SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Josh Groll's second goal of the game served as the game-winner as the Lincoln Stars (9-7-2) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (7-8-3) at the Tyson Events Center on Wednesday night by a score of 6-4.
Groll broke the ice 6:36 into the first period after a great forechecking effort from him and linemates Travis Treloar and Christian Sarlo. Sarlo tapped a loose puck to the slot and Groll was in alone, firing a shot past the right arm of Musketeers goaltender Ethan Haider. The University of Michigan commit's tenth goal of the season gave the Stars a 1-0 lead.
Ethan Harrison got the Musketeers on the board at 7:55, quickly tying up the game for the home squad. Brad Morrissey regained Lincoln's lead at 13:13 as he was sprung on a breakaway by Zach Urdahl through the neutral zone, burying his second goal in as many games since returning from injury.
Under two minutes later, Brock Bremer's nifty re-direction around the goal line beat Haider over the glove to increase Lincoln's lead to 3-1. Bremer's fourth goal of the season came at 14:51. Sam Stange erased the Stars' two-goal cushion with a power-play goal at 17:52. Lincoln went to the locker room up 3-2 after one period.
Morrissey would add a second goal of his own 12:48 into the middle frame, banging home a loose puck following Urdahl's stuff attempt at the side of the goal. The University of Maine commit has three goals and three assists in six games this season.
The Musketeers would claw back with a power-play goal by Ian Malcolmson 17:36 into the second period and then Sam Antenucci's quick release from the left circle 4:12 into the third period. With the game tied at four goals apiece, Sioux City took a crucial too many men on the ice penalty, sending the Stars to the power play 11:22 into the third.
Lincoln had scored once on their last fifteen opportunities with the man-advantage, but it would be Groll who would change that 18 seconds later.
Jordan Power dropped the puck to Groll in the neutral zone and the San Diego, CA native blew past three defenders at the blue line before beating Aidan Harper inside the right post.
Groll's team-leading 11th goal of the year propelled the Stars in front, shifting momentum to the visitors.
Ryan McInchak came up large with several key saves as Sioux City had a power play of their own with under five minutes to go in regulation. Christian Sarlo secured the win for the Stars with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
The Stars were outshot by the Musketeers 27-23 and went 1-for-4 on attempts with the man-advantage, but allowed two goals on the penalty kill out of four tries.
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