Even spinning on his knees, Kevin Roy almost scored for the Lincoln Stars in an 8-3 blasting of Fargo before 3,364 fans Saturday night at the Ice Box.
The Quebec City native, no relation to the famous goalie Patrick Roy, scored five points with a pair of goals and three assists to help Lincoln reverse a 4-2 loss to Fargo on Friday night,
"Kevin Roy is a special player," Stars coach Chad Johnson said. "He sees the ice as well as any player I know and he finds the open guy and he keeps putting the puck forward to the net."
Roy scored a short-handed goal midway in the second period to give Lincoln a 4-2 lead and scored again in the third in the final two minutes on a give-and-go with teammate Matt Friese.
"I just try to put the puck on the net as much as possible to have a chance to score," said Roy, who is headed to Brown University to play hockey next year. "We didn't play our best yesterday, and we tried to forget that loss and get going full speed today. There was a good effort on Friday but we needed a much better effort and we got that today."
After Fargo scored first, Logan Smith tied the game midway through the first period. Will Suter then scored on a power-play goal from in front of the goal. Fargo bounced back on a goal by Austin Farley, who scored two goals Friday.
"We were playing pretty aggressive hockey and it was showing on the ice," Johnson said. "We were faster and, it wasn't like we played poorly Friday, we just played better tonight. We got into position to have a good game because we were moving the puck around and playing some very good defense."
The Stars counted on two goals by Brent Tate, who scored the go-ahead goal with 6:26 gone in the second period on a rocketing slap shot from 25 feet in front of the net. Roy, who like Tate scored on Friday, then almost scored on a spinner from his knees — "I thought it might go in," he said.
But Roy, the leading scorer for the Stars this season, did score just seconds later when Lincoln was short-handed. He took the pass from Suter, who intercepted a Fargo pass, and rammed it into the back of the net.
Goals by Teemu Tiitinen and Zach Frye put Lincoln ahead 6-3 by the end of the second period, and Tate scored again.
Lincoln, which ended its longest losing streak of the season (two) with its highest scoring game of the year (by four goals), killed off five penalties in the third period.
"We played half of the third period with four guys on the ice, and that's not a good habit to get into, but it's a good sign that we can play defense for a long time no matter what the score is," Johnson said.
Roy added that the Stars were challenged with the five Fargo power plays in the third period.
"We had Brad Hawkinson block a shot and he didn't have a stick, and Brandon Carlson stopped two shots because we wanted to help our goalie and play this as a team," he said.
LINCOLN 8, FARGO 3
First--1. FAR, Sandler (Lane, Hargrove), 6:04; 2. LIN, Smith (Roy, Hanson), 10:53; 3. LIN, Suter, pp (Roy, Carlson), 13:12; 4. FAR, Farley, pp (Richart), 16:07.
Penalty--FAR, Goff (holding), 1:49; FAR, Hargrove (high sticking), 11:25; LIN, Schutt (hooking), 14:34; LIN, Hanson (fighting major), 17:53; FAR, Hargrove (fighting major), 17:53.
Second--5. LIN, Tate, pp (Ladue, Schutt), 6:26; 6. LIN, Roy (Suter), 10:38; 7. FAR, Gust, pp (Nelson), 10:57; 8. LIN, Tiitinen (Suter, Roy), 14:30; 9. Frye, pp (McCrea), 18:40.
Penalty--LIN, Friese (hooking), 3:41; FAR, Corrin (hooking), 4:44; FAR, Chyzyk (holding), 5:49; LIN, Hawkinson (checking from behind), 9:05; LIN, McCrea (tripping), 15:14; FAR, Hargrove (tripping), 16:30; FAR, Wade (checking from behind), 18:31.
Third--10. LIN, Tate, pp (Tiitinen, McCrea), 4:53; 11. LIN, Roy (Friese, Suter), 19:39.
Penalty--LIN Hawkinson (holding), 1:52; FAR, Hargrove (slashing), 4:04; LIN, McKee (holding), 8:16; LIN, Schutt (slashing), 11:00; LIN, Frye (cross checking), 14:10; LIN, Saucerman (interference), 17:01.
Shots--FAR 10-8-8--26, LIN 12-18-4--34. Power plays--FAR 2 for 9; LIN 4 for 7. Goalies--FAR (Reed, 34 shots, 26 saves); LIN (Jackson 26 shots, 23 saves).