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Stars Top Lancers in Omaha 4-2

April 13, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

Ralston, NE - The Stars met the Lancers in Omaha for the final time in the 2018-19 season Friday night.

The Stars played with good pace from opening puck drop. They skated with Omaha and held the Lancers to only a handful of quality chances. Jacob Mucitelli was a perfect 11 for 11 in the opening frame. The Stars offense did well to get to the dirty areas of the ice and were rewarded just shy of the of the 8:00 mark of the first period. Josh Bohlin jammed home a rebound generated by Tony Follmer and Zach Urdahl to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. A spectacular save from Akira Schmid robbed the Stars of a two-goal lead late in the period, sending the teams to the dressing rooms with Lincoln up one.

After skating with the Lancers for much of the first 30 minutes, the Stars struck again just shy of the halfway point of the second period. Off a Brock Bremer feed, Matt Barbolini slid Josh Lopina a perfect pass in the slot, where the latter knuckled a shot over Akira Schmid for the 2-0 lead. Omaha responded on a power play two minutes later, when Jan Kern tipped home a blast from Travis Mitchell, set up by Aleksi Peltonen to trim the lead to one. Omaha rallied behind the strike and applied heavy hits and pressure through the second half of the frame. Jacob Mucitelli withstood numerous chances in close, preserving the Stars lead heading into the third.

Lincoln bounced back in a physical final frame. Killing off an early penalty, the Stars capitalized on a power play of their own. Ryan Carmichael jumped the Lancers blue line and with a smooth deke, then freed himself and ripped a shot past Akira Schmid to re-establish a Stars two-goal lead. Omaha countered with a bold call just prior to the 13:00 mark of the period. Heading to a power play at 12:17, the Lancers came out of a timeout with an empty net and an extra attacker on. Fortune favored the Omaha's boldness, as Aleksi Peltonen hammered a shot past Mucitelli at 12:59. Despite the setback, the Stars fended off the Lancers last-ditch efforts with Brock Bremer clinching the contest with an empty net goal at 18:36.

The Stars return home for the final game of the 2018-19 season, squaring off with the Lancers tomorrow night at the Ice Box. Face-off will be set for 7:17, as the Stars will hold an extended pre-game to honor their billet and player families. The game is sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Nebraska. The Stars will wear custom jerseys for the foundation that will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Nebraska.

Enjoy All You Can Eat Hockey for the final time by purchasing a group of five or more, or grab one of our multi-game memberships to secure the same seat each game. Parking is completely FREE this season! You can still order tickets online.

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