LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (8-7-2) dropped their third consecutive game after being defeated 5-3 by the Fargo Force (9-5-1) at the Ice Box on Saturday night.
Brad Morrissey scored his first goal with the Stars after missing nine games with a lower-body injury, which tied the game up at one following Fargo's Alex Nordstrom's opening tally.
The Tignish, PEI native scored three goals in 33 games last year with the Tri-City Storm. Morrissey now has four points (1G, 3A) in five games this season in Lincoln.
Matt Barbolini added his 9th goal of the season off of a pretty re-direction after Chase Pilawski tossed a shot from the left point. The Miami University commit gave the Stars a 2-1 lead heading into the first period intermission. Lincoln outshot Fargo 16-6 after one period.
The ensuing second period would include two goals from the Force: one by Cedric Feedler 6:05 into the period and another from Mason Salquist (power-play goal) 15:35 in.
Aside from goal-scoring, the second frame also consisted of 81 penalty minutes combined from both teams. Jordan Power and Adam Gajarsky fought at the 10:08 mark, while Kaden Bohlsin and Morrissey were also handed ten-minute misconducts.
Spencer Smith was ejected for his hit on Kyle Smolen with 4:24 left in the period, receiving a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
The physicality and nastiness carried into the third period as Ty Glover and Austin Grossley dropped the mitts.
Caleb Price scored his first goal in the USHL and first goal as a member of the Stars with 9:57 left in regulation, cutting Lincoln's deficit to one.
Ondrej Pavel capped the night off for the Force with an empty-net goal. The Stars outshot Fargo 35-27 in the game but failed to score on six power plays. They were also 0-for-1 on the penalty kill.
The Stars will be in Sioux City on Wednesday night at the Tyson Events Center to take on the Musketeers! Watch the game on HockeyTV or listen on MIXLR.