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Stars Get to Overtime, Fall to Tri-City

January 28, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

FRISCO, TX - The Lincoln Stars (18-11-2-1) picked up a point, but the Tri-City Storm (27-5-1) won 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night at Comerica Center.

Both teams came out flying in the first period, but both Kaidan Mbereko and Arsenii Sergeev were up to the task. Lincoln and Tri-City had a combined 29 shots in the opening 20 minutes, but both goalies were perfect.

In the second period, Mitchell Miller scored his 14th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Miller's strike came on the power-play at 10:29. Less than two minutes later, Aidan Thompson responded with a PPG of his own. Thompson's goal was set up by a heads-up look for Jo Lemay that freed up Thompson along the left wing for his ninth goal of 2021-22.

At 16:09, it would be the Storm's turn to punch back with the help of Victor Czerneckianair banging in a rebound. Lincoln was down 2-1 after two periods, tying the Storm with 31 shots apiece.

In the third, Noah Laba stripped the puck off Gavin Brindley and found himself on an odd-man rush in the middle of a Tri-City power play.

Laba sent a pass to a streaking Luke Johnson, who corralled the feed perfectly for a shot on net. Johnson was stopped, but Laba followed the play up, scoring his fifth goal of the year at 7:57. Laba extended his point streak to three games with the shorthanded marker.

Each team would exchange chances after Laba's goal, but the game required overtime. Tri-City controlled the tempo of the 3-on-3 session and Ilya Nikolayev whacked a loose puck from the left goal line past Mbereko to end the game. Nikolayev's game-winning goal came 3:46 into overtime.

The Stars picked up a point for the overtime loss, meaning they've secured nine of their last ten points (4-0-1). Mbereko was outstanding, stopping 40 shots on 43 shots. Sergeev made 44 saves in the win for Tri-City.

Lincoln will wrap up the Frosty Cup tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. CT with their game against the Storm. The game will be broadcasted on Mixlr and HockeyTV.

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