Saturday, November 16, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 1, Des Moines 5

The Des Moines Buccaneers got out to a quick 3-0 first period lead over the Lincoln Stars and never looked back as they cruised to a 5-1 win at Buccaneer Arena in Des Moines, IA last night.  The loss was Lincoln's seventh in a row.

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The loss dropped the Stars to 2-9-4 (8 points) on the season, and they continue to occupy last place in the USHL western conference.

Despite the fact that the Stars are on a seven-game slide, and they have the worst winning percentage (.267) in the USHL, Lincoln is only two points out of sixth place in the west.

This recap is going to very brief.  I did not watch the FASTHockey broadcast, and I caught bits and pieces of the radio broadcast.

Seems like during this seven-game losing streak, the opponent has gotten out to a quick first period lead, and that was no different in this particular matchup.  Less than twelve minutes in, the Stars found themselves in a 0-3 hole.

Stars goaltender Shane Starrett got his first start in a Stars uniform, but was pulled after giving up two  first period goals on eight shots on goal.  Michael Bitzer entered the game and surrendered a penalty shot goal at the 11:30 mark.

Lincoln defenseman Zack Pittman stopped the bleeding temporarily with a goal coming with only 23 seconds remaining in the first period to pull the Stars to within two goals.  Pittman, who earlier this week committed to Canisius College, has scored goals in back-to-back games.

Des Moines took the 3-1 lead into the first intermission, leading on shots as well, 13-10.

In the second, it sounded like the Stars came out and dominated the Bucs for twenty minutes, but they could not solve DM goaltender  Billy Christopoulos.  Lincoln outshot Des Moines 19-4 in the middle stanza, but neither the Stars nor the Bucs would put the biscuit in the basket.

In the third, the Bucs finished off the scoring with two additional goals, which included an empty-netter with 46 seconds remaining.  Despite spending the majority of the third period in the penalty box, the Stars still managed to outshoot the Bucs 21-15 in the final period.

Stars defenseman Zach Frye, and forward Hunter Anderson were both ejected in the third period, so we'll have to wait and see if the league decides to suspended them for a game (or longer).  Anderson was ejected after a checking from behind misconduct, while Frye was tossed after picking up his second misconduct in the third period.

Amazingly, the Stars outshot the Bucs 50-32 overall in this game, yet lost 5-1.

Lincoln went 0-for-7 on the powerplay while the Bucs went 1-for-10.  You're not going to win too many games when you give the other team 10 PP opportunities.

Shane Starrett stopped 6 of 8 shots and picked up the loss.  Michael Bitzer stopped 21 of 23 in relief of Starrett.  Bucs goaltender Billy Christopoulos was the #1 star of the game, and he stopped 49 of 50 Lincoln shots he faced.  Seems like opposing goaltenders have their best games against Lincoln as of late.

Not sure what more to say.  I figured this Stars team might struggle at the beginning of the season since they had so many new faces, and very few returning vets from last season, but I had no idea it would be this bad.  The only thing we can continue to do as fans is support the players through this and hope they can get it turned around.

These same two teams will battle it out again tonight in Des Moines.  Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.  I'll be listening again to the radio broadcast and will provide updates on Twitter and on the blog's Facebook page.

Go Stars.

I am going to embed a video below which includes "highlights" of the Friday night game, courtesy of Scott Thompson, who is a Bucs fan.  Scott does a great job editing his game highlight videos.  Give him a follow on Twitter.

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