KEARNEY, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (0-0-1) secured a point in their season opener, but lost to the Tri-City Storm (2-1) 3-2 in overtime at Viaero Center on Saturday night.
Zach Urdahl drew first blood for the Stars at the 9:00 mark, capitalizing on a wraparound chance following a shot from Dominic James. Urdahl, who led the Stars rookies in scoring last season with 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists), tucked the puck home along the near side post, solving Storm goaltender Todd Scott.
The Stars were outshot 9-3 in the opening period but took a 1-0 goal lead into the second period.
Morgan Winters knotted the game up for Tri-City 3:15 into period two, beating Stars netminder Ryan Ouellette past the right arm for his first USHL goal. Carter Mazur struck late in the middle period shorthanded on a breakaway, giving the Storm a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
After two periods, the shots were unofficially 19-4 in favor of the home team.
Despite falling into some penalty trouble in the early portions of the third period, the Stars penalty kill kept the Storm off the scoresheet. With Stanley Cooley in the box for high-sticking, Urdahl stole the puck from Isac Jonsson in the defensive zone and beat Scott at the other end on a shorthanded breakaway of his own at 7:05.
The University of Wisconsin commit recorded his third career multi-goal game in the USHL with the equalizer.
At the end of sixty minutes, the Stars were outshot 28-9, but forced overtime. Victor Czerneckianiar quickly ended the game 37 seconds into the extra frame to grab the extra point for Tri-City.
Ouellette made 26 saves in his Stars debut, stealing a point away from his former team with his stellar play. Scott picked up the victory with seven saves on nine Lincoln shots.
The Stars are back in action against the Waterloo Black Hawks in Waterloo, IA on Wednesday, November 25th.
Lincoln’s home games at the Ice Box on November 20th and 28th have been postponed due to the new COVID-19 DHMs announced by Lancaster County on Friday. More information regarding the future dates of those games will be released as it comes available.