Tuesday, April 16, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 2, Sioux Falls 3 OT

Sioux Falls forward Tony Calderone scored 81 seconds into overtime to beat the Lincoln Stars by a score of 3-2 tonight in game one of their first round playoff series.  The Stampede took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

Click here to view the Poinstreak boxscore.

I was able to catch this game on FASTHockey, so I will share my thoughts below.  If you were watching at home, or lucky enough to be at the game, I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.  Please leave a comment below.

Lincoln outshot SF 15-12 in the opening period, but trailed 1-0 going into the first intermission.

On the SF scoring play in the first period, the Stampede skated into the Lincoln zone on a 2-on-1 rush.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb made the initial save on the first Stampede shot on goal, but he was out of position for the rebound that Calderone (trailing on the play) tapped into the open net. 

The Stars were able to test SF goaltender Charlie Lindgren with some good chances in the first twenty minutes, but nothing got by him. Overall, it was a pretty good showing for both squads in the first period. 

The 'Pede got out to a 2-0 lead in the second period thanks to a bang-bang play by CJ Franklin and Zeb Knutson. The Stars were unable to get the puck out of their zone and the Stampede wore them down before capitalizing.  Franklin was left alone behind the Lincoln net before centering the puck to a wide open Knutson in the slot who one-timed the puck past Teichroeb.

Will Suter answered for the Stars just 33 seconds after Knutson's goal after a rebound was backhanded past Lindgren.  Riley Bourbonnais and Eric Scheid collected the assists on Suter's even strength second period goal.  Great play by Suter to slide the backhand by Lindgren while a Stampede player was draped all over him.

After two periods in Sioux Falls, the Stampede led 2-1.  Shots were 25-21 in favor of Lincoln through forty minutes.  I thought the Stars were the better team in the second period but Lindgren stood tall.  Surprisingly, only one minor penalty was called through the first two periods. 

Trailing by one goal going into the final period, the Stars knotted the score at 2-2 about 5 minutes in.  It started with a great shift by Mike McKee who killed a ton of time on SF's PP....before blocking a shot and skating the puck up the ice before passing it to Dominik Shine.  Shine ripped a shot glove high past Lindgren.  It was an absolute bomb. 

The score would remain tied at 2-2 after regulation.  Shots were even at 29-29 through 60 minutes.

As stated above, it wouldn't take long for the 'Pede to win this one in the 20-minute OT period.  Just 81 seconds in, the Stampede won a faceoff in the Lincoln zone and Calderone ripped a wrister past Teichroeb, who acted like he didn't see the puck.  Teichs acted like he was screened on the play.

Stars finished 0-for-1 on the powerplay while the 'Pede went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.  Jackson Teichroeb was solid in net despite the loss, as he stopped 30 of 33 shots on goal.  Charlie Lindgren stopped 28 of 30 in the win.  I suppose you could call this one a goaltenders duel.  Both netminders played very well and kept their teams in it.

Tough loss for sure, but I'm really proud of how the boys played.  They proved without a doubt they can beat the mighty Stampede on their home ice.  A few lucky bounces here or there, and the Stars would have won this game in regulation.  However, give credit to the Stampede for taking full advantage of their scoring opportunities.

Needless to say, game two Wednesday night in Sioux Falls is a must win for Lincoln.  They cannot afford to go down 0-2 to the Stampede.  The good news is that the Stars played very, very well in game one and have a lot to be positive about going into game two.  Just keep firing those pucks on goal and drive hard to the net.

Go Stars.

Edit:  Video highlights are below.

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