Saturday, December 1, 2012

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 5, Omaha 1

This is BT filling in for Yeti since he doesn't have Internet access just yet at his new home. Yeti has decided that for the good of the Stars he is going to be moving every weekend from now on. Anyway, here is a very short recap to just get something up on the blog. I didn't listen to the game.

The Lincoln Stars romped to a 5-1 win over the Omaha Lancers on Friday night at Ralston Arena. Here is a link to the Pointstreak box score. Four goals in the second period was more than enough than the Stars would need to cruise to the victory. It was a dominant effort by Lincoln, as they outshot Omaha 35-23 and snapped a five-game losing streak and avenged a shootout loss to the Lancers a week earlier.

The win puts the Stars at 12-5-1 and in third place in the West with 25 points. Waterloo (30) and Sioux Falls (27) remain ahead of Lincoln, but both have played two more games than the Stars. Omaha/Council Bluffs/River City/Ralston dropped to 11-11 and is in fifth place with 22 points.

Scoring for Lincoln in the second were Dominik Shine, Luke Johnson (powerplay), Ross Olsson and Eric Scheid. Jake Wood added a powerplay goal in the third period, and Luca Frigo's goal in the third period mattered very little.

Michael Bitzer stopped 22-of-23 shots in the win. Jackson Teichroeb will miss five games because of a USHL suspension, so expect to see Bitzer start the next four games. Vinni Lettieri assisted on three of the five goals and received the third star. Scheid had a goal and assist to be named second star, and Shine had a goal and assist and was named first star after sitting out the last three games.

Looking at the box score, sounds like this was a typical Lincoln/Omaha game. Omaha's Niklas Folin was ejected 7:06 into the game for checking from behind. Brent Wold took exception and received a roughing penalty for retalliating. With two seconds left in the period, Connor Chatham took an elbowing penalty for the Lancers, and Zack Pittman didn't care for it too much, instigating a fight with Chatham. He was subsequently ejected for it, but there is no doubt the Stars fed off of it, scoring three times in the first eight minutes of the second period. Early in the third period, Frank Schumacher received an abuse of officials misconduct after a hooking penalty on the Lancers.

Lincoln went 2-for-7 on the powerplay, while Omaha went 0-for-3. I have no idea what the officiating was like, but it sure does feel good to be the ones on the positive side of the powerplays. That's only the fourth time in 18 games that the Stars have had a powerplay advantage this season. Lincoln has won all four of those games. Omaha has nothing to complain about as they had a 5-2 advantage in powerplays at the Ice Box last week and scored two of their three goals on it.

Lincoln is at Sioux Falls Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Go Stars!


Nighthawk said...

It was definitely a great game to be at. It looked like there were a lot of penalties but only because the refs actually did their jobs. As for Pittman's ejection, Chatham pretty much smached Lettieri's face into the boards. Glad Pittman made him answer for that. I don't think this game was as heated as last Wednesday's but then again, the refs didnt lose control like last time either. Love that we play them 4 weekends in a row. Already got my tickets for next Saturday :) Let's go Stars!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for filling in for Yeti - I was happy to read this post today. I also appreciate the details regarding retaliation and exception - even though I was at this game it's good to see the penalties/motivations printed.