Sunday, November 16, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 4, Youngstown 3 OT

Stars forward Biagio Lerario scored the game-winning goal with only 28 seconds remaining in overtime tonight in Youngstown, OH to give Lincoln a 4-3 sudden-death victory over the Phantoms.

The Stars earned three of four possible points this weekend on their long road trip to Youngstown.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 5-6-2 (12 points) on the season, and have moved into 6th place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current league standings.

I was traveling to Colorado this afternoon, and I caught bits and pieces of this game on the 93.7 FM "The Ticket" radio app.  I was hoping to watch a replay of the game tonight, but I have crappy wifi where I am at, so that's not going to happen.  So as a result, this "recap" will be very brief.  I apologize for that.

Each team scored one goal a piece in each of the three periods tonight.  The Phantoms got out to an early 1-0 lead at the 5:11 mark of the first period, however Stars forward Miguel Fidler answered with his second goal of the season much later to knot the game at 1-1.  Shots were even at 12-12 through twenty minutes.

Youngstown took a 2-1 lead at the 7:18 mark of the second period, but once again, the Stars would answer back.  Michael Gillespie scored his team-leading 9th goal of the season at the 12:01 mark of the middle stanza to even the score at 2-2.  Shots were 15-7 in favor of Youngstown in the second period.

The Stars actually took a 3-2 lead at the 4:31 mark of the third period on a Grant Jozefek breakaway.  The Phantoms answered quickly less than a minute later to tie the game at 3-3, where the score would stay through sixty minutes.  Shots were 12-8 in favor of Lincoln in the final period in regulation.

In the five-minute, 4-on-4 overtime period, Stars forward Biagio Lerario scored the game-winning goal with only 28 seconds remaining to win the game for Lincoln.

Stars goaltender Cam Hackett stopped 33 of 36 shots on goal to record his third win of the season.  From what I was told by people who watched the game, Cam played very, very well and was a big reason why the Stars were able to get the two points tonight.

Lincoln went 0-for-1 on the powerplay (only one PP in the entire game?), while the Phantoms went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Nice to see the Stars were able to blank the Phantoms on the powerplay tonight as the Phantoms went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.  As I said the other day, once this team starts winning more and more special teams wars during games, they'll start picking up more points.  5-on-5 this team can play with any team in the league.

It's also nice to see forward Miguel Fidler pick up two big points tonight (he had one goal and the primary assist on the Lerario's GWG).  Fidler has struggled at times this season, but it appears he's turning it around and playing with more confidence.  He came into this season with a lot of hype behind his name, being an Ohio State commit and Florida Panthers draft pick.  Fidler started slow, scoring only two points in his first ten games played. but he has three points in his last three games.

The Stars will be back in action this Friday at the IceBox against their rival the Omaha Lancers.  No matter where each team is in the rankings, the Stars and Lancers always battle hard during these rivalry games.  Can't wait for that one.  World War III comes to the IceBox this Friday night.  I can't wait.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

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