Saturday, January 19, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Omaha 5, Lincoln 2

The Lincoln Stars entered the third period at Omaha with a 2-1 lead but allowed four goals in the final period and fell 5-2 to the Lancers on Saturday night at the Ralston Arena and Event Center.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

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.

Click here to view the current USHL standings.

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.

If you were at the game and would like to add some feedback about what you saw, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you. You do not need to register to leave a comment.

If you're curious about the current "Good Life Cup" standings, here they are :

Lincoln (6-3-2; 14 points)
Omaha (6-4-0; 12 points) 
Tri-City (4-4-2; 10 points)

Lincoln is back at the IceBox for a pair of games next weekend. The Stars host Sioux City on Friday and Fargo on Saturday.

Go Stars.


Yeti said...

Thanks to BellsTolls for putting this article up last night despite not feeling too well either. I really appreciate it. I damn near drank a bottle of NyQuil around 7pm and slept 14 hours.

I guess I picked a good weekend to get sick and miss both games. Getting two points out of four would of been nice, but they weren't able to do that. Reading some comments from fans at the game last night, sounds like the Stars gave up in the third period, which isn't a good sign. Another third period lead was wasted away.

Consistency has been Lincoln's main issue this season. This past Tuesday, they played some of their best hockey of the season against Waterloo. Even more impressive, they did it shorthanded with a lot of key players out of the lineup.

A few days later, with those key players back in the lineup, they lay an egg against their arch rival. How does that happen?

This has been a hard team to understand. You just don't know what to expect from game to game.

Anonymous said...

Yeti: what kind of contract does Chad Johnson have? Is he coming back next season? Thanx.

Yeti said...

Anon: Chad Johnson is in the third year of a 3-year contract. I haven't heard if that contract has been extended.