The New England Stars were on the road this past weekend for a 2 game series vs. the Long Beach Sharks.
On Friday, February 3, the Stars traveled down to the Long Beach Sharks to kick off a 2 game series, with game 1 starting at 8:30 PM. Long Beach would find the board first scoring 9:0 in to the period, only to extend that lead to 2 just over a minute later. The Stars would respond with a goal 11:38 in to the first to close the gap to 1 entering the 2nd. A Flat-footed start to the 2nd period would put the Stars down 3 more in the beginning half of the 2nd. Aidan Conlon would find the back of the net for New England 11:42 in to the period with assists going to Tyson Gudaitis and Peter Menzies to bring the score to 5-2. Michael Lempiainien would give the Stars momentum going in to the 3rd with an unassisted short handed goal just over a minute before the end of the period. The Stars would bring the game within 1 after scoring a power play goal 2:16 in to the 3rd by John Krapian, assisted by Tyson Gudaitis and Ian Gately. That momentum carried into the game tying goal 3:09 in to the period by Michael Lempianen, assisted by Cole Archambeault. A scoreless 3rd and overtime period would result in a shootout. The Stars would be shut down on both attempts with the Sharks scoring on their first two to capture the win. Dom Lamanno with 23 saves on 28 shots in net for New England.
On Saturday, February 4, the Stars and Sharks would face-off for the last time in the regular season. After a scoreless first, it was Michael Lempiainen getting the Stars on the board 11:08 in the 2nd, assisted by Brandon Hammner and Ryan Gauvin. Long Beach would tie the game with the sole goal in the 3rd, 9:34 in. It would be Long Beach scoring in with just :05 seconds left in the overtime period to take the weekend sweep. Greg Moon turned away 26 of 28 shots faced in net.
“Friday night we were sleeping until halfway through the 2nd period. After that we were the Stars team that we know we can be. We were awfully close to winning in regulation. Saturday we played very well defensively and if it wasn’t for an unlucky bounce we may have had a shutout vs. Long Beach. With only ten games remaining being consistent in practice and games will be very important. It is definitely a lot of fun playing meaningful games down the stretch.” – Head Coach Darryl Green
The Stars have a home and home with the L/A Fighting Spirit next weekend. On Friday they travel to Lewiston for a 7:00 PM start, then return home to host the Fighting Spirit at 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 12th. All Stars games can be watched live on Hockey TV!