Lancers shutout, dominate Stars, even USHL Clark Cup series at one

By Richard Roeder

It wasn’t a pretty game to watch, but the River City Lancers controlled Game 2 of the Clark Cup finals from start to finish to even the series at 1 heading into Saturday night’s Game 3 at the Icebox in Lincoln. The Stars spent most of night struggling to gain any momentum and saw very few quality scoring chances on Dominic Vicariand the Lancer defense. The game plan of Lancers Head Coach/General Manager Mike Hastings was executed to perfection. The Lancers out-worked and out-hustled the Stars and looked sharp when offensive chances presented themselves. It was vintage Lancer hockey.

The first period was a scoreless affair, but the Lancers got all the offense they would need in the first five minutes of the second. Mike Howe got the puck by Stars goaltender Nate Zieglemann after he had made a nice initial save to draw first blood at the 1:22 mark. A power play goal by Matt Carle a few minutes later off a nifty feed from Drew Miller closed out the scoring for the evening. The rest of the game seemed to be played in the neutral zone. The Lancers were hungry to avenge their Game 1 loss, and played with a fire not matched by Lincoln. It will be up to the Stars to answer the same way in Lincoln tomorrow night. Game 3 is always important in a five game series. It is crucial in this series. Lincoln had all the momentum after Game 1 and it went to the Lancers after Game 2. The team that has dictated play has won each of the games in the series, and whoever grabs the 2-1 lead will have a huge edge towards claiming the final prize.

Richard’s three Stars

1st Star – Matt Carle (RC)

2nd Star – Mike Hastings and the River City coaching staff

3rd Star – Dominic Vicari (RC)