Thursday, November 14, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Chicago 5, Lincoln 1

Zack Pittman scores in the first period
Courtesy of Shooting Star Photos
The Chicago Steel stormed into the IceBox tonight and outscored Lincoln 4-0 in the last two periods in route to a 5-1 win over the Stars.  The loss was Lincoln's sixth in a row.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

The loss dropped Lincoln's record to 2-8-4 (8 points) and they are still in last place in the USHL western conference.  The Steel improved to 5-11-0 (10 points), also in last place in their respective conference (eastern).  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time at all on this recap, for obvious reasons.

The final score doesn't indicate how close this game was for the thirty minutes.  Having said that, I thought both teams played very sloppy tonight.  Each squad gave up a ton of odd man rushes, and breakaways.  Defensively, it wasn't pretty.

After an early Chicago goal made it 1-0 Steel in the first period, Zack Pittman scored Lincoln's only goal with about 5 minutes remaining in the first.  Zack fired a nice, glove-high wrister that Morris couldn't get.

In the second and third, it was all Chicago.  The Steel scored two in the second, and two in the third (including an empty net goal) to finish out the scoring.

Goaltender Cale Morris got the rare start for the Chicago Steel, and shut the door on the Stars, stopping 29 of 30 shots in the win.  Morris has been Chicago's backup goaltender this season, but he didn't play like a backup tonight.  He was named the #1 star of the game, and rightly so.  The native of Larkspur, CO earned his first USHL win tonight, which happened to come at the IceBox against the Stars.  Big night for that kid.

Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer stopped 25 of 29 in the loss.

The Stars went 0-0 on the powerplay.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Only against Lincoln would the second most penalized team (Chicago) in the USHL not get whistled for any penalties.  Not one.  Suddenly they were all angels tonight.  Funny how that happens.

The Steel went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Not much more to say other than there is plenty of room to improve.  Gotta support the players and hope they can turn this around soon.  They'll get another opportunity to do that Friday and Saturday night in Des Moines.

Go Stars.


DR said...

At what point does Starrett get a chance? Nothing against Bitzer, but sometimes a change can spark the team. And what is the point of trading for a goalie who is just going to sit on the bench?

Anonymous said...

I agree about Starrett. Bitzer has so much talent and we know he is a great goalie. Starrett also has a college scholarship to play goalie so he must be a great goalie too. He deserves to be in net also! I think the Stars are fortunate to have 2 options in net!

Anonymous said...

DR, Starrett did get his chance. He played 5 minutes and we scored 2 goals to get back into a game that we were trailing 3-0. Then he got benched after the period with us down by just 1. Then we got blown out. Makes tons of sense...

Just 1 of dozens of mindless coaching decisions that have been made to this point in the season. Trading away a 5th round pick for a kid you never play. Unbelievable.

DR said...

Ya I watched the game in SC when he game in and stopped the bleeding so to speak. I guess I'm not the coach so I can't say much about it, but give the kid a real chance to show what he is capable of.
Until then let's hope we can get this turned around.

Anonymous said...

This is 2009-10 all over again. Going downhill fast.

Chuck said...

any word if the stars will bring up NAHL goalie jacob nehama? Starrett hasnt played at all and nehama is apparently having a good year

Anonymous said...

Rumors floating around the Brahmas is that Nehama is on his way to Lincoln

Yeti said...

Why would the Stars bring up Nehama? It doesn't make much sense, especially after the Stars traded a high draft pick for Starrett.

The only scenario that would make sense would be if Bitzer or Starrett are injured, and they need to bring in a goaltender to replace one of them. But I haven't heard of any injuries.