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Stars Overwhelmed by Sioux Falls

January 29, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release


LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (7-11-1) scored the first two goals, but lost 10-4 to the Sioux Falls Stampede (10-12-1) at the Ice Box on Friday night.

James Stefan drew first blood with a power-play goal at 6:41 of the first period, picking up his second tally of the season. Jack O'Brien had the primary assist while goaltender Ryan Ouellette picked up the secondary helper.

Jake Beaune added to Lincoln's lead 27 seconds later, picking a corner for his second goal of the year. Yu Sato and Nikolai Mayorov received the apples.

Sioux Falls responded in a big way in the form of Cole Sillinger's wrist shot at 7:42, getting the Stampede on the board. Reid Pabich tied the game at 12:09 on the power play. Dan Russell gave Sioux Falls their first lead 19 seconds later. Tyler Haskins tapped home a rebound at 12:52 to make 4-2 visitors.

Ouellette was pulled after allowing four goals on seven shots. Aidan McCarthy entered into the game in relief.

Zach Urdahl scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season after he converted a penalty shot at 15:56. Cole Sillinger squashed the momentum, capitalizing on a miscue from McCarthy for a 5-3 Stampede lead.

Following the first period, Lincoln was outshot 10-9 by Sioux Falls down 5-3.

Dominic James brought Stars fans back to their feet with a shorthanded marker at 6:28 following a takeaway by Jack O'Leary. It was James' fourth goal of season and second in as many games.

The positive energy was short-lived as Michael Citara's wraparound make it 6-4 Sioux Falls at 7:52. Luke Toporowski cashed in at 13:55. Brent Johnson added a pair of goals in under two minutes towards the end of the third.

Lincoln was down 9-4 after 40 minutes. McCarthy stopped 14 of 19 shots in relief before Ouellette was sent back out for the third period.

Will Dineen finished off an odd-man rush at 11:59 of the third period, capping off the offensive onslaught by the Stampede. Ouellette allowed six goals on 11 shots.

Lincoln was 1-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-7 on the penalty kill.

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The Stars will have the chance to respond with the Fargo Force in town tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at the Ice Box!

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