Sunday, November 3, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 1, Omaha 4

Two empty-net goals late in the third period was the icing on the cake which allowed the Omaha Lancers to skate to a 4-1 victory over the Lincoln Stars at Ralston Arena on Saturday night.

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With the loss, the Stars fell to 2-5-4 (8 points) and are still in seventh place in the USHL western conference.  The Lancers improved to 10-2-1 (21 points) and are in first place in the west.  Click here to see the USHL standings.

This isn't going to be much of a recap.  I was not in attendance last night, nor did I listen to the game on the radio or watch it on FASTHockey.  What little I know about the game I received from friends who were in attendance.

The Lancers got on the scoreboard quickly in this game when Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson scored a little over 4 minutes in to give Omaha an early 1-0 lead over the Stars.  Lincoln outshot Omaha 9-2 in the first period, but the score remained 1-0 after twenty minutes.

After being held to only two shots on goal in the first period, the Lancers responded with 17 shots on Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer in the second period.  Omaha forward Tyler Vesel scored on one of those seventeen shots to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead early in the middle stanza.  Vesel's goal would turn out to be the eventual game-winner.

Shots in the second period were 17-14, in favor of Omaha.  All of Lincoln's 23 shots on goal through two periods were saved by Lancers goaltender Hayden Hawkey.  Cole Bruns, Omaha's #1 goaltender, did not play in this game.

In the third, the Stars finally got on the scoreboard with a powerplay tally by former Lancer Dominic Sacco at the 12:36 mark.  Jared Kolquist and Brandon Smith earned the assists on Sacco's goal, his first as a member of the Lincoln Stars.  I'm sure it felt good for Dominic to get his first Stars goal against the team that released him last year.

Sacco's goal gave the Stars some life, but the Lancers scored two empty-net goals in the last minute of the game to complete the scoring.

Lincoln went 1-for-5 on the powerplay, while the Lancers went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.  That makes six straight games that the Stars have not given up a powerplay goal against (32 consecutive PP kills).

Hayden Hawkey stopped 31 of 32 shots to earn the win, while Michael Bitzer stopped 25 of 27 in the loss.  

From the people I heard from who were in attendance, it sounded like the Stars played pretty well.  They hung with a very good Omaha team, but just couldn't get more than the one goal.

Unfortunately, the offense has disappeared a bit for the Stars.  Take away the 6-1 drubbing of the Storm by the Stars on 10/25, the Stars have scored just five goals in their last five games.  

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Lincoln as they will go on the road this Friday to take on the Sioux City Musketeers, who are the hottest team in the USHL right now having won 8 in a row.  On Saturday at the IceBox, the Stars will host the first-place Lancers.

If you were at the game last night, or watched from home, I'd love to hear your opinions.  Please leave a comment below.

Go Stars.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I was in attendance last night and I am proud of the boys. They played well and hung with one of the best teams in the league, although the Lancers didn't play Bruns who I wanted to see play, the back up is very talented too. If we jump out like that saturday we can come home with a W.