Friday: Lincoln 6, Tri-City 2.
What went right: A three-goal third period helped Lincoln pull away from its in-state rival and helped the Stars defeat Tri-City for the first time this season. Josiah Slavin scored twice against his former team, including a short-handed goal in the first period to tie the game. Slavin's short-handed goal is his fourth of the season, and he became the eighth Star to have that many in a season. After Wednesday's 6-2 win over Des Moines, the Stars posted six-goal performances for the first time in back-to-back games this season. The victory also moves Lincoln six points ahead of Tri-City in the USHL Western Conference standings with three games remaining for both teams. After giving up the lead in the second period, Lincoln answered with four straight goals, including Logan Jenuwine's tally 44 seconds later to tie the game at 2. Dominick Mersch capped the second period with the go-ahead goal, and Casey Dornbach, Slavin and McCabe added goals in the final frame. Cole Krygier and Gustaf Westlund added two assists apiece and Tomas Vomacka made 19 saves. The Stars outshot Tri-City 42-21.
What went wrong: Tri-City opened the scoring early at 6:29 of the first period to grab a 1-0 lead. After Slavin tied the game in the first period, the Storm regained the lead 5:19 into the second period.
Next: Tri-City at Lincoln, 7 p.m. Saturday.