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Stars Fall 3-2 in Overtime to Lancers to End Season

April 13, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

Lincoln, NE-The final game of the Stars season saw Lincoln meet Omaha at the Ice Box on Billet and Fan Appreciation Night, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Nebraska.

Lincoln picked up where they left off in a 4-2 win over the Lancers on the night prior. In the first, the Stars limited quality chances on Jacob Mucitelli, and drove quality chances on Akira Schmid. The Stars were rewarded for strong shifts on the attack, first when Jordan Power ripped a shot past Schmid at 5:39 with an assist coming from Josh Lopina. The Stars struck again 11 minutes in, after Zach Urdahl hammered a shot past Schmid for the 2-0 lead. Lincoln withstood two Omaha power plays to take the lead into intermission. Just like the night prior, Mucitelli stopped all shots he faced in the first.

In the second, the Stars controlled the pace of play for the first half of the frame, but couldn't capitalize on two power plays, with one lasting three minutes as a result of a five-minute major. Ross Mitton came within inches of making it a 3-0 Stars lead, but the post had other ideas as the puck clanged off the iron and the Lancers returned to full strength. Omaha pushed back in the second half of the frame, taking control of play in the final minutes of the period. Travis Mitchell cranked a shot past a screened Mucitelli with just 14 seconds left in the period. At the second intermission, the Stars took the 2-1 lead into break, but Omaha controlled momentum.

The third saw the Lancers blitz of out the break and just 40 seconds in, Jaxon Nelson fired a puck past Mucitelli off the rush to even the score at two. The Stars fought back against the Omaha surge, but couldn't solve Schmid, ending a hard-fought third, still locked at two. In overtime, through the first three minutes, both sides exchanged quality rushes, but found no score. With 2:52 left in the extra period, Daniel Hilsendager worked free and cranked a shot off of Mucitelli's glove and into the twine, ending the game in a Lancers 3-2 win.

The Stars would like to thank all their fans for their passionate support throughout the year, and can't wait to get back out on the ice in 2019-20. Stay tuned to Stars social media for new, exciting features and news coming throughout the summer!

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