Groll scores twice, Stars limit Team USA in sweep

Groll scores twice, Stars limit Team USA in sweep

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Saturday: Lincoln 5, Team USA 2.

What went right: Josh Groll scored twice, giving him 15 goals on the season, and Jacob Mucitelli was barely tested in net as the Stars held Team USA to just 15 shots in Plymouth, Michigan. Groll put Lincoln on the board 6:52 into the first period and Matt Barbolini added to the lead nearly a minute later. Tied 2-2 entering the third period, Lincoln stepped on the gas as Travis Treloar and Matt Miller scored 17 seconds apart and Groll capped the game with his second of the night. With the win, Mucitelli is now 5-1-1 in his last seven starts in net. It's just the fourth time this season the Deerfield, New York, native has allowed three or fewer goals this season.

What went wrong: Despite only having 15 shots on net, Team USA made two count in the second period to tie the game 2-2. Sasha Pastujov scored short handed 8:18 into the period and Dylan Duke knotted the score 2-2 with 21 seconds remaining in the frame.

Whats next: The Stars return to the Ice Box for a pair of games, hosting the Sioux City Musketeers Friday and the Dubuque Saints Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m.

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The Stars have found success away from the confines of the Ice Box, with a 10-5-3 record and gathering 23 of their 38 points this season on the road.

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