|Ludvig Hoff - Courtesy of Brandon Anderson Photography|
The regulation win against the Tri-City Storm on Friday was the first for Lincoln since 1/3/15 when the Stars beat the Madison Capitols in regulation by the score of 3-2..
3/13: Lincoln 4, Tri-City 3
3/14: Sioux Falls 3, Lincoln 1
The Lincoln Stars are still in last place in the USHL western conference with a record of 16-30-5 (37 points). Lincoln's sixteen wins matches the win total from the 2009-10 team which finished 16-36-8. The current Stars have 9 more games remaining in the 2014-15 regular season.
I had a pretty busy weekend, so unfortunately I was not able to watch or listen to either of the two games. Because of that, this recap will be brief. If you were at either game, I'd appreciate if you would leave a comment below and let me know how the team looked.
Lincoln 4, Tri-City 3
On the road against arguably one of the hottest teams in the USHL, the Lincoln Stars never trailed against the Tri-City Storm in route to a big 4-3 win.
Dominick Sacco got the monkey off his back with a goal in the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead which they kept heading into the first intermission. The goal snapped a 18-game goal scoreless streak for Sacco. Dom finished the night with 2 points (1g, 1a) and was +2.
Lincoln native Ethan Price put the Stars up 2-0 early in the second period with his third goal of the season. Starting with the Price goal, the two teams traded a total of six goals in the second period, each squad scoring three goals a piece.
Lincoln's final two goals scored came from newly acquired forward Sean MacTavish, who came to the Stars fro the Madison Capitols in the Miguel Fidler trade. The two goals from MacTavish were his first two career USHL goals as well. His second goal of this game would prove to be the game-winner.
The Stars took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission and were able to hang onto that lead through the scoreless third period. Final shots on goal were 44-29 in favor of the Storm.
Sean MacTavish (2g, 1a) and Biagio Lerario (3a) were Lincoln's top point getters with three points.
It was another big night for Stars goaltender Cam Hackett who stood on his head and stopped 41 of 44 shots on goal to record his 12th win of the season. Tri-City put 16 shots on goal against Hackett in the third period in hopes of tying the game, but he came up huge and stopped everyone of them.
Nice to see Lincoln go on the road and get a big regulation win against a very good hockey club. I'm sure it was a big confidence booster for the Stars considering all of the losses these past couple of months.
Sioux Falls 3, Lincoln 1
The Stampede improved to 3-0-0 against the Lincoln Stars this season with a 3-1 victory Saturday night at the IceBox.
In a similar fashion we've seen too many times this season at the IceBox, the Stars scored the first goal of the game but the opponent scored all of the rest of the goals in route to the win.
Stars F/D James LaDouce gave the Stars an early 1-0 first period lead with his first career USHL goal at the 8:32 mark. Unfortunately for Lincoln, that would be the highlight of the game as the Sioux Falls Stampede scored three unanswered goals in route to the 3-1 victory.
Stampede forwards Cooper Mardoy and Kieffer Bellows combined for three points (2g, 1a) on the night. In the past three games against Lincoln this season, Marody has 7 points (3g, 4a) while Bellows has 6 points (4g, 2a).
The Stampede have outscored the Stars 13-5 in the three games they've played this season.
Cam Hackett got the start for Lincoln and stopped 28 of 31 shots on goal in the loss. The Stampede outshot the Stars 31-23 overall. 23 shots on goal at home is definitely nothing to write home about.
Things have been pretty rough for the Stars these past couple of months, and it certainly won't get any easier this upcoming weekend when the Team USA U-18 team visits for two straight games on Friday and Saturday. The U-18's frequently beats college hockey teams and most USHL clubs they face.
Although they lost 5-4 in OT on Saturday against the Chicago Steel, the U-18's are 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against USHL teams. Two of those seven wins were a 8-2 blowout victory of the Sioux Falls Stampede on 3/8/15, and a 7-2 drubbing of the Omaha Lancers on 3/5/15. Tough, tough task for the Stars coming up this weekend.
Thanks for reading.