Saturday, November 9, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 5, Sioux City 6

Thomas Carey scores his first USHL goal in the 3rd period
Courtesy of Shooting Star Photos
The  Stars outscored Sioux City 3-1 in the third period, and outshot them 23-4 in the last twenty minutes, but it wasn't enough as early Lincoln turnovers and miscues allowed the Musketeers to escape with a 6-5 win at the Tyson Events Center on Friday night.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 2-6-4 (8 points) and are in seventh place in the USHL western conference.  Sioux City improved to 10-2-1 (21 points) and are one point out of first place in the west behind the Omaha Lancers (22 points), Lincoln's opponent Saturday night at the IceBox.

I was able to watch this game on FASTHockey, so I'll post some brief thoughts below.

This was a very strange game, full of streaks for each team.  The Muskies quickly got out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to allow the Stars score two straight to get back into it.

Then, the Muskies scored three straight goals to take a 6-2 lead, but the Stars responded again with a 3-0 tear late in the third period to pull to within one goal.  It was a rollercoaster game for sure, but the Musketeers were the better team the first two periods, and that's all they needed to get the two points.

The Stars got goals from Christian Lampasso, John Simonson (PP), Dominick Sacco (SH), Max Humitz (SH), and Thomas Carey.  The Pointstreak boxscore linked above incorrectly shows Sacco scoring the last goal of the game (at the 16:12 mark), but it was Thomas Carey who got that one, his first in a Star uniform.

Michael Bitzer got the start for the Stars in this game, but was pulled after the third Sioux City goal.  Shane Starrett played the remainder of the first period (5:22), but Bitzer returned to play all of the second and third period.

Special teams played a big part in this game, as the Muskies solved Lincoln's penalty kill unit by going 3-for-8 on the powerplay, but they also gave up two shorthanded goals to the Stars as well.  Lincoln went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.  The Stars had killed 33 straight PP opportunities against them going into this contest.

Quote here from Sioux City head coach Jay Varady about this wild tilt:  “I think it was just a weird game,” he added. “We got up, they crawled back in, but you have to give (Lincoln) credit. They are a team that works and never gives up. We knew that about that group over there. It seemed like every time we got up, they pushed back and we weren’t quite ready to answer that push. But we hung on.”

After the game, Stars head coach Jimmy McGroarty said on the radio that the Stars need to figure out how to bottle their third period effort from this game and bring it to the matchup tonight at the IceBox against the Lancers.  If the Stars can play like that for 60 minutes, I have no doubt the good guys can hang with and beat the first-place Lancers.

Go Stars.

Edit:  Don't forget that the game Saturday evening at the IceBox is Military Appreciation Night.  As a Navy brat myself, I think it's great that the organization is doing this.  Maybe next year we can get digitized camouflage jerseys and auction them off after the game for a veterans charity?  Hint, hint.  Anyway, quote below from the Stars:

Saturday, November 9th vs Omaha is Military Night at the Ice Box, sponsored by Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA).

Military personnel with ID can purchase discounted group tickets for the game by calling the Stars Ticket Office at 402.474.7827, ext. 1.  

We're asking fans to bring new winter hats, gloves, socks, t-shirts, winter coats and blankets to donate for the veterans CVMA works with.   In the 1st intermission of the game, fans will be asked to toss the items for donation onto the ice as part of our contest.

CVMA t-shirts will be for sale for $15 to raise money for this non-profit organization that directs their efforts on helping veterans in their local communities.

For more information on the CVMA's work in the community, visit them at


lincolnfan said...

Yeti, off topic but noticed you said this coming Thursday is the first Thursday night game at the Ice Box ever .. Not accurate as there was a regular season game on a Thursday back in 06:

Yeti said...

Good to know, lincolnfan. I'm pretty sure I heard Mike Melbye say immediately after the game that the Thursday game this week is the first Thursday game at the IceBox in franchise history. Maybe I misunderstood him.

MacAttack said...

I heard Mike say the same thing. with him being such a stats guy, figured him to be right

Anonymous said...

There was a Thursday game on January 5, 2006 but it was in Tri City. It was not a home game at the Ice Box