Sunday, March 31, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 4, Sioux Falls 1

The Lincoln Stars moved one step closer to clinching a spot in the 2013 USHL Clark Cup Playoffs Saturday night in Sioux Falls with a dominating 4-1 road victory over the first-place Stampede.

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The win, which was Lincoln's third in a row, improved the Stars' record to 36-21-3 (75 points).  Lincoln is still firmly in third place in the USHL Western Conference, now only four points behind the second place Fargo Force (79 points).

The top two teams in each conference get home-ice for the first round of the playoffs, so those top two spots in the west are highly coveted.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

The Stars can clinch a playoff spot this Friday with a win, or overtime loss, against the Omaha Lancers at the IceBox.  Speaking of the Lancers, they are struggling as of late and could not make the playoffs for the first time in 23 straight seasons.  The Lancers and Stars play twice this next Friday and Saturday, so there's a lot riding on that weekend series.

I was not around a computer or a radio much last night so I didn't get an opportunity follow this game very well.  I didn't catch some of the radio broadcast very late in the contest.  If you were one of the lucky few in attendance, or watched from home, please leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on how this game played out.

The Stars got out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period thanks to goals from Phil Marinaccio and Dominik Shine.  Those two Lincoln goals were scored within three minutes of one another in the latter portion of the first period.

Neither team would find the back of the net in the second stanza, so the Stars took their 2-0 lead into the third period.

In the final twenty minutes, Zach Aston-Reese scored at the 3:10 mark to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.  The Stampede finally got on the scoreboard very late in the period after they pulled their goaltender while on the powerplay.  The Stampede goal ruined Jackson Teichroeb's shutout attempt with only 1:4 remaining in the game.

Dominik Shine scored his second goal of the game, an empty-netter, just fourteen seconds after the Stampede goal to complete the scoring.  Shine finished with two goals on the night (including the game winner), and was +3.  Zach Aston Reese finished with two points (1g, 1a) and was also +3 on the night.

Jackson Teichroeb was the number one star of the game, as he stopped 37 of 38 shots to record his fourth straight win, and his 15th overall.  Teichroeb was a BIG reason why the Stars went 2-0-0 this past weekend.  It's really nice to see Jackson find his groove, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Speaking of goaltending, the Lincoln Stars are 5-1-0 in the six games since they brought on goaltender coach Chris Holt to help Jackson Teichroeb and Michael Bitzer.  In those six games, Teichroeb and Bitzer have surrendered only 13 goals.  Coincidence?

As I mentioned above, the Stars are back at the IceBox this upcoming Friday for a huge tilt against the Omaha Lancers.  That is definitely a game you do not want to miss.

Go Stars.

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