Stars Drop Second Straight, Lose 4-2 to Des Moines
Lincoln, NE - The Stars welcomed the Bucs back to the Ice Box 24 hours after losing 4-2 to Des Moines.
In the first period, the pair of sides skated to a draw. Both goalies-Samuel Hlavaj for Lincoln and James Durham for Des Moines-played well in net as each side saw a small handful of high-quality chances denied to cap a relatively even opening 20.
Like the night prior, penalty trouble put the Stars in a hole to begin the middle frame. After finding themselves on the wrong end of a 5-on-3 power play, Lincoln allowed the game's first goal to Mac Welsher. Shortly after the Stars returned to full strength, Rylee St. Onge added to the Des Moines lead when he worked his way free in front to beat Hlavaj. The second half of the period saw the Stars have plenty of time on the power play, but extended their power play drought through three more tries in the second.
In the third, the Stars finally found life when Josiah Slavin capitalized on a power play set up by Josh Lopina and Devlin McCabe. The goal at 9:29 put a blemish on what was an otherwise stellar performance for James Durham. Back within one, the Stars appeared to have momentum, until Mac Welsher ripped through his second goal of the night past Hlavaj just over a minute later. Though the Stars pressed hard down the stretch, they were time again denied by a stellar Durham, who finished with 34 saves on 35 shots, allowing Brady Meyer to put home an empty-netter with 0.2 to play. The Stars will look to regroup from the 4-1 loss with a road trip to Dubuque to take on the Fighting Saints tomorrow at 7:05 pm CST.
Next Sunday, Faith & Family Day returns to The Ice Box for another matinee for an afternoon of faith and community as well as a post-game skate with the Stars. A portion of ticket sales for Faith & Family Day will benefit Food for the Hungry, a faith-based mission to build clean water solutions in third-world countries. Last year, the Stars and the Lincoln Stars Foundation helped to raise over $230,000 toward clean water initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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