PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Lincoln Stars (15-13-4) were victorious against Team USA (22-11-1), beating the U-17s 6-3 at USA Hockey Arena on Friday night.
Detroit-born Owen Michaels scored the first goal of the game, breaking the ice 1:46 into the first period. Ty Glover doubled Lincoln’s lead 7:06 into the opening frame, capitalizing on a beautiful no-look feed from Carter Schade for his 6th goal of the season. Schade, playing in his second USHL game and first since being recalled this week, picked up his first career point with the helper.
After 20 minutes, the Stars led Team USA 2-0; the shots were even at eleven apiece.
The Stars entered the game with five Michigan-born players in the lineup. Dominic James, born and raised in Plymouth, buried the puck into a wide-open net after a pass from Zach Urdahl was re-directed to the right circle. It was the rookie forward’s first career USHL goal, sending the Stars bench into a frenzy. Thirty-three seconds later, Schade stepped in from the top of the left circle and scored his first career USHL goal as well, giving Lincoln a 4-0 advantage.
Jeremy Wilmer got the Americans on the board at 15:07, but Brock Bremer’s PPG just under two minutes later regained Lincoln’s four-goal lead. Dylan Duke struck back for Team USA, however, notching his team-leading tenth goal of the season at 18:29.
After two periods, Lincoln was up 5-2 and outshot the Americans 28-24.
With the Stars on the power play in the third period, Josh Groll finished off a pass from Matt Miller for his 13th goal of the season, increasing the visitors’ lead to 6-2 at 5:46. Roman Schmidt lit the lamp at the 12:12 mark, but it wasn’t enough as the Stars came away with two points.
Stars goaltender Jake Mucitelli made 33 saves in the victory while Kaidan Mbereko stopped 30 of 36 shots in the loss for Team USA. Lincoln was 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Stars match up with Team USA Saturday night to finish off the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. ET! Watch the game on HockeyTV or listen for free on Mixlr: http://mixlr.com/lincoln-stars