Stars win third straight
DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Stars and the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights met for the second time at Wells Fargo Arena and the fifth time overall on Tuesday evening. Though the Stars showed signs of a three-day layoff early in the game, a four-goal third period outburst propelled Iowa to a 5-2 win over Omaha.
The Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead when Carsen Germyn roofed a shot past Iowa netminder Dan Ellis. Germyn was the beneficiary of a failed clearing attempt that found him all alone in front of the Iowa goal. The power-play goal came at 8:13 of the first period. Shortly thereafter, the Knights laid claim to a 2-0 lead. Center Warren Peters put a shot on goal and somehow it found it's way through the pads of the Iowa netminder. The unassisted goal came at 10:39. Just over five minutes later, Iowa's Captain Marty Wilford pulled the Stars to within one. Wilford registered his third goal of the season at 15:46.
Iowa out-shot the Knights 10 to 6, but the two teams skated a scoreless middle stanza.
In what seemed like a blink of an eye, the Iowa Stars tied the score at two, just :12 seconds into the third period. After winning the period's opening face-off, and subsequently dumping the puck into the Omaha zone, Iowa's Chris Conner used his speed to help negate an icing and tipped the puck to Vojtech Polak. Polak sent the puck to a curling Joel Lundqvist and Lundqvist sent a wrist-shot past a stunned Omaha goalie, Brent Krahn. The goal at :12 seconds ties a franchise record for the quickest goal to start a second or third period that was set by Toby Petersen against the Peoria Rivermen on November 13th, 2005. Lundqvist notched his second of the game when he broke into the Omaha zone on a three-on-two. Using the other two forwards as decoys, he sent a wrist-shot on Krahn. Krahn, unable to control the rebound, sent the puck back into Lundqvist's direction. The Swedish-born forward grabbed control of the puck and sent his second shot around the down-and-out netminder. It was Lundqvist's team-leading 13th goal of the season. Conner picked-up his second assist on the goal that came at 6:33. Newcomer Scott May spotted Iowa a 4-2 lead 1:22 seconds later. May's first of the season, came-off a nice feed from Yared Hagos in the right corner.
Marius Holtet gave the nearly 5,000 fans even more to cheer about when he fired a slap-shot past Krahn with 2:26 left in the game. By reaching the five goals, everyone in attendance received free French fries from McDonald's.
Iowa Stars Goaltender Dan Ellis faced 20 shots on his way to his third consecutive victory.
Shots: IOWA: 29; OMAHA: 20; Attendance: 4,808
Game Sheet - http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002643
IOWA STARS INFO: After playing in Omaha on the 29th, the Stars return home for a Saturday, December 30th contest with the Milwaukee Admirals. Face-off is slated for 7:00 PM. The ImaginEve New Year's Eve festivities continue into the evening at Wells Fargo Arena when the Stars host the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights again on New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31st. The New Year's Eve game will have a special 7:30 PM start time. The world famous ZOOperstars will be on hand to entertain fans throughout the game. Special reduced tickets for the New Year's Eve game will be available to purchase at the Stars box office for just $5.00 for all children who attend the alcohol-free GuideOne ImaginEve event at Hy-Vee Hall from 2 - 6:30 PM! Iowa will also wear their third jerseys again that night. Doors open for all home games one hour before face-off. Bring a group or hold your child's birthday at a Stars game! All ticketing information can be obtained by calling 515-23-STARS or by visiting IowaStarsHockey.com.
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