Wednesday, January 21, 2015

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 3, Madison 2 OT

The Lincoln Stars snapped their three-game losing streak Wednesday evening in Madison, WI with a gutsy 3-2 OT win over the Capitols.

The Lincoln victory also snapped Madison's three-game winning streak.

Click here to view the boxscore.

With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 12-15-5 (29 points) on the season.  Lincoln is in seventh place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current league standings.

Madison opened up the scoring with  a lucky bounce of the back of Stars goaltender Peyton Jones seven minutes into the first period.  Madison forward Hunter Luhman had the puck just behind the goaline to the side of Lincoln goal, and Luhman simply fired the puck off the back of Jones and the lucky deflection found the back of the net to give the Capitols a 1-0 lead.

The Stars responded with a goal from Patrick Polino with less than three minutes remaining in the first period to tie the game at 1-1.  On the play, Lincoln forward Dominick Sacco brought the puck into the Madison before passing over to the right wing where a streaking Polino accepted the puck and fired a rocket that beat Madison goaltender Garrett Metcalf high short side.

It was looking like the score would remain at 1-1 going into the first intermission, but a bad turnover by the Stars in their own zone led to a Capitols goal with only 20 seconds remaining in the first period.  Madison took momentum and a 2-1 lead into the locker room after the opening period.

Shots were 14-10 in favor of Madison in the first period.  Based on what I saw via FASTHockey, I highly doubt Madison had 14 shots on goal in the first.  As we'd see the rest of this game, I think the off ice officials in Madison were definitely cookin' the shots totals in favor of the home team in this game.

The lone goal scored in the second period came at the 6:46 mark from Stars forward Biagio Lerario after a wild goal-mouth scramble.  On the play, a few Stars had wide open chances but the puck was either saved by Metcalf or blocked in front.  Metcalf was still scrambling in net when Lerario gained possession of the puck and quickly fired it into the open net to tie the score at 2-2.

Shots were 17-9 in favor of Madison in the second period.  Again, more home cookin' shots totals.  No way did Madison have 17 shots on goal.

Neither team would score in the third period, so this game went to overtime tied at 2-2.  Shots were 7-5 in favor of Madison in the third.

In the overtime period, Lincoln defenseman Ryan Jones scored the game-winner just 26 seconds in to give the Stars a big 3-2 victory over the Madison Capitols.  Stars forwards Biagio Lerario and Miguel Fidler got the play started with some good work behind the Madison net.  After a Miguel Fidler shot on goal was saved by Metcalf, the rebound came back out to Fidler who, while on his knees, passed the puck back out to Ryan Jones who unleashed a bomb which beat Metcalf high glove side.

Stars goaltender Peyton Jones stopped 36 of 38 shots on goal to record his third win of the season.  Nice to see Peyton rebound with a quality effort tonight.  He has struggled a bit as of late, but he came up big against Madison.  Hopefully this big road win give him the boost of confidence he needs heading into the second half of the regular season.

Both teams were 0-for-2 on the powerplay.

Great win to start this four-game road swing for Lincoln.  This should give them some much needed confidence heading into their two big road games this weekend.  On Friday, the Stars will be in Sioux Falls to face the Stampede for the first time this season.  Then on Saturday, the Stars will be in Ralston to take on the Omaha Lancers.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

1 comment:

lincolnfan said...


while I can agree that it is silly for Madison to give all three stars to their own players, the Stars were just as guilty of that last Saturday against Fargo when we lost the game:

just wanted to point that out. i'm not sure why, as i thought the Stars were always pretty good about NOT doing that. also, i know the time of this game was changed to evening, but originally it was scheduled for 10 a.m. yesterday morning. was there some reason that it was scheduled for such a weird time, on a weekday morning?