Saturday, September 13, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Tri-City 3, Lincoln 4 OT

Ryan Jones and teammates celebrate his 1st period goal
Photo courtesy of Brandon Anderson
In dramatic fashion Friday night at the IceBox, the Lincoln Stars used the momentum gained for a game-tying goal late in the third period to beat the Tri-City Storm in overtime by a score of 4-3.

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The Stars improved their preseason record to 1-3-0 in four games played.

If you were at the game, I'd love to here from you.  Please leave a comment below.

It was a back-and-forth first period with both teams combining for five goals scored.  Lincoln goals from defenseman Ryan Jones and forward Blake Christensen were answered by Tri-City goals from Mark Pettacio, Aleksi Ainali, and Chase Berger.

The five goals scored in the first 18 minutes of the first period would hold up until very late in the third period.  With only 1:05 remaining in the game, and with Stars goaltender Peyton Jones on the bench for the extra attacker, forward Blake Christensen scored a powerplay goal to tie the game at 3-3.

On the Christensen goal, Stars forward Jared Bethune won a crucial faceoff in the offensive zone and passed it back to Christensen who quickly rocketed a shot glove-side past Tri-City goaltender Blake Weyrick.  The entire play may have taken only a few seconds, but it was executed perfectly.

The USHL is experimenting with 3-on-3 in overtime during the 2014 preseason, and that's what we saw last night.  At the 2:16 mark of overtime, Stars defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk found a streaking Ludvig Hoff with a great pass out of the defensive zone.  Hoff went in alone on Weyrick, deked to his backhand before going to his forehand and buried the puck into the open net.

Shots on goal were 37-34 in favor of Lincoln.  The Storm had a total of 30 shots on goal through two periods, but were held to only 4 shots on goal in the entire third period and overtime.

The Stars went 1-for-6 on the powerplay while the Storm went 0-for-6.

Stars goaltender Cam Hackett played the first period and stopped 13 of 16 shots on goal.  Hackett was ran into by a Storm player late in the first period and appeared to be in some pain.  Peyton Jones relieved Hackett at the start of the second period and played the rest of the game, earning the win.

Some quick thoughts:
  • Stars Jared Bethune should get a ton of credit for winning the faceoff that led to the game tying goal late in the third period.  If Bethune doesn't win that faceoff, TC most likely wins the game.  Clutch play by the youngster Bethune to not only win the faceoff, but to get the puck to the wide open Christensen.
  • Good news last night was that the Stars didn't give up in the third period and were the better team at the end. They wanted it more than TC, and it showed.
  • The bad news was that the Stars had a ton of problems in the first and second period getting the puck out of their own zone.  They just could not separate Storm players from the puck.  Unfortunately, that's something I saw a lot of last weekend in the three games the Stars played at the Atlantic Challenge.  Hopefully that will improve.
  • I thought Peyton Jones did a terrific job coming in cold for Cam Hackett to start the second period. He's a big kid who covers a lot of net.  It would not surprise me to see him start tonight in Kearney, especially if Hackett is still dinged up.
  • I really hope the USHL seriously considers going to 3-on-3 in OT in the regular season.  If it were up to me, I'd have teams play seven minutes of 3-on-3,  and if still tied, the game ends in a tie.  I loathe the shootout.  A skills competition is a crappy way of deciding a winner.
  • I'm a big fan of 3-on-3 in OT.  It really opens up the ice and gives both teams plenty of chances to end it.  Fans saw last night how back-and-forth and exciting the 3-on-3 in OT was.
What a fun environment at the IceBox last night.  It definitely wasn't a sellout, but the true fans were there and were definitely loud when Ludvig Hoff scored the game-winning goal.  

The game itself may have been a bit sloppy at times, but it was certainly fun to watch.  Full credit to the Stars for wanting it more in the third period.  Both teams appeared tired towards the end of the game, but I thought the Stars had a little more in their tank compared to the Storm who really seemed to wilt in the last 20 minutes.

The Stars will finish out the weekend home-and-home series against the Tri-City Storm tonight in Kearney.  Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.  I will not be in attendance, but I plan on watching the replay of the game on FASTHockey and will report back here with a recap.

Go Stars.

Edit:  Here's some postgame reaction from the Stars and head coach Chris Hartsburg, courtesy of Brandon Anderson:

1 comment:

lincolnfan said...

despite it being a preseason game, it was a pretty fun atmosphere Friday night. it was neat to see some of the changes they made at the Ice Box; it's amazing what just a fresh coat of paint can do.

i'm excited about the team this year. it's a younger team, but that means a lot of the players have the potential to be here for a few seasons. obviously, things were a bit sloppy part of the game Friday night, but i'm confident those issues will get worked out quickly. it's nice to see the Stars are getting a bunch of preseason games in, and also that the first 5 regular season games are at all home. that should make a big difference in being able to get off to a quick start. i also am a fan of the 3-on-3 over time; i don't like when games going to a shootout. i'm a fan of pretty much anything they can do to end it before going to a shoot-out and i think the 3-on-3 overtime will help with that.

less than 2 weeks, can't wait for the season to get underway!