Sunday, December 28, 2014
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With the overtime shootout loss, the Stars earned one point and fell to 8-12-4 (20 points) on the season, good enough for 7th place in the USHL western conference. Lincoln is now three points ahead of the last place Waterloo Blackhawks, and seven points behind the sixth place Sioux Falls Stampede. Click here to view the current league standings.
For the most part, I thought this was a pretty evenly contested game. From what I saw, Omaha had the better quality chances for most of the sixty minutes, especially in the first and third periods. However, Lincoln goaltender Peyton Jones stood on his head and kept Lincoln in this game, earning them the point.
Omaha's lone regulation goal was scored in the latter half of the first period just as a Stars minor penalty was ending. Lancers forward Louie Rowe accepted a cross ice pass in the low slot before one-timing the puck past Peyton Jones. There wasn't much Jones could do on the play it happened to fast.
Omaha took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission leading on shots on goal as well, 15-9.
It was a scoreless second period in which Omaha outshot Lincoln 12-10.
Patrick Polino extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his 8th of the season at the 4:54 mark of the third period to knot this game at 1-1. Polino took advantage of a Lancers turnover in the neutral zone before skating the puck into the Omaha zone and ripping a shot high glove side past goaltender Zach Driscoll.
With the lone goal, Polino jumped over Michael Gillespie into the top scoring spot for the Lincoln Stars with 17 points (8g, 9a) in 24 games played.
The score would remain at 1-1 after sixty minutes of regulation play. Omaha outshot Lincoln 12-10 in the third period and 39-29 through the first three periods.
After a scoreless five-minute overtime period in which Omaha outshot Lincoln 4-1, this game went to a skills competition to name a winner.
In the shootout, Stars forwards Ludvig Hoff, Grant Jozefek, and Dominick Sacco were all held scoreless while Lancers forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson scored for Omaha to help his team obtain the two points.
Lincoln went 0-for-4 on the powerplay while Omaha was 0-for-3. Stars goaltender Peyton Jones was Lincoln's best player, stopping 42 of 43 shots in the loss. Omaha netminder Zach Driscoll stopped 29 of 30 for the win.
Lincoln fell to 0-2-1 in three games against the Omaha Lancers this season.
It will be busy week for the Lincoln Stars as they play three games in four days. On Wednesday, December 31st, the Stars will play their annual NYE game in Waterloo, IA against the Blackhawks. Then on Friday and Saturday, the Stars will host the two new USHL expansion teams. The Bloomington Thunder will play at the IceBox on Friday, and then the Madison Capitols on Saturday.
Thanks for reading. Go Stars.
Posted by Yeti at 1:30 PM