|Zack Pittman scores in the first period|
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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.