With the loss, the Stars fell to 20-12-3 (43 points) and are still in fourth place in the USHL Western Conference. The Lancers are now within one point of the Stars and the final playoff spot after getting the weekend sweep. Omaha has played two more games than the Stars though. To make things worse the three teams ahead of Lincoln in the standings - Sioux Falls, Fargo and Waterloo - all won and distanced themselves from Lincoln.
This recap won't be long. Yeti has been very sick and wasn't able to listen to Saturday's game, and I haven't felt great either and just followed the boxscore. Plus, this game doesn't appear to be one Stars fans will want to buy a DVD of.
Lincoln dominated the first period and came out of it with a 7-2 shot advantage and 1-0 lead on the scoreboard. Paul LaDue scored the only goal of the period with 2:37 left in the first period. Eric Scheid had the lone assist on the goal. The only penalty of the period was tripping on Daniel Willett, but Lincoln killed it off.
In the second period, Omaha had more chances thanks to Lincoln penalties. Mike McKee, fresh off his suspension, picked up a cross checking minor just 53 seconds into the period. The Lancers' advantage became 5-on-3 at the 2:25 mark as Justin Woods received a checking from behind penalty. Omaha was on the two-man advantage for 28 seconds, but the Stars killed both that and the following man advantage.
Unfortunately, the Stars let the Lancers tie the game 58 seconds after Woods got out of the box at the 5:23 mark. Nash Worden scored off of assists from former Star Trent Samuels-Thomas and Dominic Racobaldo past Michael Bitzer, who was also back from suspension and got the start in net.
But the Stars answered just 1:02 later when LaDue notched his second tally of the game. Willett and Zach Aston-Reese earned the helpers. Lincoln ended the second period with a shot advantage of 17-15, although Omaha outshot Lincoln in the second 13-10.
In the third period it was all Omaha. Drew Melanson scored off of assists from Ben Ostlie and Max Everson to make it 2-2 just 1:05 into the period.
Lincoln got its first power play of the game at the 5:58 mark, but the Stars were unable to capitalize. Kyle Osterberg then added to the Stars' woes with a goal at 10:20 to put Omaha up 3-2. Matthew Gaudreau assisted.
The nightmare got worse when Woods picked up a holding penalty at 14:45 and Connor Chatham scored 11 seconds into the power play for a 4-2 Lancer lead. Omaha scored three goals in its first eight shots of the third period. Not good. Jake Randolph added an empty netter with 17 seconds left to make it 5-2.
Pretty much the same old story when it comes to Lincoln and Omaha this year. Lincoln outshot Omaha 29-27, but Omaha won the special teams battle (1-for-4 on power play) and got better goaltending.
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