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Power play: Horbach's power-play goal helps Stars end season on high note

Power play: Horbach's power-play goal helps Stars end season on high note

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Saturday: Lincoln 3, Sioux Falls 2.

What went right: Jack Horbach's power-play goal early in the third period was the difference as the the Stars wrapped up the regular season with a win in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Nikolai Mayorov put Lincoln up early with a goal at the 3:48 mark in the first period to make 1-0 before Sioux Falls answered with two first-period goals. But Clay Hanus knotted the game at 2-2 with a goal toward the end of the first frame. Hanus also picked up assists on Mayorov's and Horbach's goals. Aidan McCarthy played all 60 minutes in goal for Lincoln, stopping 25 of 27 shots. The Stars went 1-for-4 on the man advantage while Sioux Falls went 0-for-5. 

What went wrong: Despite going up early, the Stars surrendered goals to Jack Smith and Ean Somoza in the first period to give Sioux Falls a 2-1 lead. The Stars were tagged for six penalties, compared to Sioux Falls' five, with three coming in the second period. Sioux Falls' Trent Burnham stopped 34 of 37 shots in goal.

Up next: The Stars will look ahead to next season after not qualifying for the playoffs. They finish the year 22-28.

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