With 3:31 left in overtime, Eero Teravainen finally ended a stalemate with a power-play goal to lift the Lincoln Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks on Friday at the Ice Box.
Lincoln picked up a crucial two points to move it back ahead of Sioux City, which was off Friday, for the final playoff spot in the USHL Western Conference standings.
After a four-goal first period, NHL prospect goaltenders Tomas Vomacka (Nashville Predators) of the Stars and the Black Hawks' Matej Tomek (Philadelphia Flyers) played a chess match for the next 40 minutes, with each goaltender outdoing the other.
Tristan Ashbrook was able to pull away for a semi-breakaway in the extra frame that resulted in a Waterloo penalty to give Lincoln the extra attacker and, more importantly, an offensive faceoff draw.
Lincoln won the draw and just 8 seconds into the power play Teravainen's shot was able to find a hole past Tomek.
An long first period gave the Stars a little momentum that would result in two Gustaf Westlund goals, but Waterloo countered with a pair of power-play tallies before Vomacka and Tomek settled in in the crease.
Stars defenseman Carter Long suffered an injury in the first period that resulted in the ejection of Waterloo's Joey Cassetti.
Westlund added his second goal of the contest to give Lincoln a 2-1 lead. Waterloo knotted the score with 37 seconds remaining in the period.
Vomacka stopped 30 of 32 Waterloo shots, while Tomek held his own with 32 saves.
Lincoln plays at the Ice Box again Saturday with a matchup with the Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m.