Stars Throttle Stampede 9-4
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars (11-22-2) erupted offensively, disposing of the Sioux Falls Stampede (16-18-3) 9-4 on Wednesday at the Ice Box.
Michael Citara opened the scoring for Sioux Falls on the power play at 8:52, giving the Stampede a 1-0 lead. The Stars answered the visitors' opening tally with a barrage of goals, started by Aidan Thompson's marker at 11:06 of the first period. James Stefan and Jake Beaune were awarded the assists.
Nikolai Mayorov gave Lincoln their first lead of the game at 13:07, scoring his team-leading eighth goal of the year. Clay Hanus provided the outlet pass leading to Mayorov's rush up the ice and eventual tally.
Griffin Jurecki notched his first USHL goal 20 seconds later, finishing off a feed from Stanley Cooley on a Stars odd-man break. Stefan struck on the power play at 16:41, propelling Lincoln to a 4-1 lead.
Beaune joined the scoring with a tremendous individual effort at 17:05, marking his fourth goal of the season against the Stampede and fifth overall.
Noah Grannan was pulled from the game following Beaune's marker that made it 5-1 Lincoln in favor of Trent Burnham. Yu Sato capitalized on the netminder's freshness, scoring his second goal of the season at 17:33 after the pass from Stefan.
Michael Mastrodomenico also picked up a point on Sato's strike that made it 6-1 Lincoln.
After one period, the Stars were up 6-1 despite the shots being even at 11 apiece.
Will Dineen and Sean Donaldson scored goals for Sioux Falls in the second stanza, but Nick Nardecchia lit the lamp for Lincoln at 15:57 to reinstill the Stars' dominance. Cooley and Jurecki provided the apples on the Ferris State commit's second of the season.
Following 40 minutes, the Stars were outshot 22-16 but controlled the score 7-3.
Thompson and Mayorov would add their second goals of the game, both on the power play, in the early stages of the third period. Sam Rhodes picked up a goal at 11:51 for Sioux Falls, but the damage was done.
Lincoln picked up two points with the explosive win, snapping their eight-game winless streak. Sioux Falls dropped their third consecutive game. The Stars scored three times with the man-advantage on five opportunities while killing of six of eight chances on the penalty kill.
Ryan Ouellette stopped 26 shots for his ninth victory of the season. Grannan received the loss, but Burnham made nine of 13 saves in relief.
Hanus extended his point streak to five games with two assists.
Lincoln will look to win back-to-back games with the Waterloo Black Hawks in town on Friday night at the Ice Box.
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