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Lincoln finished with a 3-1-0 record in four games against Waterloo this season, so the Stars won the regular season series against the 'Hawks.
The big road win improved Lincoln's record to 32-20-3 (67 points) and they are now all alone in third place in the USHL Western Conference. The Stars are two points ahead of the fourth place Waterloo Blackhawks (65 points), and three points ahead of the fifth place Omaha Lancers (64 points). Click here to view the current USHL standings.
I wasn't around a PC or radio for most of this game, so this recap will be very short. If anyone out there watched or listened to the game, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.
My first thought after looking at the boxscore, and noticing that Kenny Anderson was one of the refs was, "How did Waterloo not have 15 powerplay opportunities in this game?"
The Stars got out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Paul LaDue's 11th goal of the season at the 2:44 mark of the first period. Waterloo would answer with two goals of their own later in the first period to close out the scoring in the first twenty minutes.
Waterloo took the 2-1 lead into the first intermission, and outshot Lincoln 12-5 in the first period.
From what I've been told, the second period of this game was pretty crazy. Waterloo got on the scoreboard first and increased their lead to 3-1 with a goal at the 8:53 mark. After that, it was all Lincoln. The Stars scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
Eric Scheid scored first at the 12:11 mark to pull Lincoln to within one goal. Dominik Shine would score at the 15:48 mark to knot the game up at 3-3. Scheid would add his second goal of the period at the 18:19 mark to give Lincoln it's second lead of the game at 4-3. Scheid's second goal came on the powerplay.
Lincoln outshot Waterloo 14-13 in the second period.
Waterloo came out strong in the third period and put 18 shots on goal, but Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer stopped 17 of those and Lincoln scored two more goals to secure the two points on the road.
After Waterloo scored early in the third period to tie the score at 4-4, Stars forward Luke Johnson scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal at the 7:54 mark to give Lincoln a 5-4 lead. Zach Aston-Reese would add the icing on the cake with a very pretty goal just 16 seconds after Johnson's tally to give the Stars a 6-4 lead.
Waterloo outshot Lincoln 43-27 overall, but the Stars had the better goaltending. Michael Bitzer stopped 39 of 43 for his 20th win of the season. Waterloo goaltender Eamon McAdam stopped 21 of 27 in the loss. The Stars went 1-for-2 on the powerplay (only two PP opportunities, refs?), while Waterloo went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
Huge, huge win Friday night at Young Arena in Waterloo....a place where the Stars traditionally have had a hard time winning games. Lincoln lost 10-2 the last time they played in that rink, so I'm sure the players were pumped up to have a better showing and prove they can win on the big ice sheet at Young Arena. Not having USHL
Very proud of the players and coaches for the big win last night. They will have another quality opponent tonight at the IceBox with the Green Bay Gamblers who beat the Omaha Lancers last night in Ralston by a score of 6-1. Tonight's tilt should be an awesome game in front of a sellout crowd. Can't wait.