|Phil Marinaccio scores in the first period|
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With the loss, the Stars fell to 20-11-3 (43 points) and are still in fourth place in the USHL Western Conference. Lincoln is now only three points ahead of the fifth place Omaha Lancers.
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This is going to be very, very short. I've been sicker than a dog the last couple of days, so I did not attend this game. I was able to catch the first period before falling asleep, so I missed all of the second and third periods.
Lincoln scored the first goal Friday night when newcomer Phil Marinaccio batted in a rebound past Omaha goaltender Alex Lyon at the 1:33 mark of the first period. Luke Johnson and Zack Pittman picked up the assists on Marinaccio's first goal as a member of the Lincoln Stars. Early on, it was looking like the Stars would dominate this game, but the Lancers stormed back with two goals later in the first period.
Omaha's first goal was a strange one. Ryan Tait scored on a odd-angle past Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb who seemed very surprised it found the back of the net. It looked like one of those shots that probably doesn't get in if Tait shoots it 100 times again, but puck luck was on his side this time.
Omaha defenseman Tucker Poolman scored later in the first period with a PP tally at the 15:58 mark of the period. There was only 7 seconds remaining on Garrett Brossart's interference minor penalty when Poolman scored the go-ahead goal.
After a scoreless second period, Omaha defenseman Dominic Racobaldo scored halfway through the third period in what would be the dagger, and the eventual game-winning goal. Tommy Schutt would score later in the third period to pull the Stars to within one goal, but the Lancers hung on for the 3-2 win.
From what I've heard from friends who were at the game, both teams played relatively well, but the Lancers had better goaltending and took advantage of their scoring opportunities when they had them. I was told that the Stars had more scoring chances compared to Omaha, but Alex Lyon was the difference maker.
Jackson Teichroeb stopped 23 of 26 in the loss, while Omaha's Alex Lyon stopped 38 of 40 shots and was named the game's #1 star. Omaha went 1-for-4 on the PP, while Lincoln went 0-for-4. Again, the Stars lose the special teams war against the Lancers. That has plagued Lincoln this season.
Omaha improved to 4-1-0 in five games against the Lincoln Stars this season. All four wins for Omaha have been by one goal. Puck luck has certainly been on their side.
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Stars will finish up their weekend home-at-home series against Omaha tonight in Ralston at 7:05pm CST. Lincoln cannot afford to lost this game if they want to distance themselves from the Lancers in the standings. Defenseman Mike McKee and goaltender Michael Bitzer will be back in the lineup, so that should help their chances.