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January 9, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

Cotter scores game-winner in shootout, Westlund scores both regulation goals

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (12-13-0-0) battled frigid temperatures to take down the Sioux City Musketeers (10-11-3-2) in a shootout, 3-2, on Saturday night from the Ice Box.

The Musketeers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at 3:29 on a shot from forward Sampo Ranta from the right circle on a one-time shot. The Stars answered right back at 4:41 when forward Gustaf Westlund touched in a pass in front of the net coming from Philippe Lapointe to tie the game, 1-1.

After a scoreless but physical second period, the Musketeers scored at 3:53 on a shot from forward Cole Koepke to take back the lead, 2-1. Westlund added his second of the night on a one-time shot on the power play at 11:40 to tie the game again at 2-2. Without a goal in the rest of regulation and overtime, the game went to a shootout. Stars forward Paul Cotter scored in the second round and provided the only goal in the shootout, helping the Stars to a 3-2 victory.

Stars goaltender Derek Schaedig (5-2-0) stopped 18 of 20 shots as well as all three attempts in the shootout during the win, while Musketeers netminder Matt Jurusik (9-9-4) halted 38 of 41 shots and two of three attempts in the shootout. The Stars open their season series against the Omaha Lancers on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:35 p.m. from the Ice Box on 80s Night. Tickets are available by calling 402-474-7827 or going to Coverage begins 13 minutes prior to faceoff on 93.7 The Ticket, HockeyTV and Lincoln Stars Radio.

Season tickets for the 2017-2018 season are now available by calling 402-474-7827. The Stars mobile app is also available in the iTunes and Google Play stores with "tap to buy" tickets, in-game push notifications and a rewards program that puts fans in the skates of a player. Download Now!

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