KEARNEY, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (13-11-3) got three goals from defensemen but dropped their 2019 finale against the Tri-City Storm (13-12-4) 6-3 at Viaero Center on Tuesday night.
The Stars were outshot 23-7 in the first period, but Ryan McInchak answered the bell with a perfect frame, keeping Tri-City off the scoreboard. Robby McCollum drew first blood 5:52 into the second period, notching his second goal of the season.
Tri-City responded with two goals separated by 65 seconds, one from Nick Capone (7:24) and another from Nick Portz (8:29). Colby Enns scored his first goal with the Stars since joining the team for their series against Fargo, tying the game at 15:05.
Sam Rhodes scored on the power play 1:06 into the third period, giving the Storm a 3-2 lead. Davis Burnside added to the scoresheet with his fourth goal of the year, pounding home a loose puck at 7:32. Enns would add another goal with a shot from the point 10:48 into the final frame of regulation. Cole McWard ended the Stars’ comeback effort with another PPG for Tri-City at the 14:36 mark. Portz would pick up an empty-netter towards the end of the game.
McInchak was stellar, stopping 45 of 50 shots Tri-City threw his way. He faced constant waves of Storm scoring chances, keeping the Stars in the game as long as he could. Daniel Allin made 18 saves on 21 shots, clinching the victory for the Storm. Anthony Mollica registered his first point in the USHL with an assist on Enns’ first goal; Josh Groll also added two helpers.
The Stars allowed two power-play goals on three opportunities and failed to score on their lone chance with the man-advantage.
Lincoln welcomes the Omaha Lancers to the Ice Box on Friday night, reigniting a two-decade long rivalry! Find tickets for the 7:05 p.m. puck drop here: https://stars.isportstix.com/order/seats/329/48