Sunday, October 26, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 3, Sioux City 5

At the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA on Saturday evening, the Musketeers won their fifth straight game with a convincing 5-3 victory over the visiting Lincoln Stars.

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With the loss, the Stars dropped to 3-4-1 (7 points) and are in a two-way tie for seventh place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

Lincoln has been plagued so far this season with slow starts, and although they didn't play that bad in the first 5-10 minutes in this game, I thought Sioux City was definitely the better team and held the puck in the Stars' zone for the majority of the first period.

Muskies outscored Lincoln 1-0 in the first period, but without some huge saves by Stars goaltender Peyton Jones, the score could have easily been 3-0.  Sioux City outshot Lincoln 12-7 in the first period.

Lincoln spent a good chunk (9 minutes) of the second period shorthanded, and were outscored 2-0, with one of the two goals coming on the powerplay.  Due to having to kill a large amount of penalty minutes, it was hard for the Stars to really find their rhythm offensively in the middle period, I thought.  Also, it takes a lot out of a team to kill 7 straight penalty minutes, which is what happened after defenseman Connor Frantti's instigating minor, and fighting major, 29 seconds into the second period.

Going into the second intermission, the Musketeers led 3-0 over the Stars.  Sioux City outshot Lincoln 14-5 in the second period.

Gotta give some credit to the Stars in the third period.  They could have rolled over and let Sioux City continue to rack up the goals, but they responded with their best period of the game and scored three goals.

Third period goals for the Stars were scored by forwards Michael Gillespie, Dominick Sacco, and Biagio Lerario.  The tally from Lerario actually brought the Stars to within one goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.

Try as they might, the good guys were unable to score the game-tying goal and the Muskies added an empty-net goal with 1 second remaining to complete the scoring.

Shots were 38-25 in favor of the Musketeers (more on shots totals here in a bit).  Stars goaltender Peyton Jones stopped 33 of 37 in the loss, while Sioux City goaltender Collin Olson stopped 22 of 25 for the win.  Stars went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Muskies went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Stars announcer Mile Melbye mentioned some stats early in the first period in this game on air that I thought I'd mention here.  Lincoln averages 25 shots on goal per game, which is dead last in the USHL.  On the other end of the rink, Lincoln gives up an average of  36 shots on goal which is third most in the league.  Stating the obvious, but those numbers will have to change big time if the Star want to compete in the west for one of the four playoff spots.

Lincoln's next opportunity for a win comes this Friday (Halloween) at the IceBox against the Waterloo Blackhawks.  Just like this weekend, next weekend will only feature one game for the Stars.  That has to be a bit frustrating for the Lincoln coaches.  After you lose a game like the one against Sioux City, I'm sure the coaches wanted to come right back the next day to battle for two points.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

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