Cayden Primeau was once again a force in net, and three straight goals by the Lincoln Stars propelled them to a 3-1 win over Sioux Falls Friday at the Ice Box.
Primeau stopped 26 shots, and none bigger than his nine saves in the third period.
“I thought it was a good game, and obviously two points are critical at this time of the year,” general manager Jon Hull said. “Cayden was really good in net.”
Lincoln controlled the shots on net in the first 20 minutes of play, but it was Sioux Falls that took a 1-0 lead into intermisson.
The Stars outshot the Stampede 16-5 in the first period.
“We played a little bit nervy in the first period,” Hull said. “Although we had 16 shots on net, our offense was a little sporadic.
“I think we settled our nerves as the game wore along. I thought we wore on (Sioux Falls) and wore on them as a team. Our forecheck was relentless and had good physicality.”
After Primeau gave up the lone goal in the first, the Lincoln goaltender shook it off and the Stars' offense went to work.
“You have to reset yourself right there. As soon as it happens, you can't dwell on it,” Primeau said. “The guys were really supportive as soon as it went in and started to let me see the puck and as a goalie that is all you can ask for.”
Jack Doremus, playing in his first game in a Stars' uniform and playing against his former team (Sioux Falls), put Lincoln on the board with his 19th goal of the year, and first for Lincoln 3:46 into the second period.
Nearly 10 minutes later, Ethen Frank found Brandon Schultz open in the slot, as Schultz gave the Stars a 2-1 lead.
“It was kind of a shock that it went in,” Doremus said of his goal. “I was lucky enough to do it against my former team and a breath of fresh air for the rest of the game for me.”
Doremus' goal was not the only thing that surprised him.
“It was a lot of fun, and a little weird facing off against some of my buddies,” Doremus said. “I'm glad we got the win, we needed that one.”
Christian Evers added his fifth goal of the season on the power-play to close out the scoring as the Stars have now won two straight games.
Lincoln continues the homestand, facing the Chicago Steel at 7 p.m. Saturday.