Thursday, September 19, 2013
Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.
This recap will be very, very brief. I did not watch this game on FASTHockey, but I did listen to the online radio broadcast.
Scratches for Lincoln were Christian Lampasso, Luke Voltin, Brandon Smith, Keegan Ward, Zach Frye, and Nick Schmit. More on Lampasso's absence later in this article.
From the sounds of it, the Stars played pretty well in the first period, but the Storm scored two quick goals early on to take a 2-0 lead. A goal from Chase Berger at the 5:50 mark, and a tally from Robbie Payne at the 7:30 mark gave the Storm the early lead.
Despite outshooting the Storm 18-6 in the first twenty minutes, the Stars trailed 2-0 at the first intermission.
In the second period, it was more of the same as the Storm increased their lead to 3-0 at the 7:26 mark thank to a goal from Dan Labosky. Try as they might, the Stars could not put the puck in the net and trailed 3-0 at the second intermission.
The Storm would shut the door on the Stars in the third period as well, and put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal with 1:32 remaining in the contest.
Shots were 35-26 in favor of Lincoln. Both teams were blanked with the man advantage. Tri-City went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while Lincoln went 0-for-4.
Speaking of special teams, here's an interesting statistic: the Stars did not give up a powerplay goal against in any of their five preseason games. They killed all 27 PP opportunities against them. That's incredible.
Storm goaltender Hayden Lavigne played all of the first period, and half of the second, stopping all 20 shots he faced. TC netminder Jacob Johansson played the second half of the second period and all of the third period. Johansson stopped all 15 shots he faced.
Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer played all sixty minutes in this game. Bitz stopped 22 of 25 in the loss. Per the Pointstreak boxscore, Jake Ireland was listed as the backup.
The Stars will finish the 2013 preseason with a 2-3-0 record. Lincoln won the first two preseason games, and lost the last three.
Even though the 2013-14 USHL regular season starts this Friday, the Stars don't play their season-opener until Friday, September 27th at the IceBox against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. So the team will have the next week or so to get some good practice in, and hopefully find a new assistant coach.
I want to give a shout out to the Tri-City Storm organization for honoring the mother of Christian Lampasso before the game tonight with a moment of silence. For those who didn't see the tweets today, Christian's mother passed away earlier this morning. I can't imagine what Christian is going through right now. I thought it was a very nice gesture of the Storm to do what they did before the game tonight, so props to them.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Christian and the Lampasso family. "Stars Nation" is behind you, young man.
Posted by Yeti at 9:49 PM