LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (10-8-2) were unable to sweep the Tri-City Storm (9-10-3) this weekend, dropping Sunday afternoon’s game 6-3 at the Ice Box. Nick Capone broke the ice 10:14 into the game for the Storm, once again putting the Stars in an early hole. Lincoln was outshot 9-7 and headed into the first-period intermission down a goal.
Early in the second period, Tri-City scored two goals separated by two minutes and sixteen seconds: one from Benji Ecklere at 1:26 and a power-play marker from Sam Rhodes at 3:42.
Chase Pilawski answered for the home team by notching his first goal of the season and first as a member of the Stars, lighting the lamp 6:19 into the middle frame. Zach Urdahl and Brad Morrissey got the assists on the Lutz, FL native’s goal.
Colby Ambrosio regained the Storm’s three-goal lead with under 30 seconds to go in the second period, scoring his league-leading ninth power-play goal. Rhodes added another goal for the Storm 1:59 into the third period, increasing Sri-City’s lead to four.
Josh Lopina was able to score two consecutive goals in a span of just over three minutes for the Stars, but it was too little too late for them to stage a comeback. Lopina, who is heading to Canada next week for the World Junior A Showcase, registered his 6th and 7th goals of the season. Dalton Norris received the primary assist on Lopina’s second goal, marking his first USHL point in his career.
Mitchell Miller scored an empty-net goal for Tri-City in the final minute of regulation, ending Lincoln’s winning streak at two games and splitting the weekend series. The Stars outshot the Storm 34-33, with 18 of their shots coming in the third period. Special teams were an issue again for Lincoln as Tri-City scored twice on the power play (the Storm scored five power-play goals on the weekend). The Stars were 0-for-4 with the man-advantage.
Lincoln travels to Waterloo, Iowa to take on the Black Hawks on Friday and Saturday! You can listen to both games on Mixlr or watch them on HockeyTV!