting it going, and overall the quality of the video was pretty good. it was a little hard to follow everything that was going on though, just because of the limited camera angles, and for the most part the camera was zoomed out most of the time and just moving back and forth wherever the puck action was. it was hard at times to see the numbers or names on the players' jerseys. it wasn't bad though, for just a junior league hockey game. Yeti, i know you buy a lot of the games on FastHockey, how do the arenas compare in terms of video quality? which ones have the best video coverage? looking forward to Friday night, can't wait to see how the Stars do up in SC .. then of course, back on the Ice Box on Saturday!

Yeti said...

Thanks for the comment, lincolnfan. The video quality from TC's rink isn't the greatest in my opinion, but it isn't bad either. Like you said, it's sometimes hard to see numbers when the cameras are zoomed out.

In my experience from watching FASTHockey games online, Fargo is up there as one of the better rinks to watch online. Nice new bright arena. Multiple camera angles. Sioux City is pretty good also. TC and Des Moines are average. Sioux Falls is pretty bad, along with Lincoln. In fact, Lincoln is one of the worst in the league. Thankfully we're all at the IceBox watching games in person so we don't have to worry about watching games online. I feel sorry for player parents who have to watch games from Lincoln.