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Stars Split Series in Waterloo

October 24, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release


WATERLOO, Iowa - Luke Johnson scored twice, but the Stars dropped game two of their weekend series against the Waterloo Black Hawks 8-4.

The 20-year-old winger drew first blood with a shot from the slot 74 seconds into the game. Johnson's third goal of the season came on the power play, marking the seventh consecutive game the Stars have scored with the man advantage. Aidan Thompson and Dalton Norris picked up the assists on Johnson's tally, extending their point streaks to six games.

Michael LaStarza tied up the game just over four minutes later on Waterloo's first power play, but Johnson struck again at 8:39, giving the Stars a 2-1 lead while on their second man-advantage of the night.

Jo Lemay recorded an assist for the sixth straight game with the secondary helper, passing the puck to Noah Laba, who entered the offensive zone and sent in Johnson from the left circle. Johnson's shot eluded the left arm of Emmett Croteau for his fifth of 2021-22.

Mason McCormick tied the game 14 minutes into the first period after finding a loose puck that eluded the Stars defense in the low slot. At 16:51, Carter Batchelder beat Kaidan Mbereko with a shot from the left circle on a 1-on-1 rush, giving Waterloo their first lead of the game.

After 20 minutes, the Stars trailed 3-2 and were outshot 11-8.

Christian Kocsis knotted the game at three 8:28 into the middle frame, picking up his third goal in the last two weeks. Thompson registered his tenth assist of the season, marking back-to-back multi-point outings for the 19-year-old forward.

Despite the momentum picked up from Kocsis' goal, Tyler Kostelecky snatched the lead right back at 9:22. Then, Garrett Schifsky scored shorthanded for the Black Hawks, making it 5-3 in favor of the home team.

Mbereko was pulled following Schifsky's breakaway goal after allowing five goals on 19 shots. Jackson Baker made his USHL debut in a relief role, entering the game at 11:38 of period two.

Batchelder added his second of the game before the second period intermission, strengthening Waterloo's lead to 6-3 after 40 minutes.

Kostelecky scored again in the third period, marking four unanswered goals for the Black Hawks. Lucas Wahlin picked up his second goal with the Stars at 8:36, scoring on a breakaway following an area pass from Kocsis.

Batchelder wrapped up his night with a hat trick at 9:22, scoring his first three USHL goals all in the same night.

The Stars power play was 2-for-4 on Saturday night and they killed off six of seven penalties. Baker stopped 15 of 18 shots in 28:22 in relief.

For the second week in a row, the Stars have won the first game of a series and dropped the second. Lincoln is back in action against the Sioux City Musketeers at the Ice Box on Friday, October 29th.


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