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Stampede Rally Not Enough In Lincoln

January 6, 2012, 10:59 PM

Stampede Rally Not Enough In Lincoln
LINCOLN, NE - The Sioux Falls Stampede rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, but a Lincoln goal with just 1:42 remaining in the game gave the Stars a 4-3 win over the Stampede Friday night at The Ice Box. Bad bounces and missed scoring chances were once again the story as the Stampede fell by just a goal for the seventh time this season. Ian Mansfield led the way with two goals while Stephon Williams stopped 30 of 34 shots in goal as the Stampede fell to 10-15-1 and 3-8-1 on the road. Friday’s have not treated the Stampede well; they are just 2-10-0 on Friday games this season.

The Stars grabbed the first goal of the game when Luke Johnson knocked in a loose puck just 1:21 into the game. Bob Kinne’s pass inside the slot deflected off a couple of players and bounced to Johnson who was all alone in front of the net and tucked the puck under a diving Stephon Williams to give the Stars a 1-0 edge. The Stars added to their lead at 16:45 when Kevin Roy put away a loose puck in front of the net. In a play similar to the first goal a pass by from Brent Tate bounced around in front of the net and the Herd were unable to clear it out, allowing the USHL’s top scorer to find the back of the net for the 22nd time this season.

Just as it appeared the Herd could be in trouble, they bounced back with a big goal of their own at 18:05 when Ian Mansfield tallied his fourth of the season on a blast from the high slot. Mansfield took a pass from Kyle Rankin and wristed a shot perfectly into the upper right hand corner of the net past the glove side of Lincoln netminder Charles Williams to make it a 2-1 game after one period. Lincoln outshot the Herd 16-9 in the period.

The Stampede went on the powerplay in the second and took advantage. Ed McGovern took a pass in the high slot and blasted it through traffic, under the right pad of Williams to tie the game at two at 7:41. That goal sparked some more scoring opportunities for the Stampede, but neither team would score and the Herd and Stars went into the third period tied 2-2. Lincoln outshot the Stampede 10-9 in the second.

Lincoln regained their lead 6:21 into the third period when Kevin Roy’s wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle slipped through the pads of Williams to make it a 3-2 game. It remained that way until late in the game when Ian Mansfield tallied his second of the night at 17:51 to tie the game at three. Zac McCarver made the play happen, weaving through the defense and faking out Charles Williams before sending in the slot to Mansfield who buried his chance to tie the game. It appeared the game would then be headed for overtime, but Lincoln ruined Stampede’s night with a goal just 21 seconds later off a face-off in the Stampede zone. Bob Kinne knocked in the puck in front of the net and ended the Stampede’s comeback bid as Lincoln held on for a 4-3 victory.

The Stars outshot the Stampede 34-29 on the night and went 0 for 1 on the powerplay while the Stampede were 1 for 2. Sioux Falls will look to earn a split on the weekend when they travel to Des Moines Saturday to face the Bucs at 7:05 PM.

Courtesy: Jim Olander, SF Stampede

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