Saturday, October 27, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 4, Indiana 3

Another weekend done, another four points!

The Lincoln Stars continued their perfect start to the season with a tough 4-3 win over the Indiana Ice at Pan Am Arena Saturday night. Playing in front of what sounded like little to no atmosphere in Indy, the Stars created their own energy and came out victorious. Radio broadcaster Mike Melbye actually compared it to the setup at Tranquility and said it was colder. For anyone who has been to Tranquility, you know how cold that must be.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win, the Stars improved to 8-0-0 (16 points) and are still tied with the Waterloo Blackhawks for first place in the USHL Western Conference. Waterloo beat Team USA 3-2 Saturday night. Click here to view the current USHL standings. Indiana is now 3-9-1 this season, but they were 2-1 at home coming into tonight's game.

Neither Yeti nor I were able to watch the game tonight, so this recap will not be too extensive. If you did watch on FastHockey or were lucky enough to be in attendance, please post your thoughts in a comment below!

The first period was a long one, taking nearly 55 minutes to complete. The fireworks started early, as Mike McKee and Indy's bad boy Woody Hudson dropped the gloves just five seconds into the game. Maybe the two biggest heavyweights in the league found themselves on the ice to start the game, and no doubt they made the most of the opportunity. I wasn't able to listen to the beginning of the game, so I'm not sure who earned the decision, if anyone.

Brad Hawkinson got the scoring started just 1:51 into the game. Hawkinson slipped a rebound past Dalton Izyk off of assists from Jimmy DeVito and Justin Woods. DeVito took a slapshot that Izyk made a save on, but Hawkinson swallowed up the leftovers for his second goal of the season. Hawkinson played both forward and defense for the Stars again tonight. That kind of versatility is invaluable.

But Indiana's Mikhail Plotnikov tied the game at 7:11 off of an assist from Alex Talcott. Plotnikov beat Jackson Teichroeb, who earned a second straight start in net for Lincoln.

McKee took a spearing major at 8:21 and received a game misconduct for it, ending his night very early. Love McKee's style of play, but it's never good to lose an NHL Draft pick and one of your best players before the first period is even over. Nevertheless, the Stars killed off the five minute major, as well as a few seconds of a 4-on-3. Each team went 0-for-3 on the powerplay in the opening period. The teams combined for 35 penalty minutes. Lincoln outshot Indiana 11-6.

In the second period, the Stars again came out the aggressor. Eric Scheid scored 1:25 into the period for his fifth goal of the season and a 2-1 Stars lead. Zachary Aston-Reese and Daniel Willett assisted the goal. Not to be outdone, Dominik Shine scored his fifth goal of the season at 6:27 on a breakaway for a 3-1 Stars lead. Willett picked up his second assist of the game and Paul Ladue notched one as well.

Indiana cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal by Brian Morgan 11:36 into the second. Morgan's shot hit the back bar inside the net and came out so fast that the referees initially didn't signal a goal. But the light went on, and after conferring with the goal judge, a goal was awarded.

Just when it appeared the Ice might take some momentum into the third period, the Stars got a huge goal from one of their leaders. Will Suter continued his streak of scoring a point in all eight games this season with his fifth goal of the year with 52 seconds left in the period. Suter sniped a shot from the dot in the right circle to give the Stars a two-goal lead at 4-2. Jake Wood and Tommy Schutt assisted the goal. Getting the two-goal lead back was huge heading into the third period, as it turned out to be the game-winner. Lincoln outshot Indiana 11-9 in the second for a two-period total of 22-15.

Early in the third period, Indy made it 4-3 on the powerplay thanks to Morgan's second goal of the game, which came just 2:56 into the third with one second left on the Stars' penalty kill. But the Stars held off the Ice the rest of the way to pick up the 4-3 win. In the final minute, Indiana wasn't even able to pull its goaltender for an extra attacker, as Luke Johnson, Trent Samuels-Thomas and Max Coatta kept the puck in the Indiana zone for the final 34 seconds following a faceoff. Teichroeb made 18 saves on 21 shots. Lincoln outshot Indiana 37-21 with a dominant 15-6 advantage in the third period. Lincoln has now won, I believe, 42 straight games when leading after two periods.

The Stars visit Tri-City on Tuesday for a Halloween Eve game at 7:05 p.m. Lincoln is at Sioux City next Friday at 7:00 p.m. before returning home on Saturday to host Fargo at 7:05 p.m. Three big games against three divisional opponents. One game at a time. Go Stars!

1 comment:

Yeti said...

Thanks for the recap, BT! I appreciate the help. It was nice to have a night off, so to speak. :)

I was getting updates of the Stars game via email and Twitter tonight while I was watching the UNO game. Sounds like the Stars played pretty well.

Like you said, one game at a time. This team is definitely something special!