With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 25-15-3 (53 points) and are in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference. Lincoln is only two points behind fourth place Waterloo (55 points), three points behind third place Omaha (56 points), and four points behind second place Fargo (57 points). The Stars have one game in hand over Waterloo, and two games in hand over Omaha and Fargo.
I'm seriously regretting not driving out to Kearney to watch this game tonight. I'm also kicking myself for not watching it on FASTHockey either. I listened to the radio broadcast only, which I'm sure contributed to taking years off my life with how crazy it was in the third period, overtime, and the shootout.
Scoring for the Stars tonight was Eric Scheid, Phil Marinaccio, Justin Woods, Vinni Lettieri, and Paul LaDue. LaDue and Justin Woods scored for Lincoln in the shootout (Woods' SO goal turned out to be the game-winner).
Lincoln goaltender Jackson Teichroeb stopped 10 of 12 shots before he was pulled at the end of the first period. Michael Bitzer played the rest of this game and stopped 21 of 24 shots to record the win. Lincoln outshot Tri-City 46-36 overall.
Eric Scheid and Phil Marinaccio both led Lincoln with three points a piece (both had one goal and two assists on the night).
With Lincoln's fifth goal in tonight's game, Paul LaDue became the highest-scoring defenseman in Lincoln Stars history. LaDue now has 70 points (20g, 50a) in 99 games played. Paul beat former Stars d-man Eli Vlaisavljevich who scored 69 points in 116 games for Lincoln from 2004-06. Maybe this is a discussion for another day, but is LaDue the best overall defenseman to ever play in a Lincoln Stars uniform? Leave a comment below with your thoughts. I'd love to hear from you.
Hopefully the Stars can keep the momentum going into their game Friday night in Des Moines against the Buccaneers.
Edit: Video highlights from this game are below, courtesy of the Tri-City Storm YouTube account: