Stars Down Riders 7-5
Cedar Rapids, Iowa- Colby Cohen's hat trick propelled the Lincoln Stars to a 7-5 win over the host RoughRiders Saturday night.
Lincoln was already up 3-2 when Cohen scored the first of his three goals at 5:52 of the second period to extend the lead to two. Lincoln was on the power play when Cohen (who also had one assist) blasted the puck home from the blue line.
Later in the second period, Cohen made it 5-2 Stars with his second goal. The big defenseman darted into the slot and snapped the puck past Rider goaltender Kent Patterson at the 15:18 mark.
Just one minute and thirty-nine seconds later, the Riders would cut the gap to 5-3 when Doug Jones finished off a 2-on-1 rush, but Cohen would strike again 45 seconds into the third period to re-establish the three goal edge. He once more ripped the puck in from the point with the Stars on the man advantage.
The Riders gamely battled back with two third period goals of their own. Tommy Wingels' tip-in at 10:40 made it 6-4. Then, with just 26 seconds left and Patterson off the ice in favor of an extra attacker, Brett Dickinson scored from the slot to bring Cedar Rapids within one. The Riders' late hopes were snuffed out, however, when Lincoln's Carter Camper fired the puck into the empty Cedar Rapids net with just over four seconds left.
The Riders were forced to work from behind most of the night. The Stars first took lead at 4:21 of the first period while on the power play when Kyle Folmer buried a loose puck from the doorstep.
The Riders knotted the score at one with a power play goal of their own just over a minute later as Andy Miele jammed the puck in from the side of the net.
The Stars retook the lead for good at 15:09 of the first when Kyle O'Kane fired the puck into the back of the net on the follow up after Patterson stopped a Jared Brown bid.
Rick Carden's fluke goal at 2:42 of the second period put the Stars on top 3-1. Carden's shot caromed off the back glass and somehow squirted in over the goal line.
Cedar Rapids was up a man when Bergman redirected Evan Stephens' shot past Lincoln netminder Bryan Hogan at 5:02 of the second. That knocked the margin down to 3-2, but Cohen would soon after shift into high gear to lead the Stars to the victory.
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